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Dave Luders

December 3, 2003

While a teenager in the early 1970s, I launched Estes rockets in Connecticut. There were far too many trees there that "ate" my creations! While attending Cornell University in upstate New York, I scratch-built many rockets using Centuri and FSI components. I recall building a M.I.R.V. (Multiple Independently-Targetable Reenty Vehicle) rocket that fired 3 small rockets from a "mother ship" which had short wooden launch rods attached to 3 compound elliptical fins. My Estes swing-wing glider landed on top of a 10-story dormitory. I was very fond of the (now defunct) Flight Systems Inc. (FSI) F7-6 black-powder motor with its 12-second burn!

After a 22-year absence, I became a BAR and rejoined rocketry at the Sept 2002 SPARC launch. I was impressed by the huge advances in rocketry (electronics, composite motors, and simulation software). My goal is to achieve Level 1 Certification in Spring 2003, and proceed to build parallel-staged rockets and multiple-stage, air-start rockets that will push SPARC's 11,500' AGL waiver. My son likes to see the BIG rockets at SPARC events!


Posted by terry at December 3, 2003 4:25 PM


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