Brad Evans, MD
Superstition Spacemodeling Society
NAR #88880 L3
TRA #13578 L3
I was a physician for over 22 years and joined the pharmaceutical industry in 2004. So, they call me Doc. I began playing with rocket toys when I was 10. By the time I was 14, I had been doing black power rockets for a couple of years or so when I found Rocket Manual for Amateurs by Capt Bertrand Brinley. I got immediately into sugar fuel and zinc and sulfur. Back then and for another 3 years I was building rockets with my friends made out of metal airframes and fins. Metal shop, wood shop and electrical shop in high school moved me right along. Things really slowed down in college (BSc Chemistry), but I always built black powder rockets right through med school. Like so many of my rocketeer friends, we all settled into our professional lives and raising families. And like so many rocketeers, kids grow up and leave home. I was getting itchy back in 2009. My grandson, Gunnar, was 4. He was interested in rockets for some reason, so I bought a couple of Estes kits (Bull Pup and Patriot), and the "torch" was past to a new generation. I was a flight away from a rocket a day. I got on the internet, found high power rocketry, and the rest is history. I built an Initiator from Aerotech and joined the Superstition Spacemodeling Society out of Phoenix, AZ. I brought the rocket to one of the launches one Saturday anxious about my first mid power launch. I bought some little motor for it. I showed it to Dwain Desbien who said I needed something big. He found the biggest 29mm motor he had. "Go big or go home!", he said. I've been living by that motto ever since. Thanks Dwain! Maurice "Moe" Bertrand, whether he knows it or not, has been a mentor from the start, a great friend and photographer for my and many others' launches. This site is filled with his photos. Thanks Moe! My L3CC Terry O'Brien, former President of the Superstition Spacemodeling Society, and Gerald "Skippy" Meux, Jr have been invaluable moving me to the top of the game. So, the site is dedicated to my grandson Gunnar, my rocket widow Kris, Moe, Dwain, Terry and Skippy. You're welcome to leave a note in my Guestbook or email me if you have questions about anything you see.
General Dynamics AGM-78 Standard ARM Flight 2 G. Harry Stein Memorial Launch
October 26-27, 2013
My L3 Certification rocket, the AGM-78 (left) flew again at the G. Harry Stein Memorial Launch on October 26, 2013 on a Cesaroni M1450 Classic. Ground testing determined the appropriate ejection charges. This time, all parachutes were Spherachutes (blaze orange and white 54" drogue and 16' main). A BoosterVision GearCam Hi-Def Modular Camera was used for the view looking down at the launch pad through the fins.