The Silent Observer's Model Rocket Page

Model rocketry is a fascinating hobby. There's something magical about a rocket, the way that flame in the back can push the rocket -- to hundreds of miles per hour, or even fast enough to leave the Earth entirely. Even more interesting is the fact that rockets scale reasonably well, from the size of a paper match to the Saturn V and Space Shuttle. They can use propellants as mundane as water and air, or as exotic as nuclear bombs. Of course, Mother Nature discovered rockets long before humans did -- octopi, squids, nautilus and ammonites used water jets that amounted to muscle-powered rockets millions of years before the dinosaurs evolved. It took humans, though, to envision rockets to travel between worlds, or even to move worlds; the concept of making a star into a rocket boggles even our minds, yet it may be common in the Universe at large, where asymmetric supernova explosions may often propel the resulting neutron stars at a substantial fraction of lightspeed.

You can find my fleet roster and a complete listing of my launch logs since reentering the hobby here.

You can find my own design for a motor retention system for 29 mm motors here.

You can see my original design, Spyglass 1, which was entered in rec.models.rockets Descon 3, here.

You can see my original design, Luna 2-18 Express, which won 3rd place in rec.models.rockets Descon 7, here.

Here are some additional Model Rocket related sites:

NAR Home Page, the base from which to reach all the NAR's Web information about Safety Code, certified motors, sections, membership information, Sport Rocketry magazine, and the NARTS pages with downloadable plans and ordering information for plan books, technical reports, and motor testing data.

 The online NAR MESS form, for reporting rocket motor failures of any NAR-certified motor.

 The online version of the NAR's Certified Motor List.

 There is an online, HTML version of the rec.models.rockets FAQ, though whether it's updated as often as the one on Sunsite or the one posted periodically to the newsgroup I can't say.

Joseph Schmalhofer's Motor Dimension Page has tabled lists of every NAR or Tripoli certified motor, and is updated frequently -- you'll want a browser that supports tables to view this.

JimZ's Hobbies has a huge plan archive, currently including over 100 scanned plans for old Estes and Centuri kits and plans publised by Estes in their long-gone Model Rocket News newsletter.  The plans are in LZW compressed TIFF format, but it's not particularly hard to find software than can read that and print it to exact size -- including MS Word 6.0 or later.

 And of course one can't forget Rocketry Online, the biggest dedicated hobby rocketry site on the Web.

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Note: This page is constantly under construction. Last updated Saturday, 28 January 2001.