- Category: About Us
- Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 16:29
- Written by Tripoli Houston
Tripoli Houston meets every second Saturday of every month (weather permitting) at the Hearne Airport. We launch everything from model rockets to monster high power rockets that push our FAA waiver of 16,000 feet high. Newcomers are always greeted with a smile (especially if they bring kolaches) and we look forward to meeting you at our next launch.
- Category: Launches
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:38
- Written by Andy Berger, Secretary Tripoli Houston
Starting in June, 2013, Tripoli Houston will add a special fun event during each month's normal launch. This fun launch will be based on a theme and be completely voluntary. No need to kill yourself to make a rocket ready for FAI competitions. Just buy or build a simple model rocket and bring it with you. No special rules. Just bring a rocket based on the theme and launch it. We'll work to see if we can find a prize but bragging rights are the most important.
If the launch is cancelled, the following month will have both events
Listed is the them list and schedule:
- Completed June - Helicopter Recovery
- Completed July - Blue Ninja Drag Race
- August - Styrofoam Cup
- September - Saucers and Pyramids
- October - GI Joe (paratroopers)
- November - Spinners
- December - Tube fin
- January 2014 - Commanche (3-stagers)
- February 2014 - Scale missiles
- Category: Past Launches
- Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 03:08
- Written by Andy Berger
Our very first launch with the new rules allowing Commercial and Research flights. Had some good Research launches and are looking to increase that number in the next year.
Too many great flights to go into details but Eric Smedstad and his Dino was one of the top Flight on a BIG CTI L motor. Many others as well
Research Flights - First up was Harry's Frankenkermit on a 75mm 52% L-1333 purple. This motor kicked him off the pad so fast that it exceeded the strength of his stitches, and he just fell apart :)
Harry's second motor was a 54mm 84% J-647 fast green. This is the same formula that had Frankenkermit crawling off the pad a couple of weeks ago, and he wanted to fly a "test" motor.
Harry's last flight was with a 38mm 66% I-251 Vee Oh Lay. This motor started off great, but burned through because the forward closure wasn't plugged.
Royce flew a 54mm green that he mixed a while back and it was a good flight.
Had a lot of fun with our Blue Ninja Drag Race - 5 participants with motors ranging from E9s all the way up to a new Aerotech DMS G80. Pieces of that Blue Ninja were still floating down about 3 minutes later. Thanks to Chad for donating the prize (another DMS G80).
Next month's Fun Launch Theme is STYROFOAM CUP ROCKETS
Quite a few additions to our Boinks, Prangs, Shreds and Ouchies album. Lost a few cert flights from the UT-Arlington students. We'll need a moment of silence for Harry's FrankenKermit. It just wanted to go FASTER than the body would allow. :-)
Weather was normal (oppresively HOT) but the winds were low. Even so, it was from the North which pushed several rockets (including James Hughes' Hawk back beyond the tree line). I don't believe he found it before we packed up and left.
We had a quick business meeting at the Dixie Cafe following the launch. Those notes will be published shortly.
Here's the details:
Total Flights - 50
Research Flights - 4
High Power Flights 19
Boings, Pranks, Shreds and Ouchies - 6
* () - Indicates # of research flights
M - 0
L - 2 (1)
K - 1
J - 4 (2)
I - 6 (1)
H - 6
G - 5
F - 2
E - 13
D - 1
C - 6
B - 2
A - 0
- Category: Joomla!
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 05:18
- Written by Jacob Berger
Joining Tripoli Houston is easy and inexpensive. Annual dues are only $15 per person or $27 per family. Supporting your local club is important to ensure we have regular and successful launches. Membership renewal occurs in March every year, but you can join at any time. For those interested in Tripoli Houston membership, click on the Join Tripoli Houston link above. (note: membership in the Houston club does not grant national membership to Tripoli, only to the local Houston club). For National Tripoli membership (required for High Power certification), please visit the Tripoli National Membership website.
If you have any problems with the website or applying for membership, print out the membership form below and mail it in with your payment.
- Category: Joomla!
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:40
- Written by Joomla!
Our launch site is set up to work very smoothly. A rocketeer would flow to the RSO table to have their rocket inspected for safety to the launch table to fill out a flight card with all the rockets information, then when the range has been cleared of all rockets they may proceed to the designated launch pad. Directly in front of the RSO table is the mod-rock pad, everything from an A to an E motor can be launched here. Farther out we have our mid and high power pads for anything above an F motor. Once everybody has prepped their rocket for launch they will head back to the safe area and our LCO will announce over the PA system who's rocket is going up and on what motor then will give a countdown and launch on zero. this process can be repeated until you are out of motors and/or out of rockets.