November 06, 2004

Rocket Launch today

Maybe a launch report later or tomorrow. The weather is cooperating again this weekend: light breezes and warming up nicely after a chilly night. The Hot Jets is repaired and ready to fly again, and Watch the Birdie has a rebuilt hybrid motor installed, so she's set to launch as well. I also have a handful of model rockets packed away for the launch as well. It's looking to be a goooood day.

Before I go, I wanted to tease you with this little tidbit.

Doug Pratt was telling me about the solonoid valves he uses on the ground support equipment we use to fill hybrid rocket motors with nitrous oxide. Seems that early on, folks were using automobile-rated valves and burning them out because cars get a quick shot, whereas we hold the valves open for many seconds to complete the fill.

So Doug went out and found a source for custom solonoids, and it's the guy who did all the nitrous systems for movies like The Fast and the Furious. The guy is a complete loon, and his latest toy is a nitrous-injected chainsaw.

Rumor has it that there's a video out there showing this beast passing through a railroad tie like a light sabre through an Ewok. I'll try to get a link.

Posted by Ted at November 6, 2004 08:05 AM | TrackBack

Please please please please...

We want to see that chainsaw!

Posted by: GEBIV at November 6, 2004 11:00 AM

Speaking of loons, the father of an ex-girlfriend of mine once built a nitros-powered skateboard. with a chainsaw motor, a custom expansion pipe, hand-built two-speed tranny, and no brakes.

The guy was a whiz in a fab shop, but man was he nuts. The girlfriend turned out not to be sane either.

Posted by: Matt Navarre at November 9, 2004 01:06 AM
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