That someday is (hopefully) this year. I've been chatting for a long time with friends that I made here on the East Coast (and some on the West that I have never met) that have since moved West and this will be an opportunity to hang out with them once again at a rocket launch. I chose Mudrock instead of BALLS because I have been advised that the weather is favorable and I assume the crowds are lighter.
I can't go to a launch without planning to fly something, right? Well let's design a project!
Here are my design goals:
- Use standard 76mm motor tubing
- Flying case design
- Composite nozzle design using phenolic and graphite
- Composite fin can with phenolic fin blanks machined to hide the carbon fiber layups
- AIM Xtra 2.0 tracking and deployment with timer backup
- Survive the boost and recover the rocket!
At this point I have the 5-foot motor/airframe tube, nozzle phenolic, nozzle graphite, bulkhead and nosecone adapter aluminum, and fin can FWFG tube on hand. I have ordered the 3/16" thick phenolic fin material from Mike at www.macperformancerocketry.com and had it sent to a friend to be machined. I still need to buy a 3" FWFG nosecone and a piece of aluminum at least 3.25" OD in order to make the aft pin ring/nozzle retainer/boat tail.