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Archetype Rocketry Releases New Cable Cutter
Industry News by Lucas Kalathas   
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Archetype Rocketry Releases New Cable Cutter

Archetype Rocketry would like to announce a new product coming to its lineup, a new brand of products that we feel show innovation and uniqueness that can help take your rocketry project to the next level. Archetype Rocketry won't be stocking any kits or typical building supplies, but rather some items which showcase some creative thinking.

Archetype Rocketry's newest product, the Cable Cutter, is a replacement to conventional tethers. Most tethers use black powder to release one or multiple quick-links attached to the recovery systems. The Archetype Rocketry Cable Cutter, however, takes a different perspective on the tether by making its use much more flexible by shearing a plastic cable tie, which can be used to hold a large number of recovery components. One of the most beneficial aspects of the Cable Cutter is using a single parachute as both the drogue and the main! This design has been in the works for over three years, and it's the best it's ever been.

Transolve Announces the New TripleFire Flight Controller
Industry News by Transolve   
Friday, June 08, 2012
Transolve Announces the New TripleFire Flight Controller
TripleFire is a radio control interface that provides 3 pyro channels. For use with spread spectrum radios only, the unit has dual safety lockouts. A dedicated ENABLE channel, and G-switch circuit (hybrid safe) both allow firing only when intended. Typical uses include airstart, staging, and reco...
Rocket Electronics announces release of ROCKONTROLLER 1
Industry News by Frank Hermes   
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rocket Electronics announces release of ROCKONTROLLER 1
SANTEE, California USA — Rocket Electronics is pleased to announce the release of its latest product line, the RocKontroller 1TM which is a wireless launch control system. Having successfully supplied its RockeTiltometer and RockeTiltometer 2 for use in several complex high powered rocketry ...
CAR Leadership Change
Industry News by Brad Shea   
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
CAR Leadership Change
The Canadian Association of Rocketry - L'Association Canadienne De Fus�ologie (CAR-ACF)�announced on April 29th that Angelo Castellano had resigned as President. The executive group recruited Greg Dietlein, a former CAR president, to serve out the remainder of Angelo’s term which runs thru...
New WRC+ from Missile Works
Industry News by Missile Works   
Sunday, April 29, 2012
New WRC+ from Missile Works
Missile Works introduces the new WRC+ Wireless Remote Control System, which opens up an entirely new dimension of control possibilities to rocketeers. Staging, airstarts, chute deployment, permissives, backups, or any other form of remote digital control are available at the press of a button. You d...
Sunward Announces New Motor Mount Kits
Industry News by Angelo Castellano   
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sunward Announces New Motor Mount Kits
Sunward announces the availability of 29mm motor mount to 38mm body tube mounting kits. These kits can be used to construct 29-38 mm motor mount adapters or as 29 mm motor mounts for 38 mm body tubes. Included in each kit are 2, 3, or 4 Laser Cut 1/8" Birch Plywood Mounting rings (depending on moto...
ShadowAero Announces Return of Two Kits
Industry News by ShadowAero   
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
ShadowAero Announces Return of Two Kits
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California USA — ShadowAero is extremely pleased to announce in-stock availability of the FATBOY and ULTRA FATBOY! These two iconic designs were originally produced by Public Enemy Rockets, and became known for their rugged, extremely simple construction, and the ability to ...
Leading Edge Rocketry releases ParaLite
Industry News by Leading Edge Rocketry   
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Leading Edge Rocketry releases ParaLite
EUGENE, Oregon USA — Leading Edge Rocketry is thrilled to announce the release of ParaLite—a nighttime tracking recovery aid that is guaranteed to change the night skies...forever. The heart of the ParaLite is an onboard microcontroller that monitors a 3 axis accelerometer and provides ...
3 Dogs Rocketry announces release of 8-32 eye nut anchor
Industry News by 3 DOGS ROCKETRY, LLC   
Sunday, November 20, 2011
3 Dogs Rocketry announces release of 8-32 eye nut anchor
WINDSOR, Colorado USA — 3 Dogs Rocketry, LLC of Windsor Colorado is pleased to announce the release of their latest innovation, a lightweight, aluminum anchor designed for smaller (24mm-38mm) projects. The anchor is essentially a tiny eye nut with 8-32 threading that doubles both as an anchor ...
BoosterVision GearCam HD Real Modular Digital Video Recording Camera
Industry News by BOOSTER VISION   
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
BoosterVision GearCam HD Real Modular Digital Video Recording Camera
BoosterVision will be making available their new GearCam HD�Real Modular [RM] Digital Video Recording Camera at LDRS 30. The GearCam HD DVR-RM is a new high definition mobile video device able to capture exciting video and audio that you can view the on your computer in HD and even your HDMI DVD/...
ROCKET ELECTRONICS announces release of RockeTiltometer 2
Industry News by ROCKET ELECTRONICS   
Saturday, August 27, 2011
ROCKET ELECTRONICS announces release of RockeTiltometer 2
EL CAJON, California USA — ROCKET ELECTRONICS is pleased to announce the release of the next generation of its flagship product. The RockeTiltometerTM 2 is an enhanced, yet lower cost version of its award winning attitude-based ignition control system. Successfully utilized in several com...
Featherweight announces release of new magnetic switch
Industry News by Featherweight Altimeters LLC   
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Featherweight announces release of new magnetic switch
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado USA — Featherweight Altimeters is pleased to announce the release of a brand new rocketry electronics product: a solid-state, magnetically-activated arming switch that can be used with any rocketry electronics. This project has been in development for over a yea...
New Armadillo update on the Carmack 100kft Micro Prize
Industry News by Ben Brockert, Armadillo Aerospace   
Sunday, July 31, 2011
New Armadillo update on the Carmack 100kft Micro Prize
HEATH, Texas USA — In discussions on the email discussion list "aRocket" of the relative difficulty of launching a rocket to 100,000 feet, John Carmack established a $5,000 prize for the first person or group to reach that goal. The following information�logs the rules set up for that competi...
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High Power Rocketry's Top 10 Biggest Regional Launches

