Rocket Launching of October 6, 2013

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While Gene Kranz was Flight Director at NASA, his wife
made him a new vest for each mission.
In keeping with tradition, Andrea made me
a pair of Parachute Man socks to wear today!

What is it like being a plastic Parachute Man? This video was initially thought to be useless, but it can help to show the
rigors a plastic Parachute Man must endure, and so foster a greater understanding of our anatomically similar fellow plastic people.

Turn your speakers up.

Two high powered rockets ready to go.

The orange rocket is going to land in the tree!
Pulling it down with a long pole.
This is me trying to snag the rocket, singlehandedly.
Psych! I was standing in front of these guys in the previous picture.
They eventually recovered the rocket, but it was torn up pretty badly from pulling on it. The owner told us he was after the
reloadable engine. The reloadable engine keeps the cost down, unless it ends up in a tree. This one was a G-64.

We heard that small bodies were found at the crash site!
Another fine flight. I was too busy to note all the rocket names.

Back at base camp, it was time to set up the new Sput-Two-Nik.
Matt gets the Estes Amazon ready.

The guy on the right stopped by with his girlfriend to ask questions. He needs to launch two eggs 850' high in a competition.
He seemed pretty cool. My advice - no pointed nosecones. The best shape is a hemisphere or ogive. (ogive is egg shaped, coincidentally).

The Sput-Two-Nik lumbers off the pad. First stage engine is a D12-0, second stage a D12-5. It is so stable the lump
of a camera taped to the body doesn't affect it. (Yeah, it has a pointed nose cone, but it's not in a competition.)
...and here is the video taken from the rocket.