St. Francis Convent (6/13/2004)
Today's outreach went very well. How this event came to be was
the idea of my Great Aunt who is a nun at the St. Francis Convent.
The sisters were very excited, while looking forward to today's
demonstration. The whole convent prayed for two weeks for nice
weather and it worked, best day all week. It was a nice sunny day
with a light breeze out of the Southwest. Just enough wind to keep
the bugs away.
( I might have to keep this in mind for future MASA launches!
After consulting with Ed Mills from the FAA, I did file a NOTAM
for the launch even though I only launched small rockets. The
convent's property is located only about one mile right off the end
of the Little Falls airport's main runway. I also contacted the
airport's manager who was very easy to work with. He informed me
that a couple of years ago the local boy scouts launched their
rockets right on the airport. I only saw about a half a dozen
airplanes all day. We had more air traffic at the Bakken Museum.
Grand total I would have to estimate about 40 in attendance. Half
were nuns and the other half were kids and their parents from the
two local catholic schools. My grandparents also drove up from Waite
Park to see. I owe my Mom a big thank you for tagging along to help
with the gear and operate the launch controller, while I talked
about the rockets.
1- MM " Bakken rocket"
1- A8-3 A streamer duration rocket
1- B6-2 Skywinder
5- B6-4's used in 2 Mach 12's, 1 stomp rocket, and a drag race
with 2 Stars and Stripes
Not a single rocket landed in a tree despite the dozens of them
in and around the launch area. Only the A streamer rocket suffered a
separation. The demonstration lasted about an hour. I did bring
along my larger rockets for "show and tell". The kids
seemed to have a great time, with lots of questions afterwards.
Several of the sisters also told me that they enjoyed the show.
Afterward, my Great Aunt had cookies and several fruit juices
available in the convent's dining hall. I missed most of the social
due to loading the truck. I had fun, even though it was a so-so
field in a non-ideal location.