Archive for January, 2010

1/29/2010 Test Launches

Posted: 30th January 2010 by gbrandt in Water Bottle Rockets
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We successfully tested a parachute recovery rocket. It was made from two 2 liter bottles spliced together with a Tomy Timer as a parachute release mechanism. It worked; however, the delay was a little heart-stopping long. The ‘chute opened about 20 feet above ground! The next three launches were of a rocket made from 2 […]

1-21-10 Launch Successful!

Posted: 24th January 2010 by gbrandt in Water Bottle Rockets
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  The Northwest Indian College Space Center was formally launched to a small crowd of well-wishers consisting of several faculty, administrators, staff, and students. We had cooperative weather and not too many technical difficulties and were able to launch five rockets that were captured on video and an additional five launches not captured. Mariya Williams […]

Schedule Launch on 1/21/10

Posted: 19th January 2010 by gbrandt in Water Bottle Rockets
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Hello everyone, The Northwest Indian College Space Center has scheduled a launch for Thursday, January 21, 2010 around noon on the ball field behind Student Services. You all, of course, are cordially invited. Please bring cameras to record this historic endeavor. Some of you witnessed a design concept test today. It used minimum fuel and […]

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We started paperwork to become a recognized organization/club/activity at Northwest Indian College. We have four new students that want to become part of NWIC-SC and “do” water bottle rockets and High Perfomance Rockets. Today the members were scouring the Internet looking for likely candidates to build and enter in the First Nations Rocket launch.

And Just When You Thought Christmas Was Over!

Posted: 11th January 2010 by gbrandt in Hot Rockets
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Here are the parts from the Ariel kit. We hope to begin construction within the next day or two. The mini camera is really little and works fine. Looking forward to launching it. I succeeded in making a parachute deployment system using a tomy timer for our water bottle rocket. It works just fine, on the ground. […]

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Dr Winglee, who teaches rocketry at UW said that he’s eager to come to NWIC to talk about rocketry (hot rockets) to interested students. Date it to be determined. Also, he may be available for our test launch of the Ariel prior to he and his class leaving for Nevada for a high altitude attempt […]

Connection with Washington Space Grant Consortium!

Posted: 4th January 2010 by gbrandt in Hot Rockets
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Today we received an email from Dr. Robert Winglee, Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington and the Director of the Washington Space Grant Consortium with an offer of support for our Space Center activities. Hopfully a converstation will ensue this week and we’ll be able to outline potential support areas. On […]