It’s been several years since I attended a launch. Back in July 2011, I experienced my first major launch failure when my first L1 rocket shredded at high speed during ascent (more on that later). It was only my third high-power flight, and I was bummed by the setback. But I picked up the pieces (literally) and resolved to get the rocket back into working order.
At the time, I had already started on my next build: a Binder Excel that I planned to use as my gateway to dual deployment and L2 certification. I had the kit, I had the altimeter and I began running simulations in RockSim. And then everything went on hold…for a bunch of good reasons. I picked it up for brief periods and assembled some components, but it’s been in a partially done state for four years now.
I don’t like leaving things undone, and I’m ready to finish this project and get this bird in the air. I still have a lot of questions and plenty of work to do. I’m going to use this site as a place to document the build. Maybe it will be helpful for someone else, or maybe it will just be a good way to organize my thoughts. Posts related to build will carry the hashtag #journeytoL2 and everything related to this as-of-yet-unnamed rocket will carry the hashtag #LEA-6