An Illustrated How-To Guide to High-Power Rocketry
By Mark Canepa
Here is a quick glance through a few of the subjects covered in each chapter of Modern High-Power Rocketry 2
CHAPTER TWELVE: BUILDING THE LEVEL
What are the requirements of a Level Two rocket? What motors are available? How much does a Level Two rocket cost? Can it be scratch-built or must it be constructed from a kit? Do I need to use shear pins? What type of altimeter bay works well with this rocket? Can the bay be built from scratch? How do you cut fin slots in the airframe? These and related questions are answered in Chapter 12, where we use the construction of a large Loc rocket kit--a Bruiser EXP--to illustrate the step-by-step techniques used in the completion of a Level Two project. Entirely new, this chapter also features Case History stories from rocketeers who have successfully achieved Level Two certification.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: CLUSTERS, AIRSTARTS AND MULTI-STAGE ROCKETS
An investment in multiple motors can pay big dividends in excitement and fun. Chapter 13 covers it all. From basic cluster rules to construction tips and techniques, and how to ignite multiple motors successfully. This chapter provides information on timers and their use in airstarts and where to mount them in your rocket. See what a 345-pound clustered rocket looks like when it leaves the pad, and learn how to protect your wiring for airstarted motors. This chapter uses the construction of a seven-motor clustered rocket to illustrate center of pressure and center of gravity issues and ways to move the center of gravity forward in your rocket. Among other things, this chapter also covers multi-stage rockets and the basics of putting together your first two-stage rocket.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: LEVEL THREE
Welcome to the leading edge of high-power rocketry! In this entirely new chapter you will learn how to successfully obtain your Level Three certification with the Tripoli Rocketry Association or the National Association of Rocketry--the first time you try. This chapter reviews the paperwork, the rules, the motors, the pitfalls, and the differences in certification between Tripoli and NAR. This chapter also contains several Case Histories from rocketeers all over the world who share their stories with you as they travelled down the road to Level Three. Chapter 14 also contains valuable advice from TAP and L3CC members all over the country who relate their observations of what it take to get certified on your first attempt.
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: BUILDING THE LEVEL THREE ROCKET
Do you think a Level Three rocket has to be expensive? How about building one for $300? How about $200? Can it be done for around $100? The answer to these questions is yes--and we'll show you how. In this new chapter in Modern High-Power Rocketry, we construct a fully-functional Level Three rocket from scratch for a little more than $300--and we show you how several "do-it-yourself" steps along the way can reduce the price to half that cost! You will see each component as it is assembled and learn where to obtain parts for your Level Three project, and how materials from your Level One and Level Two rockets can be used for Level Three as well. And we don't just build a rocket that never flies. This rocket launches to more than 7,500 feet for a picture perfect flight and recovery.