Thursday, October 29, 2015

What's In A Name?

I've been asked before, "Why the name, Odd'l Rockets?"

I had always been attracted to Odd-Ball rockets ever since I made a Sputnik-Too back in 1970. It was a perfect small field flyer. I remember being surprised that it was stable, I was expecting the worst.

The name is simpler than you might expect.
Take the word MODEL and remove the "M" and "E".
You are left with ODL ROCKETS.
Add another D and an apostrophe and you end up with -

The company name says what we do, we make Odd - Model Rockets.
Odd'l Rockets also rhymes with Model Rockets.

The Sputnik-Too design was one of the first published Odd-Rocs and was added to the logo.
The oval shape was used in the early Estes and Centuri logos. The Red and Yellow colors were also used in early logos designs.

To check out the original Sputnik -Too, CLICK HERE
Odd'l Rockets produces a much easier to build version of the Sputnik-Too, simply called the Sputnik.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rocket N00b Adeptor Picture

Daniel Petrie submitted some launch sequence pictures for the upcoming 2016 Rocketry Forum calendar.
Daniel is right, there should be some LPR pictures in the calendar!
Visit Daniel's rocket blog at:

Look close and you can see he's using an Odd'l Adeptor on the camera tripod launcher.
They are using the tripod correctly, the tripod legs aren't fully extended. This raises the launch "platform" high enough for easier access and keeps the center of gravity low.

Daniel's comments about the Adeptor:
"Oh, and as for the Adeptor, it works great. . . It's a nice, simple idea, which I really needed at the time, because I didn't want to figure out the best way to build a second pad for a 3/16 inch launch rod. And since most camera tripods (including mine) have a bubble level, you can really assure that you've got the rod pointed vertically."

The above picture reminds me of the old catalog pictures, like this one from the 1971 Centuri catalog.
There was always three people launching a rocket, usually in poses like Daniel's launch crew.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Odd'l Parachute on TRF

From the Rocketry Forum:
Bernard Cawley was testing a prototype of the new Jolly Logic Chute Release.
Something in the last posted picture looked familiar.
His Big Bertha was recovered using a 15" Odd'l parachute with a four inch spill hole.
Thanks Bernard - Looking good!  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Odd'l Birdie Flown at N.E.F.A.R.

At the October 10 N.E.F.A.R. launch, Danielle Moon launched her Birdie with an A10-3t.
It's always good to see one of your kits fly stable! Thanks Danielle!