Friday, March 01, 2019

G. Harry Stine photo collection

The Museum of Flight has a Flickr page featuring photos from the godfather of model rocketry, G. Harry Stine. At this posting, it currently has photos from NARAMs 1-10. Hopefully they will continue to post.

Update: It turns out that this archive is only new to me. I guess more photos is too much to expect.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Book Review: Make: High-Power Rockets, by Mike Westerfield

Make: High-Power Rockets, is written for anyone interested in high-power rocketry certification. The book takes a hands-on approach to designing rockets with rocket simulators, covers construction techniques, and deals with the sometimes tricky issues of picking the right black powder charge, drilling appropriately sized vent holes, and picking parachutes. Each rocket has detailed assembly instructions accompanied by color photographs illustrating each step. The book discusses dual deploy in detail, showing both the classic two-bay solution and a single-bay dual deploy system that will work with practically any high-power rocket. Two of the rockets have design options that allow you to build them for either dual deploy design so you can experiment with both.  The book also covers tracking with GPS and directional radio.

Along the way, you also learn everything you will need to pass the level 2 exam and fill out your level 3 engineering package.  Whether you are looking to certify or are happy with your current cert level, you will find this book interesting and useful.

Make: High Power Rockets is available through most book retail channels including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

LIVE from South Padre...the Starship Cam

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Apollo lecture by Gene Krantz

This video from Gene Krantz was forwarded to be via my old MCC contacts. Since it was so widely shared, I will quote his original email. Enjoy!

Team and friends,

I had the privilege to speak at Flight Jacket Night at the Smithsonian. I was following many great airmen and many were in the audience.This year we begin the celebrations of the Apollo Missions and i elected to talk about the landing and the teams of Mission Control.

During the restoration of Mission Control Sandra Tetley and Jennifer Nazarri located some original 16mm film that was taken during the descent. This film was a series of short clips that with the help of Space City Films I turned into a 15 minute segment that covered the descent.

About 20 minutes into the talk I begin a minute by minute narration of the powered descent. My data was derived from my log, air/ground transcript, crew debriefing and final mission report. The process of putting it together was a challenge, and having spoken at the NASM before I knew I had to get it right. Steve Bales and Chuck Deiterich helped me with details, particularly some the Guidance and trajectory calls during the landing.

The presentation is about 50 minutes in duration and the video segments are at the end.

For those who were there I believe it will bring back many memories.

The talk is at Flight Jacket Night

Cheers, Gene

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

It's the end of the line for Rockets Magazine :(

Well, as many of us had suspected, Rockets Magazine is no more. You can now download the final issue for free (direct link). The main article is a post-mortem with a walk down memory lane. I had fun reading the magazine both in print and digital formats and even helped out a bit by gathering and writing product announcements. I got a few freebies along the way and this issue features my last sponsored announcement. (Note these were announcements not reviews.) This announcement was for the book, Make: High-Power Rockets by Mike Westerfield. It came out about 8 months late, so I ask all my readers help clear my conscience by reading the announcement (which I included below). I liked the book and it is worth having if you are like or are curious about HPR.

Bob and Neil - it was a good run indeed...thanks for all your efforts!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Just pinging the blog...

I took a break from rockets as I haven't built anything and the universe has conspired against me flying. A couple of follows have asked me how I'm doing, and that is greatly appreciated. 

Meanwhile, I have discovered SpaceX's true motivation of their new, finned 'Moon BFR' which will take Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and a handful of invited artists around the Moon (hopefully!).

(original photo courtesy of SpaceX; Fat Boy graphics by Estes)