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FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:30:13 AM »

Figured its time to start a build thread for rocket stuff.

So a group of us(Mike Bakula, Darkmoonsinger, myself) got a little further on the rocket prep on Tuesday, figuring out a few more items, test stand, software outline, and just working through some ideas.


Our first batch of fuel components arrived at my house today. Attached is a picture.





I also picked up some PVC pipe and some Durham's RockHard Water Putty to make some nozzles with.


More to come as time goes on. This is a long term project. Our current goal is to test-fire some motors in just over a month, and continually refine the process. During the time, we will also begin to design the rocket itself, based upon motor test data.


Actual launch we're shooting for sometime near end of Q1 2013, with continual improvements made all along the way.

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 07:04:57 AM »
This is very awesome!

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 10:43:56 AM »
Rockets!  Rockets rockets rockets.  Also, this picture is way more exciting than the documentation I'm drawing up for the software involved. *G*

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 02:24:54 PM »
I should make note that the beer in the picture is for size reference only, and has not yet been consumed during the preparation of pictured rocket fuel components.

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 03:00:30 PM »
Dude, you're totally on several watch lists now. Looks like fun though :)

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 03:02:35 PM »
...And that's why he's the one doing the ordering and I'm just writing software/launching rockets. :D  One fewer watch list!

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 03:05:52 PM »
I'm actually intentionally putting myself on some watch lists by putting together the correct paperwork for both ATF Transportation of explosives, and the Explosives Manufacturing licences. I have held the transportation licence before, and thus, am already on their watch list.


Besides. Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) is a common food additive. See Hot Dogs, Corned Beef, Some Deli Meat. The other stuff there, is just special dirt. :)

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 06:49:16 PM »
Besides. Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) is a common food additive. See Hot Dogs, Corned Beef, Some Deli Meat. The other stuff there, is just special dirt. :)

That is so totally awesome. Why not make a rocket shaped like a hot dog. :)
 
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p.s. I like the beer is for size only disclaimer!

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2012, 12:05:34 PM »
I would love to know more about what you guys are actually planning, what size rocket, expected ceiling, etc. love the idea!

p.s. nice taste in beer!

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Re: FamiLAB Rocketry - Solid Fuel Edition
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2012, 11:11:24 PM »
Just an update of what i've been working on. Trying to learn a new CAD program, and designing at the same time is fun. :) Current designs put it at 7.5" ish long, and it should be sized as a high "G" class, or a low "H" class.