The three day class was very fun and educational. Seventeen students were present on the first day of class. The first hour covered safety. Then the next two hours went over the beginning of building the Estes Viking rocket kit. We first assembled the shock cord mount, and then attached the fins to the body tubes, launch lug and engine block. At this point we stopped for the day.
On the second day, we continued with completing the building of everyone’s rocket kit. We even set up an area where each participant could spray paint their rocket if they wanted to. During the last hour of the second day’s class, I brought out the multiple launch control system and went over the launch procedures. I addressed who the Range Safety Officer would be and what their responsibilities involved. Then I went over the Launch Control Officers duties.
On the third day (launch Day) the weather was just right. We had a mild breeze of a 7 mile per hour wind coming from the west. We were having a Spot landing contest and everyone did a great job. The closest distance from the target was 73 feet. Everyone was able to launch their rocket twice with an Estes A8-3 motor. Two competitors had their rockets land in a tree. They were given a new kit to build at home, since their rockets were not able to be retrieved.
I hope that we will have more classes offered similar to this one by the Parks and Recreation department again.
Had a nice day at the west side elementary launching model rockets and boost gliders. A little breezy but still fun.I got to the site a little early to assess where best to launch and did have the quad launching system with a new battery so it would fully function. The first time I brought it out to the launch site the rechargeable battery was only generating maybe five volts and not the full 12 volts that is necessary.
It was just me and my son for the rocket launching. There were a few young children and families walking by that were spectators for a few of the rockets that were launched.
I launched three boost glider kits, one two stage rocket (that was under powered)and one old Quest classic kit. The best boost glider that performed well was the Estes Tercel that was launched on an Estes A3-4t 13 millimeter motor. The boost glider caught a nice thermal after liftoff and descended just before it was about to fly past the field and into the residential area.
Welcome to the Gorge Rocket Club web site. This a newly started rocket club and hope to help promote the hobby within the local area. There are so many fun things to do along the Gorge and hope that this hobby will be fun and educational for all.
The hobby has been around since the 1950's and is thriving world wide. I will update this web site as much as possible.