I plan to fly into space in my own space rocket!
ok, some call me crazy, so let me tell you how this all came around....
Our MODEL rocket club MARS Club had someone ask in one of the meetings about strapping model rocket engines to a kitchen chair and going for a ride.
Safety concerns being what they are, we suggested that this was not wise. I commented that the closest way of doing so was the mercury redstone.
and he asked why we couldnt build one of those.....
I went and looked at the redstone site, got lots of detailed history about the redstone, and was interested. note that the redstone is only 80 INCHES in diameter and only 100 FEET long.
I thought that this might be possible to build, from a modelers standpoint, but just too big to get off the ground easily.
then I found the Little Joe.
Now here is a rocket that could be built in a two car garage. replace the gross metal parts with composite materials, and swtich to hybrid engines instead of solid.
so I thought "why not?"
from the modelers standpoint I am building the following prototypes in the following scales 1/18, 1/6, 1/2, 1/1. note that this comes from 4" action figures, 12" action figures, half size, and full size.
the first two scales are incredibly easy to build, use commonly available engines, and will allow us to test some theories before we spend big money on the 1/2 scale. Also I dont consider money spent on the smaller scales a loss as I build model rocket that size anyway.
so, what are you building?