Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dumb (bomb) project idea

I've built flying models of a couple of smart bombs, including the Estes Paveway and Cluster Bomb kits and a 5" upscale Cluster Bomb. Looks like old dumb bombs would make good projects too.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fast motor delivery!

I placed an order for a bunch of BP motors (C11, D12, E9, and F15s) from Hobbylinc late on Sunday night, the 9th. Received today, the 13th.  I have always had good luck with Hobbylinc but have never seen this fast a turnaround. Received about an extra 11% due to my bonus points. Yay.

TIP: Check that what you want is in stock.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Launch systems green...check; weather...check; seas...(cue record scratch sound effect)

I was really excited to learn about the status of the 1st stage flyback from today's SpaceX launch. I now see that the return attempt was scrubbed due to waves crashing over the deck of the landing barge. Rats, I'll have to settle for the successful launch. (Follow the photo to see more launch shots.)

Friday, January 30, 2015

RIP Milton W. Rosen, Pioneering Rocket Engineer 1915–2014

The Air and Space blog has a nice bio of Milt Rosen, who passed away on December 30, 2014. He was an early pioneer in our space program and was integral to many programs, including the Viking sounding rocket and the Pioneer satellite. While he was Viking Program Director at the White Sands Missile Test Range he was also the source of my favorite rocket quote:
Rockets are just another name for trouble. Either you just had trouble, you are having trouble, or you are going to have trouble.
Ad astra, Milt!