This blog covers the day to day progress of water rocket development by the Air Command Water Rockets team. It is also a facility for people to provide feedback and ask questions.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Moving Main Website

I've been putting it off for long enough, so this weekend I have started relocating our main website. Up until now we have been hosting it on a free 50Mb partition we get with our ISP. The problem was that we were running out of room, well for quite a while now actually, so a lot of the actual images had to be hosted elsewhere.

To expand the 50Mb partition just wasn't possible with this ISP without signing up for actual 'hosting' where they wanted another $50 setup fee and then an extra $110/year for 100Mb of space. That was just ridiculous. So we have gone with an alternative hosting company where we only pay $70/year for 10Gb of space.

The usual domain: http://home.people.net.au/~aircommand/ will be replaced with http://www.AirCommandRockets.com/ . We've had the AirCommandRockets.com domain registered for quite a while but it was getting forwarded to the people telecom site.

I will be replacing the people telecom pages soon with forwarding pages to the new site, and eventually remove them completely. If you have links with http://home.people.net.au/~aircommand they can simply be replaced with http://www.AirCommandRockets.com as all the underlying website structure remains the same.

The AirCommandRockets.com site is now live but there may be a number of disruptions over the next week or so.

The extra space will allow us to upload the website extension we have been working on and have had to put on hold until we had more space. We'll also now be able to add extra features to the site, that weren't possible before.



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5 comments:

Adrian said...

Im quite interested and so impressed about your rockets that i couldnt even put it into words. I would really like to attempt constructing duplicates of some of your rockets. Im also very excited to see if you'll add any more features to your newly relocated website. Is it possible that i could have some tips (construction of "tornado couplings", "robinson couplings" and also attachments of bottles)on constructing some really cool water rockets.

George Katz said...

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. We try to describe how to build some of the individual components, but we haven't really shown how those components go together to make up a full rocket. It's something we get asked quite often, so this year we hope to put up a set of construction guides for assembling some of the different types rockets.

It's always a balancing act between writing about rockets and actually building a flying them. :)

Adrian said...

Your so right about the balance. I find that when you build a project you dont know what your getting into until you get your hands dirty. Out of curiousity, when did you start building water rockets?

George Katz said...

@Adrian: In about 2 weeks it will be 4 years since we built our first launcher and launched a bottle:

http://www.aircommandrockets.com/flightlog.htm#Day1

Ahh those were the days when it would take an hour to make a rocket, go down to the local oval for a launch and be back before breakfast. :)

Adrian said...

Hahaha. That's probably the best way to start any hobby... small scale, easy, entertaining, and of course FUN. For example I'm also really into electronics and engineering. I used to play with a building toy ,you might of heard of, "knex." I used to build little cars and stuff like that. Now I've built to scale models of airplanes, functioning elastic powered knex pistols, and 1 stroke and 4 stroke engines. Just looking at what you and the rest of Air Command has done is very inspiring, starting relatively small, and now onboard flight computers, 200 meter altitude flights, and 150 psi launches. :)