wow. I didn't mean to start an argument, nor did I mean to imply anything
about the methods people use for certifying L1. To each their own. For me
it's all about the "quality of experience".
I could launch any number of kit rockets, with a variety of APCP motors, and
certify. For me, not exciting enough. I've built lots of kits, I've launched
tons of rockets with engine-based time delays. A bigger engine? Ok. More
epoxy. Still essentially same-o, same-o. My goal with this project is to
build and launch a L1 rocket, incorporating as many of the requirements for
a L3 bird as is appropriate. Partly because of the complexity, partly
because of the quality of technique demanded (i.e. external disarm of pyro
charges). Partly because I believe that if something is worth doing, it's
My L1 launch will be a "peak experience", and I want it to be one to
remember (hopefully in a good way, eh?) The complexity and personal
involvement will leave me progressively more "keyed -up" until the moment of
launch. If I fail, that's cool. I promise you I will have learned a great
deal that will be incorporated in the next attempt.
I'll admit to a hidden agenda of challenging the local NAR section to grow a
bit.... I am the only member shooting hybrids, for example. Only one other
member scratch-builds most of their birds. Kits are fine, APCP is fine. Just
not enough psychological "oomph" for me.
Of course, I'm warped.