The launch day today turned out really well. We had club members and participants from the Hood River Hobby rocketry build and students from Camas Highschool involved in the NASA Student Launch Challenge work on their sub-subscale launch and Frank Burke from Dynasoarrocketry bring out some great R/C rocket gliders that are always impressive. Every rocket launched was recovered without issue. It was a little muddy, however it did not stop with the steady launching and great recovery of each person's rocket.
Under the hectic topsy turby weather, we had a narrow window of opportunity and it paid off. The Camas Highschool rocket team had a successful subscale launch. The rocket was stable and the electronics worked on recovery. We had winds that fluctuated from 5-16mph. It was launched at 12 pm which was perfect timing. By 1pm the weather changed and all was packed up.
Well eventhough we had to scrub the Goldendale launch today, I hope people were able to watch the live footage of Orions safe landing in the pacific ocean. The USS Portland is standing by to recover the capsule after the allotted wait time the capsule floats in the ocean for sea worthiness.
It did however warm up and we had perfect launches and R/C boost glider activity. Frank Burke from Dynasoar Rocketry did not disappoint. The X-15, Moon Raker Shuttle, SST, Colonial Viper, and Avro Vulcan were launched and landed with style.
Estes Super Big Berthas were present. A drag race by two were in dead heat. After two picture perfect launches and recoveries it was a tie.
As a young man living in Bay Colony, Robert Crippen was a neighbor. In junior high during the summer I had mowed his yard along with other neighbors as a summer job. He had submitted a letter of recommendation on my behalf while I served in the Marine Corps.
The burn ban is now in effect for the Goldendale site from 1 June to September 30th. We will have have launches again for that location beginning in October 2022 and up to Spring of 2023. Once the dates have been approved by the landowner they will be posted.
Camas Highschool made it to the TARC 2022 event and did a great job. 7th place is a great position to make out of the hundreds of schools that competed. Mentoring and advising them with their endeavors was a great honor and to see them conduct flight testing to make it to the event was terrific. 🙂🚀🪂👍