Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back into the Sky!

here's a new paper rocket - I discovered there were plans for making paper model rockets - easily adapted to making an air rocket.  This is a quick first attempt, and it worked well.  A bit heavier than the magazine paper versions, it probably won't fly as high.... I only got one flight in because my air supply (a two liter pop bottle) broke.  Not too surprising since it was a couple years old and a veteran of many, many air rocket flights.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Thursday, August 23, 2007


I recently showed off model rockets for some neighbor kids this week, and I built one of these to show off some almost free rockets that you can blast off.

I tested it indoors (big mistake) then had to work to clean the smudge off the ceiling. These are more powerful and fast than you'd expect. Out doors it disappeared (almost) higher than the trees. After two launches it was lost in the trees. No matter - a little paper and tape and I've got two more ready for flight.

More Rocket Fun!

Googling around and I found a terrific rocket simulator/design tool at NASA!

This amazing thing does simple ballistic, water, and solid engine rockets. Even better - it does AIR ROCKETS! (pictured). Clicking on the links, it turns out there is some pretty sophisticated information and math for rocket scientists.

Swedes Into Space!

Here's a family gathering launching Air Rockets! Fun!

Click here to see the video
or the full version here.


I'm changing this blog to be the home of my "air-rocket" activities. What I refer to as "OrigamiAerospace" due to the rockets being made of paper. The first few posts will be borrowed from - hopefully after that this blog will, er, take off on its own.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Still Rolling!

No work days missed riding - very nice, though a REALLY windy ride home yesterday - greatly reduced my average speed.

In other "space travel" - having a vastly larger mp3 player means I can carry lots of stuff around and keep in touch with many podcasts. Listened to Vatican Radio and The Planetary Society's podcast (among others) yesterday, ABC (Australia) Radio's religion report today. Democracy Now makes an interesting counterpoint to the news. AND the BBC news podcast.

Sangean SG-622 AM/FM 12 Band Shortwave World Band Receiver
On the "waves" I also picked up both China Radio and Vietnam last night. I should hunt around for the VOA for a bit 'o balance....

Thursday, April 06, 2006


"It's okay," said the
clone commando as he went down.
"I've got backups."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


I'm Off

"I'm off to find myself,"
the robot chirped,
As he powered down to discover dreamland.

If Eden

If Eden
had been in zero-gee
Would there have been a fall?

Long time, no post....

Hm - this one has been moribund too long. Today it becomes a poetry blog.

Friday, March 18, 2005

testing one,two three