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Saturn V

I am no longer active in this hobby for the foreseeable future. 
I will no longer maintain or update the website, but I will leave it accessible to the web for as long as possible (years).


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Model rocketry is one of my favorite hobbies, and I have always wanted to build a Saturn V! The starting shot was fired when I saw the shipping tubes at Office Max one day, here are the results:

This was an entirely scratch built project, built early summer of 2004, and designed from photos of all the original Saturn V's. No two Saturn V rockets were exactly the same. As a result, my model is not perfectly true to any one of them, but is more of a composite of them all. 

The pictures below are pretty self explanatory... What you may not be able to figure out is the video camera and microwave transmitter on board. The video camera module plugs into a socket for easy removal.

The maiden flight was flawless, up until parachute deployment that is! The parachute failed to deploy properly due to yours truly staying up too late the night before, like a dope, and packing too little wadding in the bird. An on the ball spectator managed to catch the falling beast, but there was some damage to the capsule. It will be ready for another flight with just a little effort, but for now, other projects are calling!!

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The on board video worked pretty well, but the receiver antenna could have used a little more gain. The signal faded a few times during the flight and showed a little snow. 

The rocket was flown with only three out of a possible five engines, and flew to about 500 feet. Overall, this was a pretty good test flight. Click on the link below for a quick slide show and flight video from the on board camera. Sorry about the loud beeping from the launch warning system!

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