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World's Largest Model Rocket to Lift Off Saturday
FoxNews ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009

Posted on 04/20/2009 1:12:24 PM PDT by Joiseydude

On Saturday, April 25, the Saturn V, the rocket that sent men to the moon 40 years ago, will once again lift off from U.S. soil and soar over the Atlantic.

Only this time, it won't be quite real. Rather, what's going up will be the largest model rocket ever built — a one-tenth scale, 36-foot-tall, fully working replica of the Saturn V.

Its nine rocket engines will provide 8,000 pounds of thrust to lift it between 3,000 and 4,000 feet above its launching point in Price, Md.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: modelrocket; saturnv
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1 posted on 04/20/2009 1:12:25 PM PDT by Joiseydude
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To: Joiseydude

I think it’s cool... but glad 36’ of home-made rocket isn’t launching in my backyard!


2 posted on 04/20/2009 1:14:32 PM PDT by Made In The USA (BO stinks.)
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To: Joiseydude

How big does it have to be before they stop calling it a “model rocket”?


3 posted on 04/20/2009 1:15:05 PM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: Joiseydude
Its nine rocket engines will provide 8,000 pounds of thrust to lift it between 3,000 and 4,000 feet above its launching point in Price, Md.

Pretty cool ... but then again, given all that thrust it's pretty disappointing performance, too. Having not seen the specs, I'm guessing it's a single-stage deal, so they're dragging a bunch of excess weight.

4 posted on 04/20/2009 1:15:32 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Joiseydude

This ought to light up an MSAT.


5 posted on 04/20/2009 1:15:32 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Red_Devil 232; beebuster2000; Just another Joe

Taking things to a logical conclusion....


6 posted on 04/20/2009 1:16:21 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: caver

If it wasn’t a replica of the Saturn V I’m sure the BATFE would be knocking on his door....(if they didn’t already)


7 posted on 04/20/2009 1:17:59 PM PDT by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: Joiseydude

Guy makes his own Surface to Air Missile in backyard. ATF and DHS arrest him for being an ‘extremist’


8 posted on 04/20/2009 1:19:43 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (We either Free America ourselves, or it is midnight for humanity for a thousand years.)
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To: Joiseydude

Now taking bets on how soon the ATF kicks in his door and shoots his dog.


9 posted on 04/20/2009 1:20:25 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Joiseydude

Launch it from Hawai’i toward L’il Kim


10 posted on 04/20/2009 1:20:48 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Joiseydude

Kewl


11 posted on 04/20/2009 1:21:26 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: caver
How big does it have to be before they stop calling it a “model rocket”?

Good question! Probably a matter of (potential) payload?

12 posted on 04/20/2009 1:22:01 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Made In The USA

Can’t wait for the UFO siting reports....


13 posted on 04/20/2009 1:22:14 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Made In The USA; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FrEak State Ping!

Where’s Prince, MD. Wonder if I’ll be able to see it.


14 posted on 04/20/2009 1:23:20 PM PDT by fightinbluhen51 ("MOLON LABE")
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To: Joiseydude

That is one HELL of a model!


15 posted on 04/20/2009 1:24:04 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Joiseydude

She’s beautiful. Saturn V, my all time favorite rocket.


16 posted on 04/20/2009 1:26:41 PM PDT by lormand
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To: Joiseydude

I love America. One man in his back yard can out perform the entire North Korean space program!


17 posted on 04/20/2009 1:26:41 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: nuke rocketeer

WOW!


18 posted on 04/20/2009 1:27:11 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: caver
the magic number is 62.5 grams.

That's the largest amount of propellant a single model rocket engine can have in it - by law

Rocket motors at the E level begin to make a transition into a higher powered form of the hobby, with F- and G-engines used by much more experienced rocketeers.
H-engines and above are generally the province of experienced adult hobbyists who fly from fields measured in square miles and launch with clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 62.5-gram level for a single engine is reached around the mid-G-motor level.
Depending on the manufacturer, motors starting in the medium range around the F-classification and above use an ammonium perchlorate composite propellant.

hobbyists that want to continue to handle and fly rocket motors with propellant amounts greater than 62.5 grams will be able to do so by applying for a permit, undergoing a background check, paying a $25 fee and getting fingerprinted - application forms are available on the Internet.

19 posted on 04/20/2009 1:30:51 PM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Joiseydude

We need to protect and secure this guy. North Korea might just kidnap him.


20 posted on 04/20/2009 1:30:54 PM PDT by FreedomFerret
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To: Made In The USA
glad 36’ of home-made rocket isn’t launching in my backyard!

...OR landing there!

I wonder where he IS lauching from and how much govt. bureaucracy he had to go thru if any.

21 posted on 04/20/2009 1:31:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: bill1952
the magic number is 62.5 grams. That's the largest amount of propellant a single model rocket engine can have in it - by law Rocket motors at the E level begin to make a transition into a higher powered form of the hobby, with F- and G-engines used by much more experienced rocketeers.

Dear God, that is why I love FR. Someone out there always knows the answer to a question on this site. Thanks.

22 posted on 04/20/2009 1:35:47 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I wonder where he IS lauching

Price, MD


23 posted on 04/20/2009 1:38:35 PM PDT by Joiseydude (Kate Smith - God Bless America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCavKL2zdjM GREAT visual interpretatio)
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To: lormand

Saturn V Moon Rocket
http://www.boeing.com/history/boeing/saturn.html


24 posted on 04/20/2009 1:39:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Joiseydude
You left out the rest of the headline:

....World's Largest Model Rocket Cellophane Parachute Will Fail to Deploy, World's Largest Model Rocket Expected to Crash In Field.

25 posted on 04/20/2009 1:42:59 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Presbyterians often forget that John Knox had been a Sunday bowler.)
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To: Joiseydude

Has the UN condemed the launch yet?


