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Don Sahlin – Muppet Designer and Rocketry Hobbyist


After briefly working as a puppeteer and builder for The Howdy Doody Show then working on stop-motion films (including projects with George Pal), Don Sahlin began working with Jim Henson in 1962. Henson hired Sahlin to create a Muppet of a dog character, Rowlf, for Purina Dog Chow commercials. Rowlf when onto become the singer’s side-kick during the four-year run of The Jimmy Dean TV show. ... [More]

2015-06-08 Discussion Forums


I’ve restored the discussion forums at The discussion forums include topics specific to and will be used to replace the system used currently for posting and reading comments at There are also general discussion forums for rocketry topics. When I first put the discussion forums online last year, I was using a beta ... [More]


2015 National Sport Launch Photos and Video


The Rocketry Organization of South Carolina at Orangeburg (ROSCO) hosted the National Association of Rocketry’s 2015 National Sport Launch over Memorial Day weekend. The three-day event featured flights by rocketry enthusiasts from around the world. [View More of Roger and Bracha Smith’s Photos of NSL 2015] Saturday’s weather featured bright blue skies and a bit of wind. [View ... [More]

2015-01-19 Site Updates


Site Maintenance Apologies for getting behind in processing new reviews and other site maintenance. Between the holidays and a bad cold or the flu or whatever, I wasn’t able to spend enough time working on the site. But, I’m catching up now. Community I had to take a big step backwards and basically start-over with the new Community web site. ... [More]


2014 Holiday Rocketry Sales


Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching. The shopping (and, coincidentally, the holiday) season is upon us! Below is a list of Holiday Sales offered by online rocketry vendors this year. This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Please leave a comment if you wish to add or update any information. Thanks! AdditiveAerospace Plastic altimeter sleds and camera ... [More]


Rocket4TheCure – New World’s Record As Teens Launch Almost 4000 Rockets at Once


On October 26, 2014, High school students Sanzio Angili and Dylan Whitesel of Chesterfield, Virginia, raised $20,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and broke a world record by launching 3973 model rockets at one time. Supporters sponsored the event by donating $10 for each rocket, many of which were labeled with the name of a person being honored or remembered. The two students, along with ... [More]


Flutter-By Caught By Spider


From Scott Johnson: “So I was painting my Flutter-By (Centuri Style); doing 10 minute intervals of red paint. In between painting, my Flutter-By was caught by a spider…” See: [More]


The Naked Gun: “Special Thanks to : Tripoli Rocketry Association”


“It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.” Watching the 1988 film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! via Amazon Prime the other night, I was surprised to see the following scroll by during the end credits: Special ... [More]


CSXT Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Amateur Space Launch By Doing It Again


In May of 2004, the Civilian Space Exploration Team (CSXT) launched a 21-foot long rocket to an altitude of 72 miles. The “Go Fast” rocket became the “first American civilian sounding rocket to reach outer space” and the first verified launch into space by an amateur group. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the achievement, the CSXT did it again. The rocket carried a ... [More]


Model Rockets Take to the Sky


On Juky 22, KTVN Channel 2 aired a new story about Reno Rocketry, the Northern Nevada chapter of Tripoli.   The station’s videographer placed GoPro cameras under and near the launch pads to obtain dramatic video of the launches. The “drag race” shot was accidental. “User error” resulted in several rockets launching at once.   [More]

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