Model Rocketry Black Friday Weekend Sale

Model rocket kits and more will be on sale this Thanksgiving weekend at JonRocket.com.

Shop JonRocket.com from Thursday, November 23 through Monday, November 27, 2017, to save on up to 50% off JonRocket.com’s already discounted prices on model rocketry products from Estes and others.

Orders shipped to the US which total $48 or more ship for free and all orders earn Rewards Points.

During the sale, please understand that we won’t be able to ship orders as quickly as normal. Sale prices are good only on in-stock items and the sale prices will be updated daily based on remaining stock.

Upcoming Launches – Bunnell Blast and (Turkey and) GRITS

JonRocket.com will be at NEFAR’s Bunnell Blast the weekend of November 11 and 12 near Daytona Beach, Florida. Then we will be at the GRITS Launch near Tifton, Georgia, November 25 and 26.

Bunnell Blast is a two-day TRA Research launch.  Two sets of launch pads, low-power and high-power, will be in operation on Saturday from about 10:00 am to sundown and on Sunday from about 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Georgia Rockets in the Sky (GRITS) is a two-day launch that has moved to Thanksgiving weekend this year.  Taking place in rural Georgia, GRITS offers a large launch site allow very high-altitude flights of high-power rockets.  But, the launch is also model rocket friendly.

Both of these launches are expected to attract flyers from all over the Southeast.

 

JonRocket.com Supports Space Week Activities in Brevard County

JonRocket.com has made a donation to the National Space Club Florida Committee to help support their Space Week educational outreach in Brevard County along Florida’s Space Coast.

Space Week actually lasts several weeks.  During this time, every sixth grader in the county’s public schools is able to spend a day at Kennedy Space Center and engage in a number of space-related activities.

In 2016, more than 6500 students participated in the Space Week program.

For more information, please visit the NSCFL website at https://www.nscfl.org/spaceweek.

 

Odd’l Rockets F-16

In the late 1970s, Centuri released a line of fighter jet inspired model rocket kits including the F-16 Fighter.  Drawing on Centuri’s classic design, Odd’l Rockets has released its own F-16 kit.

The Odd’l Rockets F-16 features laser-cut parts, waterslide decals, a stronger body tube, and excellent instructions.  But, it is the vacuum formed plastic canopy that sets the F-16 apart from other kits.

The F-16 is now available at jonrocket.com.

https://jonrocket.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_38_64&products_id=1515

NEFAR Half-Blast – April 22 and 23, 2017

We’ll be at the NEFAR launch this weekend, April 22 and 23, in Bunnell, Florida. The “Half-Blast” is a two-day TRA Research Launch. Normally NEFAR’s launches are held the second Saturday of each month. Due to conflicts with other events, however, this month’s launch date has been moved.

We will have a selection of rocket kits as well as supplies and accessories including motors. In addition to Estes and Aerotech model rocket motors, we have some of Aerotech’s high-power DMS (single-use) motors for sale.

 

 

(Still) Moving …

JonRocket.com Trailer

Moving is exciting.  Moving is challenging. Moving is a lot of work And, as we are demonstrating, moving is time-consuming!

We are still working hard to get JonRocket.com back on line. We have all of our inventory in our new office. Most of it is unpacked and sorted. We still have some things to unpack.  

We are also continuing to move furniture and fixtures into the office. Almost all of the furniture and fixtures are new (or, at least, new to us). Some arrived in big cartons with assembly instructions spelled out in hieroglyphics. 

The office now has internet service and we are starting to set up the computers and printers that we use to process orders.

We started to “flip the switch” to enable the online store this weekend (March 4-5).  But, realized that we weren’t quite ready and trying to process orders while still setting up the office was not really a good idea. Bracha and I apologize for how long it is taking, but we have decided to continue to take our time and do things right.

We are currently in the process of moving JonRocket.com to a new location.

We will have more room to stock a larger selection of rocketry kits, supplies, accessories, and motors.

