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Details about my experiences with Sonoma State University’s Rising Data flight recorder can be found here.

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NASA Student Launch Proposals Due Sept 19, 2022

Each year, NASA sponsors a year long, student launch challenge for colleges and middle / high school students. Students need to design, build and fly a high powered rocket that reaches an altitude between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. (This would be considered a Level 1 HPR using Tripoli or NAR classifications – well within the […]

X-Bow Systems — 3D Printed Suborbital Solid-fueled Rocket Engines

The latest issue (#179) of The Orbital Index featured a picture of X-Bow Systems first test flight. Orbital Index described the rocket (the BOLT) as “retrofuturistic”. I agree and think it will make for a great model rocket design. In fact, X-Bow’s entire fleet (pictured here) makes for great model designs. More interesting, X-Bow main […]

NASA TechRise Winners Announced

The NASA TechRise program challenged middle and high school students to design and build experiments for either a high altitude balloon or a suborbital rocket. Today the 57 winning teams were announced here: https://www.futureengineers.org/nasatechrise Note sometime in the future, clicking on the student’s project name will display a page displaying information regarding the project. So […]

Unique Components for your Avionics Bay

The September / October issue of Sport Rocketry contained a article on making a Modular Avionics Bay (pg 35). The author used components by three small speciality companies that may prove useful in future high powered rockets: Rocket Junkies (rocketjunkies.com) machined the metal bulkheads (custom) and provided the ejection charge wells (off-the-shelf) for the drogue […]

Water Bottle Rockets

I never thought much about water bottle rockets until I viewed a YouTube video on their use in Shields Lab’s virtual summer camp. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Zqx5QCe5b41CcZeWL003g The camp uses Adafruit’s Circuit Playground Express for numerous coding projects and on day 5, the “launch” the CPEx as a flight recorder on a bottle rocket. Since many schools will […]

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