Spring Festivus Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to both the weather reports for Mansfield and the conditions in the mountain passes, WAC’s March launch has been cancelled. This means that I’ll have to wait until next month’s launch to get any new photos up.

In the meantime, I’ll work on adding to the Element Collection page, as I have acquired some new samples since the last time the page was updated.


Element Collection Page and Some Rocket Building

As pointed out in my last post, I have changed the theme of this website. Not only does this change make it blend in more with my YouTube channel and SmugMug account, it also makes it possible to display the portal for my newly-created Element Collection page. I have three elements up at the moment (hydrogen, radium, and polonium), but have several more that will be added as time goes on. This page replaces my “radioactive collection” feature, and will help with my goal of making this site more about my scientific exploits in general along with the rockets and air shows.

Speaking of rockets, I have started construction on the next member of my high-power fleet. Being a lightweight rocket with a 54mm motor mount (the largest I’ve put in anything to date), I’m planning on using it to break my personal best altitude. I’ll post more details when time allows.

2011 Flight Stats and Some Forthcoming Changes

I’ve crunched the numbers on my flight statistics for the 2011 rocket launch season. My total number of flights in 2011 was 16, eight flights less than what I did in 2010. Those flights add up to a total impulse of 2011.4Ns for the year, which is approximately a 57.1% K motor. My average impulse per flight for the year was 175.7Ns, a 57.1% G motor. My most flown rocket was the Madcow Solar Express with seven flights, and my most flown impulse class was F, representing six flights. This year, I hope to increase the number of total flights, and I expect to see a higher average impulse. More on that later…

In other news, I’ve started work on the Scientific Miscellany page, which will soon be complete. This page is meant to show off the nerdy stuff I do that doesn’t involve airplanes and rockets. Besides simply adding more content to the site, I’m hoping that this will draw more people in, seeing as right now two of the three subscribers to this site are people I know personally, and the other one is me.  I’ll also start featuring this site more prominently on my SmugMug and YouTube accounts.