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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.…

Memorial Day Memorabilia

A pair of Army scale rockets line up in the desert… Five sparky research motors clustered together (four M’s and an O) in the Little John give quite a show: and then a another Deep sub-woofer blastoff with a cluster of five AMW motors. Jack’s Nike Smoke is 19 ft. tall, and 422 lbs. (lots…

Bisecting the Moonrise

Richard Hagen’s rocket, flying on a Aerotech J500G motor, created a wonderful night light over the Black Rock Desert playa. With some of the night photos, there are random RGB pixels; digital astronomy photography becomes an exercise in the statistics of noise. The high-end photographers liquid cool their sensors and build images from a large…

Rocket Propellant Types

Beyond the thrust curve, there is an art to the color of the propellant (achieved through special metal salt additives). My 9 ft tall Sledgehammer, lifting off on a M1550 Redline motor from Aerotech, one of my favorite photos: The shadow of dusk in the foreground really lets the color pop. The smoke and dust…

Blinky Bling Bliss

Kids at the candy shop… from the DairyAire launch event this weekend. For a sense of how the photonic Ritalin works, this is what my rocket looks like as an example: For a while, I’ve wanted to use a funky armored car fisheye lens from Belarus for night rocketry. I tested it at dusk: and…

Hybrid Rocket Hijinks

It was hot at the Dairy Aire launch this weekend. 103°F, with cows. What weather forecast is that? The cattle packed into the nearby Harris Ranch pens literally create local fog as they sweat into dusk. Mix with a little methane, and you get Dairy Aire. Here was one of my favorite shots… 2.25 seconds…

The Joy of Rockets

I was asked to give a three minute talk at the TED conference to try to convey some of the excitement about the hobby. I should have just quoted Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen: “In terms of sheer coolness, few things beat rocketry.” Instead, I put together a photo montage, and commented on the stream: The…

Night Launch CATO

I’ll be launching this rocket again on Saturday… well, the upper half of it, which survived unscathed from this dramatic motor rupture a half-mile up in the moonlit sky of the Black Rock Desert: I just love night launches as you can get a time-lapse capture of the entire rocket flight, especially when something goes…