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Estes-Cox Recalls Two Model Rockets Due to Risk of Impact Injury

Affected: Estes Red Rider #2484 and Helios #2487 Almost Ready To Fly Model Rockets and Their Packaging

Consumers should stop using these products immediately. Estes-Cox has notified the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of this recall. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Names of Products: Red Rider and Helios Almost Ready-to-Fly Model Rockets

Units: Red Rider 6,890 Helios 4,252

Manufacturer: Estes-Cox Corp. of Penrose, Colo.

Hazard: When flown with the new booster accessories being marketed for these rockets, the rocket’s flight can become unstable causing the rocket to change direction while under thrust, posing a risk of impact injury to people nearby.

Incidents/Injuries: Estes-Cox has received no reports of incidents or injuries.

Description: This recall involves the Red Rider Almost Ready-to-Fly model rocket and the Helios Almost Ready-to-Fly model rocket. The Red Rider rocket (item #2484) is 18.6 inches (47.2 cm) long, 1.33 inches (34 mm) in diameter

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RCS, Inc. (Aerotech) and Quest Aerospace, Inc. Announce Merger

RCS Information Release

July 18, 2013 RCS, Inc. and Quest Aerospace, Inc. Announce Merger

RCS Rocket Motor Components (RCS), Inc. President Gary C. Rosenfield announced today that the two companies have successfully completed a corporate merger. Quest Aerospace, Inc. will be closing its Colorado facility and moving its operations to the RCS facility in Cedar City, Utah. Rosenfield will remain as RCS President, and Bill Stine current President of Quest will become Vice President of RCS.

“The two companies have nearly identical manufacturing operations and the merging of the two operations into one is a major cost savings for us”, said Quest Aerospace President Bill Stine.

Quest is widely known as a leader in the beginner and education markets for model rockets. Its kit designs and rocket motors are geared for the entry-level rocketeer. The RCS/AeroTech line of mid to high-power products starts right where the Quest line leaves off. “We will be the

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The Coolest Hobby Rocket of All Time

I just posted a blog entry at PayloadBay.com about the University High School Space Shuttle. The space shuttle model stood about five-foot tall and flew on an I motor. Unlike every other flying space shuttle model, it did not have any added fins for stability. At apogee, the Solid Rocket Boosters separated and the orbiter began gliding back to earth under radio control. The rocket flew several times including a flight at Epcot.

Could it be the coolest hobby rocket that ever flew? Maybe.

Another contender would have to be Steve Eve’s Saturn V. Steve’s 1/10 scale Saturn V stood about 40 feet tall. It flew on a cluster of motors producing more than 40,000 pounds of thrust. It’s one, and only, flight attracted a crowd numbering about 5000. Based on the number of videos posted online, it was probably to most photographed hobby rocket launch of all time.

Then there’s the CSXT

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Larry the Cable Guy … now … Larry the Rocket Scientist

Can Larry overcome his issues with glue and learn the basics of rocket science?

In a segment from season 3, episode 3 of “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” (titled “Lost in Space”), Larry the Cable guy learns to build and fly model rockets.

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Testing the Estes Pro Series II Igniters

There have been many online reports of people having problems using Estes’s new Pro Series II igniters to light composite motors such as the new motors from Estes. Some people have even reported a 100% failure rate using the new igniters.

Others, however, have found that the new igniters work well in Estes and Aerotech composite motors. Michael Fritz, Marketing Director at Estes-Cox, responded to the reports of failure by posting:

…as I’ve stated elsewhere, we tested a huge number (thousands – all off of our E Launcher) of these before releasing them to the public…and considering our production history with our standard igniters, we have a pretty good handle on how to make them and make them work. I know this will sound very CYA, but we have been using them with the PSII composite motors here at the rocket ranch, launched off our E Pad (and new PSII pad) with the

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A Look Inside a Composite Rocket Motor

I don’t normally re-post things found in other rocketry blogs, but the video posted recently in R2K’s High Power Rocketry Blog is just too cool not to share. The video is an animation which illustrates the assembly and function of a typical APCP composite propellant rocket motor as used in many hobby rockets.

For Texas rocketry club and their inspirational teacher, the sky is just the beginning

“Where the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos meet in west Texas is believed to be the oldest continuously-cultivated land in America. But the most precious crop you’ll find there today is dreams ….”

A First Look at the New MPC Rockets

MPC, which produced model rocket kits from 1969 to 1978, is coming back. Round 2, a “collectibles” company which has re-issued classic toys and plastic model kits, is producing new model rocket kits under the MPC brand. The new MPC’s first kits are a series of easy-to-build model rocket kits featuring colorful pre-printed body tubes and unique parachute designs which will be available in September of 2012.

Three of the first kits to be released pay tribute to Kiss, the flamboyant rock group which rose to fame in the late 1970s with hits such as “Rock and Roll All Nite.” The Kiss rockets feature full-color graphics based on classic Kiss albums. The rockets include color-molded plastic nose cones and fins. The paper body tubes are pre-decorated with images from the album covers. The plastic parachutes feature graphics inspired by the album covers. Two of the kits also contain self-stick fin decals.

Also being released

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TTRA’s March Launch

I had nothing to fly, but decided to attend the March TTRA launch as a spectator. And it turned out to be a great day for watching rockets fly.

Can you ask for more than a bright, blue sky and almost no wind? We’ll, I guess it could have been a little cooler. 🙂

You can see the entire collection of photos I took in the TTRA Photo Album. But, I’ll point out a few of the most interesting shots here.

Chris Michielssen (hcmbanjo) flew his new Dr. Zooch SLS. He modified the kit a little, shifting the location of the SRBs a little and adding some decals, to match the last NASA renderings of the proposed rocket.

I managed to catch a couple of neat shots of a two-stage Red Max variant in the process of staging.

In the photo above, the second stage has just ignited, but the first stage

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