Rocket Launching of September 1, 2013

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We were all getting pretty baked by the sun, especially Matt. After the Alpha launch we called it a day and packed up.

Recovering the Alpha
Later that evening we went back to the field and Andrea found the Alpha in a tree. We re-examined
the photo of her walking away from the woods and discovered the rocket is visible in the photo.
We went back two days later with a hook attached to a pole saw to retrieve it.
Success! It was in perfect condition, even though it had rained the day before.

The Parachute Guy Rocket Launcher
The PGRL didn't appear too badly damaged till you noticed the engine holder was now an inch and a half inside the rocket body.
With regret, it was carefully placed in the trash can. Services were held later that day. "Verily, verily, I say unto you..."

Some history...
The "PARACHUTE GUY" rocket launcher was made on August 10, 2006. Me 'n Matt built a disposable rocket we
could launch at the little park in West Point. It was built entirely from trash because we didn't expect to get it back.

This picture is flipped so you can guess what the nosecone is made from.
Does this help? It was a light bulb socket.

Matt connects the micro clips for the maiden flight.
                                        August 10, 2006

Matt launched the rocket and it went out of sight. The parachute guy was never seen again.

The rocket was found a block away, hanging from the gutter of a building. We went home and got a clothesline pole to recover it, but the light bulb socket nose cone was firmly stuck in the gutter. To retrieve the rocket we pulled on it till the shock cord broke. We went back to the park and made  a nosecone from a cone of paper and some masking tape, and launched it a few more times.

I guess the gutter eventually clogged and somebody had to clean it. I wonder what they thought about the light bulb socket attached to a parachute.

In 2010 we entombed a parachute guy into a nosecone
made from a burnt out Chinese made LED light that
died about 25,000 hours before they claimed it would.

Getting weighed in 2012. It weighs 2.3 ounces.
A C6-5 engine will send it 600 feet high.

Joe wouldn't  take a picture of the PGRL blasting off because it wasn't painted. He kept asking, "When are ya gonna paint that thing?"
The new and improved version is painted. Ok Joe, so how ya like me now?

What could be more fun than launching a parachute guy? Launching a parachute MONKEY!!
We bought 12 parachute guys and 12 monkeys.