26 posted on 04/20/2009 1:46:32 PM PDT by TonyM (E)
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To: bill1952
hobbyists that want to continue to handle and fly rocket motors with propellant amounts greater than 62.5 grams will be able to do so by applying for a permit, undergoing a background check, paying a $25 fee and getting fingerprinted - application forms are available on the Internet.

 

I hope he has his license then .From the story

It's cost a lot of money — the 1,700 pounds of ammonium perchlorate fuel alone will cost about $13,000

27 posted on 04/20/2009 1:48:03 PM PDT by grjr21
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To: Alex Murphy
You forgot to ad this:

World's largest cricket used as payload fails to survive due to severe burns.

28 posted on 04/20/2009 1:48:38 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: caver
How big does it have to be before they stop calling it a “model rocket”?

I guess as long as it isn't as big as the real one, and with a Saturn V you can make a damn big model rocket. I say go for 1/2 scale.

29 posted on 04/20/2009 1:49:40 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: fightinbluhen51
"Where’s Prince, MD."

Don't know about Prince, MD. It doesn't show up in any references but Prince George's is next to Andrew's AFB, MD.

yitbos

30 posted on 04/20/2009 2:00:26 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: lormand
She’s beautiful. Saturn V, my all time favorite rocket.

This is my favorite. It was also used on the Gemini project.

Titan II Launch

31 posted on 04/20/2009 2:02:30 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Joiseydude

I know the city but is it from his back yard or in an extremely large plot of vacant land outside of the city?


32 posted on 04/20/2009 2:02:37 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’s a farm field on Maryland’s Eastern Shore known as Higgs Farm..they just had an event there this past weekend called “ Red Glare VI”...

http://www.mdrocketry.org/launches/redglare6/


33 posted on 04/20/2009 2:15:30 PM PDT by Dixiekraut (( Rommell...you magnificent bastard . I READ YOUR BOOK !!! ))
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To: TonyM
Has the UN condemed the launch yet?

He may launch it towards Israel, so they may not have to condemn it...

34 posted on 04/20/2009 2:28:05 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes
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To: Joiseydude

The North Koreans and Iranians would televise it and call it a satellite launch.


35 posted on 04/20/2009 2:29:12 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism kills your soul.)
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To: Tallguy; caver

A model rocket ends at 3.3 lbs total weight and 62.5 grams of propellant. Anything over that, like this beast, is considered high power rocketry.

BTW...the model/high power hobby rocketry people just won a 10 year plus legal battle with the BATFEces over high power rocket engines.


36 posted on 04/20/2009 2:32:01 PM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: Joiseydude

Geez, that things bigger than the liquid fueled rocket that the Confederacy shot at Washington during the Civil War.


37 posted on 04/20/2009 2:33:50 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (To stand up for Capitalism is to hope Teleprompter Boy fails.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Purty neat, ain’t it.....

beats the hell outta the F and G engined rockets I fire off.....


38 posted on 04/20/2009 2:37:41 PM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: Made In The USA

“... the 1,700 pounds of ammonium perchlorate fuel alone will cost about $13,000 — and Eves and his partners are taking donations.”

1700 pounds of perchlorate ought to help get this thing airborne....for certain, with 8,000 lbs of thrust, it’s going somewhere...


39 posted on 04/20/2009 2:48:04 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: nuke rocketeer

Yeah..as you can see here..some of these “backyard” rocket scientists take this stuff pretty seriously.....they’ve come a long way from our Estes model rocket days...

Q-Powered Pershing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=959E5Oh7gPM&feature=related


40 posted on 04/20/2009 2:56:29 PM PDT by Dixiekraut (( Rommell...you magnificent bastard . I READ YOUR BOOK !!! ))
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To: bill1952
hobbyists that want to continue to handle and fly rocket motors with propellant amounts greater than 62.5 grams will be able to do so by applying for a permit, undergoing a background check, paying a $25 fee and getting fingerprinted

Does that limitation apply to liquid-fueled models?

41 posted on 04/20/2009 3:18:12 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Centurion2000
SAM would be OK.

This one is surface to surface ... unless he can get it up there and not come down!

42 posted on 04/20/2009 3:47:17 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

Almost every missile is ultimately surface to surface ;)


43 posted on 04/20/2009 4:03:47 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (We either Free America ourselves, or it is midnight for humanity for a thousand years.)
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To: Joiseydude

Finally, a missile program that Obama can oppose.


44 posted on 04/20/2009 6:01:07 PM PDT by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: Joiseydude; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


45 posted on 04/20/2009 7:44:36 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: IronJack

Very few amateurs, if any, mess around with liquid fueled rockets any more. There was a gasoline-hydrogen peroxide engine that was advertised in model rocketry magazines for a while several years ago, but I have not seen it in a while and never knew anyone who had bought and used one of them. http://home.total.net/~launch/


46 posted on 04/21/2009 4:46:08 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: Joiseydude

I’m shocked the State of Maryland is allowing this to happen. Usually we put the kibosh on any fun or innovation before it can happen.


47 posted on 04/21/2009 7:19:55 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: TonyM

“Has the UN condemned the launch yet?”

Quoted for Truth!


48 posted on 04/21/2009 7:46:27 AM PDT by fightinbluhen51 ("MOLON LABE")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

In 1999 I worked with a guy who headed up a local model rocketry group. He was constantly talking about getting to the 10,000 foot level.

I don’t know whether things changed after 9/11 or not.


49 posted on 04/21/2009 11:44:07 AM PDT by Sensei Ern (http://www.myspace.com/reconcomedy)
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To: Travis T. OJustice; Dixiekraut

They launched it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_bIanFc_yI&feature=related


50 posted on 05/01/2009 5:04:35 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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