Monday, July 09, 2012

Sport Rocketry, July/August 2012

This month's cover photo features Sather Ranum's awesome odd-roc named JayCoke Zero. Made from a Coke bottle shaped recycling bin and resembling a Jayhawk missile (kinda), the 110 lb rocket flew on an L3150 Vmax motor.  Inside, the issue covers the latest Student Launch Projects (SLP) program and NARCON 2012.

The College (USLI) and High School (SLI) teams built some awesome rockets.  Man, I wish that program had existed back in prehistoric times. This year's SLP marks the 100th birthday of rocketeer guru Wernher von Braun.  

The NARCON coverage starts with a tour of the Kansas Cosmosphere. This is a cool space museum and I always like articles about it.  Naturally, there is a summary report about many of the tech lectures including but not limited to:

  • Designing Rocket Kits for Sale by  Matt "NCR" Steele (reported by Mark Johnson) - This article provided a fascinating look inside NCR and Estes.
  • FSI History by Tim Burton (reported by Bob Wingate and Mark Johnson).
  • Foam Cutting Techniques by Estes' John Boren - John has a partially DIY CNC foam cutter.  I'm so jealous.
  • Cheap Rocketry by NARHAMster Tom Ha (reported by Lee Walker) - This provided some new (to me) tips, such as using corrugated plastic signs for fins.  IMO, he downplayed the use of found tubes.  However, this was oriented towards group builds by newbies (Scouts, 4H, etc.) rather than old farts like me.