making a launch pad

making a launch pad

Post by Daniel Quin » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 00:29:36



Hi Guys
I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly low,
mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up to
1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc pipe
I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there are
allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not the
first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who has
made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
Daniel
 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by Bria » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 00:03:27


I still need to build a launch pad as well.  I'm probably going to
just use PVC.  I was at the hardwdare store the other day though
buying some copper pipe for some plumbing repairs, and wondered how
well copper would work.  Maybe it could handle heavier birds than PVC?

My other idea was to build a tripod out of some 2x4's and plywood,
with the plywood used at the joints, and as bracing.

I'm still trying to work out how I will attach the launch rod to the
pad, as well as the tilting mechanism.

Brian



Quote:
>Hi Guys
>I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly low,
>mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up to
>1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc pipe
>I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there are
>allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not the
>first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who has
>made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
>share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
>necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
>Daniel


 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by Daniel Quin » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 01:33:45


I thought about copper also.  That way we can Solder the parts together.
should be very strong.  The only thing I don't like about most of the "pipe"
pads I have seen is the fact that they do not have a good footprint size to
height.


Quote:
> I still need to build a launch pad as well.  I'm probably going to
> just use PVC.  I was at the hardwdare store the other day though
> buying some copper pipe for some plumbing repairs, and wondered how
> well copper would work.  Maybe it could handle heavier birds than PVC?

> My other idea was to build a tripod out of some 2x4's and plywood,
> with the plywood used at the joints, and as bracing.

> I'm still trying to work out how I will attach the launch rod to the
> pad, as well as the tilting mechanism.

> Brian



> >Hi Guys
> >I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly
low,
> >mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up
to
> >1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc
pipe
> >I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there
are
> >allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not the
> >first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who has
> >made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
> >share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
> >necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
> >Daniel

 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by Thomas Parso » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 01:35:32


Brian and Daniel,
  Try this site
http://24.19.59.240
click on the more rocketry link, and you'll find a Ton-O-Stuff.
As for making the rod swivel, what I did when I built this pad was use three
eye hooks, two going through the pipe, and the third with the knuckle on it.
Then I used a wing nut and bolt to hold the three hooks together, and viola,
swivels!
Good luck
Tom Parson
NAR #78955

--
If DAZZLING with BRILLIANCE is no option, then BAFFLE with BULLSH*T

Quote:
> I still need to build a launch pad as well.  I'm probably going to
> just use PVC.  I was at the hardwdare store the other day though
> buying some copper pipe for some plumbing repairs, and wondered how
> well copper would work.  Maybe it could handle heavier birds than PVC?

> My other idea was to build a tripod out of some 2x4's and plywood,
> with the plywood used at the joints, and as bracing.

> I'm still trying to work out how I will attach the launch rod to the
> pad, as well as the tilting mechanism.

> Brian



> >Hi Guys
> >I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly
low,
> >mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up
to
> >1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc
pipe
> >I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there
are
> >allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not the
> >first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who has
> >made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
> >share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
> >necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
> >Daniel

 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by Deave » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 02:57:08


A tripod is a very stable base for a launch pad. I used a 1-1/2"
side outlet 90 to form the tripod. I used sch 40 galvanized steel
pipe. You can also find aluminum hand rail side outlet 90's .
If you want pictures or sources send me an e-mail.
Gary Deaver


Quote:
> Hi Guys
> I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly low,
> mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up to
> 1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc
pipe
> I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there
are
> allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not the
> first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who has
> made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
> share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
> necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
> Daniel

 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by Jim Yan » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 08:21:45




Quote:
>I still need to build a launch pad as well.  I'm probably going to
>just use PVC.  I was at the hardwdare store the other day though
>buying some copper pipe for some plumbing repairs, and wondered how
>well copper would work.  Maybe it could handle heavier birds than PVC?

>My other idea was to build a tripod out of some 2x4's and plywood,
>with the plywood used at the joints, and as bracing.

>I'm still trying to work out how I will attach the launch rod to the
>pad, as well as the tilting mechanism.

