This is a blog for Rocket guys by Rocket guys. The ARC was formed to introduce and educate the public about both low and high power rocketry. We love to build rockets, both large and small. We want to expand the sport,pass on the knowhow that we have learned, and hopefully get some from others to also pay it foward. Some like to keep it to themselves. We hope to get people reinterested in space and the importance of math,and science in school.
We have gotten to the part where we start to see the frame now. I have been working on this for a while and seem to be getting the hang of it. The hardest part of this project will be keeping the weight low without sacrificing strength. By that I mean under 450 lbs total weight ,(loaded)
These pictures show the progress we have made. You can also see the wood frame in the lower picture. That was scrapped due to the weight thing. Also you see Shon foaming the corners of the floor/ heat shield.
Wed, we went to the local Fiberglass vendor Sticky-Stuff and purchased two part foam. After we got back to the Vehicle assembly area, IE my shop, where we did some experimentation with the foam.
This picture is one where you start to see the size of the command capsule. This one is actually two ft smaller than the Apollo CM. As I stated before we plan to coat the foam with a sealer then fiberglass them. Our vendor has told us this will be more than enough strength if done correctly. One of the jokes around the shop is that after this project, we all will be experts with fiberglass. Agreed?
On my next post I will go into some of the details we are working on. These will include the design of the different parts.
The motor cage
The coast skirt, and other designs the team has discussed.
Please feel free to chime in any time.