AeroTech Motors Used in Setting New Tripoli Altitude Record June 24, 2004 Web posted at: 5:30 PM EDT
(ROL Newswire) -- The AeroTech division of RCS Rocket Motor Components (RCS), Inc. is pleased to announce that AeroTech high-power motors were used exclusively by AERO-PAC prefecture member John Rockdale in setting a new Tripoli Rocketry Association record for 'M' class altitude. John flew his "Tupelo" rocket at the Mudroc launch held at Nevada's Black Rock Desert on Saturday June 19, 2004. The flight was also a record for all Tripoli motor classes. According to the on-board RDAS GPS instrumentation, John's rocket achieved a maximum altitude of 44,958 feet (13,707 meters) AGL. Both stages were recovered intact.
Specifications of the rocket are as follows:
Booster: 75mm custom Dynacom Booster motor: AeroTech M1315W reloadable Booster liftoff wt.: 25.0 lb Sustainer: 54mm ShadowAero "Shock Value" Sustainer motor: AeroTech K250W single-use Sustainer wt.: 9.5 lb Rocket length: 144" Staging coast time: 4 sec. Booster electronics: ALTACC plus Adept ES231MH stager Sustainer Deployment: Rouse-Tech CD-3 CO2 device Instrumentation: RDAS "Kompakt" with GPS expansion board Tracking: Walston transmitter & receiver
Apogee as determined by the RDAS occurred at T+54 seconds. The sustainer was recovered 2.8 miles from the launch site. The paint near the nose cone tip was softened from aerodynamic heating and had flowed down the cone for a length of about 2".
More information can be found on John Rockdale's website at
AeroTech joins AERO-PAC in congratulating John on his excellent record-setting flight!
Source: RCS Rocket Motor Components (RCS), Inc.