2004 Special Projects




XPRS 2004 Picture Galleries
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  • Clay Brothers' - Pictures from Camp Matilda
  • Vern Knowles - Lots of great launch pictures and a real cool panorama shot of the flight line.


  • Twenty  M-1419 flights

  • Five K700 flights  (new ARLISS booster class)

Some members of AERO-PAC, organized by Tom Rouse, worked with Professor Bob Twiggs of Stanford to build rockets to launch student satellites from amateur rockets at the Black Rock Desert. For more information about the program, see the ARLISS web site.

The first ARLISS launch was held on September 11, 1999 after much planning. Two teams from Japan, a team from Arizona and a team from Redwood City, CA each built three "can sats" and the ARLISS team provided four rockets to launch them. The program grew each year since then, with more universities participating and more flights. 


John's Crayon Pack

John Coker

  • A pack of 8 Crayon rockets,
  • Modeled at 777% scale (2.56" tubing)
  • In the appropriate colors
  • Launched at the same time
  • From a box that looks like a pack!

Gabriel Bilek

  • NEW ARLISS-K Class rocket (taking a design queue from the Honest John Missile)
  • 76.5"  total length
  • 42" long 75mm diameter payload section (deploys one CanSat)
  • 24" long 54mm diameter booster that can accommodate the 54/2560 with extended forward closure
  • All G-10 fiberglass, with the exception of the ACME fin can and phenolic CanSat Carrier
  • Piston deployment on both ends
  • Three separate parachutes for the booster, payload, and nose cone
  • G-Wiz MC Electronics mounted in a Giant Leap aluminum avionics bay
  • K550W: 10.8 lbs and 8,709 altitude, recorded
  • K700W: 12.5 lbs and 12,000 altitude (RockSim results)
Mercury Joe Season 2
taking it to the next level

Clay Brother's VideoRocketry.com (jamie)

  • Restored from crash at Aeronaut
  • 4" taller thanks to Enzite
  • Now with fiberglass reinforced goodness
  • Shake down flight Friday morning on a L-1300 Blue Baboon
  • Friday's mission Astronaut "John Shaft"
  • Level 3 Certification flight Sunday Morning on M-1315
  • Sunday's mission Astronaut "Buzz Aldrin"
  • Sims just over one mile on the M (this may be updated later once final weights are known)


Bigger Purple

Kurt Gugisberg - ROC

  • Two stages, six inch booster to a four inch sustainer.  
  • M1315 going to an L850 in the top stage.  
  • (mostly) Black Sky electronics with Adept altimeter back up.  
  • Top stage is dual deploy.
  • Sim says 18k' but Kurt thinks it'll be closer to 20k'
  • Also, Kurt will be flying his sustainer stage from his three stager from last year.  It is a 38 mm diameter fiberglass rocket that will be flying on a J570.


RCDP Flash-M
(Rock Creek Deforestation Project)

Thomas Kernes

  • Level 3 Certification flight
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Fiberglass and aluminum 4" diameter
  •  96" tall
  • Empty weight 10.75#
  • Flying on a M-1315
  • Should see 13-14K at 1300+ fps


Medusa's Wild

Mike Brest

  • Ground control ignites central 54mm K1275.
  • G-Wiz LC does Launch-detect air start of two 38/600 motors.
  • Missile Works PET2 timer #1 does air start of 2 additional 38/600 motors.
  • Missile Works PET2 timer #2 does air start of 4 29/240 motors.
  • Missile Works PET2 timer #1 does stage separation charge
  • G-Wiz LC does recovery deployment.
  • Missile Works PET2 timer #2 does backup deployment charge.


  • R-DAS Kompakt with Extra Igniter board air-starts 4 29/240 motors.
  •  R-DAS Kompakt with Extra Igniter board air-starts central 54mm K700.
  • Two G-Wiz MCs do primary & backup recovery & data recording in the sustainer.

The 38/600 & 29/240 motor selections will be made soon.

