Apogee - NeMSAR
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|Long and Lean Performance, Easy to Build!|
Imagine this... You go out to the launch range a put your Nemsar rocket on the standard "small launch pad". The spectators at the launch are expecting this big rocket to lumber slowly off the pad. Why? Because they see a big rocket flying off a small pad, so they assume that it uses the same small motors that the other small-pad launched rockets used. After all, if it used big engines, then it would have been launched off the big rocket pad, right?
But the Nemsar will fool them as it explodes off the small pad and rips skyward. It uses the bigger 24mm diameter motors after all. When their jaw drops in surprise, you can tell them that it wasn't a wimpy small motor, but a bigger mid-power motor that pushed it skyward.
The NeMSAR was originally designed for teaching middle-school students how to build rockets. The Nemsar was designed for kids that had previous rocket building experience, and who wanted to start using the bigger 24mm motors, like the D12 and E15.
Since it was an instructional rocket we left off the decals and provided them a simple rocket to keep the cost down. It was up to the students to provide their own decoration to the rocket. This worked out great, as the students loved to get creative with the design. And now you too can experiment with any color you want on this huge canvas.
While the Nemsar is a big rocket, it is constructed from very lightweight materials, so its overall mass is quite low. For a tall rocket like this, it can still fly off the smaller launch pads because it weighs so little. It doesn't need the big launch pad if the winds are calm. If it is a bit breezy, you might want a pad with a larger base to keep the model from swaying around prior to launch.
Another nifty thing about such a light-weight rocket is that when you put in the bigger 24mm diameter rocket motors into it, the extra thrust accelerates the rocket to flight speed in a shorter distance. So the rocket doesn't need such a long lunch rod. It ZOOMS!
Being able to launch a big rocket off a little pad is that it stands out among other rockets. When all the rockets are lined up on a rack of launch pads, this big one will be head and shoulders above the rest. What does that say about the owner of the rocket?
'Size' does seem to matter in rocketry, at least to the spectators. They see the big rocket sitting there, and they want to see it go. And this rocket will not disappoint them; and in fact, it will thrill them in the speed and altitude that it reaches.
And the spectator watching this rocket will think highly of the person that built it. They will reason that it takes a smart and talented person to make a rocket like this. Actually, it only takes a smart person to "buy" this rocket. You only need to be smart enough to realize what a great value this kit is; that's all. Because the Nemsar is surprisingly simple to build and launch. It is ranked as a Skill Level 2 rocket kit on our complexity system (with Level 5 being the most difficult to build).
If you want to try building a bigger rocket that uses the mid-power size motors, this is probably one of the simplest ones to have. It is only ranked a Skill Level 2 because the rocket engines are a little bit more powerful than the smaller ones used in other simple kits. So you do have to be a little more observant to the weather and the conditions around the launch site.
This is one great bigger-rocket to try. You should get one today!
|Why Is This A Skill Level 2 Rocket Kit?|
This rocket uses traditional construction techniques you are familiar with from building smaller model rockets. We rank it a Skill Level 2 because it uses slightly larger motors than are found in beginner kits. Because of that, it is going to fly higher and faster than other rockets; so you need a little more perception to the conditions at launch, and how to compensate for the local situation. We call this having good "flying skills."Gaining good flying skills requires either trial-and-error practice that comes from launching a lot of rockets, or by having a good mentor around that can give you good launch advice. Flying skills include things as knowing how to angle the launch rod to prevent the rocket from drifting to areas that make recovery more difficult, and picking the right motor for the size launch range. Good flying skills also requires the maturity and ability to overcome "Launch Fever," which is the intense desire to launch the rocket, even in very poor weather conditions (such as high winds, or low cloud cover). We always recommend adults oversee the launch operations of younger modelers.
|Features of the Nemsar Rocket Kit|
The Nemsar is another quality kit from Apogee Components. Because it comes from Apogee Components, you expect it to have high quality. And this kit lives up to that expectation of your's.
When you tear open the bag, you'll find these kind of parts inside
Plastic Nose Cone - The smooth plastic nose cone requires no finishing other than a coat of paint. Its 3:1 ogive shape with a rounded tip is very efficient for high speed rocket flights.
|LASER-cut balsa wood fins - Balsa wood is very lightweight and can be airfoiled by sanding to reduce the drag forces on the kit. This makes the rocket zoom higher and faster into the sky. Because it is laser-cut, there is no crushing of the edges of the wood that you'd find in a kit the has die-cut fins. This speeds construction since all the fins are identical in size and shape. All that is required is a little sanding to remove the residue from the laser-cutting process.|
|Premium quality body tubes - The external tube fits the nose cone perfectly. And the tube is gloss white, so you don't have to paint it if you don't want to. It can be decorated with felt-tip markers. There is no recommended color scheme to this rocket, since it was designed to allow students to get creative. The long body and big fins give you a big canvas to show off you artistic talents.|
Paper Rings and Engine Tube - If you've built kits before, this will be very familiar to you. Assembly is easily accomplished with a little bit of non-toxic white school glue or carpenter's wood glue.
Standard-size 1/8 inch Launch Lug - Works great on a standard launch pad. If you need one, we recommend the Sky Launch System.
The model also comes with a high-strength, Kevlar® Shock cord. Kevlar® is six times stronger than steel, and is also fire-resistant. It can easily withstand the high heat of ejection, ensuring the rocket descends as a single piece. This makes for a very durable rocket that can be launched again and again.
|The Nemsar rocket soars to astounding heights, so if you want to get it back, you'll need either a big recovery area (because it could drift a long way), or you'll need to use a smaller parachute so it drops faster. We think you're more likely to need a small parachute so it will drop faster and not drift as far. This kit includes a small 12" diameter plastic chute. Even though it is smaller, the rocket is so light that it will still land slowly and softly to minimize any damage. You'll be able to get it back to fly this rocket again and again!|
If you've built models before, you'll find that the Nemsar is going to be easy for you. But in case this is your first rocket, the instructions are absolutely phenomenal; there are lots of excellent illustrations that clarify the text. You'll learn how to build a basic rocket that is strong and sturdy, and with a lot of eye-appeal.
Note: While the illustrations are superb, we still recommend actually reading the written portion of the instructions. You'll pick up a lot of new building tips that can be used on other rockets.
Tools needed to assemble the NeMSAR Rocket Kit
- Masking Tape
- Hobby Knife -
- Wood Glue or White Glue
- Finishing Supplies like sanding sealer, paint and sandpaper (200 and 400 grit).
To Launch This Rocket Kit, You'll Also Need:
- Launch Pad & Controller - See below for recommended choices.
- Recovery Wadding
- Rocket Motors - See the motor selection table below.
|Length||90 - 120 cm|
|Motor Class||E : 20.001 – 40.000 Ns|
|Motor Composition||Black Powder|
|Motor Hardware||Single Use|
|Recovery||Parachute - Med (+-40cm)|
|Skill Level||Level 2|
|Kit Type||KIT ONLY|