Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Word to the Wise

Not packing your parachute right can affect the aerodynamics of your rocket.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Back to the Launch Pad!!!

Last Saturday I grabbed my new Chrome Dome, Outlaw, and Astro-Vision rockets, my launch equipment, and headed to the launch site with my Pop and my brother Joshua.

The sky was blue and crystal clear. My pop loves launching in clear skies because he can see the rockets better with his fading eyesight.

We used c6-7 engines, launching at a slight angle into the northerly breeze (5-10mph). The Chrome Dome was the first up, and it flew great, but unfortunately I forgot to put flame-proof wadding into the rocket before launch, which prevented full deployment of the parachute (which got scorched) so the rocket landed with a thud over on the baseball diamond.

We also had a problem with the deployment of the Outlaw parachute, though I did have wadding in the rocket this time. My new Outlaw hit the blacktop, and one of the fins broke. The Astro-Vision flew fine.

As is often the case, my Pop announced he was tired and so we packed up the rockets and headed for home after a short (3 launch) session.