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Apologies for getting behind in processing new reviews and other site maintenance.  Between the holidays and a bad cold or the flu or whatever, I wasn’t able to spend enough time working on the site.  But, I’m catching up now. Community

I had to take a big step backwards and basically start-over with the new Community web site.  Shortly after I set up the new site, a major upgrade of the software I used was announced.  The modifications I had made to the software are not compatible with the new version of the software. Instead of continuing to develop the site around software which would soon be outdated, I decided to wait until a stable release of the new version of the software was available.

Now that a public beta version of the software has been released, I’ve begun extending it to support  I’m taking things slower this time, though, to avoid some problems I had earlier.  The main problem I had concerned including existing information. I had tried to make the new site use the same database as the existing web site.  But, that didn’t work well because of technical difficulties such as differing character sets between the two sites and differences in the ways the editors produced and saved text.

This time, I’m designing the new site as a separate site with a separate database.  Wherever possible, I’ll have the new site share data with the existing site. But, the emphasis will be on making the new site work as well as it can.

Currently, there’s not much to do at the new Community web site. But, over time, it’ll grow into a useful resource for rocketry hobbyists.


2014 Holiday Rocketry Sales

SaleBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching.  The shopping (and, coincidentally, the holiday) season is upon us!

Below is a list of Holiday Sales offered by online rocketry vendors this year. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.  Please leave a comment if you wish to add or update any information.  Thanks!


Plastic altimeter sleds and camera shrouds will be sale-priced on Black Friday.


AMWProX is offering sales on kits and motors from now through Sunday, November 30.

Archetype Rocketry

Archetype Rocketry is having a sale on their best-selling products through the Thanksgiving weekend.

Buy Rocket Motors

Buy Rocket Motors is offering a sale from November 28 through December 1 on mid- and high-power rocket motors and reloads.

Chris’s Rocket Supplies

All in stock reloads are 20% off.  The sale will end before midnight on November 26.

County Line Hobbies

County Line Hobbies has announced a sale running Friday through Monday.

Dino Chutes

Through Friday, November 28, Dino Chutes is offering 30% off their model rocket parachutes and other recovery products.

Eggtimer Rocketry

Eggtimer Rocket’s Black Friday Week sale runs from Friday, November 21, until Monday, December 1, 2014.

  • Eggfinder LCD Starter Set, includes Eggfinder TX transmitter and Eggfinder LCD receiver… only $100 (normally $120)
    • Includes a free RP-SMA connector for the LCD receiver (a $3 value!)
  • Eggtimer TRS Starter Set, includes Eggtimer TRS Flight Computer/GPS Tracker and Eggfinder LCD receiver… only $120 (normally $140)
    • Includes two free RP-SMA connectors (a $6 value!)
  • Eggfinder TX transmitters, only $50 (normally $70)
  • Eggtimer TRS Flight Computers/GPS Trackers, only $75 (normally $90)
  • Eggtimer Flight Computer, only $25 (normally $35)


eHobbies has some deals on model rocket products during the Thanksgiving weekend.


As during most holiday weekends, Estes has listed a number of “specials” with rockets marked down significantly off the list price. Estes is also providing a free rocket ornament with each $100 order.

Giant Leap Rocketry

Giant Leap’s three-day motor sale runs from the day before Thanksgiving to November 28 – 25% off Wednesday – 30% off Thursday – then 35% off on Friday.

Hobby Shop America

Take An Extra 11% off any purchase of $60.00 or more using coupon code 11BLKFRI60. Sale ends Monday. is offering store-wide savings on model rocket kits, parts, accessories, and supplies. Savings of up to 50% off’s already discounted prices will be offered from Thursday, November 27, through Monday, December 1. The specials will be listed on the web site and are limited to items that are in stock. The items on sale, and the special prices, will be updated at midnight each evening of the sale. Purchase quantities may be limited.

Loc Precision

Loc Precision has a few weekend specials in their online store.

Madcow Rocketry

Madcow has announced a sale starting the morning of Friday, November 28.

Missile Works

Missile Works celebrates CyberMonday with a 12-hour sale from 9 to 9 MST on December 1.

– RRC2+ for only $39.95
– RRC3 for only $59.95
– RRC3 Xtreme for only $69.95

– m3 Modules
– 10% OFF MSRP

– 3D printed sleds, Av-bays and Alti-Cones
– 10% OFF MSRP

In addition, if you order over $100 worth of merchandise, you’ll automatically receive Free USPS Priority Mail Shipping* (via a $6.10 credit)

 * US Domestic Orders only

Onebadhawk Recovery Harnesses

OneBadHawk has announced that they will be having a Black Friday sale.

Rocketry Warehouse

Rocketry Warehouse has promised a “grand” Black Friday sale.

Wildman Rocketry

Wildman’s “Black Saturday” sales – offered the day after Black Friday – have become more than just a tradition.  Each year, Wildman Rocketry offers a selection of rocket motor reloads and rocket kits at extreme discounts. Many of the sale items are “pre-orders,” so you may have to wait – often into the new year – to receive your order.

Other Black Friday Events

US Space and Rocketry Center

The US Space and Rocketry Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering:

  • $200 off week-long overnight Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp and Space Camp Robotics. Use discount code BF14C. For programs occurring May 24, 2015, through August 28, 2015.
  • $200 off Space Camp and Aviation Challenge Family Camp Programs. Use discount code BF14F. Must register a minimum of one adult and one child.
  • $100 off Adult Space Academy and Adult Aviation Challenge Camp. Use discount code BF14A. is offering Black Friday and other specials throughout the holiday season. offers a reasonable selection of model rocket products including model rocket engines. Amazon Prime two-day shipping is available for most rocketry items.


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…”


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

Estes Phoenix Bird at 50% Off

As I write this blog post, is offering the Estes Phoenix model rocket kit at more than 50% off its regular retail price of $23.99. If you are an Amazon Prime member, there is no extra charge for two-day shipping.

I was alerted to the special price by using the Rocketry Deals Finder.


Flight Log Improvements

You can now manage your Flight Log at Log in using your email address and password. Then click the “My Flight Log” link in the “My Account Menu.”

The Flight Log dashboard will be displayed with brief statistics about the information in your Flight Log. At the top of the dashboard is a menu bar.

Click the “Rockets” button in the menu bar to see a list of the rockets in your Flight Log. Click “Add Rocket” button to add a new rocket.

Click the “Flights” button in the menu bar to see a list of the flights in your Flight Log. Click the “Add Flight” button to add a new flight.

The new Flight Log feature in the Community uses the same database as the existing Flight Log feature at But, it offers a much nicer interface for entering and editing flights.

The new Flight Log interface allows you to

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