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This is a new section of my website which originally
was going to just be about experimental or research rocketry (how to
make homemade rocket motors) but is now (will be soon) being
expanded into all areas of rocketry. These areas are being worked
on now. Model Rocketry will also be added in the future. At least
that is my current intention.
(high power commercial and research) 4-4-2008
-- This page is being rewritten since I have gotten a better
understanding of the laws. It will be re-issued shortly.
Until I get
more pages written, check out these:
Just For Fun
Starwars X-Wing -- pictures of the build process and finished
Video #1  of its launch (and demise),
and a third longer version
High-Power Rocketry 2 by Mark Canepa
This is the definitive work on high
power rocketry and explains all about high power rocketry, motors,
electronics, altimeter bays, recovery, clusters & airstarts,
construction, and scratch building. It takes you through all
certification levels. His book does not cover experimental
rocketry. The book can be purchased at bookstores or at various
online websites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. and through
various rocketry suppliers. This is the place to start.
Info Web Sites
You name it, its here. Plan on
spending hours looking through this website. For construction,
check out this:
HPKIT101: High Power Rocketry Kit Building. It takes you
through all the steps of building a high power rocket kit. Also
check out the links on
this page under the heading "Tech Tips Series" near the bottom
of the page. They have links to what must be hundreds of
individual's sites, links to organizations and suppliers, blogs,
videos, books, software, reviews, editorials, and more.
Rocketry Online -
Design, construction, propulsion,
recover, electronics, ground support, regulation, motors, forums,
Also check out their
Presents page with the Gates Brothers Rocketry, Insane
Rocketry, Michael Wilkins, and others.
Tons of links for the technical
basics: physics, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering,
chemistry, legal stuff, etc.
Information, articles, links. Also
check out the main page,
hobbyspace.com for other space related information.
John has built or has in construction
44 rockets according to his website at the time of this writing.
Besides pictures and videos of his fleet, he has a great set of
construction pages you can find on his website under "How-To".
Fin slots, fiberglassing, jigs, adhesives, kit building and more.
Brian is a multitalented guy and a
man after my own heart because he has now made videos of my two
passions, ultralights and high power rocketry. He is a musician, a
pilot, and a video artist. His latest video is A Beginner's Guide
to American Amateur High Powered Rocketry -- $19.95 including
Some good stuff for both
commercial high power rocketry and experimental rocketry but the
nuggets are kind of buried and you have to follow the link rabbit
trails to find them.
Though not real detailed,
covers a nice cross section of topics including some research
(National Association of Rocketry):
(Tripoli Rocket Association):
Model rocketry, mid-power,
high-power, propulsion, support and recovery, product reviews,
scratch built, techniques, contests, events, yard sales, vendors.
Lee Scott's Nike Smoke Cluster Build on The
Very detailed picture record of his
project. You can see in pictures how it is done and get a good idea
of what building large high power rockets is all about.
And here is his 6" cluster Thor build. These are multi-page so
don't quit at the bottom of the first page. At the bottom of the
page, go on to the next pages.
The Official Magazine of
Tripoli Rocketry Association
The official journal of the
National Association of Rocketry
A new entry into rocketry
magazines covering not only amateur rocketry but the latest in
18mm to 29mm RMS (reloadable
motor system) motors. Also rocket kits, ground support, avionics,
single use motors, reload kits, hybrid systems.
29mm to 98mm reloadable rocket
motors built for use with Aerotech reloads.
29mm to 98mm 100% Aerotech
compatible motors and hardware. CO2
29mm to 152mm snap ring type motors, reloads, electronics. These
are suitable for homemade (experimental) propellant as well as
38mm to 98mm snap ring type reloadable motors and reloads.
18mm to 54mm Aerotech
Monster Motors reloadable motors, airframes, components,
composites, electronics, launch systems, recovery, software.
38mm to 150mm Pro series reloadable motors. Available only from
Rocket Kits, airframe parts,
recovery, recovery, igniters, adhesives, hardware.
Well known rocket
kits, hardware, recovery, experimental motors, more.
Kits and parts.
Model and high power rocket
kits and parts.
Carries most if not all of the
most popular rocket kits and supplies
Hardware, electrical parts, avionics,
-- Rocket High:
Hybrid motors, parts, supplies.
Everything Fiberglass related.
Whether you are weighing you
ejection charge black powder or your ingredients for your 152mm
grains, you will find the right scales here.
Links Page for links associated with experimental
I have hardly
scratched the surface here and will add more links before I get into
writing my own pages.
Below are the topics that are the initial areas
that will be written with other topics added as I go.
between model rocketry and high power rocketry
Size & Power
recovery vs motor time delay and ejection charges
restrictions, FAA waivers, etc.
Buying and storing
high power rocket motors
The Law and the
steps and what to expect
Building a high
Level III and
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