The next CP Technologies solid rocket motor design course will be November 2 through November 5, 2006. The class costs $195 and includes the "How To Make Amateur Rockets" 2nd Edition bookset, all motor/propellant materials and lunches. A $30 discount is given to students who already own the 2nd Edition bookset.
John Wickman, a professional aerospace engineer, teaches the course. Participants do not have to be US citizens and do not have to be members of any rocketry organization to attend.
Participants will learn how to design both ammonium perchlorate and ammonium nitrate composite solid rocket motors. They will be assigned an individual maximum motor peak chamber pressure and pressure-time curve shape and design a motor to meet those goals during the class. They will make their individual motors and test fire them on the last day to see how close they came to their design goals.
Those attending the class will make their own motor parts, mix and cast the propellant and assemble their own motors. They will also learn about several different types of igniters and make an igniter for use in their motor. Propellant formulation as well as thermal and structural analysis of motors will also be covered in the class.
People interested in attending the class should sign up soon as class size is restricted to seven students. More information on the class can be found at