Last weekend, I had two days off in a row. Due to the nature of my job, this never happens. I got so much rocket stuff done last weekend - it was awesome! The only regret is that I had to scrub a launch, because Chad wasn't available, and we wanted to launch his Apogee Aspire rocket.
Well, first of all, Orion was awesome!
I was at work, and we watched a bit there - missed the launch by ten minutes, but we did see the splashdown. I'd never seen a capsule splash down in real time; I grew up in the Shuttle era.
I finished the 3D Rocketry Nautilus II build - with the exception of attaching the nose cone to the shock cord. I like to finish painting first. The rocket is primed, but not painted:
|I love the way a rocket looks when it's primed. It looks solid, serious, and like it's one|
piece. I'm sometimes tempted to leave the thing gray and have that be its final color.
I also finished Janus II, my second two-stage design with a camera payload bay. This isn't even primed. All I need to do now is prime and paint it, then attach the nose to the rocket, and it's time to shoot some awesome POV launch videos.
|Initial drilling out of the camera well with a Dremel tool|
|Attaching fins to both the booster and sustainer stages|
|The camera bay - this will be painted matte black|
|The completed rocket. It's my tallest one so far.|
|This payload bay has enough space to take|
an altimeter as well - need to get one of those!
|I can't wait to see how this performs - and to get video back!|
I also started designing a camera chase rocket that I hope to launch with the Janus II, in order to get some interesting footage.
Finally, I got the Quad Runner, a 4-motor cluster rocket by Quest Aerospace, nearly assembled. This gave me a bit of anxiety, due to the compound fins, but it's looking good, and I'm working on fin fillets at the moment.
|FOUR MOTORS AT ONCE!!|
|Love that Guillotine Fin Jig!|
|I just love the way this looks|
This rocket is looking so beautiful.
I think Quest estimates the altitude of this rocket at 2400 feet - I'll have to take care not to lose it, as it's been weeks building for me! Again, I'll post on this build in the future.
Now, if only I can get these painted, these will be some great-looking rockets!
Oh, and I unpacked one of my new mid power rockets - the Estes Pro Series II Leviathan. The thing is freaking huge! I want to get building it, but I need to seek some construction advice, as I plan to make a few changes for strength, performance, and cosmetic reasons. And I need to build something to launch it from. This rocket is heavier than my others, and uses a 29mm motor - much bigger than what I've used so far.
The nose cone of the Leviathan is nearly the size of my head!
It's after 2 a.m. Bed time for Bonzo...