An Illustrated How-To Guide to High-Power Rocketry
By Mark Canepa
What is high-power rocketry? How is it different from model rocketry? Is it legal? Are there any rules? How do I find a launch site in my area? Are there benefits to joining a rocketry club? How do I join Tripoli or NAR? What is certification? How old must a person be to participate? Can teenagers get certified, too? What is the biggest high-power launch in the world? These questions and many others are answered in this introductory chapter of Modern High-Power Rocketry 2.
CHAPTER ONE: HIGH-POWER ROCKET MOTORS
What is the fuel for a high-power rocket? Is it legal to own? How is it stored? Who are the manufacturers of high-power fuel? Is it liquid or solid? Where can I purchase rocket fuel? What is a reloadable motor? A single-use motor? How is a hybrid motor different from other high-power motors? What does a rocket label mean? What is a Green Gorilla motor? Is it the same as a White Lightning motor? What is average thrust and why is it important? What is the center of pressure? How is it related to the center of gravity in high-power rocketry? Why do motors fail? What does a 700-pound high-power rocket look like in flight? These questions and related issues are addressed in Chapter One of Modern High-Power Rocketry 2.
CHAPTER TWO: LEVEL ONE CERTIFICATION
How do I obtain my Level One Certification? What motors are available? Do I have to use a reloadable motor? Where do I obtain the paperwork? Do I have to be a member of Tripoli or NAR to certify? What if I am under 18? What if my rocket is damaged during flight? What is a delay element? What does a relaodable motor kit look like? How does it go together? Do high-power rocket motors come with instructions? Are the instructions important? What is Black Powder? How is the motor cleaned after flight? These and other questions are answered in Chapter One, where we also use an Aerotech H180W as an example of how to assemble a high-power motor. The pictures in this chapter are almost all new, with more close-up photographs and information than ever.
CHAPTER THREE: LEVEL TWO CERTIFICATION
In this chapter we load three different motors: A Cesaroni Pro 38, an Aerotech J350 and an Animal Motor Works K570. Each of these excellent high-power motors are photographed in detail to help illustrate the basic principles behind the various assembly techniques of the major motor manufacturers. The following questions, and many others, are also answered: What is Level Two? How do I obtain Level Two certification? Do I have to take a written test? How many questions are on the test? How do I study for the exam? What is the passing grade? Where do I get the paperwork?