February 12, 2005

Rocket Launch today

I'll probably post something more this evening or tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a picture from the last BattlePark launch (in the extended entry).

This was taken October 31, 2004 in Culpeper, Virginia. The launch report from that day is here. The rocket is a scratchbuilt named Watch the Birdie, and was stretched (the white part of the airframe) to accomodate a new RATTworks hybrid motor. Around the pad are various ground support equipment needed for hybrids and two nitrous tanks. You can see the fill hose and igniter wires leading up into the bottom of the rocket.


To give you an idea of the scale, I'm not quite six foot tall.

Posted by Ted at February 12, 2005 07:59 AM
Category: Rocketry

Right on Ted. I have often wanted to go to the experiemntal engine testing deal they have in the Black Rock Playa in Nevada. Not sure the actual name for it, but it's supposed to be full of carnage and power.

Looks like a serious rocket ya got there.

Have a good time.

Posted by: bitterman at February 12, 2005 11:11 AM

AERO-PAC is the outfit. A prefecture of Tripoli High Power Rocket club. But there is another event. Some kind of home brewed engine testing that the feds only give clearance to a couple times a year. Some guys supposedly showed up with a three stage monstrosity a couple years ago that was apparently something to see. I've seen some videos and things of on pad meltdowns and it looks like a helluva time, that is if you like to see things go boom.........and I do.

Posted by: bitterman at February 12, 2005 03:50 PM
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