William Congreve, Father of HPR
According to Wikipedia, the Congreve rocket was a British military weapon designed and developed by Sir William Congreve in
1804. Fired by the thousands during the War of 1812 the British rockets weighed from between 6 to 300 pounds depending on
the intended target and featured simple exploding warheads or incendiary warheads. Made of iron and strapped to a 4 foot bamboo
pole the rocket proved to be both accurate and deadly.
When you have that much weight and a range of approximately 3,000 yards when launched at a 55 degree angle, we could very
easily consider William Congreve the father of HPR rocketry but since he flagrantly violated most of the NAR and TRA safety
codes on a regular basis, he'd probably need to form his own rocketry association.
With his style of flying, i.e. severe angles, warheads, no waiver, etc. I don't think he would be allowed to join either
When the well known poet, Frances Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner this is the type of rocket he watched rain down
on Ft. McHenry; 100 years after, the Star Spangled Banner became our national anthem.
About now some of you might be asking yourselves, "Why a feature on the Congreve rocket at this time?" From Robert
Goddard's small prototype to von Braun's Saturn V, there's nothing more American than the 4th of July, rockets and the Star
For those Americans reading this, as you prepare to celebrate yet another 4th of July and all the freedoms we have enjoyed
over the last 241 years, may we always remember that because hundreds of thousands of men and women have given their lives
for this country, we have been the most blessed nation in the history of this planet.
Truly, we are the land of the free, because of the brave.
Raquel Welch, the classic All American girl.
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Rolf Stabroth - Russian Proton
When Rolf Stabroth (Rollie) isn't appearing as the super scientist in our Rocket Babe book series (who works with David Miller
at the black ops firm Sirius) he actually builds and fly's world class rockets in his home workshop.
Rollie just sent us this fantastic shot of his clustered, Russian Proton, lifting off last month at a launch in Germany.
7 engine clustered perfection! What does it soar on? How about 6 H123-SK CTI, with a core H225-WT
It can be hard to gauge size from just a launch photo so here's Rollie standing next to one of the most awesome rockets we've
ever seen! And remember, he builds all of his amazing birds from scratch; whatever is required.
Thanks Rollie for sharing another great photo of this fantastic cluster!
Kevin Haworth - Dingle Rocket
Over in the U.K. Kevin Haworth loves to enjoy some Pringles once in a while and he likes to build and fly rockets on occasion
too. So it comes as no surprise to us that he decided to put his talents and taste buds to good use. Introducing... the Dingle
Rocket! The end result is something we couldn't resist and that's a nice size clustered rocket!
How can you make your own Dingle Rocket? First, to acquire the tubes needed, eat a dozen cans of Pringles then scrounge around
for 2 slightly smaller cans for the top section. Kevin designed and made all of the custom 3D parts that hold it all together
but an experienced scratch builder should be able to come up with your own version of the parts needed to mold this cluster
into one well assembled beast!
For power, Kevin settled on a 38mm G-69 core with 6 D-12 outboards. When the time finally came to launch, someone suggested
that the clustered D's have their quick match tails brought into the path of the 38mm with the idea being that if the igniter
for the cluster failed, the jet from the G engine would act as a backup and ignite them all.
Foot note here, what sounds good on paper, doesn't always turn out that way at the field. What happened was the plume from
the D's was so fierce that it ripped out all but one of the quick match lines and forced the rocket to launch on the G only.
The result of which meant the Dingle did not gain enough altitude nor have enough time to deploy the recovery system, resulting
in a lawn dart.
Nice liftoff shot!
As you might expect, some damage was sustained but nothing fatal. Kevin has been working on repairs and hopes to have
her ready for another try sometime this month and he has decided the next flight will probably be on a H and 6 D's. If things
work out and we get some photos we'll certainly post the results here.
In the meantime we will be waiting to hear from Kevin on try #2 and wishing him lots of luck!
Happy 4th Of July!
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