Rockets Over UCSC

When we first started flying rockets, we launched them in the greenbelt behind David and Helen's house in Seascape. During that first day of flying we put rockets in trees 3 times, lost 1 to a tree, and 1 to a roof. Our conclusion was that we needed a bigger field sans trees. UCSC has a spot tailor-made for this. I used to go there to fly R/C gliders, but its even better for rockets.

Gorgeous launch site, or what? What a view! No trees!

Here is the pit crew and mascot...

Bobby readies Grandpa's Twister rocket...

Artem shows Grandpa what to do...

The rocket is away!

Next up is Artem's Falcon...

It's a perfect flight...

Ending in a good catch by the recovery crew...

We have liftoff!

This would prove to be a very high flight with a long parachute drift.

Fat Boy is a little slow lumbering off the pad...

It landed right here, next to pad. Am I good with trajectories, or what?

Not all launches are successful. Dave's space plane had an unscheduled auger in when the chute deployed 2 feet above ground. Ouch!

This rocket of Arterm's went horizontal shortly after this and left the field. Dave had loaded a C6-5 into it, and it's a very light rocket. We never found it. Speculation is that it shed a fin.

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