Unfortunately, we didn't take a lot of photos of our model rocket activities, which started in the early '60s. One of the very few was this shot of an Estes Big Bertha taking off from our homemade launcher. We built and flew many rockets, but somehow over the years they have all disappeared.

     Thankfully, though, I did keep my Estes Camroc rocket camera. It has been stashed away in a cigar box along with all of the negatives and prints from that time. I also kept my Estes Astrocam, which succeeded the Camroc sometime around 1977. I had absolutely no success with the Astrocam, but I did get some usable shots from the Camroc. To this day I regret not buying the Estes Cineroc, an 8mm rocket camera that shot about 10 seconds of film looking down as the rocket ascended off its launch pad. Today, that technology has been replaced by truly affordable digital video cameras that transmit live video to a receiver on the ground. The Cineroc, though, was a marvel of miniaturization when it was introduced in 1970. It was written up in magazines and an example is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Click on the image at the right to learn more about Camroc and see some of my photos.


     I can't claim to be a BAR (Born Again Rocketeer), but I did get a resurgence of interest in model rockets when my older son was in junior high school. It occurred to me that I could make a simple telemetry unit using the transmitter from one of his radio controlled cars. It actually worked, but the reception was poor. Click on the image at left to learn more about this project.

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Model Rocket Links

This is a great site with many videos taken from on-board video cameras.

This site includes a fantastic collection of model rocketry catalogs, old and new.

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