I have a friend who has the goal of watching a baseball game in every big league stadium in America. He's been to Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium, to Fenway Park and Chavez Ravine, and a dozen other parks scattered throughout the land. Every year he makes it to a new field, sometimes even two, and returns home with great memories—and enough hats and shirts—to last a lifetime.His most recent journey—to Progressive Field in Cleveland—got me thinking about high power rocketry's biggest venues and how this hobby has continued to grow in the last ten years. Some impressive traditions are alive and well out there at the biggest regional events in America.


Chasing the N record: Pursuing stratospheric dreams

Four years ago, James Dougherty didn't know the difference between a G80 and an M2500. A computer programmer from Northern California, Dougherty spent most of his time in Silicon Valley helping start-up companies and their customers with complex computer systems. In his spare time he liked to drive sports cars, have fun at the beach, or just hang out with his wife and daughter.Today, Dougherty is among a handful of hard core, high-power rocketry enthusiasts — in the United States and abroad — who are quickly moving toward a new altitude record for a commercial N motor. These fliers, taking advantage of technologic advancements in rocket motors and recovery systems — and their own hard work — believe they can clear 50,000 feet, or higher, on a single N. That's an altitude nearly two miles higher than commercial jetliners typically fly, and close to four miles higher than the peak of Mt. Everest. This is the realm of the stratosphere, where thunderstorms are born and the air density is nearly one-eighth that found at sea level.


One man's quest to honor America's Saturn V rocket

On April 25, 2009, history will be made.  At Higgs Farm in Price, Maryland, Steve Eves will enter the history books as the person who flew the largest scale model rocket in history. The rocket will weigh over 1,600 pounds, it will stand over 36 feet tall and it will be powered by a massive array of nine motors: eight 13,000ns N-Class motors and a 77,000ns P-Class motor. The estimated altitude of this single stage effort will be between 3,000 and 4,000 feet and the project will be recovered at apogee. In a special to Rocketry Planet, author Mark B. Canepa and ROCKETS Magazine wish to share Steve Eve's story with the readers here.


The Jarvis Illustrated Guide to Carbon Fiber Construction

Over the last few years, many people have asked Jim Jarvis of Austin, Texas, how he makes his carbon fiber rockets. So when he had an opportunity to make a new fin can, he decided to document the process in detail.The result of the build was the TooCarbYen Tutorial presented in this article. Actually, tutorial isn't a particularly accurate name for the build since it implies instruction on the proper way to do something. This article isn't about the best way to build carbon fiber rockets, it's about how Jim builds carbon fiber rockets, presented in enough detail to allow others to execute the process if they so choose.


HJ101: Turbocharging the Estes Maxi Brute Honest John

This edition of the Rocketry Planet How-To Classroom is based on the Estes Maxi Brute Honest John, a 1/9 scale model of the venerable ballistic missile used by the United States Army. This class covers the Estes first edition Maxi Brute kit #1269 released in 1975, the Estes second edition Collector Series kit #1269 released in 1993 or the third edition Maxi Brute kit #2166 released in 2000.This kit is approaching collector status, if it hasn't already, and you can still find them occassionally on eBay for reasonable prices. This class project features dual deployment with an altimeter bay, fiberglass airframe reinforcing and fiberglass fins to replace the thin styrene shells that come in the standard kit. In fact, of the original kits, we are mainly using the styrene fin canisters and the two-piece styrene nose cones while replacing most everything else — this is imperative to be able to fly these kits on 38mm and 54mm motors.

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