|The Second Rocket|
October 4th was a lovely day at the range with mostly clear skies, a light breeze and a comfortable temperature. The first rocket was a smooth firing, the builder tracked the flight to over 20,000 ft and recovered the rocket. I was able to get a picture of the exhaust right after the rocket left the pad, see album. The second rocket required three tries, the igniter worked but it didn't set the propellant off until the third try. The flight was tracked and the rocket successfully recovered. In between the second and third attempt, the students set up theirs, found a problem and returned to the quonset hut to rebuild it. Then they were up next, with a nice flight, perhaps not reaching its altitude goal.
|Note the 1 foot space, open air, above the mounds.|
Between the top of the mound seen above, and the top of the bunker is about a 1 foot open space for viewing the rocket launches. I set the camera on the cement wall holding the mound for my shots. My camera has a long delay between pushing the button and taking the picture and I have a tough decision to time my shots and I usually miss the action. I was standing on the very far end (left in the photo) angling my shot back to the right for the static test.
|Got the Shot! Note the debris above the launch rail.|