Welcome to my web site!
This site is an online scrapbook and photo
album about my projects and adventures in the hobby of high power rocketry.
It is intended to simply share the fun and excitement of the hobby. I
hope you enjoy it.
You can navigate around
the site using the links on the top, bottom and left side of each page.
Check out the photo gallery,
the videos, and the
construction projects. The
flight data page links to some GPS flight
trajectories that are fun to view using the Google Earth program. The
misc info pages contain general information about
rocketry topics that
are not associated with a specific rocket or project.
Unfortunately, I have not
had enough spare time in recent years to update this website as often as in
the past. I am still very active in high power rocketry and someday I
hope to find the time to add more material here. Until then, this site
will probably have to remain fairly dormant. If I do make changes I
will update the "What's New" page.
Angelfire completed a
15th perfect flight on
June 22, 2008 at the
OROC launch site
near Brothers Oregon. Angelfire was flying on an
Skidmark motor for the first time.
It was perfect boost to 8,147 feet
with lots of noise, black smoke and titanium sparks from the motor. The
drogue chute deployed at apogee and the main chute deployed at 1500 feet
just as planned. To top it all off, it landed only 454 feet from the
launch pad. It doesn't get much better than that!
Click here to see many
other photos from that same launch.
See other Angelfire launch photos here.
Flight of Starfire
The maiden flight for
Starfire was on May 1, 2004 at the Tripoli Idaho "SpudRoc-9" launch.
It reached 4988 feet flying on an M1315 motor and was safely recovered
after a flawless flight.
See other Starfire launch photos here.
Starfire completed a
third perfect flight on
July 24, 2004 at the
OROC launch site
near Brothers Oregon. It was flying on an AMW M2500 Green Gorilla motor
and air started two J350 outboard motors. It
reached 8598 feet.
Starfire launch photos.
As of July 2005,
has flown a total of nine times. Three times on the M1315 White
Lightning motor, twice on the M2500 Green Gorilla, twice on the M2200
Skidmark and twice on the M3000 Super Tiger motor. Most of those flights also included either J350's or
J420's as out-board air-start motors. The two most
spectacular launches so far have to be the ones on the M2200 Skidmark motor. That motor generates a very loud "crackling
sound" as it spews out a huge spray of sparks. Once you experience
one of them it will be an instant favorite. Photos of the
launch at XPRS can be seen here. Photos of the skidmark launch
at the Oregon Rocketry "Summer Skies"
launch can be seen here.
Wildfire was built during
the summer of 2002. It is 5.5 inches in diameter and over nine feet tall.
It was specifically built to carry my video transmitter module to transmit
real time video, sound, and GPS information back to the ground during
flight. The maiden flight was on September 28, 2002 at the XPRS-1
launch at Black Rock desert in Nevada. The launch and recovery was
picture perfect. It went 8862 feet high on an M1315 motor. It
was recovered without a scratch on it.
View Wildfire on-board
Photo by John Lyngdal
First Flight of Wildfire
An M1315 motor boosted Wildfire to 8862 feet
at the XPRS-1 launch at Black Rock desert in Nevada on Sept. 28, 2002.
See video of this launch.
As of July 2005, Wildfire
has flown a total of seventeen times and each new flight has been just as
much fun and as exciting as the previous one. All of these flights
have been on either an L or an M motor. All of the flights have
been very successful and with any luck I'll continue to fly Wildfire many
My Launch Schedule for 2011
I plan to attend all of
the Tripoli Idaho launches. That
I will also be attending
four out-of-state launches listed below.
Hopefully I'll see you at one or more of these
launches. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
"Fire in the Sky"
(FITS launch) at Mansfield Washington on Memorial Day weekend. May
Details about that launch can be found here.
I will be attending at least one Oregon
Rocketry launch near Brothers Oregon. "Summer Skies" on
June 17-18 and maybe "Desert Heat" on July 22-24.
complete OROC schedule for 2011 is
The XPRS launch is at Black Rock
dry lake in Nevada on September 16-18.
XPRS info is here.
I want to thank everyone
who has sent me photos and provided material for this web site. Without
your efforts, this site would not have been possible. I plan to add
new material as it becomes available and as time allows. Suggestions
for improvements to this site are welcome.
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