Amateur rocketry , sometimes known as experimental rocketry or amateur experimental rocketry , is a hobby in which participants experiment with fuels and make their own rocket motors, launching a wide variety of types and sizes of rockets. Amateur rocketeers have been responsible for significant research into hybrid rocket motors, and have built and flown a variety of solid, liquid, and hybrid propellant motors. Amateur rocketry was an especially popular hobby in the late s and early s following the launch of Sputnik , as described in Homer Hickam 's memoir Rocket Boys. One of the first organizations set up in the US to engage in amateur rocketry was the Pacific Rocket Society established in California in the early s. The group did their research on rockets from a launch site deep in the Mojave Desert.
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Richard Nakka's Experimental Rocketry Site
Many hobby stores sell model rocketry supplies, but I think making your own rocket engine from scratch is a more meaningful and exciting experience. This method involves melting a mixture of sugary fuel and chemical oxidizer the potassium nitrate over an electric hot plate and then pouring it into a paper rocket body where it solidifies into a rock-hard casting containing an incredible amount of chemical energy. Follow all instructions and safety precautions carefully. Let the rocket-fuel mixture cool until you can just handle it with your fingers, and then immediately stuff the hot, pliable fuel into the motor casing. If the rocket does not ignite, stay away from it for 5 minutes. Then put on thick gloves, pick it up carefully with the nozzle pointed away, and soak it in water until it disintegrates. Discard the pieces in an outdoor trash can.
Watch the Successful Launch of World’s Largest Amateur Rocket
He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. The Rocketry Victoria team was going for the world record of the largest amateur rocket ever successfully flown. They did it! The team was looking to test the bird out on a single, standard O-motor, and to successfully recover the three parachute-equipped sections. Everything worked like a charm.
This page book is illustrated with photographs and drawings covering every aspect of amateur rocketry. Written by a rocket propulsion engineer, John Wickman , with 44 years of professional experience in solid, liquid and exotic propulsion systems. Anyone can start making their own motors and rockets with this book, even if you never made a rocket or rocket motor in your life.