Launch at Long Lake Park (6/11/2011)
On Monday, no less than six MASA volunteers showed up to
help out a group of home schooled kids fly their Generix E2X
rockets. There were about 25 kids of various ages. They made at
least 66 flights. I know that number because only 6 A8-3 motors were
left out of three fresh 24-packs. There were also about a half dozen
'demo' flights put up for the kids enjoyment.
Ted Cochran, Carol Marple, Jeff Taylor, Neal Higgins, Rick
Vatsaas, and Buzz McDermott were on hand to help out with the
launch. Ted brought along his multi-pad setup and we had 6 pads
running for the launch. Ted did most of the launch duties while
everyone else helped prep rockets and load them onto the pads. I
spent the whole time helping prep rockets and motors.
It was a breezy day and the open area behind the gazebo at Long Lake
Park was rather small. However, all of the Generic E2X flights were
made on A8-3 motors and we even cut holes in the 12" parachutes to
help keep them from drifting too far. Near the end of the launch,
several MASA demo flights went up. Jeff Taylor flew a Steam Punk
Astron Spaceman. The kids loved that one. I wasn't paying close
enough attention to see what other demo flights were put up by the
other MASA volunteers. I put up a Heliocopter on a B4, a Quest Area
51 Saucer on a C6, and my Sunward Galactic Wave on a C6.
We flew rockets from right at 6:30 until 8:00 pm. From the sound of
the kids they all had a great time. It was a very relaxed outreach,
which I really enjoyed. Note that relaxed does not mean it wasn't
busy - it stayed busy the whole time.