Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 with Dragon spacecraft!

That was very cool to watch... It will orbit for 2-3 times and then re-enter for a splashdown recovery.  How cool to be able to watch these historic launches live.

Live SpacX webcast of Falcon 9 Launch!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Building a Checkered Flag Model's Rocket Rack

I have always thought about building something similar, but never got around to it.  If you are like me and you are running out of room to put your rockets, then this new product can help you out. It is especially good for rockets that are not able to stand up on their fins.

I will post a full review of the "build" with pictures, etc, when I get it done. You can also check out their press release on the EMRR site at

I believe they are even offering free shipping in the U.S. right now. You can contact Greg at Checkered Flag Models to find out.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Back to the blog!

It has been quite a while since posting last. It was a very busy year.

Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway's 3rd and 4th Grade Rocketry Days

We launched hundreds of rockets with students at Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway in Tucson this year. We built multiple rockets with two 4th grade classes and one 3rd grade class. They really had a blast. We kept three 4-pad launch racks busy the whole time on launch days.

Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway's Rocketry Club

We started an official rocketry club at the school and had 14 members participating in the NARTREK Cadet Skills Program.  It was very successful with all members at least finishing NARTREK Cadet Mercury Level and many finishing Gemini and Apollo. Alan Boldt pulled top honors by completing his Skylab Level certificate. His sister and a handful of other students are right on his heels.

I highly recommend mentoring some kids and getting them signed up for the NARTREK Cadet program. there are also some great incentives for joining the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) this year. (Make sure to mention that (Duane Boldt and sent you over there to join! I think we get some kind of credit...) NARTREK Cadet is for modelers under the age of 18. But don't worry, if you are barely over that, like me...  :-)   Then you can participate in the NARTREK program. I am currently finishing up the Gold Level in that program. And yes, I will do a post when I finish that.

It was also a busy year last year participating in the 2009 EMRR Challenge. We actually did well in the Design This Spaceship contest for 2009.  The 2010 EMRR Challenge is under way, so head on over and check it out. Join some cool rocketry contests and win cool prizes.

I will be doing some more updates and go into more depth on some of the topics discussed above in some upcoming posts.

Talk to you real soon.  Keep on the lookout for the new posts coming.