S.S. Bakula

Clay Brother's VideoRocketry.com (peter)

  • 3" diameter fully glassed PML Quantum Leap 3k
  • This will be my first 2 stage flight with composite motors
  • My first rocket with onboard Video (Aiptek DV4500)
  • Sustainer ignition 1 second after burnout of booster motor by an Accu-Fire timer in the booster
  • Booster will use motor ejection to deploy its parachute
  • Altacc 2C altimeter in the sustainer will deploy drogue and main
  • Flight will be a K-550 to K-550
  • projected altitude of 12.000'


Haulin' Mass

Steve Wigfield

  • Level 3 certification flight

  • 4” diameter carbon fiber and fiberglass

  • 98.5” tall

  • Weight empty 12.7#

  • Weight with motor 25.2#

  • Altimeters: G-Whiz LCD 800 and Adept ALTS2-50K

  • Flying on M-1315

  • Sims to 17,000' @ 1040mph


 Dick Matthews

  • Level 3 Certification flight
  • Min diameter M-1000
  • Altitude simulation estimates 38,000 feet
  • GPS flight telemetry
  • Pretty cool nosecone layout with electronics

Greg Fannin

  • 3"dia
  • Nickel plated Carbon
  • M-2500
  • Mach 2 in 2.4 sec
  • Estimated Altitude 30,000 feet
  • Tower Launched


Leeeetle Joe Too

Clay Brother's VideoRocketry.com (jamie)

  • 100% Scale Micro Max Little Joe II
  • Extremely low impulse
  • Certified Crazy flight
  • Streamer recovery
  • Going for closest to launch pad and lowest altitude records
Night Rider

Clay Brother's VideoRocketry.com (peter)

  • Was the "Patriot Crayon" then renamed the "Ugly Crayon" rocket (after crash rebuild) now converted to the "Night Rider"
  • 4" diameter fiber glassed crayon bank from Toys-R-Us 
  • will be going up on an I366 Redline with motor ejection.
  • Radio Shack Zenon Strobe 
  • Predicted altitude of 3600+ feet 
  • More lights may be added at the last minute 
Night Owl

Clay Brother's VideoRocketry.com (jamie)

  • Two Radio Shack personal Strobes
  • Two Super LED flashing wands
  • Super LED light nose cone
  • H180 
  • Live Video Downlink with the plan to launch a second rocket shortly after launch
  • Jamie's L1 certification rocket - and his most flown HP bird.

Clay Brother's VideoRocketry.com (jamie)

  • 8000' on K550
  • Scratch built phenolic, 4",  54mm
  • Live Video Downlink using BoosterVision high power system
  • Jamie's L2 certification rocket
Michael Dennis'
XPRS line-up!

Michael Dennis

(from left to right)
  • Elvis  - AT - J135 (AT54/1280) plus 8 air started E9's
  • 10" Saturn V  - AT - L1500T (AT98/5120) + 4xJ210 (CTI 2G)
  • Flower Power  - AT - K185 (AT54/1706) plus 20 air started E9's
  • 5.5" Nike Smoke
  • Wizocket  - AT - J90 (AT54/852)
  • 10" V2 for L3 Cert  - CTI - M2505 (AT98/7680)
561% upscale

Rick Clapp of Oregon Rocketry

  • 7.5" Fiberglassed Airframe, 121" tall.
  • Pad Weight 63.5 lbs
  • Flying on an Aerotech M1939W
  • Dual Altimeters - Olsen FCD-M2 & R-DAS Compact
  • Dual Deploy, Main at 1500 ft (R-DAS) and 1250 ft (Olsen)
  • projected altitude of 10.000'



Richard, Paul and Lisa's Sponge Bob

  • 42" Tall
  • 20 lbs
  • Powered by a J-800
  • Lives in a Pineapple under the sea

Paul Sutchek

  • Built from Cardboard and fiberglass
  • Flies on 12 - 29mm canted G40s
  • Parachute recover (unusual for these sort of rockets)
  • RockSim says it'll reach 800 feet!
  • Custom launch stand
BootStrap Bill

Steve Pope