Tripoli North Carolina

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.

This is our MLRS project. 
Multi Launch Rocket System.
This project is going to be interesting as we build a 12 tube launch platform.

This is our MLRS project.
Multi Launch Rocket System.
This project is going to be interesting as we build a 12 tube launch platform.

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.

Thank you Michael Gunter Sr.! We got the 1930's leblond lathe wired up to the phase generator. 13" swing x 62" useable bed!
O motors☺ may a P motor or 5.
Lots more to come🚀🚀

Finally getting there! ! With a week of rain ahead, all we can do is watch. We have a yard full of tools on Pallets, milling machine, 60" engine lathe, 1960s hobart TIG welder, work stations, lumber, etc.
Clancy Builders of Raleigh have graciously donated their leftovers from a huge apartment project in durham.
This will be our " Rocket Development Center" fabrication room. We have to keep the welding area and metals away from the chemicals and rocket fuel.
Meanwhile. ........we wait. Snow, rain, ugh!!!! So many rockets to build! And quite a few to repair for friends.
And yes, I went old school with the hand drawings.
Join us for the Northern High School fundraiser, (choir and AP class trip to Boston) on March 13, at Northern Baseball fields.
We will also be out with the rocket grill for Multiflora Greenhouses open house in hillsburough March 31.

Astronomy Days

Come join us at this great yearly tradition!
Coming up January 27 and 28th. Great for the whole family.

Annual Free Public Education Event for Astronomy and Space Sciences brought to you by the Raleigh Astronomy Club, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Astronomy Days

Come join us at this great yearly tradition!
Coming up January 27 and 28th. Great for the whole family.

Annual Free Public Education Event for Astronomy and Space Sciences brought to you by the Raleigh Astronomy Club, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

[12/05/17]   We just came into possession of 9 sheets of G10 fiberglass, 3/8 " thick sheet, 36" x 48"(from a defense contractor).

We've kept some for our own big projects, and want to sell the rest. Rocketeers first of course.

So if you are interested in any.... $250 a sheet. First come first serve.

A great weekend at War Birds Air Show. A lot of good people and a lot of fantastic items on display. A good way to honor Veterans Day.

A great weekend at War Birds Air Show. A lot of good people and a lot of fantastic items on display. A good way to honor Veterans Day.

Yep, She be pretty.

Bushy Fork Rocket Shop

A bit of progress today on the Rocket Grill. I am happy with the way this turned out. Now for the final touches. Touch up paint and get a good rope for the hand rail.

steps done, deck done, uprights/braces in place and now for a bit of texture on the surface.

Adding a work platform to the Grill

Adding a work platform to the Grill

Nice day yesterday to glass and vacuum the fins for the 1/2 Scale Nike Ajax. Rebuild the nosecone. Prep and glass the 16" bodytube for next big build!! And patiently waiting for this to be indoors.........

So after the 1/2 Scale Nike Ajax "Ouch" a few months ago, time to start the rebuild. The one benefit to overbuilding a rocket is when things go awry.....the piece can get put back together again.
Bow tail assembly just needed a clean up and...lots of epoxy.
New fins, I'll glass them tomorrow.
New decals from Mark Hayes of Stickershock23.com.
Should be ready to fly by weeks end!!

This time with the Pics!!
Styles Sharp went to town on these cowlings for our 4K video cameras.
As we begin the rebuild, this was a first. Styles printed them on the 3D printer in white to match the color scheme. The fit is sooo exact!
He modified them to accommodate the electrical channels on the rocket exterior, for other rockets this isn't necessary. He has them for all kinds of size bodytubes

See what was shared with Verizon Cloud

Styles Sharp went to town on these cowlings for our 4K video cameras.
As we begin the rebuild, this was a first. Styles printed them on the 3D printer in white to match the color scheme. The fit is sooo exact!
He modified them to accommodate the electrical channels on the rocket exterior, for other rockets this isn't necessary. He has them for all kinds of size bodytubes.

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Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show

Held each November around Veterans Day at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport, this is a truly one-of-a-kind Event that focuses on history & education.

Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show

Come join us for a great weekend next month! Nov. 11&12
We'll be there with Rockets, the Nike Ajax Project, and great food !!

Held each November around Veterans Day at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport, this is a truly one-of-a-kind Event that focuses on history & education.

Finally the foundation of TNC Rocketry Development Center. 48 yards of concrete!

Rocket development center finally under way!! We are adding 1500 Sq. Ft. of space to actually be able to function.

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Rocket 'lunatics' flock to Blacksburg for launch event

roanoke.com BLACKSBURG — Michael Gunter and Paul Schaefer spent two and a half years building a rocket for a flight that was intended to last just a few glorious seconds.

Bushy Fork Rocket Shop

Flights and fun with New River Valley Rocketry
(not all in order but these are my shots MG)

Ouch...

This is a slow motion of the flight. One small setback but we will keep going.

Today was a great day with the New River Rocket gang. Except for one small setback in our Ajax rocket this was a great flight.

This is what happens when you ask a couple of Rocket guys to host a Birthday Party.

We had a good time showing the Nike Ajax in the Museum Saturday.

[02/04/17]   Looking for something to do today? Come out to Butner and join us! We'll be launching rockets and cooking up some burgers. 🚀🍔

A WIFI switch was decided upon for arming the altimeters. This is the "EGGTIMER" wifi switch that was received. If you notice there was a small amount of "assembly required". I think Paul got this to test my electronics soldering abilities.

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Ouch...
O-3345 Static Test
Propellant test with oversized nozzle

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Monday 09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00
Friday 09:00 - 13:00
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