February 20, 2005

You people are spoiled

What, I have to post something every day? Oh, fer crying out loud....

Posted by Ted at February 20, 2005 05:56 PM
Category: Square Pegs

Ted, you ever watch "Mythbusters"?

I was just watching a rerun episode where they strapped their crash test dummy, "Buster", to a chair with 45 "I" rocket motors.

It slammed him all around the launch site. But it wasn't as impressive as the 45 blackpowder rockets that they used the first time.


They CATO'd the chair and Buster.

They had the help of one of the local rocketry clubs to do all of this, so it was under controlled conditions.

Posted by: GEBIV at February 20, 2005 11:35 PM

I hadn't seen that one, sounds cool. Forty-five "I" motors works out to about a mid-range "N" motor. Much bigger than the more-often seen "M"'s used for Level 3 certifications, but "O" and "P" motors are becoming more common, and out west they fly the occasional "S" motor.

A single "I" motor is the biggest I've ever flown (so far).

Now the black powder motors, IIRC would have to have been Estes D12's or E9's. The D's would have a bigger kick, the E's would burn longer for more total thrust. The E9's were prone to CATO when they were first introduced, although I've also had a couple of D12's CATO. I've probably burned over a hundred D's over the last few years.

Posted by: Ted at February 21, 2005 08:30 AM

They used home-made, twine wrapped, bamboo blackpowder rockets. (Maybe pipebombs is a better word)

They were trying for ancient Chinese historical accuracy.

It was a very impressive explosion.

Posted by: GEBIV at February 21, 2005 12:02 PM

YES,Ted!You DO have to post every day.We're your fans and you OWE us.Ever see the movie Misery?Don't make me hobble yer ass,Ted!HEHEHE!!!!!

Posted by: Russ at February 21, 2005 10:18 PM
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