December 02, 2006

Launch Report - 12/2/06

Our rocketry club NOVAAR held its monthly launch today, and I managed to make it out there for a few hours. It was a bit windy and quite cold (or quite windy and a bit cold), so I dressed warmly and decided to help out and not worry about flying anything myself.

I'd heard that at the last launch there were mobs of cub scouts trying to fly their rockets. Today wasn't nearly that bad, but we had a small batch of cub scouts as well as an open meet contest.

The kids did great, and the contest flights were pretty interesting. The events included helicopter recovery (duration: how long can it stay up there), boost glider (duration), spot landing (how close can you drop your rocket under chute to the target), and a new event where rocket gliders carried payloads for duration.

Aside from the contest flights, the most impressive of the day were a father/daughter team who flew a 3-stage Estes Commanche *twice* fully loaded (D12-0 to C6-0 to C6-7) and got everything back both times. Excellent flights, easily topping 2000 ft.

That's the last club launch for the year, although I did learn that next weekend is Culpeper! Battlepark 2006... hmmmm, I wonder what my plans *were* for next Saturday?

Posted by Ted at December 2, 2006 07:49 PM | TrackBack
Category: Rocketry

Glad y'all had a good time,Ted.I was gonna go but just have way too much to do around here.I can honestly say that I have been to a real genuine barn burning now.About a week ago one of my grandmother's "less than ideal" tenants moved out.We spent Saturday cleaning up their mess.Unfortunately these people left a years worth of trash piled up in the old barn behind the house.Haul away or light it up?It wasn't a hard choice.NOW THAT'S A FIRE!!!!!
Haven't been doing a lot of building lately as I've been trying to get back to some of my plastic modeling.I do still do a bit here and there because I don't wanna drop it altogether,but just to stretch out what I do have going on.
I would have really liked to see the Commanche fly.I've got one of those I hope to launch next week.I've prepared for the worst as I already have everything to build another one.
Well hope to see ya next weekend.

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