Hello from Las Vegas

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APSI
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Hello from Las Vegas

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I made my first rocket a few years ago and have since made many more and made a few launchers. My latest modification is my "Double Barrel" PVC launcher that is modular, collapsable, and has 2 release mechanisms and launch tubes so we can lauch 2 rockets at the same time. So far all my rockets have been soda bottles (10oz to 3 ltrs) and I've made 3 "big bertha" 3 gallon water jug rockets- the first one exploded on the 3rd launch when we tried to pump her up to 75psi (lesson learned the hard way!).

I am now interested in stepping up to the next level and adding a recovery system (lawn darts so far, and I'm tired of them busting up), and I want to start working with FTC (I have 4 in the workshop). I would love to learn all I can about high pressure systems, CO2, the best compressor/regulator/valves/etc. equipment to use, and methods of reinforcement. So far I've found a ton of info on this website and the posts and links, but still trying to piece it all together to make my first high pressure FTC rocket.
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Re: Hello from Las Vegas

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APSI wrote:I made my first rocket a few years ago and have since made many more and made a few launchers. My latest modification is my "Double Barrel" PVC launcher that is modular, collapsable, and has 2 release mechanisms and launch tubes so we can lauch 2 rockets at the same time. So far all my rockets have been soda bottles (10oz to 3 ltrs) and I've made 3 "big bertha" 3 gallon water jug rockets- the first one exploded on the 3rd launch when we tried to pump her up to 75psi (lesson learned the hard way!).

I am now interested in stepping up to the next level and adding a recovery system (lawn darts so far, and I'm tired of them busting up), and I want to start working with FTC (I have 4 in the workshop). I would love to learn all I can about high pressure systems, CO2, the best compressor/regulator/valves/etc. equipment to use, and methods of reinforcement. So far I've found a ton of info on this website and the posts and links, but still trying to piece it all together to make my first high pressure FTC rocket.
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Re: Hello from Las Vegas

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hello APSI.
that launcher sounds interesting, how did you make it modular and collapsible?
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