LDRS 36 being held on my home flying field in 2017 is bringing me out of my rocket flying hiatus!  I put all my rockets away after the birth of my daughter.  Having a toddler and an infant to care for with my wife changed my life and my priorities 11 years ago so I stepped away from building and flying rockets.

 

I started looking over my fleet of rockets after hearing that LDRS 36 is being hosted by the Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association in 2017.  During my fleet inspection I found that my Tripoli and NAR Level 3 6" IRIS has a zipper in the payload bay and needs repair.   My 42% scale two-stage RIM-67 ER Standard Missile has damage to the side of the sustainer from a staging delay and the interstage is burned and need of repair from an early ignition of the sustainer motor on the last flight.

 

My fleet inspection prompted the question of the day....

 

"Do I repair a rocket or do I build a new one?"

I have had the parts for a 7.5" 62.5% scale IRIS sitting in my basement for the past 10 years and after seeing the condition of all my "M" capable rockets I decided the time has come to finally build the 7.5" IRIS and fly big once again!

 

I will be posting construction updates, photos and eventually photos and videos from the flight at LDRS.  Hope you enjoy following me and my 7.5" IRIS on our journey to LDRS 36. I  have maintained my website for the last 16 years to keep a record of my past projects and with the hope of one day getting back to the field to fly again.

 

Hope you enjoy your visit!

until the start of LDRS!

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