The Rocket Doc
High Power Rocketry

Brad Evans
Gilbert, AZ
Tripoli Phoenix
NAR #88880 L3
TRA #13578 L3 


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I was a physician for over 25 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 powdered 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 have to start somewhere (Aerotech Initiator).


                                        Photo Maurice "Moe" Bertrand

All Launch and Test Videos


The National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

The Superstition Spacemodeling Society (SSS Rocketry)

Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA)
What is Tripoli?

Tripoli Phoenix (TRAPHX)

Tripoli Phoenix (TRAPHX) is Prefecture #47 of the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). It is a club of like-minded individuals who have joined together in the pursuit of high power rocketry. Their main goals are to provide a safe, fun, inclusive environment for our members, which enable them to further their aims and purposes as related to high power rocketry.

Eagle Eye Launch Site
Aguila, AZ

From a few thousand feet, the town of Aguila (about 40 miles west of Wickenburg, AZ) is in the upper right. Eagle Eye Mountain is near the center of the image.


Arizona High Power Rocketry Association

AHPRA was formed as a Tripoli Rocketry Association Prefecture to promote high power rocketry in Arizona. They host the annual BALLS launch at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

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Most Recent Launch

General Dynamics AGM-78 Standard ARM

Tripoli Phoenix Eagle Eye Launch Site
Aguila, AZ
January 24, 2015

Flight 3

My L3 Certification rocket, the AGM-78 flew again at the Tripoli Phoenix Eagle Eye Launch Site on a Cesaroni N1800 Classic. Here are some screen shots off the various video cameras. Thanks to Terry O'Brien and Dwain Desbien for help with set-up and launch.The rocket was 80 lbs on the pad! Special thanks to Terry and the incredible TRAPHX Lost Rocket Recovery Team. It took all day to find as the drogue chute opening and harness stretch separated the 13.5 lb nose cone and the main deployed at apogee The rocket drifted ~3.5 miles west of the site and was recovered with no significant damage.                                          
Lift Off
Lift off and stable flight. Click to view nose cone video from launch to drogue/main deployment and initial decent

  Click to view ground launch to drogue/main deployment


Predicted (Rocksim)
Altitude- 9101 ft
Maximum velocity- 915 ft/sec
Apogee- 23.7 seconds

Altimeter 1 (Perfect Flight Stratologger)   Altitude 8,369 ft (barometric)           Apogee in 24.6 seconds
Altimeter 2 (Missile Works RRC2mini)     Altitude 8,309ft  
Peak Velocity 980 ft/sec, apogee in 23 seconds

                                             Tripoli Phoenix Launch Schedule for 2016                     

                                                              Launch Site- Eagle Eye

                                                                     January 2-3, 23-24

                                                                       February 27-28

                                                                         March 19-20

                                                                          April 23-24

                                                                           May 21-22

                                                             September TBD (Black Rock)

                                                                         October 22-23

                                                                        November 19-20

                                                                        December 17-18


The Raytheon (General Dynamics) RIM-67 Extended Range
1/3rd Scale
"The Rocket Frog"
Tripoli Phoenix Eagle Eye Launch Site
Aguila, AZ
March 28, 2015

Completed Project
Failed Sustainer Recovery (See Crash Analysis)
Booster Recovery
Partially successful flight


See RIM-67 Extended Range Maiden Flight for complete videos and great HD Photos by James Donald.
Click here for the full, edited flight video

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Current Project

Rebuild of the Rathyeon (General Dynamics) RIM-67 Extended Range as the:
General Dynamics (Convair)SAM-N-7/RIM-2 Terrier


January 29-30, 2015



 Future Project

The Western Electric MIM-14 Nike Hercules
"Bad Boy"
2/5 Scale

Two-Stage Cluster
Click Image for Launch Video

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