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Rocket Drag Races

Drag races add a bit to all of the excitement, not only for their competitive elements, but also because the action fills the skies, sometimes with mishap. This Great Gizmo drag race was sponsored by Wildman Rocketry at LDRS27 in Argonia, Kansas, with each flying the same kit: It’s a rare treat to see them…

Rockets Gone Wild

The pop of a supersonic shred, scattering fins below… and the beginning of a sparky spiral dance in the sky… Here’s a rare catch of a fleeting midair moment – the forward retention for the solid-fuel motor has failed and so it thusts forward up through the rocket, pushing the parachute and nose cone out…

Spinners

Near the ground we call them land sharks: My rocket buddy Erik and I have developed a knack for spotting a likely train wreck in the sky. There was a certain lack of craftsmanship in this Sonotube build that cued us to be ready with the camera: I just held the motor drive down for…

Big Bada Boom

Ka-pow. Bing, Bam, Boom. For launch shots, I shoot with timing priority at 1/3000 seconds or faster to catch the action. This helps freeze the shrapnel in sharp focus. Typically, I am tracking the rocket by hand with a 400mm zoom. Rockets bursting in air… In this example, a home-brew motor mixed with 8 pounds…

Rocketman

► Elton John ♫ ♪ Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Beer Keg Loft

And now for something completely different… Pirate flags are the first sign… Team Numb comfortably launched a fat rocket on a P7000 motor to loft a full beer keg over a mile high straight up. • Keg: 175 lbs of beer. Roots. From Oregon. • Motor: 60 lbs of Alumaflame solid rocket propellant (looks like…

Video Rockets – Part 2

Looking Outward With a big enough airframe, the camera can be inside looking out, or bouncing off a 45° mirror, or both. For my Level 3 Certification, I buily a 7.5″ diameter GLR Sledgehammer and fiberglassed it for strength: I simulate the flights before launch, and compare the actual performance recorded by two on-board flight…

Video Rockets

Part 1 – Looking Down with a Strap-on Videocamera I fiberglassed half of a plastic Easter Egg as the nose cone for an Oregon Scientific action cam, so it can be a strap-on on various rockets: One of my goals has been to capture another rocket launching up after me as a chaser: And sometimes…

The Beauty of Night Rockets

The long exposure presents all kinds of interesting visuals, from simple Estes propellant grains showering down… …to the errant path of an unstable rocket: Here’s another example of an unstable flight followed by the fiery forward spray of a motor closure failure under pressure: And different propellant grains provide wonderful lighting: And of course, all…

Persistence

Gene Nowaczyk is aiming for the big prize – a successful launch to 100,000 ft. After 50 hours/week over two years, he drove his custom airframe from Missouri in a huge truck. Here is prepping the upper section, packed with electronics. He put an incredible amount of work and craftsmanship into this machined metal rocket.…