SRC launch: July in October

Temperature in the mid 70s, clear skies, almost no wind… you sure this is October? I was pushing the button much of the day but snuck in a few rockets of my own, and abdicated close to the end of the launch to prep a couple rockets that needed more time. First of mine was…

SRC launch: Singularity

Yesterday’s weather was just about perfect for flying rockets. Could’ve been five degrees cooler but that’s about it. I was the launch director, though, so I did a lot of pushing the button for other people’s rockets. I brought only one rocket of my own, and launched it early — actually it was the first…

NSL 2018

It’s been announced that next Memorial Day Weekend, instead of their usual NYPower event, the Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society (MARS) will be hosting the NAR’s National Sport Launch in Geneseo, NY at the site of the National Warplane Museum. Well, add that to my list of future events I’ll need to go to Monroe County for! (Also…

SRC launch: Spared by the Angel of Death (part 2)

I wanted to fly the Ventris but when I went to pack it I remembered it had been damaged the last time and I haven’t repaired it yet. So I brought the Scion instead, and flew it on a CTI 108G68 with an 8 second delay. Yet another good launch and deployment right after apogee.…

SRC launch: Spared by the Angel of Death (part 1)

The Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch was no picnic for several major rocket flights, unfortunately. There was a lot of hard work that didn’t pay off, about which I feel bad. Undeservedly, my not so hard work generally produced good results. I’ve flown fewer rockets this year than in the past, but today…

SRC launch: Classics

Here it is July 22 and I still haven’t finished any new rockets, other than the giveaways. So I loaded up some oldies for today’s launch. Other than the wind gusts up to about a quarter of a mile per hour, it was pretty good weather. Overcast, and a few occasional drops fell but no…

NYPower 2017: Mud on the shoes

This year I went to only one day (today (Saturday)) of NYPower. The stripey Syracuse Rocket Club big tent was up and I commandeered a corner. Again, no new rockets, so everything I brought was veteran. I started off with the Lunar Eclipse Jr. on an E9-6. This one, recall, flew well on its first…

Nothing new

Today was the first Syracuse Rocket Club launch for 2017. It was pretty much ideal flying weather, warm but not hot, sunny, and light breeze. The field was not quite so ideal, not having been mowed yet. But who’s complaining. And we had a good turnout. Me having blown off most rocketry work for several…

Secret Last Hurrah

Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it was Walt’s Secret Santa day at Walt’s HobbyTown. Inside, things were pretty much as usual for the Syracuse Rocket Club: Rockets on dispay,motors and casings and electronics,videos, and books. What was unusual was outside. 70°F at the airport, it says here; clear skies and dead calm… in the morning. Mid…

SRC launch: Fire in the hole

Seems I haven’t entirely shaken my launch jinx. Saturday was the Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch, our big launch event. My flights started off well enough with the Bohica’s Dead Ringer on a B6-4. It flew as it always does on that motor, straight up, down under a streamer. Camera problems resulted in…