Category Archives: Rocketry

My Model Rockets

Although I flew a few amateur rockets over sixty years ago, I didn’t fly my first model rocket until recently. This first model was made from an Estes kit, and is called a Crossfire ISX. It is 16″ tall and … Continue reading

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ERC Rocket Launch

The Edmonton Rocketry Club held a public rocket launch today, in Calmar, Alberta. The weather was great and the field was relatively dry. There were thirty or forty people and lots of rockets, big and small (people and rockets). All … Continue reading

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Rocketry Hobbies

I became interested in model rocketry while a Boy Scout, attending the 50th Anniversary Jamboree in Colorado Springs, in 1960.  There was a model rocket launch that introduced many of us to what was, back then, a new hobby. My … Continue reading

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Composite Materials Fabrication Handbook #1, by John Wanberg

This is an excellent book for anyone getting started with fiberglass or carbon fiber. The examples range from simple to complex, but are well illustrated and described. I want to make some composite nosecones and tubes, and it looks like … Continue reading

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Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants, by John D. Clark

This book helps explain why some liquid propellants are “better” than others, and why some should be avoided at all costs! I really liked the chapter devoted to hypergolic propellants, but the chapters on monopropellants and hybrid propellants were also … Continue reading

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