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Updated Forum Image Uploader

The Forum Image Uploader is a tool for making it easier to upload images to RocketReviews.com and use them in forum posts at The Rocketry Forum, Ye Olde Rocket Forum, and other online forums.

Visit:

http://www.rocketreviews.com/trfimages.html

You’ll be prompted to log in. If don’t already have an account at RocketReviews.com, you’ll need to select the “Sign up” link. Otherwise, enter the email address and password that you use for Rocketreviews.com.

Once logged in, you’ll see a simple form for uploading your picture. You can also upload an OpenRocket or a Rocksim design file.

To upload a file, drag the file and drop it in the box. Or click the box and select the file to upload. Then enter a title for the file. Finally, click the “Submit” button then sit back and wait. It may take a little while for the file to upload.

Once the file is uploaded, you’ll see a thumbnail of it displayed along with buttons to get the “BB Code” for embedding the image in TRF (or another forum). Buttons are displayed for several images sizes from “Icon” to “Large.”

The “Medium” size works nicely in most forum posts, but you might want to use “Large” for a detailed photograph.

Click the appropriate button beside the image to display the BB Code. Then click the “Copy to Clipboard” button (or use your mouse to highlight the code you want to use followed by a “right-click” and selecting “Copy”) to copy the BB Code to your clipboard.

Then go to your new pos in the forum and paste the code in the message where you wish the image to appear.

The code looks like:

[url=http://www..rocketreviews.com/tikva-onboard.html]
[img]http://www.rocketreviews.com/image-tikva-onboard-400-600.jpg [/img]
[/url]

Once you save your post, the BB Code will be replaced by your image. If the reader clicks on the image, the image will be displayed at RocketReviews.com. Clicking again will display the full-resolution version of the image.

The advantages of using the image manager for forum images are that … it gives you the code you need to paste into your message to display the image; it automatically resizes your image for the forum and links back to RocketReviews.com where the full-size image can be displayed; and it is easy to use.

Also, you can select and use any images you’ve uploaded to RocketReviews.com, not just ones specifically uploaded through the Forum Image Uploader. Click the “Forum Images” tab to display the most recent images you have uploaded using the Forum Image Uploader . Click the “My Images” tab to see the most recent images you have added to RocketReviews.com. Click the “Search” tab to search images that you have added to RocketReviews.com.

In addition to standard jpg, gif, and png image files, the Forum Image Uploader also allows you to upload Rocksim and OpenRocket design files.

Remodeling RocketReviews.com

RocketReviews.com is currently going through an update to make the pages more responsive and the site easier to use.  This latest remodeling effort is the third or fourth time that I have tried to make a major change to the way that the web site looks and acts.  All the previous efforts involved rewriting the code for the site from scratch.  All of the previous efforts failed when I realized just how overwhelming huge the task of rewriting all of the code and importing the existing data would be.

This time, instead of recreating all of the code for the web site, I am rewriting sections of Rocketreviews.com from the inside out.  By keeping the existing infrastructure of the site, all of the existing features will continue to work as I update the site and add new features and there is no need to import all of the existing information into a new site.

There are three main goals of the update.

The first goal is to improve the user interface to make RocketReviews.com more modern looking, more responsive, and easier to use.  I am giving the site a cleaner, modern appearance which looks good and works well on all sizes of displays from smart phones and tablets through desktop monitors.  Custom controls are being added to make it easier to navigate the site and enter information.

The second goal is to add some long-missing, much-needed features such as allowing you to select units used for display and input. For example, the Flight Log is being updated to allow you to display and enter altitude in your choice of feet or meters.

The third goal is to fix existing problems with the site and make it easier to add features (and fix problems) in the future.  I am developing reusable components for user-interface controls and the back-end which will make it easier to add new features and maintain the site.

As always, your feedback is welcome.  There is a “Contact Us” link at the bottom of each page at RocketReviews.com which you can use to ask questions or leave suggestions.

 

Don Sahlin – Muppet Designer and Rocketry Hobbyist

After briefly working as a puppeteer and builder for The Howdy Doody Show then working on stop-motion films (including projects with George Pal), Don Sahlin began working with Jim Henson in 1962. Henson hired Sahlin to create a Muppet of a dog character, Rowlf, for Purina Dog Chow commercials. Rowlf when onto become the singer’s side-kick during the four-year run of The Jimmy Dean TV show. Sahlin became Jim Henson’s primary designer and builder. Henson credited Sahlin with creating the distinctive Muppet “look.”

