You might be asking yourself: HyperLOC 835? What the hell is the title of this post referring to?
I will tell you. But first, you should know that ending a sentence with a preposition is technically grammatically incorrect.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I am getting started with high power rocketry (“HPR”). As you might suspect, I have no idea what I’m doing and no clue where to get started, so I did a lot of googling. I discovered that LOC Precision is a pretty well known company that sells large rocket kits, and so I bought a kit for the HyperLOC 835. It’s just the name of this particular rocket design.
This is a hefty rocket. Once built, it will be 74 inches tall, and it’ll weigh 60 oz (or just under 4 lbs). The body tube or airframe has a 4 inch diameter. It should fly to over 4,300 feet, although this depends entirely on the motor used. It also has a 54mm motor mount tube, which is on the larger side. From what I understand, 29, 38, and 54mm are all very common diameters for the motor, although other sizes exist as well.
Aside from the fact that it looks cool, this particular rocket has the advantage that it can be used for both level 1 and level 2 certifications. The main difference between L1 and L2 is just using a bigger motor (although I’m glossing over some other important details, but right now, it doesn’t matter). Rocketry is a fun hobby, but it’s not exactly cheap – so while my L2 certification is still a ways down the road, it’ll be nice to be able to use the same rocket again for that.
Kits don’t come with motors, so I also bought a high power “I” motor, manufactured by Aerotech. These motors are basically just explosive devices and so it’s considered a hazardous material (HAZMAT) for transportation and shipping purposes. More on this motor in a future post.
One thing I’m quickly learning is that a kit is a great starting point, but it definitely does not provide you with all the parts you need. There are several things I’ll still have to buy separately, in addition to the motor. These include:
- Forged eyebolt. This is just like a regular eyebolt, but someone has fraudulently copied it.
- Fire blanket. This is the blanket that emergency responders will use to delicately wrap and then quickly remove my body after it’s been scorched during an ill-fated fiery liftoff.
- Motor retainer. A motor’s underrated alternative to wearing braces. Prevents the motor from moving over time and from being scolded by its dentist.
But enough of these additional parts. Time to unbox everything and begin assembling this mother!