Final Comments for Proposed Regulations

Final comments have been sent and now available for viewing.

Thanks to Mary Roberts of Estes-Cox Corporation for their submission.  Mary Roberts has been also most helpful in getting motor manufacturers together.

One Day For Comments for Regulations Deadline

Another reminder comments must be received by Natural Resources Canada by May 31, 2012 - tomorrow.

A thanks to other for sharing their concerns.  These include:

John Campbell of Ottawa Rocketry Group

Mr. L.H. Kunin of Udisco of Montreal

Deadline Approaches on Proposed New Regulations

A reminder comments are only open for a 75 day period on the proposed update to the Explosives Act.

Rocketeers in Canada are encouraged to voice their opinion and concerns by May 31, 2012 to Natural Resources Canada.

We would like to thanks Trip Barber of the National Association of Rocketry who has sent in their own letter (pdf format)

Sunward Responds to Canada's Proposed Rocketry Regulations

Natural Resources Canada published a proposed update to the Explosives Act and Regulation in the Canada Gazette 1 on March 17,
2012.  The original legislation is outdated as it was written before 1920.

Public comment and feedback is invited and is available for 75 days after the publication date.  After the comments are received and
evaluated, which may result in changes, the Regulations will be published in Canada Gazette 2 and become law in early January 2013.

Certification Testing

I had the pleasure of helping to do the certification test for a new "O" motor from CTI.  By comparison, an "O" motor has 20,480.01 to 40,960.00 Installed Total Impulse (Newton-Seconds).  Compared to a "B" motor which has 2.51 to 5.00 total thrust - a factor of 8192 times ( 213).  Or, in other words, an "O" motor is equivalent to 8,192 "B" motors.  Yes, a big one.

Dr. Jeroen Louwers and Bob Pouliot were also present for the testing.

Tim MacLeod's Level 1 Certification

Congratulation to Tim MacLeod on his successful Level 1 flight yesterday, Saturday August 28, 2010 at the NAPAS launch. Tim is the designer of many Sunward rocket kits, including the Mercury Lander Jr, the Solar Eclipse, and many others.

Finally got his certification as he has been waiting almost 2 years for the flight.  He waited because of weather, too windy, scared to lose the rocket, etc.

Certification Videos

Finally I am able to add videos for the Certification Flight.

This first video is just basic information as there was a continuity problem. Each video is about 2MB in size.

The second video is of the actual flight.  After a while, the rocket can't be seen in the video. Sorry about the finger on the image. Tim MacLeod is the voice in the background.

AARM 2010 Alberta Rocketry Meet

Sunward is proud to be a sponsor of the  Alberta Rocketry Meet - AARM 2010 being held at Morinville Alberta July 23 to 25, 2010.

The Edmonton Rocketry Club is hosting the 40th anniversay launch! A model rocketry competition for both young and the young at heart.

For further details:

CAR-ACF Level 2 Certification Flight

Well, I launched the rocket on Saturday June 19, 2010.  Successful launch and recovery!  Thanks to Bob, Chris, and Jim of NAPAS for certifying the launch.

The expected height was 2,200 feet but it seemed to go higher.  With a little wind (about 16km/h), and the ejection charge set too low (4 seconds), the rocket drifted about 1 1/2 km downrange!  Nice walk there and back though tall grass, swamps, and fences.  It does help to read the instructions for the motor before using it.

The rocket flew on a Pro38 382-I-170-14A Classic high power motor.

CAR-ACF Level 2 Certification

I have enclosed 2 pictures of a rocket that I built for my  Canadian Association of Rocketry  - L'Association Canadienne De Fuséologie Level 2 Certification test.  This  test is based on a successful construction, flight, and recovery of an "I" motor based rocket.

The kit is an old kit that has been around and missing some parts.  Large at 5 3/8" (sorry, Sunward doesn't have these just yet) and a height of 37".  Being a wide rocket, hopefully it won't go as high and I won't have to go far to recover it.

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