- Feb 3, 2003
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After many different designs I have finally chosen the final design for my next big project. My first HIGH POWER rocket!!! All of this started at the October HARA (Huntsville Area Rocketry Association) monthly launch. While I was prepping my rockets, my mom was wondering around talking with others. She found this one guy (Chuck Andrus) and stayed around him for the rest of the day. Well, Chuck contacted my mom at work one day and said he had some old rocket parts to give me that he would never use and wanted them put to good use. My mom went and got the parts and brought them home for me. I was shocked! The whole back seat of my moms car was filled up with rocket stuff! There was two 4inch diameter tubes that were 36inches long, a 4inch diameter nosecone, about 100ft total of tubular nylon, a LOC 4 prototype V-2, various tubes, 54-29mm motor adapters, 2 part expandable foam, and the list goes on. Im sure there was close to $200 or more worth of stuff. Well my mom and Chuck are now dating and Chuck has helped me overcome some problems Ive had with the design. The rocket is 4inches in diameter, 9feet tall, and will weigh probably 10-12lbs finished without motor. It will have a permanent 3inch motor tube and I will make adapters so I can fly it on 54 and 38mm motors. The rocket will use dual deployment, drogue at apogee, main at 1000-600feet depending on motor choice, and with have 6 fins. The fins will be cut out of 1/8 plywood (not through the wall) but once attached to rocket, the will get a fiberglass coating. I know, the fins arent all that thick, but with the fiberglass on them, they should hold up pretty good and I dont plan on fly this rocket on M motors although it is capable of flying on Ms!!!!! I will probably launch the rocket on an I211 for its first flight unless I have some extra money then I will fly it on a J. I know, I know, right now you are thinking how can I do this since I am only 15 and cant even attempt to get certified. I will just hand my rocket and the money for the motor to someone who is certified and have them press the button. I have checked with the president of the rocket group that I launch with and he said that Im allowed to do that. So, as soon as I get over my flu I will sand the bulkplates for a good fit inside the couplers and airframe tubing. Chuck had some spare aluminum centering rings that he gave me along with and extra 4inch tube and a 3inch motor tube. At the bottom, I have attached a rocksim picture. As soon as I get all the parts sanded cut, etc, I will lay them out and take some pictures and post them soon. I hope to be over my flu by the beginning of this week so hopefully around mid-week I can have pictures posted. Im really excited about this rocket and cant wait to start.