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About Mr Rocket

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About Mr Rocket
I am a born again rocketeer. I was originally introduced to model rocketry in the late 70's and early 80's as a teen. Built many (mostly Estes) kits, some of which I still have.

Got back into rocketry when my son got Space Ex merit badge in scouts. I was telling him how we used to design our own models and would find CG by balancing on a string, CP by balancing a cardboard cutout, and test for stability by swinging the rocket in a circle over our heads. This made me think that there must be software to do this now. I found Open Rocket and mid power motors. I was hooked again.

Recent projects include a scratch built minimum featherweight recovery rocket with my son which he calls The Peanut; an Estes Vector Force with my younger son; a scratch built Estes, Design of the Month, 2 stage, rotationally stabilized, finless rocket called the Tao; and an Aerotech Arreaux, my first MidPower rocket!

Currently working on modifying the Tao, finishing the Kraken, Ventris, Defender MkII, and starting work on the LOC Athena (which will hopefully be my Level 1. It is being modified to have a 38mm motor mount and traditional dual deploy) and a custom scratch build.

I have started using reloadable motors, 24 and 29mm E, F and G midpower. I also have started getting into launching electronic payloads such as altimeters and video cameras.

VINTAGE - All Estes: Astron Mark II, Alpha, Sprint, Estes Aerospace Club 'Viper', Big Bertha (Nose cone currently in a rocket eating tree), Photon Torpedo, LTV Scout, Vigilante, Scorpion, USS Atlantis, Space Shuttle Booster with Shuttle Glider, Mars Lander

VINTAGE (MIA) - All Estes: Streak, Javelin, Super Flea, Star Wars X-Wing Fighter, Andromeda, Cobra 1500, Mean Machine

CURRENT: Estes DOM Tao, Aerotech Arreaux, QCC Explorer, Estes PSII Ventris, Downscale 18mm Kraken

IN THE CUE: Renegade D, Screaming Eagle, Solar Flare, PSII Partizon, Vector Force, Baddazz - Defender MkII, LOC Precision - Athena, plus a couple scratch builds
Akron, OH


Member - MTMA
Akron, Ohio

"Rather than cursing the rose bush for having thorns, it is better to thank the thorn bush for having roses."

Currently searching for that sweet spot between "Paralysis by Analysis" and "Extinct by using Instinct"


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19th May 2018 05:36 PM
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23rd March 2013