>Brian



>>Hi Guys
>>I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly
>>low, mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes
>>rod up to 1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I
>>used pvc pipe I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.
>> I know there are allot of ingenious people that read and post here and
>>I know I am not the first to tackle a project like this.  So I am
>>looking for anyone who has made pads, thought about how to make a pad,
>>dream about making a pad to share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and
>>graphics are great but not necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help
>>or ideas. Daniel

You will find that copper is soft,and bends under loads.Also expensive.How
heavy are your smaller HP rockets going to be? 1.5" or 2" PVC pipe is
pretty strong,inexpensive,and easy to work with.
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making a launch pad

Post by Travis n Tex » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 08:54:44


It would seem to me that you could strengthen PVC by putting wooden
dowels inside the pipes.  This method is used in the aluminum tubing
of my land sailor, and might make it possible to use a smaller
diameter Schedule 40 PVC.  Just a thought.

Gonna be building a pad soon, so please keep the advice and comments
coming.

Travis


Quote:


>>I still need to build a launch pad as well.  I'm probably going to
>>just use PVC.  I was at the hardwdare store the other day though
>>buying some copper pipe for some plumbing repairs, and wondered how
>>well copper would work.  Maybe it could handle heavier birds than PVC?

>>My other idea was to build a tripod out of some 2x4's and plywood,
>>with the plywood used at the joints, and as bracing.

>>I'm still trying to work out how I will attach the launch rod to the
>>pad, as well as the tilting mechanism.

>>Brian



>>>Hi Guys
>>>I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly
>>>low, mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes
>>>rod up to 1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I
>>>used pvc pipe I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.
>>> I know there are allot of ingenious people that read and post here and
>>>I know I am not the first to tackle a project like this.  So I am
>>>looking for anyone who has made pads, thought about how to make a pad,
>>>dream about making a pad to share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and
>>>graphics are great but not necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help
>>>or ideas. Daniel

>You will find that copper is soft,and bends under loads.Also expensive.How
>heavy are your smaller HP rockets going to be? 1.5" or 2" PVC pipe is
>pretty strong,inexpensive,and easy to work with.
>--
>Jim Yanik,NRA member
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making a launch pad

Post by Travis n Tex » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 08:56:31


Gary,

If you can post any pictures to ABMR it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Travis



Quote:
>A tripod is a very stable base for a launch pad. I used a 1-1/2"
>side outlet 90 to form the tripod. I used sch 40 galvanized steel
>pipe. You can also find aluminum hand rail side outlet 90's .
>If you want pictures or sources send me an e-mail.
>Gary Deaver



>> Hi Guys
>> I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly low,
>> mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up to
>> 1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc
>pipe
>> I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there
>are
>> allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not the
>> first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who has
>> made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
>> share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
>> necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
>> Daniel

 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by Deave » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 10:58:05


The launcher is packed up for a launch tomorrow.
Will post some pictures to ABMR and some links
to suppliers Sunday night or Monday.
Gary Deaver


Quote:
> Gary,

> If you can post any pictures to ABMR it would be greatly appreciated.

> Thanks,
> Travis



> >A tripod is a very stable base for a launch pad. I used a 1-1/2"
> >side outlet 90 to form the tripod. I used sch 40 galvanized steel
> >pipe. You can also find aluminum hand rail side outlet 90's .
> >If you want pictures or sources send me an e-mail.
> >Gary Deaver



> >> Hi Guys
> >> I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly
low,
> >> mid and smaller high power rockets.  Probably the standard Estes rod up
to
> >> 1/2 inch rod.  I would like to stay away from pvc pipe.  If I used pvc
> >pipe
> >> I probably would not be able to do High power of the pad.  I know there
> >are
> >> allot of ingenious people that read and post here and I know I am not
the
> >> first to tackle a project like this.  So I am looking for anyone who
has
> >> made pads, thought about how to make a pad, dream about making a pad to
> >> share their Ideas.  Plans, drawings and graphics are great but not
> >> necessary.  Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.
> >> Daniel

 
 
 

making a launch pad

Post by RayDunak » Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:34:02


<< I am looking to make a launch pad.  I would like it to be able to fly low,
mid and smaller high power rockets. >>

I have just the thing for you! My pad design is simple to build, requiring no
special tools; it's cheap; it transports easily; it doesn't require any setup;
and it works great for both model rockets and moderately large high power
rockets (4" diameter").

If you have access to the latest issue of HPR magazine you can just refer to my
pad construction article. Or you can see some drawings and photos of it at this
site:  

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=743031&a=12403293