Balcony Shoot #19 - D1 Glitter Rocket

Date: 2003-10-22


Smallish case, 40 mm long, 8 mm ID, 12 mm OD. Bulkhead of wadding a hot-melt glue. Nozzle of cat litter treated with 5% wax. 2.5 mm core and nozzle bore running full length of grain.

D1 Glitter Composition:

58 Potassium Nitrate

18 Sulfur

11 Charcoal (airfloat)

7 Aluminium (-325 mesh, spherical)

7 Sodium Bicarbonate

4 Dextrin

1 Boric Acid

Composition was ball milled sans the metal for 1 hour. The Aluminium was then screened in and tumble mixed without media for about 5 minutes. Only a small quantity was prepared as a test, about 10 grams, enough to pump some test stars, the remainder was used in this rocket.

Fused with narrow blackmatch, glued with meal-NC paste.

Standard stick stabiliser.


It flew, somewhat.

I didn't actually expect a glitter composition to be capable of developing much thrust in such a short-cored rocket motor. As expected, it had a lot of trouble getting off the ground.

It did glitter quite nicely though, but quite a bit more sparse than the stars do, or even the loose composition meal does.

With a longer core or perhaps a bit more milling this composition could actually be used as a glittering rocket propellant. It is probably better used as a saxon or glitter gerb composition.

The 'chuffing' effect of unstable combustion was interesting, almost like an AP composite motor running at too low pressure.


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