Bonus: Rocketry Hobby News Update

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SMT Designs releases all of their rocketry designs to public domain

Steve Thatcher: “With my upcoming LDRS 40 trip and TRA Tech session there on “3D Printed Modular Avionics Bays”, I wanted to make an announcement, so here it is…”

Steve Thatcher says “I am in the process of releasing all of my rocketry designs to the public domain under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International”

You can read the licensing in detail at

You can find the designs on by simply doing a “People” search for “SteveThatcher”.

Once you find the profile, click it to view the parts.

Steve has also tagged the parts with “SMTDESIGNS”, “AVBAY”, and “ROCKETRY”, but you will get more “hits” that way of other non-related parts.

My intent in doing this is to propagate the footprint standard I created for devices and batteries over the last years, so the rocketry community could benefit.

Thatcher says “I would also like to see my designs come to a greater use by making them available for no cost to those that have the required equipment.”

Steve asks that the footprints for carriers and platforms remain unchanged. Thatcher says”I recognize the need to change things when necessary, but changing footprints negates the universal benefit they provide. Take the time to look at my entire library of parts to get a system view of why things were done.”

Steve will be available to answer questions through SMT Designs, and the SMT Designs facebook page.

Tripoli News

During the LDRS 40 Member’s Banquet it was announced that that the Tripoli Wisconsin Association, Tripoli Green Bay, and Tripoli Chicago will be hosting LDRS 41 at the Richard Bong Recreation Area located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

The event is planned to take place July 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2023.

More details and information will be coming soon.


New Unified TRA Safety Code

Tripoli Rocketry Association unveiled its new “unified” safety code on May1 of this year.

President Bob Brown notes that:
Under this safety code, there are no longer Commercial launches or Research launches, just Tripoli launches. There are some changes to the current safety code, such as a common safe distance table, a safety code for both model rockets as well as radio-controlled boosted gliders as well as other changes.
Tripoli asks all members to please take the time to read the document in its entirety.

Mr. Brown notes that “While your first reaction will probably be there seem to be a lot more rules under this new document, in fact, almost nothing more restrictive has been adopted it’s just compiled into one document now.”

TRA notes that they owe a huge thank you to Steve Shannon, “who undertook the daunting task of compiling the information from the original four documents and writing (in plain English, not legalese) a document we can all understand and follow”.

Reminder on NARAM 63

NARAM-63 will be July 16-22, 2022. Sport flying begins on Saturday, July 16, and will run through the following Friday, July 22.

The US Team Flyoffs/North Coast Cup flying will begin Saturday, July 16, and run through Monday, July 18.
NARAM competition flying begins on Monday, July 18, and runs through Friday, July 22.
Friday evening, July 15, will include a sport flyers briefing as well as a US Team Flyoffs/North Coast Cup briefing and model check in.

Where is NARAM-63?

Springfield, Missouri, located in the southwestern part of the state, is this year’s host city. The Oasis Hotel is the official hotel of NARAM-63, and will host nearly all of the evening activities. The flying field is located west of Springfield.
Sport Range
Tripoli Mo-Kan will be running the sport range along with support from SLRA. Launch pads with 1010 and 1515 rails will be available as well as 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2″ rods. Rockets with up to M motor class can be accommodated with an FAA waiver to 6,000 feet. Come and sport fly for the weekend or stay for the whole week.

Contest Range

Saturday through Monday will feature the US Team Flyoffs/North Coast Cup. NARAM competition starts Monday morning with Chad Ring serving as the NARAM Contest Director.
NARAM at Night
In addition to sport and contest flying each day, join us for the traditional NARAM evening events throughout the week including the Manufacturers Forum, Cannon Fund Rocketry Memorabilia Auction, NAR Town Hall Meeting, FREE Ice Cream Social, Beer Lofting, and other events culminating with the Awards Banquet on Friday evening.


