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Aerotech - HV Arcas (89012) [1989-]

Published:2008-04-07
Manufacturer:Aerotech
Style:Sport

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(Contributed - by Jack Caynon - 04/07/08) AeroTech ARCAS

Brief:
Mid-power rocket modified to be a Level 1 Certification Rocket.

Modifications:
The rocket is a strong flier on G motors and is an even better flier on 29mm H motors so it is suitable as a Level 1 Certification Rocket. To modify it to fly on a 29-180 motor, I used an Aeropack 29mm motor retainer designed for cardboard tubing. When you use this retainer, you need to make certain that you have at least 0.25 inch of motor tubing sticking out from the rear centering ring so you can JB Weld the retainer onto your tube. As for the motor block inside the motor mount tube, I would recommend that you discard it all together. If you use single-use 29 mm motors, wrap several bands of masking tape around the nozzle end of your motor to serve as a motor block similar to the motor block ring on your 29-180 motor. That way, you can use anything up to 13 inches in length. Replace the flimsy AeroTech chute with a 30 inch Spherachute and use 15 minute epoxy during your construction and you should be good to go!

Construction:
This is a four-fin rocket that is a semi-scale version of the High Velocity ARCAS sounding rocket round used in the Sparrow-HV ARCAS rocket of the 1960s. It was the top stage of the two-stage sounding rocket. The tubing is cardboard and the fins are plastic. The shock cord is the 1/4 inch elastic tubing that AeroTech uses for its mid-power rockets.

AeroTech ARCAS

The rocket comes in a very sturdy box, and for the most part, you should follow the instructions that come with the kit.

Finishing:
The body tubes have shallow grooves that are easy to fill. Using Krylon paint, I painted it just like the picture on the box. The plastic fins are tough and easy to finish, so they're a real plus. As for the nose cone, wash it thoroughly then sand it with 100 grit sandpaper before your first coat of Krylon plastic primer. Use the plastic paint and primer on the plastic parts and regular Krylon on the cardboard parts and you should have a great looking rocket.

Flight:
This rocket, even after the modification, will fly well on high thrust F motors, G motors, and 29mm H motors. Because of the AeroTech baffle system, you won't need any wadding.

On August 2003, I achieved my Level 1 Certification at Nike Carrollton Park in Smithfield, Virginia, with this rocket on an Aerotech H165 Redline motor. The lift off was fast and the rocket flew, as always, straight as an arrow.

Recovery:
The chute ejected at apogee and the rocket spiraled down slowly and softly on the 30 inch Spherachute a hundred yards or so from the launch point for the successful conclusion of my certification flight.

Summary:
PROs: Easy to construct, good-looking, big rocket for Level 1 Certification. Great every-day flier.

CONs: None to speak of.

This is an excellent mid-power rocket that is made even more versatile by these modifications to be a great Level 1 rocket.

