It's been a busy day of rockets, guys. Oh, plus, you know, going to work.
I like to name our rocket launches. When I say "our" launches, I mean "my" launches, as I am the only person I know who does rockets, besides Chad. And Chad has recently moved to upstate New York, to the Adirondacks, for most of the year - but he's coming back!
On October 4, I scheduled a rocket launch in honor of the anniversary of Sputnik, which I called the October Sky Rocket Launch - after the film based on the book Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. Chad immediately messaged me that he would have gone to New York by then. I asked "When are you coming back?" He said the 29th.
So, I replied, "No problem. You'll be just in time for Spooknik."
Anyway, I've been so busy preparing. Today alone, I finished building Chad's Apogee Aspire rocket - a 33-inch tall rocket capable of going over a mile high. And I painted the first color - white - on my very first scratchbuilt rocket - and first two-stage rocket (that's two firsts for me in one go) - which I call the Janus I.
Janus I is in pieces at the moment, but here's an OpenRocket rendering of what it looks like:
Big Bertha build, I'll take you through designing and building your own rocket, and give you details on this one I've designed and built - which has taken me remarkably little time. It's much less daunting than you might think.
On top of that, I put finishing touches on my first cluster and payload rocket, the Quest Magnum Sport Loader - a two-motor cluster capable of carrying a payload of two raw eggs (the point is to launch something fragile and not break it).
All of this is stuff I hope to get to on this blog - DIY stuff, design stuff, more complicated stuff for beginners. I'm here to share my knowledge and mistakes with other people just getting into rocketry.
But it's been a long day, and I'm tired. I will probably have to save the very end of the Big Bertha Skill Level 1 series until after Thursday - too much to do tomorrow! But I hope to have video to share with you.
Alright. Bed time for Bonzo.
(Just realized I should probably buy candy for Thursday. One more thing for the To Do list...)