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Myself: Joe Turner

Postby joeman » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:00 am

Hello,
I've decided to take up some Rocketry and thought it would be good to hook up with other like minded people.

In the 90's I explored the world of Sugar/KNO3 rockets and had some successes. I played with Este Rocket Engines as well.

I've had a long break, but decided to embark on an ambitious project - to "ultimately" launch or be part of an effort to create a Rockoon. (Lauching a rocket from a High Altitude Balloon). Here the High Altitude Balloon is effectively the 'first stage' and the rocket is the 'second stage'.

[I've already successfully launched a High Altitude Balloon last year and recovered it].

I've been exploring several rocket solutions for such a project and have decided on a Nitrous/HDPE rocket.
I've started designing all the components and modelling the behaviour of the rocket under various conditions. A massive amount of analysis has been done and I'm getting reasonably confident that the engine would work reasonably well.

Some people have advised me that I should consider a smaller version of Hybrid engine initially and that I should look at getting certification throught ARA. Wise words. The whole process of designing and building a rocket is immensely complex and there is a lot that has to go into it. So I'm looking at working through some of the 'off the shelf' rocket engines initially. Also considering how I could stage the development...transistioning from a smaller Combustion chamber to a larger one as I 'prove' the technologiy. Slow and steady.

Are there any rocket clubs or rocket enthusiasts in Cairns or surrounding area?
It would be great to meet up, discuss ideas, learn, help, etc.
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Re: Myself: Joe Turner

Postby CATO » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:30 pm

Hi Joe, and welcome to the forum. I have seen a few people on the forum from Cains so you should be in good company...
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Re: Myself: Joe Turner

Postby october sky » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:39 pm

Welcome Joe as CATO said......there is a wealth of info here that should/could help you ! :D
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Re: Myself: Joe Turner

Postby jase » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:36 pm

G'day Joe,

I'm with Ari and David above, welcome to the forum - you've definitely come to the right place.

I love the concept of rockoons and have done some cursory research into them - delighted to share an interest 8)

Looks like you are approaching it with 'eyes wide open' and I certainly commend you on that.

Take's a fair bit of courage to articulate your thoughts like this, I know, it took me ages to post something here. IMHO I reckon it would be great if you started a thread on Rockoons, share your ideas/concerns/perceived limitations etc

We could flesh them out and find solutions, sincerely! 8)
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Re: Myself: Joe Turner

Postby joeman » Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:28 pm

Thanks guys. Very welcoming.

Great idea about new thread on Rockoons. I'll put some thought into it and create one.
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