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RocketReview.com Discussion Forums

I’ve restored the discussion forums at http://community.rocketreviews.com/.

The discussion forums include topics specific to RocketReviews.com and will be used to replace the system used currently for posting and reading comments at RocketReviews.com. There are also general discussion forums for rocketry topics.

When I first put the discussion forums online last year, I was using a beta version of the forum software from Invision Power Systems. I modified the software to integrate it with RocketReviews.com and to add other features specifically for rocketry people. By the time the release version of the software became available, it had changed too much and my updates to it no longer worked correctly. So, I temporarily shut down the forums.

Now they are back. This time, I am using the release version of the software and making changes to it more slowly and carefully. I’ve started using it as the framework for new features (such as the Rocket Name Generator)

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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

Flight Log Improvements

You can now manage your Flight Log at Community.RocketReviews.com. Log in using your RocketReviews.com 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 RocketReviews.com Community uses the same database as the existing Flight Log feature at RocketReviews.com. But, it offers a much nicer interface for entering and editing flights.

The new Flight Log interface allows you to

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The RocketReviews.com Community

After a false start a few months ago, I’ve reintroduced the RocketReviews.com Community. RocketReviews.com Community adds a new layer of social interaction on top of RocketReviews.com.

The most obvious new feature is the collection of Forums where members may discuss various rocketry topics.

The RocketReviews.com category of the Forums includes content originally posted to RocketReviews.com. Currently, it has just one forum, the Reviews forum, but more will be added later.

When a review is published at RocketReviews.com, a topic is automatically created in the Reviews category containing a summary of the review and a link to read the full review. You can comment on the review by posting a reply to the topic. This replaces the review comment feature which was a part of RocketReviews.com. Replies to a review’s topic will be displayed on the review page at RocketReviews.com along with a link to the Community forum.

For example, look at the Scratch – Uranus

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RocketReviews.com Site Updates

Look for more designs to be indexed in the Rocksim Library and the OpenRocket Libray. I updated the “spider” which searches the internet for designs. It now also looks inside zip archive files. This has already added dozens of designs to the indexes.

I made the “thumbnails” displayed in Photo Albums larger. The pages will take longer to display, but the photos look much better.

I added a “Search” tab to the Rocketry Plans and Instructions index. This will make it easier for you to find plans or instructions without having to search the entire site.

A Sneak Peak at the Flight Log Updates

Here’s a quick sneak peak at the new form that I am currently developing for entering flights.

Please click the image if you wish to see it full size.

The first thing you that you’ve probably noticed is that it’s more attractive than the current “wizard” and multiple-flights form available at RocketReviews.com. And this is before I’ve spent any time on the “look and feel” of the form. It’s appearance is based on a standard template. But, it already looks very nice.

Besides looking better, the new form will work better. For example, as you type the name of the rocket into the “Rocket Name” field, the form will display a list of matching choices from rockets you’ve previously flown. The same “autocomplete” function works when entering other information, such as the launch site and types of motors.

The input form is divided into sections. The

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Quest Shuttle Intrepid Model Rocket Kit – 45% off at Amazon.com – Offered Expired

Here’s another deal I found with the Rocketry Deal Finder. Amazon has the Quest Shuttle Intrepid kit at 45% off list price. It is eligible for free “Super Saver Shipping” (on orders over $25) and for free two-day Amazon Prime shipping.

Estes C6-5 Bulk Packs for Less than $30? – Offer Expired

The RocketReviews.com Deals Finder currently shows that Amazon currently has bulk packages of 24 Estes C6-5 motors listed for $27.31 with free shipping. That’s more than $65 off the list price. Look for Amazon’s offer under “More Buying Choices.”

The catch is that Amazon is listing them as “Not in Stock.” But, they are accepting orders at the low price and promising to ship them later. So, I’m not sure if you’ll receive the motors at the low price or not. But, it’s worth a try.

9/24 UPDATE: The Amazon offer no longer appears at Amazon.com.

Featured Rocketry Blog Posts

RocketReviews.com’s Featured Rocketry Blog Posts page list posts selected from rocketry blogs that are especially interesting. The page displays summaries of featured posts with links to read the entire post or to view a list of related posts. The Featured Rocketry Blog Posts page gathers the best of the rocketry blogs in one place.

Facebook Integration

Facebook Integration has been added to RocketReviews.com. If you enable this option, the flights, builds, build entries, and reviews that you add to RocketReviews.com will be summarized and posted to your Facebook page automatically. The Facebook post will include a brief summary of the flight, build, build entry, or review followed by a link to read the entire article at RocketReviews.com.

To enable Facebook Integration, log into RocketReviews.com. Select “Facebook Integration” from the “My Account” menu. Click the “click here” link as directed. You will be taken to Facebook where, following the prompts, you can log into Facebook and authorize RocketReviews.com to post to the site.

RocketReviews.com can only post to your Facebook page when you are using RocketReviews.com and are logged into Facebook. If RocketReviews.com tries to post something to Facebook and you are not logged into Facebook, RocketReviews.com will prompt you to click a “click here” link to go to

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