In addition to working on the Muppets, Sahlin provided special and visual effects for Henson’s Oscar-nominated short film from 1965, “Time Piece.”

At about seven minutes and 30 seconds into “Time Piece” (about one minute and ten seconds into the above clip from the film), you see a small rocket launched.

The rocket and its launch pad may have looked familiar to readers of Estes’s Model Rocket News.

In the

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2015 National Sport Launch Photos and Video

The Rocketry Organization of South Carolina at Orangeburg (ROSCO) hosted the National Association of Rocketry’s 2015 National Sport Launch over Memorial Day weekend.

The three-day event featured flights by rocketry enthusiasts from around the world.

[View More of Roger and Bracha Smith’s Photos of NSL 2015]

Saturday’s weather featured bright blue skies and a bit of wind.

[View More of Kevin Boyd’s Photos from NSL 2015 Day 1]

Saturday night ended with a night launch.

Though Sunday began with the same, clear blue skies that we had on Saturday, clouds moved in later.

[View More of Kevin Boyd’s Photos from NSL 2015 Day 2]

Even though some people headed home early Monday, the launch pads remained busy on Monday, the third and last day of the NSL.

[View More of Kevin Boyd’s Photos from NSL 2015 Day 3]

Thanks to all the volunteers who supported NSL 2015!

 

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Rocket4TheCure – New World’s Record As Teens Launch Almost 4000 Rockets at Once

On October 26, 2014, High school students Sanzio Angili and Dylan Whitesel of Chesterfield, Virginia, raised $20,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and broke a world record by launching 3973 model rockets at one time.

Supporters sponsored the event by donating $10 for each rocket, many of which were labeled with the name of a person being honored or remembered.

The two students, along with family and friends, assembled the rockets in the months before the launch.

The rockets were launched at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.

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Flutter-By Caught By Spider

From Scott Johnson:

“So I was painting my Flutter-By (Centuri Style); doing 10 minute intervals of red paint. In between painting, my Flutter-By was caught by a spider…”

See: http://www.rocketreviews.com/flutter-by-caught.html

The Naked Gun: “Special Thanks to : Tripoli Rocketry Association”

“It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.”

Watching the 1988 film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! via Amazon Prime the other night, I was surprised to see the following scroll by during the end credits:

Special Thanks to: Tripoli Rocketry Association

“Aha,” I thought, “That’s where the name came from.”

To back up and explain. The origins of “Tripoli” as the name of one of our major rocketry associations is clouded in myth and the fog of history.

I’d never really thought much about the name’s origin before. But, here was an explanation. As a contributor to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) had done earlier, I assumed that the credit was a comedic reference to events in the film (“the scene

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CSXT Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Amateur Space Launch By Doing It Again

In May of 2004, the Civilian Space Exploration Team (CSXT) launched a 21-foot long rocket to an altitude of 72 miles. The “Go Fast” rocket became the “first American civilian sounding rocket to reach outer space” and the first verified launch into space by an amateur group.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the achievement, the CSXT did it again.

The rocket carried a military grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which had previously flown on four commercial space missions launched from the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Analysis of the data from the recovered IMU shows that the GoFast rocket reached 385,800 feet (73.1 miles) with a top speed of 3,580 miles per hour.

 

Model Rockets Take to the Sky

On Juky 22, KTVN Channel 2 aired a new story about Reno Rocketry, the Northern Nevada chapter of Tripoli.

 

The station’s videographer placed GoPro cameras under and near the launch pads to obtain dramatic video of the launches. The “drag race” shot was accidental. “User error” resulted in several rockets launching at once.

 

Presidio, Texas, Rocketry Teacher Gets Green Card

Two years ago, Shella Condino, a Texas teacher known for using rocketry to inspire and educate, received a letter from the US Immigrations Service saying, “You are not authorized to remain in the United States and to depart as soon as possible.”

A Texas congressman investigated and learned that the letter had been sent by mistake. Shella Condino now has a “Green Card” and continues to inspire her students in Presidio, Texas. Earlier this year, she once again, lead a team of kids to the Team America Rocketry Challenge finals. The team finished fourth over all in the nationwide competition.

Jose Galindo, Lizzbeth Jordan, and Marissa Gray