# SOLDHuge rocket, no longer free if you pick it up

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#### b1rdman

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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! #### Attachments • 194.9 KB Views: 441 • 255.2 KB Views: 425 #### BEC ##### Well-Known Member 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.... #### 0011001100 ##### A Person 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) #### afadeev ##### Well-Known Member TRF Supporter Rocket lawn art, anyone? #### teepot ##### Well-Known Member TRF Supporter I wonder what shipping is. #### b1rdman ##### Member 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.... Awesome, I had no idea! It's a big one for sure #### kuririn ##### BARGeezer TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter That is one HUGE upscale (~20x) Astron Sprite. Somehow I don't think that can use tumble recovery. #### Cape Byron ##### The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2 TRF Supporter Somehow I don't think that can use tumble recovery. Crumble recovery? If they would deliver at no cost I'd be totally up for it. Nice decoration for the farm. #### b1rdman ##### Member 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. #### Cape Byron ##### The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2 TRF Supporter 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. Even if I had a truck to collect it wouldn't be economical. I'm 9,022 miles away in Australia. #### SILVERFOX ##### Active Member Pretty Cool Find! Someone out there has to be interested. C'mon, impress the neighbors! #### Rocketjunkie ##### Addicted to APCP 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. #### lakeroadster ##### Lonewolf.... No Club If I still lived in Ohio.... man wouldn't that looks sweet hanging from the rafters of my barn.. #### lakeroadster ##### Lonewolf.... No Club I wonder what shipping is. By the time it was crated, adequate to protect it, and shipped in an enclosed truck, you'd have a couple grand in it. #### dhbarr ##### Amateur Professional It's only 10hrs away, and I already have the truck, trailer, and shop.... But I don't really want to sleep in the shop with the rocket until the missus gets done being mad. #### neil_w ##### Good at some things TRF Supporter Well there are upscales... and then there are upscales. I wonder how you actually fabricate a ring that big. #### RocketRev ##### Lifetime Supporter TRF Lifetime Supporter 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....... #### jimzcatz ##### Boss, Carolina Rocket Mafia 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. #### RocketRev ##### Lifetime Supporter TRF Lifetime Supporter Hello Jim, I guess that means there's two of us interested. Brad #### jd2cylman ##### Still not Carl... ;-) TRF Supporter Thumb wrasssle to the death... Winner takes all. #### RocketRev ##### Lifetime Supporter TRF Lifetime Supporter Hey Jim, How many hours away from Louisville are you? Brad #### rklapp ##### NAR# 109557 TRF Supporter Could look lovely in your garden... #### SDramstad ##### Well-Known Member TRF Supporter Hmmmm.... Tin Tin meets ringfin. Gives me ideas..... #### RocketScott ##### Active Member TRF Supporter 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 #### RocketRev ##### Lifetime Supporter TRF Lifetime Supporter Thumb wrasssle to the death... Winner takes all. Yo Adrian! That's a good one! Brad #### RobertH3 ##### No need to buy stands after a launch day! TRF Supporter 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 #### jimzcatz ##### Boss, Carolina Rocket Mafia 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. #### FredA ##### Well-Known Member 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? #### shockie ##### High Plains Drifter 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