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Type II

This friday will be a busy time, as I will be drilling all the holes I measured this last week.

I also plan on drilling the holes for the Sled for the AV-Bay. Then to wire the Av- Bay, with all of this done. I can then start the outside of the rocket, this includes sanding the previous clear coat on the bottom.

Getting it ready for Primer, and Paint.

I have a feeling the Primer and Paint will have to wait until after my marriage and honeymoon. Time is running out, and I have to shift my priorites to that.

Thanks for reading!

Type II Under Construction

Well today I pulled out my calipers and rulers. Its time to get all the correct holes drilled.

I am very cautious with the altimeter port’s I really want them to be as close to the middle of the Av Bay as possible and the correct size. So I am measuring 3 times and going to drill once.

The lower half of the rocket already has holes for the shear pins, and I will need to drill holes for the Plastic rivets.

Music Video In Space

This is for those who have not seen it yet, pretty interesting and amazing views for the ISS.

It has been awhile

So again, I am full of excuses. Life has been really busy as I am finishing up school and planning a wedding.

I did finished the nosecone for the Type II rocket, I will also post a write up for how I did the shock cord attachment. Something not a lot of people are using.

I plan on working on the AV Bay on Friday as I finally have a day off with no work and school! Plus my box of supplies from McMaster-Carr is ariving today with more G10/Fr4. So hopefully  I will have the sled cutout and all the holes drilled. Then the only thing left is the vent holes and everything else for the rocket before paint.

Then Paint and more surprises. My wedding is June 7th I am hoping to finish it before then if I can juts sit down and have more then 20 minutes to do work it should be finished.

Pics to come!

Mysterious Tweet

I follow Elon Musk on Twitter to try to get as many updates about the Falcon platform as possible. The other day this was tweeted:

 

Anyone have any idea what this may be?

SpaceX Falcon 9 and new configuration

 

As you can see in this picture, SpaceX tested its reusable ignition system, with the Merlin 1d engine’s in their new configuration.

Grasshopper

Again sorry for the delay in posts, I have been working extra time at work.

But here is the video the Space X and their Grasshopper demo vehicle. This is actually really spectacular.

Successful Antares Launch

 

Well Orbital finally did it, they successfully reached orbit and the fairing on their payload separated unlike their last attempt.

Congrats

 

L1 and L2 Plans.

With my last L1 attempt failed.

I was thinking today that I need to make plans for L1 and L2. Right now I plan on using the Type II platform, with my L1 I am thinking of using the H120. This should bring the rocket to around 3600-3700 feet. About the limit I want to go on the current field I fly.

Level two is when it gets interesting, I am thinking towards the end of 2014 I will fly it on a J425 or the J354. The way I have it built currently, it can only take up to 6 grain cases. Plus with my L2 I wanted to break the 10,000 foot mark.

That is a huge jump from 3000-4000 feet all the way to 10,000. But I plan on running I’s and J’s in my Spitfire, that I will revamp with tracking and altimeters. To practice for my L2 attempt. This will be one huge endeavor, but I know I can do it.

After all I am trying dual deploy, on a minimum diameter rocket, for my L1. So why not?

Wallops Launch

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/news/antares-rollout.html

Im excited to see if Orbital can perform well. I will be trying to watch it live on my lunch break.

Update:  The launch was scrubbed due to the umbilical reaching the second stage unlatched prematurely.