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by Wingnut
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)
Replies: 0
Views: 58

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)

Here's a cool photo of NASA's crawler-transporter (CT-2) carrying the mobile launcher out to Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center (Florida). SLS Launch Tower 31-08-2018.jpg https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/along-the-way-to-launch-pad-39b No! This isn't an archive photo from the 1960's. This photos...
by Wingnut
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Support & Recovery & Misc.
Topic: Military Surplus Parachutes
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Military Surplus Parachutes

Hi Oldboy, A 54mm airframe would be quite the challenge. This chute appears to have a pack-down volume of about 1.78 cubic metres. So, the chute compartment of your 54mm airframe would need to be 7.8 metres long. Add to that a nice, long, fast burning 54mm motor that can accelerate 57Kg of chute, p...
by Wingnut
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Support & Recovery & Misc.
Topic: Military Surplus Parachutes
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Military Surplus Parachutes

The Army Navy Sales military surplus store is selling a 64ft diameter (19.5 metre) Green Cargo Parachute. 100_ft_cargo_parachute_1_1.jpg Cost is USD$449.99. The product number "SKU 64FTP". Here is a link: https://www.armynavysales.com/gi-64ft-od-green-cargo-parachute.html This might be wo...
by Wingnut
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Support & Recovery & Misc.
Topic: Shroud Line-less Parachute
Replies: 8
Views: 468

Re: Shroud Line-less Parachute

Here's a link to the Aerocon website: http://aeroconsystems.com/cart/parachutes/ Unfortunately, that particular chute is no longer listed by Aerocon . You might find something similar from some other military surplus supplies. I thought I'd do a quick web search for "army surplus pilot chute&q...
by Wingnut
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Mid/High Powered Rocketry
Topic: Formula 150 L3 Build
Replies: 20
Views: 803

Re: Formula 150 L3 Build

That a very pretty kit.

Bye,
Mike
by Wingnut
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Support & Recovery & Misc.
Topic: Shroud Line-less Parachute
Replies: 8
Views: 468

Re: Shroud Line-less Parachute

It's not a strange concept. I thought that I'd seen this type of chute before, and I finally tracked it down to an old page on the Aerocon webstore: http://aeroconsystems.com/chutes/60_inch_pilot_smaller.jpg This is some kind of military surplus "Pilot Chute" (i.e. a small auxiliary chute...
by Wingnut
Sun May 27, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Death of Alan Bean
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Death of Alan Bean

NASA astronaut Alan Bean fell ill about two weeks ago and has passed away overnight. He was 86 years old. Alan Bean ap12-S69-38859LR.jpg Alan Bean joined the NASA astronaut program in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3 . He was selected to be the backup Command Pilot for Gemini 10 . He was later ass...
by Wingnut
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Hobbico, owner of Estes files for bankruptcy
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Hobbico, owner of Estes files for bankruptcy

This is probably old news for many, but Ellis Langford took ownership of Estes-Cox Corporation back on 17th April 2018. Some optimistic insights were published on The Pueblo Chieftain news website back on the 20th April.

Bye,
Mike
by Wingnut
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Hobbico, owner of Estes files for bankruptcy
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Hobbico, owner of Estes files for bankruptcy

A few more detail about the prospective buyer of Estes (i.e. Ellis Langford) can be found in another article on The News Gazette (Friday 6th April). Great news!

Bye,
Mike
by Wingnut
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: SpaceX details its plans for landing 3 Falcon Heavy boosters
Replies: 55
Views: 3023

Re: SpaceX details its plans for landing 3 Falcon Heavy boosters

Unfortunately it seems that Drew has got it right. Here's an article on the Aljazeera website. Fingers crossed that they captured some vision of the centre core landing: "If we got the footage ... that sounds like some pretty fun footage if the cameras didn't get blown up as well, then we'll p...
by Wingnut
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: SpaceX details its plans for landing 3 Falcon Heavy boosters
Replies: 55
Views: 3023

Re: SpaceX details its plans for landing 3 Falcon Heavy boosters

That was awesome! Anybody seen/heard if the centre core landed successfully?

Bye,
Mike
by Wingnut
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Rocketry Control Room
Topic: How a space suit almost killed me (3 times)
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Re: How a space suit almost killed me (3 times)

That's a great presentation (22 min's).
by Wingnut
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: NASA Remembers Moonwalker, Shuttle Commander John Young
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: NASA Remembers Moonwalker, Shuttle Commander John Young

Sad news! He was a great man and an amazing astronaut.

It feels like these living treasures (the Apollo astronauts) are dwindling fast, but actually 14 of the 24 Apollo astronauts are still alive. There's a list on Wikipedia:
by Wingnut
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: ROCKETS Magazine
Topic: ROCKETS Magazine (Volume 10 Issue 5)
Replies: 0
Views: 1063

ROCKETS Magazine (Volume 10 Issue 5)

The latest issue of ROCKETS Magazine (Volume 10, Issue #5) is out now. http://www.libertylaunchsystems.com/RocketsMagazine/Issue0057/Cover.png This is the annual "BALLS" issue, covering all three days of Balls 26 , 22-24 september 2017. The other articles in this issue are: ⋅  a...
by Wingnut
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Queensland Rocketry Society
Topic: Anyone local with lead shot?
Replies: 11
Views: 800

Re: Anyone local with lead shot?

Back in late 2015 I bought some lead shot for $5.50 per Kg from Hitech Radiators . They're located at 166 Boniface Street, Archerfield. They don't usually have lead shot on-hand in the shop but they're happy to package-up any quantity given a couple of days notice. The guy to talk with is named Gle...

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