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.
Sunday May 1, 2011. I have spent the weekend working on the 2 foot boilerplate of the Command Module (CM)
I cut the 20 pieces of blue foam, ranging from 24" to 8"
I then cut a 1" hole in the center and placed all of them on the center dowel.
While that was drying (24 hrs) I constructed a lathe on one of the work tables in the shop using MDF and a drill.
That took all day. Side note- when working with DuPont blue foam wear long sleeves (Very itchy right now)
The 8" along side the 2 ft CM
Product placement HA ha
this is how we work all weekend without sleep
We have about 6 weeks till NSL in Lucerne, California. So I need to get things moving. I would like to have this boilerplate ready for launch by then. We figure the this will take 4 motors equaling a K motor to lift this. This will be a team effort. As you can see here in the pictures I cut a form of the CM and laid it out on the MDF. This was centered on the rod.
Foam core CM layout
We will be back in the shop later today working on the CM. I have decided to split it in half after the shape in completed. This will allow us to make room for the electronics and any weight needed. It will also allow us to strengthen the areas that will hold the chutes
I have a file of all the construction on my Picasa site, please feel free to go and visit them. Just click on one of the slide shows to view the pictures.