Friday, June 12, 2009

Project 463 revisited

Launched at FireBALLS-005 in August 1995, Project 463 was the biggest sport rocket ever flown at 42' and 1200 lbs. It flew on a P and 2 N's in the booster and a single N in the sustainer, although the sustainer didn't ignite. This huge project was built by Chuck Sackett in his Florida shop. It featured a lot of sonotube (up to 3" in diameter), several aluminum plates and tubes, an internal steel framework, and piston separation. Moving this monster must have been quite a feat. But not as difficult as erecting it. The EX motors were built by his pal Mike Ward. These two also conspired on what was previously the biggest sport rocket, the Down Right Ignorant. I embedded a video (hat tip to R2K) and several screen snaps (via Point 39 Productions).

Heck, while I'm at it, here is the launch of the Down Right Ignorant


  1. Yay!

    Hey do you have the video with Stratospheric dreams? It was the same one with 463 on it...

    I would love for you to maybe throw in a quick post on that with images. That was an S motor attempt to hit 115,000 feet! And everyone just forgot about it. Zero documentation.

    Plus, the build methods in that rocket were incredible, well before their time.

  2. Yup, I just looked at it today. :) I didn't capture the video so it might be a while, but I will grab it one day.

    All steel construction. The body was the motor casing. Real surplus Nike fins. 4 huge grains about a 'P' each (that doesn't add to a 'S' so I may have that wrong). Looked like the grains, which were cast in PML 11.5" couplers, seemed loose in the tube. Boom!