Reminder: NAR Board of Trustees voting window is open

« Board of Trustee Voting

You can vote in-person at NARAM during the Town Hall meeting, online, or by mail-in ballot. You can only vote once!
The Town Hall Meeting will be held Monday, July 18, 2022.
To vote online, please go to the NAR.ORG site, check in under Member Resources.

Mail-in ballots are in The Model Rocketeer, which was mailed with the May/June, 2022 issue of Sport Rocketry magazine.
Under the NAR Bylaws, Senior and Leader members who joined the NAR at least one year prior to July 18, 2022 (NAR number 112135 or lower) are eligible to vote. For voting purposes, a Leader member is defined as one who has reached his/her 16th birthday as of July 18, 2022.

This Year’s Board member candidates
(New Candidate) Don Carson – Macon , NC
(Current Board Member) Becky Green – San Rafael, CA
(Current board member) Lynn Thomas, Indianapolis, IN

Bios are available on the NAR.Org site voting page.


2022 NASA Student Launch results

Each year, NASA challenges middle school, high school, college, and university students from across the United States to design, build and launch a high-powered amateur rocket, fly it to an altitude between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, and make a successful landing.

Middle and high school teams could choose to attempt the college/university division challenge or develop their own science or engineering experiment.

Teams in the college/university division tackled a new task that mirrors NASA’s missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover.
Teams had to design a payload capable of autonomously locating where their rocket landed by identifying the rocket’s grid position on an aerial image of the launch site while transmitting the data back to their ground station.

This had to be accomplished without the use of GPS. The requirement simulates a challenge faced by NASA’s mission managers – communicating with spacecraft and payloads on distant plan mmmm etary bodies, where use of GPS is not an option.

Sixty teams from 22 states including Puerto Rico took part in this year’s competition, with 27 teams launching April 23 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Teams that did not travel were allowed to conduct their final test flights at a home launch field.

For the second year in a row, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte won the launch division, while Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, won first place in the design division of NASA’s 2022 Student Launch rocketry competition.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will receive $5,000 for first place in the launch division, and Tarleton State University will receive $2,500 for first place in the design division.

The top five teams in the launch division are:

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
University of Florida, Gainesville
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
The top two teams in the design division are:
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
New York University


American Rocketry Contest (TARC)

1) Newport High School – Team 2 from Bellevue, WA (22-1326) $20,000
(Flight 1) 2 (Flight 2) 11 Total Score = 13
2) Newport High School – Team 1 from Bellevue, WA (22-1804) $15,000
(Flight 1) 2 (Flight 2) 12 Total Score 14
3) All Saints Episcopal School from Haslet, TX (22-1126) $12,500
(Flight 1) 6.12 (Flight 2) 11 Total Score = 17.12
4) Spring Grove Area Intermediate School – Team 2 from Spring Grove, PA (22-1534) $10,000
(Flight 1) 13 (Flight 2) 6.8 Total Score = 19.8
5) Coleman High School from Coleman, TX (22-1645) $7,500
(Flight 1) 10.12 (Flight 2) 10 Total Score = 20.12
6) Creekview High School – Team 3, from Canton, GA $3,500
(Flight 1) 17.2 (Flight 2) 7 Total Score = 24.2
7) Camas High School from Camas, WA (22-1495) $2.500
(Flight 1) 9, (Flight 2) 16.16 Total Score = 25.16
8) Young Engineers in Action from Hawaiian Gardens, CA (22-1500) $2,500
(Flight 1) 19.64, (Flight 2) 10, Total Score = 29.64
9) Thomas Jefferson High School – Team 9 from Alexandria, VA (22-1764) $2,500
(Flight 1) 7 (Flight 2) 26.8, Total Score = 33.8
10) Tharptown High School from Russellville, AL
(Flight 1) 1 (Flight 2) 34.12, Total Score = 35.12

Each school or organization for teams 1-5 also receives $1,000.

#13 Mike Nowak and James Duffy – FAI Competition Rocketry

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James Duffy, left, and Mike Nowak, right, at the opening ceremonies of the European Space Modeling Competition in Ukraine, 2015

Here’s an episode we recorded a while back, and since it’s been a hot topic recently due to virtual NARCON, we’re dropping it now.

