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Jeffrey Gortatowsky's Page

Location: Redondo Beach, CA. USA

Certification Level: L2 NAR

Club Memberships: NAR,SCRA,ROC,MDARS

Favorite Rockets: Rocketry Warehouse Sublime and Formula XX Series

Biography:

I was a child of the 1960's and the dawning of the space-age. Aerospace and Astronomy were my passions then and still are to this day. Back then Model Rocketry was cool. Even science was cool. In the mid-70's I joined the Air Force and my rocketry went dormant for a while.

Fast forward to 1996. I moved to southern California (from Rochester NY) and I became a B.A.R. I was very active in ROC (NAR #538) from 1998 to 2002. In 2003/4 things changed professionally and again my rocketry went into storage. In 2010 things changed again, and rocketry came out of storage. So maybe I am a Born Again and Again Rocketeer. :)

I live in Southern CA with my wife and 5 wonderful kitties. I am a software architect specializing in Java and open source based web scale architectures.

Other activities I enjoy are building and flying wooden R/C Gliders (you know old school kits), R/C Helicopter... try to learn on the simulator, Astronomy, live theater, fine dining, cocktails, and wine tasting. I am an Atheist. Strangely however I am not an amoral axe murderer, though apparently in religious circles I am considered so.

I enjoy all aspects of Rockets. 1/8A through M. I have just as much fun launching a MicroMaxx Rocket as a K impulse rocket. Clustering, staging, gliders, it's all good.

 

Clubs: ROCSCRA, MDARS, and FAR

 
 

Favorite Quote:

"(Scientific) Skepticism is not a set of beliefs, it is a set of methods for asking questions about reality." -- Doctor Steven Novella

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/jeffgortatowsky

RocketReviews.com Pages:

2022-10-01

Air Commander

Flight

C11-0/D12-5 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Savage

Flight

Not sure I believe the Estes Altimeter - C6-0/B6-6 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Corona

Flight

Failed to stage. Fixable - C6-0 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Astron Elliptic II

Flight

A3-0/A3-4 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Zenith 2 Payloader

Flight

Great flight. Nothing from the estes altimeter. :( - B6-0/B6-6 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Darkside-X

Flight

B14 worked great. But failed to stage. Total loss. Retired - B6-0 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Saturn Dueces

Flight

Not sure I believe the Estes Altimeter - 2xC6-5 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

Deucey 2.5

Flight

Excellent Flight of the rebuilt rocket - D12-0/C11-5 - Santa Fe Dam Rec Area, CA [More]

2022-09-24

E-Limination E

Flight

It is named because its job is to eliminate exploding BP E motors. This was an E15-4 and yes, KABOOM! Rocket is still flyable.  - E15-4 - Aerial Acres, CA [More]

Virgin EggstraGalactic

Flight

Simple. I have some 18mm B3-3s. I wanted to try one. People say they go kaboom. Wrong. It went fine. Great little flight! - B3-3 - Lucerne Dry Lake [More]

2017-02-09

Custom Rockets - Nomad

Rocksim Design

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2014-02-09

Quest - Future Launch Vehicle

Rocksim Design

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Estes - Vector Force

Rocksim Design

[More]

2013-10-28

Rocketry Warehouse Sublime

Rocksim Design

[More]

2013-01-13

Public Enemy Public Enemy - Gladiator (3)

Rocksim Design

[More]

2011-12-19

Odd'l Rockets Squatty Body

Rocksim Design

[More]

2011-12-05

Big 70 w ALTIM1.rkt

Rocksim Design

[More]

2011-09-25

The Launch Pad Hawk MIM-23A 1.6

Rocksim Design

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Custom Rockets Engage

Rocksim Design

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2011-09-03

Rockets by Manufacturer / Custom Rockets

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Custom Rockets Engage launches on a C5-3 with a backdrop of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory

Jeffrey Gortatowsky


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