    Flight Log

    DateRocket NameMotor(s)AltitudeNotes
    1969-12-31Arthur Johnson's Aerotech HV ARCASF50-6- Notes: Good flight. Thought she was a gonner as I waited and waited for ejection. Suffered only a ...
    1994-06-01March Briner's Aerotech HV ARCASH55-10- Motor go 'boom'! It blew the forward bulkhead. Incredibly, there was very little damage to ...
    1996-10-19Tony Fragge's Aerotech HV ARCASF25-6- Nice straight flight
    1999-09-07Brian Wheeler's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-4- Oh, it was awesome, first flight, slow takeoff, big cloud of smoke and flame, went up, kept going ...
    2000-04-01Arthur Johnson's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Impressive flight with an Econo-Jet motor. Despite the large parachute, the decent rate was a bit ...
    2000-04-15Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASH180-10- Nice Flight
    2000-04-15Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Nice Flight
    2000-05-13Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASH180-10- Nice Flight
    2000-05-13Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Nice Flight
    2000-05-24Arthur Johnson's Aerotech HV ARCASF62-4- Vindication after last flight. A bit too windy at the, but rocket pulled through fine. Quick ...
    2000-05-26Arthur Johnson's Aerotech HV ARCASF62-4- Those F64's sure sure do give off a lot of black smoke!! Good flight but too long of a delay. Had ...
    2000-06-10Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG38-7- Nice Flight
    2000-07-02John Yurcina's Aerotech HV ARCASG32-7- My first MPR flight. Chute got tangled on the way down, but no damage. Great flight, very high and ...
    2000-09-15Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- The last flight of the day was the repaired Arcas on a G64-7W for a nice flight. The repaired fin ...
    2000-09-17Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASH180-10- The Arcas flew on a H180-10W for a nice flight. The small crack in the fin got a little longer.
    2000-10-14Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Good flight
    2000-10-26Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG33-5- Nice flight.
    2000-10-26Dale Emery's Aerotech HV ARCASG38-7- First flight. Nice flight.
    2000-12-10Eric Snyder's Aerotech HV ARCASG38-7- First flight. Nice!
    2001-02-17Geoff Stanford's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Great flight, nice relatively slow boost, awesome recovery.
    2001-05-05Geoff Stanford's Aerotech HV ARCASF50-6- This was a case of an F50-6 being an F50-2. The chute tangled and it came down hard, but it ...
    2001-05-12Joe Cacciatore's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Nice straight flight on an F20, about the smallest engine you can use. Nice for small fields. ...
    2001-05-14Dan Patell's Aerotech HV ARCASF39-6- Ignored rod angle, straight up. We had a large field, so drift didn't matter.
    2001-06-02Geoff Stanford's Aerotech HV ARCASG38-4- Perfect flight this time, neat spin due to a bent fin from the previous flight (early ejection, ...
    2001-06-20Dan Patell's Aerotech HV ARCASF52-5- Coupler stuck in tube, no ejection. The rocket started gliding tail first, and landed with no ...
    2001-08-04Tony Fragge's Aerotech HV ARCASF25-6- Good flight.
    2001-08-04Dan Patell's Aerotech HV ARCASF52-5- Great flight at NARAM.
    2001-08-05Tony Fragge's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-7- Excellent flight.
    2001-09-30Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Great launch, smoke, flame, great noise. Straight up to 1000'. Turned over nose down. Started ...
    2001-10-14Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASF24-7- Slow off pad, smoke, flame.Up to about 1000' and over the top.Came down, down, down.Did a little ...
    2001-11-03Dan Patell's Aerotech HV ARCASD12-5- Great flight, barely any drift on th stock chute(with a spill hole).
    2001-11-03Dan Patell's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-4- Great liftoff, but ejection right after burnout. Nose came off payload bay, but all recovered with ...
    2001-11-04Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- 3 tries to launch.Took about 5 seconds to light, went up with a bunch of smoke/flame. Kind of late ...
    2001-11-22Dan Patell's Aerotech HV ARCASF24-4- Rocket flies well on small 24mm and 29mm F's. Nice, loud flight with great recovery.
    2002-02-23Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-4- Sat on pad for about 1 sec.Copperhead ig. Flame came out.Thought it would burn. Finally had ...
    2002-04-19Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG80-7- Wow, what a flight, lept off the pad like a bullet, must have gone at least 1,500 feet. Landed ...
    2002-08-17Tim Doll's Aerotech HV ARCASF39-6- Perfect flight, took off straight as an arrow, actually did a tail slide at apogee before ejecting ...
    2002-08-23Tim Doll's Aerotech HV ARCASF39-6- Another perfect flight. Went up like an arrow.
    2002-09-21Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Perfect first flight. No damage.
    2002-10-19Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF50-6- Great flight. Recovered fairly close, no damage.
    2002-11-02Tim Doll's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- A very nice flight. The ARCAS is a nice rocket - always flys arrow straight.
    2003-02-15Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG33-5- Great flight. Did much better on this Blackjack motor than I thought. Moderate walk for recovery. ...
