Auctions Support American Red Cross

Auctions to Support the American Red Cross

We’re auctioning a few items on eBay with the proceeds designated to go to the American Red Cross. If you win one of the auctions, a portion of the amount that you pay for the item will be donated to the Red Cross to support its huge relief effort to help people affected by hurricane Sandy.

If you wish to support the Red Cross through eBay auctions or sales, eBay makes it easy to designate that all or a portion of the selling price will be donated to a charity of your choice.  If you list a rocketry-related item on eBay and designate that a portion of the selling price be donated to a charity, your auction will be displayed on the front page of and on the site’s Charity Auctions page.

Donate Directly to the Red Cross

The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs the public’s help now. You can make a financial donation by visiting, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Give Blood

The storm has also caused the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products and people are eligible are asked to schedule a blood donation now, especially if they live outside the areas impacted by the storm.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, people can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

Red Cross Shelters

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets. People can let their loved ones know how they are by using the “I’m Safe” button on the Red Cross Hurricane App which can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website to let loved ones know they are OK. To register, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Rockets for Halloween

Celebrate Halloween by building and flying these spooky selections from the catalog.

Rocketarium’s recently released WitchCraft model rocket kit features a detailed pre-cut fins representing a witch flying on a broomstick.

Semroc’s Goblin model rocket kit recreates the popular Estes D-powered kit.  It includes waterslide decals of bats and goblins.

October ROCK Launch Scrubbed

The October ROCK launch has been scrubbed.  I visited the field this afternoon and it had standing water and was muddy in places.  That might have been okay, but it was still raining while I was there and has continued to rain.  So, the chances are that the field will be much too wet tomorrow for a launch.  After I informed Brian, the ROCK president, about the field conditions, he decided to scrub the launch.


Web Site Updates

We’re currently in the process of updating the web site. We are updating the product photos and are planning to include photos of the products in their packaging, as you will receive them.  We are also adding additional information about each product including links to copies of the instructions, links to external reviews of the products, and links to Rocksim design files for kits.

We’ve also made minor updates to the site’s appearance. One thing that you may notice is that product pages now utilize the full width of your browser window so that the descriptions and attributes don’t look as cluttered.

Updating the site is time-consuming, so we are far from finished. But, we hope you can already see and appreciate some of the improvements.