Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ROCKETS Magazine, October 2009

This month, Bob and Neil's editorial discusses the state of rocketry magazines. During the last 4 months or so, we have lost 50% of our rocket magazines - both LAUNCH and Extreme Rocketry succumbed to the economy.  The good news is that ROCKETS is doing well.   Such is the benefit of being affiliated with a national organization.  I'll also note that the magazine's parent, Liberty Launch Systems has branched out, offering videos, still photo prints, launch wear and even rocket kits. Keep up the good work guys, I like print magazines!

The event coverage ranges from Virginia to Australia.  UT Arlington at Battle of the Rockets, Tripoli Western Australia's Williams "Wildfire" Winternationals, Mile High Mayhem in Colorado, and RocStock 29 in the SoCal desert.

There are four build and tech articles.  MDRA's Dan Michael gives a detailed look at the Performance Rocketry 9.25" 1/3 scale Honest John.  Dan is one of the best builders around and I hope to see this creation in the flesh at Red Glare VII.  There is also an article on electronics and a review of the Rouse Tech CD3.  Finally, Wes 'Dr. Zooch' Oleszewski shows you how to gap-stage black powder motors. ROCKETS is an equal-opportunity mag (e.g. they don't discriminate against low power).  If it flies and you write about it, they will (probably) print it.

Finally, I want to point out the tag line from AeroTech's ad - "We chose to use RMS, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."  This is clearly a response to the minor unpleasantness  that recently arose on the forums, pitting the Aerotech and Cesaroni camps against each other.  It was a cute twist on President Kennedy's famous quote, but I'm not sure that I would have chosen that message.