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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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Mobile RocketReviews.com – Add Your Flights at the Launch Site

While working on the major update to RocketReviews.com, I realized that some of the tools I was using could be used to develop a mobile version of the web site tailored for smart phones and tablets.

The mobile site is accessed by visiting:

http://m.rocketreviews.com/

While the above site works in a browser running on your PC, it’s best view using a smart phone or tablet. Currently the site allows you to view and enter flights in your Flight Log and to view and add rockets to your Rocket Gallery. You must have an existing RocketReviews.com account which the mobile site will ask you to log into.

The new site is … well … new and I’m am still working on it. But, I think it’s worth checking out right now.

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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Help Determine the Future of RocketReviews.com

I’ve begun working on a major update of RocketReviews.com. The main goal of the upgrade is very general – to make things work better.

I’ve adopted the Invision Power Services Community Suite (IPS) as the basis for the new version of RocketReviews.com. The IPS architecture is similar to the one I developed for the existing RocketReviews.com web site. Like the architecture I developed, IPS makes it easy to expand the site by adding new features (IPS calls them “applications” and “modules”) on top of the existing framework. IPS’s architecture, though is more robust and capable than the one I developed.

In addition to providing a framework for custom functionality, IPS ships with a number of full-feature applications including a discussion forum, an image gallery, a blog, and a chat application. IPS implements hooks allowing the existing application and custom ones added later to work together.

I’ve installed IPS at Community.RocketReviews.com. You can log into the

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Printable Flight Logs

You can now download and print a flight log for each rocket in your “Rocket Gallery.” The flight logs are intended to be printed on standard 8.5 x 11″ paper which can be hole-punched to store in a notebook. The flight logs include a summary of the flights already entered and space to record additional flights.

To print a flight log, log into RocketReviews.com then select “My Rockets” from the “My Account” menu. Choose a rocket from the list of rockets in your gallery and click on its title. Look in the “What You Can Do” section for links to “Print This Rocket’s Flight Log” and “Print a Blank Flight Log for this Rocket.”

The first option generates a downloadable flight log with summaries of the flights already recorded for the rocket and blank entries that you can fill in on-site when launching the rocket. The second option creates a log with just blank entries.

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