Vandenberg Launch Pad
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The Vandenberg launch pad is a sturdy launch pad made of materials you can replace at the hardware store or print yourself on a 3D printer. The main structure is simply 3/4 inch PVC pipe and fittings, and a 3D printable launch rod and blast deflector mount. Add to that a steel blast plate and launch rod, and an ingenious system to store the launch rod inside the PVC legs, and you have a quality launch pad for any Class 1 rocket--up to 1,500 grams (3.3 lbs).
Included with the launch pad:
- 3 sturdy PVC legs, plus fittings that allow legs to double as a storage case for any of the available launch rod options
- Choice of 3 foot long 1/8 inch or 3/16 inch launch rods or 4 foot long 1/4 inch launch rod
- Choice of 1/32 inch or 1/16 inch thick, 5 inch wide steel blast deflector
- Launch rod mount and blast deflector stand-off to fit selected launch rods launch rods
Low power rockets flying up to C power motors likely require a 1/8 inch launch rod. Slightly larger kits, typically flying on D or E motors, usually need a 3/16 inch launch rod. And mid power kits flying F and G motors usually need a 1/4 inch launch rod. Mid power kits should use the 16 gauge (1/16 inch thick) Blast Deflector Plate. Smaller rockets can use the 20 gauge (1/32 inch) Blast Deflector Plate.
Note that the black mounting hardware shown in the overview photos is different than the current hardware. We've made improvements to the design to increase durability and reliability. The current launch rod mount and blast deflector stand off are separate pieces, and they are color coded--1/8 inch are red, 3/16 inch are orange, and 1/4 inch are yellow.
For large groups of fliers--school groups, scout unites, 4H groups, or park district programs, consider the Cape Canaveral Launch Pad. Its sophisticated construction and tight integration with the Houston Launch Controller make it ideal for larger launches.
What's in a Name?
Rocketry Works tradition holds that we name our launch pads after famous launch ranges, as an homage to their history and service. Rocketry Works' Vandenberg launch pad is named after Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, CA--the preeminent launch facility on the west coast. Vandenberg AFB is a Departmetn of Defence space and missile testing facility, responsible for putting satellites into polar orbit. SpaceX also leases facilities from the air force base.
Minuteman 3 Missile Launch from Vandenberg AFB, near Lompoc, CA
The launch pad is amazing!!! Easy to assemble, break down, and makes for easy storage of the rod you choose to use for launch. Keeping the rod from bending in storage. I could not be happier with my purchase!!!!
This is now my main launch pad. It is very, very easy to setup and breakdown. I find it very stable and easy to launch from. I opted for the heavier blast plate (I highly recommend) and it has remained flat after a dozen launches from it. The Estes blast plates are much thinner, they warp and burn through after a dozen launches. For storage and transport, the legs connect together into one long tube which the launch rods are stored inside of with a cap on each end. So clever! And a very safe way to transport the launch rods. The price is so reasonable too! I could not pass up such a great value.
Prompt service, prompt communications, good product and a good price. They respond to emails/questions!
We LOVE this launch pad! The rods are stored in the PVC tubes (say goodbye to bent rods) and it assembles in seconds! We store the blast shield and three-way coupler in the range box along with the 3D printed stand off and rod mount. We have flown model and mid-power rockets off this pad with great results.