    2003-02-23Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Loaded for a week.Up on second light.Not high up to about 650.Came in flat and then chute ...
    2003-03-08Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- 2nd try it lit, copperhead. Up to about 600ft.Chute popped about 2 seconds late.Waffled a little ...
    2003-03-15Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-4- Perfectly straight boost, deployed just before apogee, probably could have used another 1-2 ...
    2003-04-13Joe Cacciatore's Aerotech HV ARCASF52-5- First flight on this second HV ARCAS was fine.
    2003-05-10Joe Cacciatore's Aerotech HV ARCASG80-7- Nice flight on G80 but lands far away.
    2003-05-17Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- What an incredible flight. Went up at least 1,600-1,700 feet. Recovered almost right next to pads ...
    2003-05-24Tim Doll's Aerotech HV ARCASF39-6- This rocket is such a nice flyer. Goes arrow straight everytime, and the F39-6T RMS is near ...
    2003-07-04Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-4- About 1500ft Fire, smoke, and a roar.About out of sight until the chute popped.Took a while for ...
    2003-07-19Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG33-5- Drag race with a friend of mine, flying an Aardvark Tomahawk also on a G33. The twin black smoke ...
    2003-07-28Jack Caynon's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-4- 4 Second Delay on take off, then lit & streaked skyward at 5 degree launch angle. Heard tube ...
    2003-08-02Jack Caynon's Aerotech HV ARCASH165-112000 feet Modified for L1 Cert. attempt. Motor lit immediately and rocket fired skyward. Alt. approx. 2000 ...
    2003-08-10Donald Brown's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-7- Great flight on the G35. Straight boost, good altitude.
    2003-08-16Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-7- Awesome flight, took off with a loud roar and very fast. It was lost to everyone for a few moments ...
    2003-09-06Richard Valenti's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-4- Great motor rocket combo.Up to about 1200ft and chute deployed right on time.Came down slow.Seemed ...
    2003-09-12Danny Blackard's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- great flight can't say enough good things about this rocket and motor combo.
    2003-09-14Jack Caynon's Aerotech HV ARCASH165-103000 feet This Redline Motor must have been a potent batch because the ARCAS flashed off the launch pad at ...
    2003-10-05Joe Cacciatore's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-7- Even with winds F20 was a good choice but delay was too long. Lands ok but wind catches chute and ...
    2003-10-18Jason Vennard's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-4- Went much higher than expected on this motor. Beautiful flight and recovery. Landed on stump, ...
    2004-03-07Jack Caynon's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-4- On her last flight, the ARCAS roared off the pad in front of a mother and her children who are now ...
    2004-03-20Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF52-5- Nice flight, got maybe 1,000 feet. Moderate recovery walk. No damage.
    2004-04-11Dan Miller's Aerotech HV ARCASF52-5- Great first flight. Took off like a bullet. One moment on the pad the next at max alt. Floated ...
    2004-06-20Jason Vennard's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Very nice flight on this bird, good straight boost and ejection at apogee, no problems...
    2004-07-11Tim Doll's Aerotech HV ARCASF23-4- Yet another beautiful flight.
    2004-10-16Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-4- Nice flight to moderate altitude. Nice recovery. Recovered almost right next to LCO table. No ...
    2004-10-30Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASF25-6- Great altitude but delay a little long and chute tangled at deployment. Tough rocket with no ...
    2004-11-20Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG33-5- Very nice slow and smokey flight, the G33J is one of my favorite motors for this rocket. Moderate ...
    2004-12-31Mark Easterly's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-7- Beautiful and powerful flight. Would highly recommend this rocket to anyone getting into ...
    2005-01-01Mark Easterly's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-7- Another beautiful flight..awesome! Out of sight, at least 1,800 ft. Recovery required a bit of a ...
    2005-01-15Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Beatiful flight, roared up to 1,600-1,700 feet. Recovered very close to the pad on reefed chute, ...
    2005-03-19Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASF50-4- Delay a little short for this rocket but with a anti-zipper design built in I went for it and no ...
    2005-03-26Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASF50-4- Good flight and recovery. Flew very straight even with gusting winds.
    2005-04-16Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG80-7- Drag race against a friend with another ARCAS on the new AT G80s. Great flight, both rockets took ...
    2005-05-25Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-4- Very nice flight, straight boost to about 1,000 feet. Moderate to long drift on recovery. This ...
    2005-05-28Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Good flight that landed pretty close to pad and recovered without damage.
