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Eyewitnwess descriptions of the incident sound more like one of those Chinese or Mexican fireworks factory explosions than anything that might be expected from the accidental ignition of even a large batch of APCP.
-dave w
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David Weinshenker
In TRA, yes, it does. And since EX is a TRA only term for something that already had a name...
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Impeach the TRA BoD" >>> To reply, remove the TRABoD!
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Bob Kaplow
Actually my understanding (as an outsider) is that TRA-EX includes: N2O-plastic hybrids N2O-HTPB hybrids APCP ANCP Sorbitol
If I am incomplete or excessive, please correct me.
The styles of motors that are NOT currently allowed (special/arbitrary exceptions not withstanding) include: LOX/HTPB hybrids KPCP BP Tribrids Liquids Steam Sodium Chlorate
Reply to
Jerry Irvine
That plus other stuff.
This was a Pypo guy that used rockets to get his shells or whatever into the air. It's not the same as TRA EX.
Reply to
Phil Stein
Hmm...
From the TRA Research Safety Code: (It looks like anything liquid is out, except NOX in a hybrid, but there isn't any stipulation regarding the oxidizer type of a composite solid propellant...) -------------------------------------------------------- Chapter 5 Exclusions 5.1 General. Only composite propellant rocket motors and hybrid rocket motors as defined in this code are permitted at Tripoli Research Launches. 5.2.1 Black powder-based motors shall not be included as composites, regardless of binder and/or formulation modifications. 5.3.1 With the exception of nitrous hybrid rocket motors, liquid rocket motors are prohibited at Tripoli Research Launches. 5.4.1 The following propellants shall also be excluded from Tripoli Research launches: double- and triple-based propellants, and micro-grain propellants, including zinc/sulfur propellants. --------------------------------------------------------
Note that this was from the "April 01, 2001" edition: the one where they took out the following text from the previous version (saying something about "closing loopholes") and added insanely detailed stipulations about "group projects": -------------------------------------------------------- Motors which have been manufactured by a commercial motor manufacturer which are not in the process of being certified and are not intended to be available to Tripoli members commercially, shall be deemed "experimental" and may be flown or fired only at Tripoli Research (experimental) launches. --------------------------------------------------------
-dave w
Reply to
David Weinshenker
Not necessarily, though that is one of the most common propellents used in EX and amateur rocketry. However, the issue I see is, "Does EX/AR = house-leveling explosions?" You seem to be intent on making such a link. Why is that?
Reply to
RayDunakin
More to the point, APCP wouldn't do that... even if you piled up 200 pounds of "M" motor grains in the middle of your living room and ignited it, you'd sure do a quick and thorough job of setting fire to the place but I doubt it would knock the walls down and blow the roof off like that.
-dave w
Reply to
David Weinshenker
it was AR......when you sit at home and roll your own its AR unless you are a tripoli member then its AR/EX... shockie B)
Reply to
shockwaveriderz
unless of course you took that 200lbs of M motors apcp and ground it down into small particles and then put it within confined spaces likes pipes...
shockie B)
Reply to
shockwaveriderz
Since he was a hobbiest involved with Pyrotechnics and he used his home-made rockets to launch his pyrotechnic devices into the air to make pretty designs, were his rockets "Hobby Rockets"???
Reply to
Fred Shecter
Literally? Yep.
As the term is commonly used? Definitely not. Terms of art are imprecise but are what they currently mean AS USED.
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
But then you're no longer doing EX/AR. You'd be making bombs, not rockets. Trying to link bomb making with rockets is like linking arson with driving a car simply because both actitivies involve gasoline.
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RayDunakin
Some people start feeling invincible when they narrowly avert death a couple of times. Some people are too stupid to even get that feeling. :/
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Tim

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