I started building model rockets in my youth as a Boy
Scout. It was fascinating to build something of cardboard and balsawood and
then watch it streak high into the sky. I built and launched these rockets for
years, well into my married life. I used to launch them wherever I could find a
large plot of land.
After a time, though, things got a bit busy and other
priorities intruded. I sold or threw away all of my rocketry supplies and old
However, for Christmas 2008 my wife and I bought my
nephew a model rocket kit and that started me back on the path of model
rocketry. I assisted with the building of the rocket, and a few days after
Christmas (with too much wind blowing) we launched the rocket. It went up and
the wind caught it... I had to chase it down about 300 yards away from where it
When we returned home I started building a couple of
rockets I had bought years before but never bothered to take out of the box.
I've also bought more (see my Fleet page) and continue to accumulate
The obsession has returned!
My Rocket Fleet!
See My Multi-Rocket Launch Pad!
Alamo Rocketeers at China Grove. Had 8 successful launches,
including the return to flight of my EMRR project "Double Barrel." See the
videos on my YouTube channel.Unfortunately my Hydra VII didn't survive the
Alamo Rocketeers in China Grove. Had 8 successful launches,
including the maiden flight of my EMRR project "Double Barrel." The second
launch was... interesting. See the videos on my YouTube channel. I also got to
launch my LexxJet again and it had another successful launch.
the Ultralight airfield. Steady breeze. One rocket lost in the cow pasture, and
my modified Future Launch Vehicle had a catastrophic failure. Maiden voyage of
the LexxJet! (Video on YouTube)
the Alamo Rocketeers monthly launch in China Grove. It was *way* too hot for a
breeze! Lots of rockets launched, none of mine were lost but my Colonial Viper
was very unsteady and so was my clustered Future Launch Vehicle.
the Ultralight airfield. Almost no breeze. One rocket lawn-darted, but all
rockets were recovered. Maiden voyage of several rockets.
the Alamo Rocketeers monthly launch in China Grove. Two successful launches and
three rockets damaged. Medium wind with gusts.
the Ultralight airfield. Almost no breeze. No damage but one rocket was lost in
the dark. Recovered the next day. Maiden voyage of several rockets
the Ultralight airfield. Light breeze and high clouds. No rockets lost, but one
did break a couple of fins.
the Ultralight airfield. Light breeze and threatening storm clouds. No rain,
but we did lose one rocket.