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Launching Rockets is Badass!
Launching Rockets is Badass!

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This is my first all fiberglass rocket. I have collaborated with a team on larger fiberglass rockets. I lost all interest in paper rockets. Some day, carbon fiber parts will come down enough in price and I will be in line and ready.
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2015-07-27
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I have been working on this rocket, very casually, for over a year. I only hope that the details paint a picture of why it is taking so long. 
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Closing in on launch
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WE had another successful student launch Saturday with a team of NMSU engineering students competing in the SEDS Rocketry Challenge. This guys are sharp.
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2015-05-10
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I've added some more notes and captions. What a fantastic team of people to work with; launching STEM student payloads at Spaceport America. 
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NMSGC Student Payload Launch at Spaceport America.
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First came Big Enough to Know better. Then Big-Ass Rocket. And now, the Next Big Thing. These are seriously large, heavy rockets. They are designed to carry up to 15lbs of payload and to be used for years. They require big motors: "N" or "O" class to get them in the air.  We have been flying them to 11,00 to 13,000 ft. AGL in a series of test flights to test 1) Test the suitability of the design; 2) Test performance with the two motors we have selected; 3) Test configuration of recovery system and payload chamber to determine a winning formula for flying these on demand for the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. 
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The Next Big Thing
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This was my first Level 3 certification attempt with Big-ass Rocket, in Alamagordo, NM. this morning. The weather was perfect. There was again very little wind, even at 11,000 ft. AGL. This proved to be fortunate.

In order to tamp the altitude below 12,000 ft. and keep the velocity under Mach 1, I added 16 lb. of dirt to the payload segment. I did not think through all of the consequences of this much payload mass. The forward sheer pins failed at apogee deployment, and the base attachment bulkhead of the payload bay pulled out as well.

As a consequence, all three parachutes deployed at apogee. The dirt fell out of the base of the payload bay and showered down over Veterans Memorial Field. The payload bay and nosecone came in more or less ballistic and landed 0.5 miles from the launch point. Because the rocket drifted down range under two chutes (entangled) from 11,300 ft, the rocket landed just over two miles down range.

I should have used the heavier sheer pins on the forward segment, and the payload bulkhead should have been enforced better. The deployment electronics and charges worked perfectly, but to less than desired effect. I did not attain L3 certification today. I will have another chance soon. The damage was trivial.
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Rocker #2 (Big-ass Rocket)
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The Spaceport Educational activities committee for FLARE are John DeMar, Joe Pfieffer, Denzil Burnam, Gloria Kindig, and yours truly, Thomas Kindig. We put a lot of work into building the prototype of two rockets we are going to build for the New Mexico Spacegrant Consortuim. This rocket will be the property of FLARE and we will use it to launch student payloads at our West Mesa launch site, and at Spaceport America.
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The run up to the launch, and launch of of Big Enough to Know Better
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We canceled the launch this weekend because all of the weather data was pointing to 20mph winds by 10am. While we don't think that these conditions materialized, we did take advantage of the downtime to do additional work on Big Enough to Know Better.
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Big Enough to Know Better
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Launching at Spaceport America

This is an article about launching rockets at Spaceport America, in southern New Mexico. The players include the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Spaceport America, FLARE, and the 2014 New Mexico Summer Teachers Institute.

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