2nd July - an evening of rockets!

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2nd July - an evening of rockets!

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:13 pm

At our July meeting we're planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by launching our own "rockets".
But for our version of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory we'll just be fuelling them with water (and compressed air) , rather than high explosives!

I've just been testing my own home-made launch-pad with a prototype projectile:
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This launch facility should accomodate any "vehicles" based on 1.5 or 2 litre plastic bottles (I've tried five different types so far), so bring along your own designs and we can test-fire them for you.

There will be prizes awarded for the best efforts, and I understand that the judges will consider artistic impression as well as altitude acheived.

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Re: 2nd July - an evening of rockets!

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:33 pm

Here's one of my rockets after painting:
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this one was inspired by "Dr. Zarkov's rocket-ship" from the Republic Pictures "Flash Gordon" serials in the 1930s.

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Re: 2nd July - an evening of rockets!

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:43 am

And here's one which recalls a time when Britain had its own rocket programme - the BLACK ARROW which launched our Prospero satellite in 1971:
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