During the move, we are closing our online store.  Once the move is completed, we’ll be back!

We understand that this is not the best time, but a combination of circumstances has forced us to close our store temporarily during the move. We had hoped to be back in business in time to support your holiday shopping, but the move is taking longer than expected.

We are now estimating that our store will be back online around the end of February.

Thanks to every one of our customers and friends for your support since we started running JonRocket.com over seven years ago.  We look forward to serving the rocketry community for many years to come!

Orlando Sentinel Article About Our Local Launch

sentinel-253x300We try to attend each of ROCK’s monthly launches in Oviedo, Florida. At this month’s launch was a reporter, Caitlin Dineen, from the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. She interviewed several of the launch participants including our club’s president, Brian Coyle.

Jordan Krumbine, the Sentinel photographer, took photos of people prepping rockets for flight, launching rockets, and watching the flights.  Carl Campbell, of Real Space Rockets is featured in one of the photographs.

Later the same day, Dineen’s artice, titled “Rocket Enthusiasts Find Great Heights,”  appeared in the Space News section of the Sentinel’s web site. The article includes a gallery of the photographs taken by Krumbine.

Georgia Rockets In The Sky (GRITS) 2016

GRITS LaunchFor the third year in a row, JonRocket.com is attending GRITS as a vendor. GRITS is a regional launch sponsored by by SoAR (Southern Area Rocketry), a National Association of Rocketry section, serving Atlanta and North Georgia.

The launch site for GRITS, though, is in South Georgia, near Tifton. The 2016 event begins on Friday, April 1, and continues through the weekend with rockets flying from 10am to 6pm all three days.

With a waiver to 20,000 feet and support for rockets with up to N motors, many large rockets take flight at GRITS. But, the launch also supports low-power and mid-power flyers.

JonRocket.com TentJonRocket.com will be at the launch all three days with a selection of model rocket kits, motors, supplies, and accessories.

If there is anything specific you would like us to bring to the event, please let us know.

 

 

Shipping Charges

ShippingLast month, USPS rate changes went into effect which increased our cost of shipping packages an average of about 10%.

This is the second major rate increase by the USPS since Bracha and I began operating JonRocket.com in 2009.

Also, since 2009, the other major carriers, UPS and FedEx, have increased rates. In particular, they made the size packages a greater factor in the cost of shipping. This especially affected us because model rocket kits and parts tend to be lightweight so the cost of shipping increased more than it would have for heavier items.

These increased costs hit us twice since we pay the shipping cost for most of the items we receive as well as the ones we ship.

So far, we have absorbed the cost of these increases with only a modest rise in our fixed shipping charge and “Free Shipping in the US for orders of $40 or more” offer.

These increases in shipping charges have forced us to increase our shipping and handling charges.  Our standard shipping and handling charge is now $8.95 (about an 8%) increase. Our free shipping to US addresses now requires an order of $48 or greater. This is our first increase in shipping and handling charges since we took over JonRocket.com in 2009.

We tried to keep the increases as small as possible while still allowing us to provide the quality service that you have come to expect from JonRocket.com.

 

JonRocket.com’s 2015 Holiday Sale

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Begin the holiday season with savings during JonRocket.com’s 2015 holiday sale.

JonRocket.com’s annual Holiday Sale will run from Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30 (EDT). Almost everything at JonRocket.com will be on sale at discounts of up to 50% off our regular low prices.

Orders shipped to the US which are $40 or more ship for free and all orders earn Rewards Points.

During the sale, please understand that we won’t be able to ship orders as quickly as normal. Sale prices are good only on in-stock items and the sale prices will be updated daily based on remaining stock.

During the sale and through the end of 2015, you will earn one Rewards Point for each $10 spent. Starting on January 1, 2016, we will be awarding one rewards point for each $20 spent. You will still be able to redeem each Rewards Point for $1 towards a future purchase.