    2005-06-18Joe Cacciatore's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- No chute, rocket tumbles and lands on it side breaking just one fin off. Inspecting engine shows ...
    2005-06-18Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG33-5- Very nice flight. Nice slow smokey boost to about 1,400 feet. Moderate to long drift on recovery. ...
    2005-07-09Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-4- Good straight flight but baffle system absorbed ejection charge preventing deployment of chute. ...
    2005-10-15Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Excellent flight, I love the way this rocket flies on G64s. Nice straight flight to 1,600+ feet. ...
    2005-10-22Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7- Straight flight up with chute deployment at apogee but chute never caught the wind properly and ...
    2006-02-20Nick Hemlock's Aerotech HV ARCASF50-9- Weathercocked again off the pad. Long long walk for recovery 1+ mile. Had to jump a fence and ...
    2006-02-20Nick Hemlock's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Perfect flight that weathercocked a bit off the pad. 1/4 mile for recovery
    2006-02-26Nick Hemlock's Aerotech HV ARCASG35-7- Perfect engine for this rocket. Out of sight with a short recovery. Engine hook broken off.
    2006-05-02Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF23-4- Nice slow and smokey flight. Moderate drift on recovery. No damage.
    2006-05-02Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF42-4- Very nice flight, first use of the F42T Econojet, nice fast motor. Nice straight boost to maybe ...
    2006-11-18Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG80-10- Very nice flight on the Roadrunner G80, awesome motor. Straight boost to maybe 1,500 feet. Drifted ...
    2007-01-06Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG54-S- Took what seemed forever to get this aged motor lit but went up for a very nice flight. Short ...
    2007-03-10Rick Lindsey's Aerotech HV ARCASG20-3- Not quite enough thrust, arced over pretty fiercely. Thankfully the 3 second delay was just past ...
    2007-03-10Rick Lindsey's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-7- First flight in 10 years for this rocket, using a 10 year old motor. Gorgeous boost, delay a ...
    2007-06-10George Beever's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-4- Total failure of forward closure - lower portion of model totally burned out.
    2007-06-20Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF42-4- Perfect flight, straight up to maybe 700 feet. Long drift on recovery. No damage.
    2007-07-07Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-10- Motor CATO'ed just off the pad, spit out nozzle, dumping the propellant grain, delay element and ...
    2007-08-04Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG71-7- Great flight on the G71R, loud, fast and high. I think the ejection was about 2 seconds early as ...
    2008-07-05Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASG76-7- Excellent flight, flew in a drag race with another G76G. His lit first. Nice straight boost to ...
    2009-03-14 Mike Lysic's Aerotech HV ARCASG40-7- What can I say, WOW! What a great flight, lots of fire, smoke and noise, good straight boost. ...
    2009-03-19Donald Besaw's Aerotech HV ARCASF35-5- Excellent flight, my first using the new 24/60 motor and F35W reload. Lots of smoke, flame and ...
    2009-05-03Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASG79-7- Too windy for this motor; recovered 1+ mile downrange by ATV rider -- thanks!
    2009-05-23Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4-
    2009-05-23Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4-
    2009-06-13Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-4- Smooth boost with good motor and delay combination.
    2009-06-21Andrew Grippo's Aerotech HV ARCASG33-5- Good motor and delay combination with recovery in field
    2009-07-11Steve Jensen's Aerotech HV ARCASG64-7-
    2009-08-29Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF20-4- Nice flight.
    2009-09-26Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-7- Backslid a little after apogee.
    2010-03-27 Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF40-7- Drag race with another Arcas with an F42T. The F42T made it off the pad first, but I think I got ...
    2011-05-14 Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF35-6- nice ascent but didn't separate and came in flat; minimal damage
    2011-05-14 Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF35-6- nice flight, landed just over the berm
    2011-10-31 Wilfred Ashley McIsaac's ARCAS High Powered Rocket2500 feet The ARCAS rocket launch was a Canadian rocket mail experiment at the Gananoque aerodrome in ...
    2012-01-09Matt Mahoney's HV ARCASF39-6T419 feet Low altitude due to being a bit windy.
    2012-01-28Matt Mahoney's HV ARCASF52-5853 feet Had this motor for the Mirage, but too windy. Short burn, no smoke, but good. Lost some altitude ...
    2012-02-11Matt Mahoney's HV ARCASG76-7G-
    2013-04-27 Michael Freedman's HV ArcasF25-4- 1st mid-power. Failed to ignite several times...switched from Quest igniter to Firstfire Jr.
    2013-05-18Michael Freedman's HV ArcasF42-4T-
    2013-05-18Michael Freedman's HV ArcasF42-4T-
    2013-12-29 Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF35-6612 feet nice flight.
    2013-12-29 Mike Caplinger's Aerotech HV ARCASF35-6646 feet chute initially failed to exit BT, but came loose during descent

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