This blog covers the day to day progress of water rocket development by the Air Command Water Rockets team. It is also a facility for people to provide feedback and ask questions.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Road trip to Parraweena

We had a great weekend this week attending the launch at Parraweena. The weather couldn't be more perfect with sunny conditions and almost no wind. There were a couple of minor dramas getting there, but definitely well worthwhile. We saw some great rockets go up and had a chance to test fly some of our rockets as well. I am in the process of writing up a trip report and will post it with pictures and video in the next few days.

Here is a photo of a larger 2-stage rocket testing the Mk3. Stager.

Photo: Darren from Suburban Rocketry.

I also flew my larger pyro rocket on a G64 which was a very nice flight. I mounted a camera inside to get a view of the area from the predicted 3000 or so feet. The flight was very good and managed to get reasonable video from it.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Mk3. Staging Mechanism Details

We’ve uploaded the full details of how the Mk3. staging mechanism works to here:
And a full tutorial on how to build it is here:
The tutorial has step-by-step instructions with photos as well as a 2 part video that shows the procedure.

We’ve also uploaded a launch report of all the test flights we have had with the stager over the last 2.5 months. The launch report contains a highlights video from these launches:


Sunday, August 01, 2010

More Mk3. Stager test flights

This morning we had good weather and so we took the Mk3 stager test rockets to the local park. It was a little bit breezy but we decided to launch anyway. The stager had 3 out of 3 successful flights again which was good. We did get one of the sustainers stuck in a tree, and had to come back later in the day to retrieve it.

I am currently putting together 3 videos about the stager. One is a highlights video of the test flights from the last two months, and the other two are a 2-part tutorial on how to build it. We're also writing up a construction tutorial for the website with photos. It's a lot of writing/editing to do, so I expect it will take at least a week to get it all put together. We also need to use some spare time to prepare more rockets for next week's Doonside launch.