Tripoli North Carolina

Tripoli North Carolina

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Is the Bayboro launch scrubbed due to rain?
Heads up for anyone attending the NRVR BFSL (July launch).. Be sure to get your field-vendor motor orders in sooner than later! You still have some time to order 38-54mm (if you get orders in soon). For >54mm, they were supposed to be in by June 1st, so if you have not ordered them yet, get 'er done. :)

Heads up on anyone attending the NRVR BFSL (July launch).. Get your field-vendor motor orders in sooner than later! You still have some time to order 38-54mm (if you get orders in soon). For >54mm were supposed to be in by June 1st, so if you have not ordered them yet, get 'er done. :)

Safety through education promoting Math and Sciences in Rocket Design, testing and flight. Visitors

Operating as usual

07/21/2021

A visit with some friends to talk about Life, Liberty and the pursuit of FUN.

A visit with some friends to talk about Life, Liberty and the pursuit of FUN.

04/11/2021

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Photos from White Sands Missile Range Museum's post 02/22/2021

This is one reason I love this thing.

12/24/2020
12/08/2020

For the machinist in the crew.

11/07/2020

Bushy Fork Rocket Shop

Electronics work on the theory of "Captured Smoke". If the smoke escapes the device stops working. I have found the repair for this problem.

[10/24/20]   I got this from a friend. THE TRUTH AT LAST... TOOLS EXPLAINED

DRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.
WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh*t'
DROP SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.
BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
VISE-GRIPS : Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
OXYACETYLENE TORCH : Used almost entirely for lighting on fire various flammable objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race..
TABLE SAW : A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK : Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
BAND SAW : A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.
TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST : A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER : Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER : A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
PRY BAR : A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.
HOSE CUTTER : A tool used to make hoses too short.
HAMMER : Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.
UTILITY KNIFE : Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.
ADJUSTABLE WRENCH: aka "Another hammer", aka "the Swedish Nut Lathe", aka "Crescent Wrench". Commonly used as a one size fits all wrench, usually results in rounding off nut heads before the use of pliers. Will randomly adjust size between bolts, resulting in busted buckles, curse words, and multiple threats to any inanimate objects within the immediate vicinity.
Son of a bitch TOOL : Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a b*tch' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

10/10/2020

Those who know will understand. This is where my mind wandered off to.

10/06/2020

Shop Safety talk. We need to do more of these

It has been about 4 months from the last time I actually used my cutting torch. CHECK YOUR TOOLS. Inspect tools, cables, cords and hoses often. Build a safety inspection routine.

08/02/2020
05/21/2020

TECNA 9720 Spot Welder. Rewired and tested in the shop. 16 year old machine and the first two welds ever made with it were done today.

04/12/2020

This Chinese virus has us all screwed up. I hope all my friends out there are taking care of yourselves and family.
In an effort to keep my last 3 brain cells active I decided to play with the idea of learning to screen print. So now I have added this to my list of things I can actually do.
Michael

Rocket Stove and goofing off 03/29/2020

I an attempt to hold onto the little bit of sanity I have left I got into the scrap pile and decided to try building one of these Rocket Stoves I have heard so much about

I an attempt to hold onto the little bit of sanity I have left I got into the scrap pile and decided to try building one of these Rocket Stoves I have heard so much about

[03/29/20]   With this Chinese Virus going around and every one being told to stay home I wanted to take a moment to let you know we are alive and well. Paul and his family are doing fine and are taking all safety measures. Donna and I are doing the same here. PLEASE follow the instruction of your officials and stay safe. This virus is no joke and none of us wants to hear about a friend being sick.
Michael

02/28/2020

A little more work on the Stalin's Organ transport. Bolt down and electrical to be done then placed on hold waiting for the Rocket Tubes.

02/27/2020

Play time in the shop today. A little Plasma cutting action. A little grinding action and a little Welding action. Work to install Blast Shield on the "Stalin's Organ" transport.

02/24/2020

The Design Team strikes again.

MLRS, and it begins 02/16/2020

This is our MLRS project.
Multi Launch Rocket System.
This project is going to be interesting as we build a 12 tube launch platform.
TRAILER SWAP...The Green M353 trailer is going to become the MLRS transport and the yellow trailer is going to become the Stalin's Organ transport.

This is our MLRS project.
Multi Launch Rocket System.
This project is going to be interesting as we build a 12 tube launch platform.
TRAILER SWAP...The Green M353 trailer is going to become the MLRS transport and the yellow trailer is going to become the Stalin's Organ transport.

02/14/2020

OK then.. The hitch I was given to work with was for a 4" tongue and not a 3". So I added a 1/2" thick plate to each side and extended 3" to the tongue of out trailer. 6 grade 8 bolts to attach and this is what I came up with.

