Team Numb has been building & launching High Powered Rockets for over 15 years. In 2008 we successfully launched and recovered the 1st ever Beer Keg Rocket. This was an 11 ft tall, 350 lb rocket and the payload was a full, 15-gal keg of Portland's finest beer. We sent the beer keg to over 6,200 ft!
This kicked off the new sport of Kegetry, or Keg-Lofting. Others have followed, but no one else has ever tried to launch a full keg. They have all settled for smaller 5-gal kegs.
In 2012 we did it again. This time on a bigger motor and a more refined design, the beer keg went to over 7,700 ft!
YouTube video of 2012 launch:
Now it's time to up the ante!
We are building a 2-Stage Beer Keg Rocket. The 1st stage will have 4 very large 'N-Class' motors and a 5-gal keg of beer. The 2nd stage will be based on the 2012 rocket and will have a full 15-gal keg of beer on board!
We are anticipating a final altitude of close to 20,000 ft and a top speed of over 650 MPH!
This is a large undertaking and we need YOUR help!
The total project cost is over $3,500. We are asking for $2,000 as start-up funding. This includes the following:
- $1,200 for propellant
- $1,000 for motor hardware
- $800 for parachutes and electronics
- $700 for rocket airframe materials
The wonderful video footage is from the Ball-17 DVD available from Liberty Launch Systems. http://www.libertylaunchsystems.com/.
Risks and challenges
Rocketry is inherently risky, and High Powered Rocketry even more so. Construction of the rocket itself isn't one of them (unless you ask our wives...). We have experience building and flying some of the largest and most powerful amateur rockets in the country.
The main risk involved in this flight are in igniting all 4 motors in the 1st stage, on the ground and all at once. This is called 'Clustering' and is one of the most complex and difficult things to do in High Powered Rocketry. To address this issue we are dedicating the 1st half of this years flying season to perfecting our simultaneous ignition system. We've already had two testing and flight sessions and everything is working as planned.
- (18 days)