An Illustrated How-To Guide to High-Power Rocketry
Here is a quick glance through a few of the subjects covered in each chapter of Modern High-Power Rocketry 2
CHAPTER FOUR: MOTOR RETENTION
Motor retention is one of the most important aspects of a high-power rocket. What is motor retention? Is it really necessary in a high-power rocket? What will happen without it? How come my rocket kit did not come with a retention system? How do I install a simple system? What different designs are available? What is a retaining ring in motor retention? How does it work? Who makes them and where can I purchase one? What is a motor adapter? What are the benefits of an adapter? This chapter covers all aspects of motor retention and, better yet, provides real-life illustrations of the most common--and uncommon--methods available. From masking tape for small and lightweight rockets to aluminum retaining rings for 98mm M and N motors: It's all covered in this chapter.
CHAPTER FIVE: HIGH-POWER IGNITERS
What is the difference between an electric match and an igniter? How do they both work? What motors will work with an electric match? What motors need an igniter? How do I hook up the leads of the igniter? What if it does not work? What is Blue Thunder and why do some people use it with their igniters or electric matches? How do igniters work in clusters and with on-board ejection charges? Can I make my own igniters? This chapter will explain the use of igniters in high-power for motors of all shapes and sizes.
CHAPTER SIX: EJECTION CHARGES
Ejection charges are used to seprate the rocket and deploy the parachute. They are used in single and dual deployment rockets. This chapter includes: The use of Black Powder in a high-power rocket and where it is obtained. What is a delay grain and how does it work? What motors use built-in ejection charges? What motors rely on electronics-activated charges? How does the Cesaroni delay adjusting tool work? What is a plugged closure? How do I connect my ejection charges to my altimeter? Where do the ejection charges go in the average high-power rocket and how is the charge loaded? What is my ejection time to short or too long? What is a zipper? Most important, this chapter explains how much Black Powder is necessary in the average rocket and where to find additional information to calculate the right amount for your rocket.
CHAPTER SEVEN: LAUNCHING
THE HIGH-POWER ROCKET
This entirely new chapter explains in detail the basic operations of a high-power rocket launch, including: What is the difference between the RSO and the LCO? Who has the ultimate authority on the field? What are the minimum range and field sizes for a high-power launch? How far out must a K motor be placed? An M motor? What is NFPA 1127 and how does it relate to high-power rocketry? Where can I find the Tripoli and the NAR safety rules and codes? What information is required on a flight card? What is a waiver and how do I obtain one from the FAA? This chapter also covers in detail the high-power launch pad. What is the difference between a rod and a rail? Is one better than the other? How do they mount in your rocket? What are the benefits of a launch tower? What is a standoff and why do I need one for my rocket?