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Dutch Rocket Boys Attempt Records
News Release by Frank De Brouwer   
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Dutch Rocket Boys Attempt Records

In the first week of May, 2012, the Dutch Rocket Boys will fly an amateur rocket named EDAN I in the Scottish Highlandsat a launchorganized by the Scottish Rocketry Organizations.The Dutch Rocket Boys aim to break the European Amateur Rocket High Altitude Record by flying thetwo stage rocketto 70,000 feet.

UPDATE - The Dutch Rocket Boys were unable to fly EDAN I, due to supply chain issues. Their motor supplier encountered problems obtaining the motors and getting them to the launch site in time.

 
Argonia Relief
News Release by Rocketry Planet   
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Argonia Relief
On Saturday, April 14th, 2012,some of thelandowners near the "Rocket Pasture"suffered damagewhen the area was struck by a large tornado. KLOUDbusters have established a fund to help the local landowners. This is an opportunity for rocketeers to help.
 
Unmanned Airship Soars to 95,000'
News Release by David Reese   
Monday, November 07, 2011
Unmanned Airship Soars to 95,000'
Getting a rocket to the edge of space can be a challenge. But when you put the launch pad at 95,000 feet, things get a lot easier. Such is the theory of JP Aerospace, a small research company based out of Rancho Cordova, California. On October 22, 2011, the company made the trek to Nevada'...
 
Space Shuttle's Last Satellite Gets Hobby Rocket Boost
News Release by David Reese   
Monday, November 07, 2011
Space Shuttle's Last Satellite Gets Hobby Rocket Boost
As the last mission of Shuttle Atlantis was coming to a close, a small hatch in the cargo bay opened and deployed the PSSC-2 spacecraft. PSSC-2 (PicoSatellite Solar Cell testbed 2) is a technology demonstration spacecraft built by the Aerospace Corporation for the US Air Force. The spacecraft...
 
Leading Edge REACTOR hits the rocket scene this summer
News Release by Leading Edge Rocketry   
Friday, August 05, 2011
Leading Edge REACTOR hits the rocket scene this summer
EUGENE, Oregon USA — Leading Edge Rocketry is excited to announce the newest addition is 2011 fleet, the Reactor! With its sleek Sci-Fi styling, the Reactor is a great introduction rocket to mid-powered flying. Made with the highest quality parts available, the Reactor's main airframe is ...
 
Hundreds of Girl Scouts 'Reach for the Stars' in contest
News Release by JACK COLPAS, Reach for the Stars   
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Hundreds of Girl Scouts 'Reach for the Stars' in contest
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado USA — Michelle Jorgensen of Colorado was the first Girl Scout to win nationally in the Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition. She competed in 2009 with Troop #337 at the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado under competition host, Tracey Tomme. She was pr...
 
New Launch Logger software stores your rockets, flights
News Release by IonFusion.Net   
Thursday, July 28, 2011
New Launch Logger software stores your rockets, flights
MONTPELIER, Vermont USA — Grant Flood of IonFusion.Net is proud to announce the release of his new Launch Logger software, a browser-based system to keep track of every rocket and flight you have. Launch Logger is a simple tool that works on your home computer, even through your home computer ...
 
UK schools to launch 5000 model rockets simultaneously
News Release by United Launch   
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
UK schools to launch 5000 model rockets simultaneously
WORLDWIDEWEB — We are today announcing a new competition aimed at schools, colleges, scouts and other educational based organisations to help them set a new world record for the most model rockets launched simultaneously. Competition packs will be available from Rocket Store in September 20...
 
Tripoli Vegas announces reboot of Oktoberfest Oct. 21-23
News Release by Tripoli Vegas   
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tripoli Vegas announces reboot of Oktoberfest Oct. 21-23
LAS VEGAS, Nevada USA - Tripoli Vegas (Prefecture #24), the home of Springfest, will hold Oktoberfest 2011 at the best local flying site in the United States: Jean Dry Lake, October 21st, 22nd and 23rd. With an average daytime temperature of 81 degrees during the Oktoberfest weekend, Jean Dry Lake i...
 
ULA, Ball Aerospace interns to launch 25' 'Future' rocket
News Release by United Launch Alliance   
Monday, July 25, 2011
ULA, Ball Aerospace interns to launch 25' 'Future' rocket
CENTENNIAL, Colorado USA — Hands-on learning will reach new heights when Colorado high school students and college interns from across the nation blast high-power rockets and payloads deep into the Colorado sky. Now in its fourth year, the high-power rocket event involves more than 100 Colorad...
 
U.S. Rockets releases dual 18mm kit with rear ejection
News Release by U.S. Rockets   
Saturday, July 23, 2011
U.S. Rockets releases dual 18mm kit with rear ejection
CLAREMONT, California USA — U.S. Rockets is proud to announce the release of a new kit called Dual 18mm Rear Eject. It is a two cluster 18mm rocket with fixed side pods and flow through ejection to the central body which employs rear ejection for a perfect ballistic flight every time. The kit...
 
Leading Edge to test fly their largest night flight kit
News Release by Leading Edge Rocketry   
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Leading Edge to test fly their largest night flight kit
EUGENE, Oregon USA — Leading Edge Rocketry is happy to announce the upcoming test flight of the latest kit in their Night Flight rocket series. In the upcoming test, Leading Edge will test fly their largest night flight equipped rocket yet. On Saturday, July 23rd at Oregon Rocketry's Deser...
 
CP Technologies announces motor design class in August
News Release by CP Technologies   
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
CP Technologies announces motor design class in August
CASPER, Wyoming USA — The next CP Technologies solid rocket motor design course will be August 25 through August 28, 2011 in Casper, Wyoming. The class costs $195 and includes the "How To Make Amateur Rockets" 2nd Edition book set, all motor/propellant materials and lunches. A $30 discount is...
 
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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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