Thursday, June 18, 2009

The ginormous Stratospheric Dreams post

At R2K's request, I went ape shit with the screen snaps. But first, some details about the rocket:
  • The project concept and motors were by Mike Ward and the construction was by Chuck Sackett.
  • 'Flew' after BALLS-005 on its own waiver.
  • Motor was 'S' class.
  • The 320 lbs of propellant was cast in PML 11.5" couplers so the diameter was just over 12".
  • The steel body was the motor case and it used actual surplus Nike fins.
  • The 4000+ psi steel body was shredded.
I used a small format due to the number of photos, click to expand (as usual). (snaps via Point 39 Productions)

First, some show and tell in his shop.



Assembly on-site. Ya' just gotta love a rocket that you assemble with a sledge hammer :)



Ignition! The 2nd photo is one frame after the first. The 4th shows the range of the debris field, which fills the frame.


6 comments:

  1. They were there earlier but they aren't displaying for me either. Might be a Blogger hiccup.

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  2. Chrisn, thanks for commenting on the problem! Sure enough there was a photo hosting problem that zapped the photos. Hopefully, they are all back now.

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  3. Thant was awesome.....We had a TCC member with a similar type of rocket that was sugar powered. Launch was in October had the same results. But it reached about 150 feet before BOOM!

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