We chat with Mike Nowak and James Duffy – two skilled rocket builders who’ve been competing on the American team in international rocketry competitions for years. FAI – the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale – is the world governing body for air sports, including model rocketry. The International Championships for Spacemodeling are frequently held in Europe, and until next year, have never been held in the United States.

That’s about to change, as the Internats will be held in the U.S. in 2023, giving Americans the opportunity to fly for the national team without the often challenging aspects of getting themselves – and their fragile model rockets – overseas.

We talk with Mike and James about what it takes to build good competition scale models, what competing in the internationals is like, and much more, on this episode of The Model Rocket Show.

In other news, the N00b has opened an Etsy shop of rocketry-related t-shirts and coffee mugs. You can find it by clicking here.

Bill and Rachel Daigle!

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Join our guests, Bill and Rachel Daigle, who are known as father and daughter rocketeers from our neighbors up North in New Brunswick CA!

Bill Daigle on Sport Rocketry

Bill talks to us about his tenure as an officer of the Canadian Rocketry Association and his career as a hobby rocketeer! He even has graced the cover of Sport Rocketry.

Rachel tells us about how she was involved in the hobby at a young age and the joys of flying with Bill.

Bill and Rachel talk about their individual projects and shed some in

Rachel Daigle and her Big Bertha

sight into their largest scratch built upscales.

We talk to them about their road to CAR Level 4 in High Powered Rocketry.

It’s an episode full of fun and appreciation and we are happy to share this with you!

Bill and Rachel Daigle on set during the filming of an episode of “Trailer Park Boys”.

118: Gary Rosenfield of Aerotech Returns!

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Gary Rosenfield joins us to update us on some of the latest going on at Aerotech as well as:

  • Tips and tricks for selecting an appropriate motor for your high power certifcations.
  • What he is up to for Hampster Dance 2022.
  • Gary’s project of digitizing a bunch of old super-8 footage of some historic & interesting high power launches from the early days of HPR.

All this along with some interesting rocket talk!

117: End of the year updates; Your questions.

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Happy Holidays, and Welcome to the latest episode of The Rocketry Show for the week of December 19, 2021!

This time around, we close out the year catching up on your voice and emails, and what we have been up to, and what’s next for our shows.

One of our listeners mentions wanting to hear from John Beans and Joe Barnard.  We talked to both of them in previous episodes.  If you want to check them out too, then here are the links to the latest ones.

Latest John Beans Episode ( Episode 30):
Latest Joe Barnard episode (Episode 103):

We also answer yoiur questions, like how to repair damaged fins on fiberglass rockets, how to get rid of the “fuzzies” caused by painter’s tape peeling away the glassine surface from cardboard rocket airframes and more!

#116: Steve Thatcher of SMT Designs

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In this episode, Steve Thatcher returns to talk about what is new from SMT Designs. He has been busy innovating new options for your rocket AV Bay needs for almost all rockets –including ones up to eight inches in diameter! SMT Eight Inch AV bay ith Dual Deploy mounting options We think you should check these out! Other products that Steve mentions include: The "High G 3-75" bay The SMT T-Slot AV Bay kit We think you’ll enjoy this information, and Steve’s rocket stories as well. Here are pictures of the rockets Steve mentions: Steve's "Lady J" Rocket Steve's rocket called "Stubby"   Enjoy!

Season 8 Premiere with special guest Conway Stevens!

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Welcome to the first episode of Season 8 of The Rocketry Show! We open this new season with a wonderful guest appearance from Conway Stevens. We talk about some history of High Power rocketry, focusing a bit on the changes brought on after the 9/11 attacks. We cover other rocketry history related stories as well. Mr. Stevens also disusses his experiences as a TAP, his latest projects, and his recovery from COVID. This is a two hour long show that is sure to fill in the time we spent regrouping before resuming our show recordings. You’ll no doubt be replaying this one a few times! Enjoy!