Christmas Model Rockets

This rocket thing all started during Christmas 2001. I wanted to do something with the kids that would be both fun, and a project of some sort. I settled on having the family build model rockets together. Growing up in Denver, Colorado, home of Martin Marietta during the heydays of NASA, I had grown up building Estes rockets. Passing this interest along to my kids has been very enjoyable. Check out this brief photo essay of our adventures in rocketry. There will be more to come over time, I'm sure.

Here we are, gathered around the kitchen table, building our rockets...

The kids were hovering nearby, ready to lend a helping hand as needed. Here, Laura investigates the potential for rockets to be like big pencils.

After about a day and a half, our rocket fleet was ready for test flights. Bobby's rocket is the "Big Rage" on the left. Laura has the little "Pink Powerpuff 1" in the middle, and I'll be flying the "Fat Boy" on the right.

Here we are at the launch site. The rockets have been prepped: engines inserted and parachutes packed.

Grandpa looks on approvingly...

Bobby is so excited, he dances a jig. This, BTW, is Artem's rocket...

Preparing the rockets for firing. There are engines to insert, ignitors, and parachutes must be packed...

Dave's Monarch is a good looking bird...

As is Helen's colorful Polaris...

Dave has two rockets, with this X-30 space plane being an interesting semi-scale model...

Bobby is convinced his Big Rage is the best. It is certainly the tallest!

Dave is a cooler competitor. He will wait to decide based on facts...

Let's Launch 'Em!

 
All material 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.