6th February 2009, 06:33 PM
Sticky: List of useful web links with tons of information.
Welcome. Everyone was a beginner at some time. Some of us were beginners many decades ago, but we remember how fantastic it was to get useful information from other people. Here is a lot of that info. Here are links to many, many online resources that you should review if you are a beginner. The more you read, the faster you will move your way along beyond beginner status.
You may still have questions after you have searched these resources. Feel free to post them, but do not be surprised if the answer is a simple link to the answer on the web. This is a preferred practice to retyping or cut & pasting the entire contents of other (often copyrighted) materials. ENJOY!
Estes Educator website – free publications page. Read “The Classic Collection” and “The Model Rocket Technical Manual”:
Quest Aerospace website – remember that it will “time out” after you visit since it assumes you are shopping. Simply launch a new browser window or close your existing window and then relaunch to get back in if you have access problems. Visit the “Resource Central” page and then visit all the pages listed there:
Tons of info on the non-profit NAR (National Association of Rocketry) website. You will want to look over ALL of the sections and the dozens of documents full of info:
NAR launch calendar and list of local NAR clubs:
How to report a motor failure:
See attached document for an explanation of how standard black powder model rocket motors can fail.
Apogee Rockets including education info and their “Hibachi Effect” explanation (click your way though the many, many links and sub-pages):
Aerotech resource library including motor information and delay modification instructions:
Websites with old catalogs, books, reports and instructions sheets and plans of old Model Rockets:
What are the limits that define a Model Rocket vs. a High Power Rocket?:
UPDATED WITH 2009 FAA regulation changes that simply eliminate the entire “Large Model Rocket”/”LMR” categlry as it is now part of “Model Rocket” and no notification is required for “Model Rockets”.
Why is the term "cato" used for motor failures?:
Centuri Design Manual:
Last edited by shreadvector; 5th October 2010 at 04:30 PM.
Reason: New Estes Educator links to the 2010 Estes website
6th February 2009, 07:12 PM
Shred... You rock. Sticky it is.
To all helpers and newbies... This thread is meant as a repository for info to help folks in need of beginner guidance. Please refrain from posting questions in this sticky thread. Start another thread for specific questions and discussions.
To all helpers... Feel free to post links, anecdotes, historical info, the TRF 1.0 database (oops, sorry. Still working that one!) here as a leg up to our new generation of model rocketeers.
Last edited by RangerStl; 6th February 2009 at 07:23 PM.
6th February 2009, 07:28 PM
Another awesome site for information is Rocketry Online's Info Central - http://info-central.org/infocentral.shtml
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6th February 2009, 10:12 PM
AIA/NAR online copy of the "How to design and build a Model Rocket" DVD. This is good info for model rockets in general, ut is very, very useful for mid to large size models with payload sections like TARC competition rockets:
OK, so here is the TARC website info:
19th February 2009, 12:59 AM
Another Website for Beginners
I put this website online in late December when "The Rocketry Forum" was down.
If you haven't been by yet, the address is:
See Below -
It was written for beginners and those getting back into the hobby. I tried to touch on the points most instructions don't quite cover. And there are two pages of budget rocketry, something I'm practicing now with the economy where it is.
Hope it helps!
Hans "Chris" Michielssen
Old/New NAR # 19086 SR
December 2011 -
This site was donated to the NAR and is located is now located:
Last edited by hcmbanjo; 18th December 2011 at 05:58 PM.
19th February 2009, 03:46 PM
Thanks everyone for the contributions. I'm going to set up an Intro FAQ sticky and link back to this thread.
27th July 2009, 06:31 PM
Aerotech Motor Matrix
This needs to be updated when (and if) Aerotech publishes a new one.
19th March 2010, 03:05 PM
I updated the Estes links in the top message to reflect the new 2010 home of the publications. THANK YOU ESTES for updating the website and re-posting these valuable resources!!!!
12th August 2011, 12:24 PM
I thank you everyone for their valid contributions, and it is very helpful for a beginner. And its a great work done by you all...
4th November 2012, 11:02 PM
hey ; am a new member in here ! am a bigginer and i almost don't know anything about rocketry !! i don't know where to start from ! there's a huge amount of information and am kind of lost !! can u please help me ! i want to build my first mini rocket ! i used to make water rocket but want somthing to fly higher !! in my country we don't have rocketry shops so i can't buy pre-made models like the those of estes so everything should be homemade ... am stuck !! plz help !!
21st February 2014, 02:53 PM
Great post, thanks for sharing some information and resources, really helps.
24th February 2014, 08:14 PM
Whoever can edit this (Moderators?), note that post number 3 is no longer valid as the link is dead.
Originally Posted by WiK
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