[NRVR-Members] New Launch Tower

David Aden david.a.aden at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 18:21:36 CST 2019

I'd love to, but I don't know exactly which one would work. The tower looks
like some version of the Amerite line, so I assume of these (
bases should work, but I don't know what size it is. Maybe our SERVA
contact knows?

I agree, it is a hassle. A trailer like the ones you've linked would be
much better.

I'm definitely interested, but my semester is pretty packed - committing
would just be irresponsible. I'd love to help where I can, though!


On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 8:36 PM Thomas Tweeks Weeks <tom at theweeks.org> wrote:

> Hey David!
> Thanks for coming to the meeting.. and joining NRVR! :)
> Yeah.. so I browsed that DXEngineering site.. can you point me to the base
> plate you were looking at?
> I don't know about the other members, but I would not really want to build
> a tower system that we have to erect, stake  into the ground, and run guide
> wires for every time we want to load a rocket.
> I was kind of hoping to eventually be able to afford (or get donated) a
> trailer that can auto-leverage the pad down to load and back up into launch
> position. This is also how most large tri-beam away pads work:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/NRV.Rocketry/permalink/2572395489453883/
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/NRV.Rocketry/permalink/2572395489453883/
> https://i.ytimg.com/vi/4M4i0YRqLDo/maxresdefault.jpg
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/Yqfh6NvDVHpPHAeP9
> Especially since our tri-beam already has a trailer pivot axle and bolt
> down mount points around 4ft off the ground.
> If you're interested in helping with this project.. find a couple of
> members willing to pitch in and find what we need to make it happen. :)
> :)
> Also.. unless someone has a hydrolic piston to donate, the unit came with
> a dedicated lead-acid cell and 12v winch + cable.
> Tweeks
> On Sunday, February 3, 2019 5:11pm, "David Aden" <david.a.aden at gmail.com>
> said:
> > _______________________________________________
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> > http://server2.nrvr.org/mailman/listinfo/nrvr-membersHey everyone,
> >
> > My name is David Aden - I joined back in the fall. I'm an ME student at
> > Tech. If you were at the November launch, you may remember me as the guy
> > who tried to cert on a minimum diameter silver rocket that promptly
> > disappeared until 2 1/2 hours later.
> >
> > I'm a part of the Orbital Launch Vehicle Team at Virginia Tech, and I was
> > in charge of the launch tower for our September launch. At the meeting on
> > Thursday, I spoke with Tweeks about the new launch tower we got from
> > - the design looks almost identical to the one OLVT used, and I bet we
> > could get a base for it from dxengineering.com, where OLVT bought their
> > tower hardware from. The base comes with a hinge - you stake it down,
> lift
> > the tower to vertical, and secure it with guy wires. Another option that
> > was discussed is to buy a trailer; the tower still has functional hinges
> on
> > it, so they could just be bolted in to a beam or something along those
> > lines.
> >
> > Just my two cents. Looking forward to flying more with y'all!
> >
> > David
> >
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