[NRVR-Members] propellent making class

Eric Paterson egpaterson at gmail.com
Fri Sep 21 05:43:37 CDT 2018

NRVR members, 

I have confirmed with Ben and Elaine Russell that the propellant making class will be held on Saturday NOVEMBER 10.    Enrollment will be limited to 12 people.   Mark your calendars!    Please confirm your participation by sending an email to me.  


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> On Sep 8, 2018, at 4:54 PM, Eric Paterson <egpaterson at gmail.com> wrote:
> NRVR members,
> I talked to Ben and Elaine Russell (Gainesville, VA) about offering their "Introduction to Propellant Making” class here in Blacksburg.   The class covers the following topics:
> How to safely handle and store chemicals and propellants
> What’s needed to get started
> Clothing, gloves etc.
> Chemicals
> Mixers
> Casting sets – mandrels and caps
> Liner / casting tubes
> Motor hardware
> Vacuum systems
> Process of mixing and packing AP based propellants. The student mixes and packs their own 54mm reload.
> Overview of Burnsim –motor design and simulation program
> You'll leave the class with
> A 3 grain 54mm J class reload which you mixed and packed.  The reload can be flown at an experimental launch by those with Level-2 certification.
> A 3-ring binder containing all the class materials and discount coupons
> Tru-Core 54 mm 3 grain casting set which includes a 5/8” x 14” AL mandrel and casting caps. Packing stick included.
> Tuition is $325 per student.   I am thinking of holding the class jointly for a small group of NRVR members and VT students on a Saturday sometime this fall.
> Would you take this course given the $325 tuition?    I would like to get an idea of the general level of interest among NRVR members before reaching out to our students.  
> Eric
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