Chris Michielssen has released a new scale version of the Black Brandt VB. This version is BT-5 based for 13mm motors.Chris says he used the scale info from Peter Alway. I can’t wait to fly one!


Download: Black Brant VB (PDF)

This can also be found  along with many more of Chris’s rockets in my Partial Paper Rocket Builds

More on the Black Brant

CSXT(Civilian Space eXploration Team) launched their new “GoFast” rocket on July 14th to an confirmed altitude of 73.1 miles or 385,800 feet. This is the second successful space launch for the team. The CXST first entered the record books in 2004 becoming the first amateur rocket to reach space.The top speed of the new GoFast 2014 rocket was 3420 mph. According to Ky Michaelson the amateur rocket accomplished the following for amateur rocketry:

  • World record highest altitude rocket launch
  • World record fastest speed rocket launch
  • First photo taken from space on-board an amateur rocket
  • Second amateur rocket in history to reach space

CSXT Team photo: Ky Michaelson

CSXT Team photo: Buddy Michaelson


Video of 2004 launch

Ky Michaelson posted the results on Facebook. 

CSXT site


NASA has validated a new type of propulsion called the Emdrive. This type of Microwave induced propulsion requires no on-board propellant. So you can see why this would be an attractive alternative to current propulsion systems.

Wired online has a great article on this:

Link to Wired article

You can also view the original Emdrive site here

SpaceX has published the video of the F9 landing:



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