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I'm on a university rocketry team in Louisville, Kentucky, and we've had a massive rocket sitting around in our storage area as long as any of us have been around (hasn't flown in ~10yrs). It was built and flown (unsure how many times or where) by Darryl Hankes. It's ~12ft long and ~15in min dia (unsure diameter of the large ring). It's mostly made of wood so fairly heavy, no clue what the actual weight may be. I believe the motor mount is 8in.

Unfortunately the manager of the storage area that it was in wants it gone now. I would take it in a heartbeat if I had a place to put it, but I don't. I would love for this to go to someone willing to give it another flight or two. I can make some measurements if anyone is interested to make sure it would fit your transport method.

The university technically owns the rocket but they want it gone, so if not free it would cost <$50 (paid to the university, not me). Attached are a couple pictures of the rocket. And again if anyone is interested, I would be very happy to get you more information. I hope someone here is willing to give it a new life!
 

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That is one HUGE upscale (~20x) Astron Sprite. Cool, but I'm nowhere near Louisville and wouldn't be able to store it myself if I were.... :eek:
 

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Holy smokes that is one big rocket. If I had my L3 I would drive and pick it up. Too bad I can't fly anything that big (yet)
 

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Rocket lawn art, anyone?




 

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That is one HUGE upscale (~20x) Astron Sprite. Cool, but I'm nowhere near Louisville and wouldn't be able to store it myself if I were.... :eek:
Awesome, I had no idea! It's a big one for sure
 

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Crumble recovery?

If they would deliver at no cost I'd be totally up for it. Nice decoration for the farm.
I'd love to if I had a way of moving the thing, but unfortunately I don't so that's on the future owner.
 

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Mark Lloyd flew one at Orangeburg in 2001. Motor was a 4.5" (4" schedule 40 pipe) O3000. Altitude was about 4000 feet. Body was 16" with 48" ring. I don't recall weight.Sprite 6a.jpgSprite 7a.jpgSprite 11a.jpgSprite 12a.jpgSprite 13a.jpgSprite 14a.jpgSprite 15a.jpgSprite 16a.jpgSprite 17a.jpg
 

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Well there are upscales... and then there are upscales.

I wonder how you actually fabricate a ring that big.
 

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What's the diameter of the ring on the fins?

Interested, but I'd need to know if it would fit in my full sized van.......
 

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I know Daryll well, have flown with him several times, I would love to take it off your hands feel free to message me. Yes I can come get it.
 

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Hello Jim,

I guess that means there's two of us interested.

Brad
 

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Hey Jim,

How many hours away from Louisville are you?

Brad
 

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Hmmmm.... Tin Tin meets ringfin. Gives me ideas.....
 

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I’m moving back to Lexington from Washington next month

Not sure which trip I’ll be bringing my boom truck back on but maybe we can work something out

I do not need to be the permanent owner, but I have space in Lexington to store it and the means to move it around once we’re moved
 

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I'm in Indy and I could be at The U of L in 2 hours, but Wendy would Spazz. You guys figure it out! It's beautifully done and doesn't have the usual big used HP rocket "beaten up" look. U-Haul, a couple curved blocks, and lotsa bubble wrap.

Cheers / Robert
 

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Brad, it's all yers. No wrasslin needed. I'm 8.25 hrs away. I just didn't want to see it in a dumpster.
 

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Ah yes -- do we now have documented evidence of where those "charitable donations" go and get used for - collecting dust at the recipients expense. Did the fed govt get their money's worth?
 

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I'm on a university rocketry team in Louisville, Kentucky, and we've had a massive rocket sitting around in our storage area as long as any of us have been around (hasn't flown in ~10yrs). It was built and flown (unsure how many times or where) by Darryl Hankes. It's ~12ft long and ~15in min dia (unsure diameter of the large ring). It's mostly made of wood so fairly heavy, no clue what the actual weight may be. I believe the motor mount is 8in.

Unfortunately the manager of the storage area that it was in wants it gone now. I would take it in a heartbeat if I had a place to put it, but I don't. I would love for this to go to someone willing to give it another flight or two. I can make some measurements if anyone is interested to make sure it would fit your transport method.

The university technically owns the rocket but they want it gone, so if not free it would cost <$50 (paid to the university, not me). Attached are a couple pictures of the rocket. And again if anyone is interested, I would be very happy to get you more information. I hope someone here is willing to give it a new life!
Contact Bluesrocks NAR/TRA section : https://www.kyrocketry.com/ all of their content info is there via email and Darryl Hankes still flies with them
 

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If it is his rocket, somebody ought to tell him that the university is trying to give it away!

Brad
 
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