Cub Scout Launch in Ramsey (7/14/2012)
The Cub launch at Elmcrest Park in Ramsey was held this morning.
I came out with a total of 10 pad support, although we only used six
of the pads for Cub rockets. We had clear skies and only a little
breeze – ideal for the rockets, but with high 80s for both the temp
and the humidity it was not so great for the launch directors!
About 30-35 cubs launched rockets. They flew mostly a variety of
Wizards and Alpha IIIs, but some of the boys came ‘loaded for bear’
and flew a variety of other rockets (a Helicat being flown multiple
times comes to mind). All the boys got in two flights and a number
of them got in three or more.
Jeff and Jennifer Flansburg took charge of helping the boys load
their rockets on pads, and Jeff also took charge of prepping a few
demo flights. Among the demos were an Aerotech Initiator on an E15,
a Mega Mosquito on an E12, Jennifer’s ‘Valentine Rocket’, a plastic
saucer on an Aerotech D10, a Newway N-20 Demon on a D12, a Quest
Planet Probe on a C6, and a Der Red Max on a C6. There were probably
a couple of other demos I have forgotten.
All told we launched between 65-80 rockets over a 2 1/4 hour period.
We started drag racing 4-6 rockets at a time during the last hour
which really got thru a lot of rockets quickly.
I think the boys and the parents had a good time and they are
already planning the launch for next year. I think they would like
MASA to help again if we can.
As always, I certainly had a great time. If you haven’t had a chance
to help out with an outreach launch, I highly recommend you make it
a point to participate in one or more. Whether it is a static
presentation, a build session or a launch I think you would find the
experience of introducing our hobby to kids to be very rewarding.