02/08/2020

A bit of progress on the trailer today. I got to play with the Plasma cutter a bit and do a little of welding. Now for more clean up and then make the rest of the tongue box.

02/06/2020

Working on the "A" Frame for pod tilt unit. Cut it to many pieces and weld it back together. I cut 13" from the side to side length so fit the trailer. Now waiting for plate materials to make a Blast Guard so we don't set fire to the field.

02/04/2020

We got a little more done today. Have the tongue mount welded in place so now I will work out the covering for it. Started on the "A" Frame for the launch tube mount. This is gonna be interesting.

02/02/2020

A bit of clean up and prep getting ready to lower and extend the tongue and hitch. We will build a frame and cover that with 1/4" plate. Design to make sure the 3000 pounds of trailer will be secure.

01/31/2020

So first we remove the extra "Stuff" that is not needed and get ready to start building this into a work of Rocket Science Art.

01/29/2020

The MLRS was placed on hold to push a different project. Now we have a challenge. Turn an M353 trailer into a modified M63 rocket launcher transport. 36 tubes at 6" diameter and 5' long will be placed 4 high and 9 wide on a swivel base platform mounted to the rear.
The big challenge is to reduce the tongue weight to less than 1000 lbs. Let the games begin.

[12/06/19]   It is funny how "Random Thoughts" attack us.
I was sitting peacefully and enjoying my coffee as I watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" as my mind drifted into the equations that determine center of pressure versus the center of gravity. At that point I decided to work out fin drag and size for tubular fin design. As that happens I am now trying to work out overall length with station numbers and why the purple streaks in my blueberry pancakes change flavor as I drink orange juice. Yet the ballistics of a 45ACP change with temp and humidity as fast as hydroscopic changes in KNO3/SB/FEO4 fuel burns.
I am now working out the design and calculations for the framework of a 12 section multi launch system that will allow us to start 23 fires on Monday evening as we play ACDC Highway to Hell. Then as the song ends I realize that I need a plasma cutter for the radius cuts of play-dough.
Yet at 30 fps I can change speed to make a slow motion investigation of a CATO. And people think Rocket Design is easy.

MLRS, and it begins 07/26/2019

This is our MLRS project.
Multi Launch Rocket System.
This project is going to be interesting as we build a 12 tube launch platform.
TRAILER SWAP...The Green M353 trailer is going to become the MLRS transport and the yellow trailer is going to become the Stalin's Organ transport.

This is our MLRS project.
Multi Launch Rocket System.
This project is going to be interesting as we build a 12 tube launch platform.
TRAILER SWAP...The Green M353 trailer is going to become the MLRS transport and the yellow trailer is going to become the Stalin's Organ transport.

07/23/2019

Design guys sent this for Engineering Approval. Want prototype ASAP.
We want this made of Tritolluminum Allobide. It is part of the Altimagig System

05/31/2019

Omegaaaad - OmegA Rocket Test Failure - First Stage Nozzle Disintegrates

Sometimes even the Pro has a bad day. Back to the drawing board. A lot of data to go through before this question is answered.

From a test moments ago, more details after I get home from work. Nozzle disintegrated less than 2 minutes into test streamed live. https://www.youtube.com/w...

05/28/2019

Just another day in the shop.

05/12/2019

A little re-wire and repair project for the weekend that turned into a week of fun and cut fingers.

04/14/2019

A few shots from the Makers Faire in Burlington NC. Today was a great day to share knowledge and make new friends.

burlington.makerfaire.com 04/12/2019

Makers & Exhibits - Maker Faire Burlington

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday April 13, at the Holly Hill Mall in Burlington NC. We will be set up just inside the back entrance.

burlington.makerfaire.com

04/07/2019

After such a tough day promoting the fun of rocketry, and the dedication of an historical marker for James E. Webb. Nice to hang out with friends!

Chill afternoon with friends at Tobacco Wood Brewing!! Absolutely great beer! Rocket surgery rules!

04/07/2019

Great museum! awesome folks.

Had the honor of displaying the 1/2 scale Nike Ajax at the Oxford, NC historical museum. Great people, interesting museum!
Ray Bryant did a great job working with the museum to build a display, honoring James Webb and promoting rocketry!

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Shop Safety talk. We need to do more of these
Ouch...
O-3345 Static Test
Paul actually has to do something now. I delivered the 16" Air Frame mandrel today. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
A day at the Burlington Maker Takeover. First full lift to vertical launch position.  and I will say PERFECT...
full operation run for the lift unit. one small bit of fine tuning and she is ready to put rockets in the sky.
Test of the lift system. A few head scratching moments and it works beautifully..
Project Ajax is now online.
Propellant test with oversized nozzle
54mm motor test with new blend Sparky

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