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.

Mission: We want to share our passion and show others that there is a lot of fun in learning about the Sciences. We can show that doing things that others tell us “can’t be done” or that “we will never be any good at it” is a very satisfying feeling. Math has always been a problem for many people. We show ways to make learning a bit easier and how to have fun putting Math to work in everyday activities and projects. Science can be a bit boring at times and this makes learning very difficult. Our goal is to show ways that Science can be fun as well as useful in everyday life. It can be as easy as boiling to something as involved as mixing Rocket Fuel. Everything follows a simple pattern. Measure, combine, stir, add, subtract, multiply or divide. What is the expected outcome of the activity? What is the expectation of the final product? What is the reaction we are looking for? What do we need to adjust to make it right? Why did it do what it did? When this combination is put together in a different order, what would happen? Why would this reaction be different? These are just a few of many questions we ask and try to answer. If we can inspire passion to learn in just one child, then we did a good thing. If we can inspire passion to learn in two, then we have success. If we can inspire passion to learn in just ONE PERCENT, then we have a potential growth of learning that cannot be stopped. If we can teach and promote a hunger for learning in our youth then they will starve for more the rest of their lives. We are here to teach Safety Through Education. This is what we do. This is who we are.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

The Design Team strikes again.

MLRS, and it begins

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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...

Just another day in the shop.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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!

Awesome day!

Great time yesterday!
The town of Oxford NC, invited us to help with the dedication of an historical marker honoring the late James E. Webb. Director of NASA from 1961-1968.
Enjoyed being able to represent the enthusiasm that era in the space race had on the public, and in my life!

[02/25/19]   RAIN and more rain and Internet Failure and communications fail and ........ We were slowed down but that is coming to an end. Rockets and BIG things are coming.

Hint....

Time to build something cool...... repurposing odds and ends into.. what?

Mail Call.

First time in a while.... launch at Bayboro, NC with my family and rocket friends! this was "Worst Paint Job Ever" 12' 2", 30#? On a 4 grain 75mm Black Velvet 7% M1330.
Thank You Jim Livingston for the great pics! Love the mach diamonds!

Update!
Fab Lab almost finished...
Let the Monster Rockets Begin! Soon!

Truss were delivered today!! And the frames for the garage doors are working out great. Hopefully we can get the roof on this weekend.

Progress! Aaron Schaefer used his welding expertise to get things on track. The past 3 or 4 days had produced 3+ inches of rain a day. Might have to build a boat dock with this shop.
Lots of copper to polish! These will be the frames for the garage doors. Thanks again Amar doors!

Officially underway! Our rocket development center is going walls up! Thanks to a new fashioned barn raising, good friends, and finally decent weather.
Thank you Clancy builders of Raleigh for the lumber and Amar doors for the garage doors.

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O-3345 Static Test
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