I spoke with Ralph about the farm earlier this evening, about a conversation he had with Kip on Friday about this weekend's launch. Between the crops still being in the fields and the NC Governor's statewide burning ban imposed this afternoon we're in a holding pattern as far as a launch window. The feeling is that the risk of fire is just too great to go for a launch. If anything were to go wrong and a spark or burning ember end up in the wrong place we could have a very big problem in a very short time. Please understand that we want to launch as much as anybody else, but we're in a unique situation untill the region gets some water. Keep an eye on this spot for further information. We'll keep you posted as we get word on future developments.
I had a great opportunity to have lunch with Mark Canepa and Brad Shea yesterday in downtown Charlotte. Mark was telling tales about his trip out to the Black Rock dry lake for Balls 16, the experimental TRA launch. I went searching on Flickr for photos and found some, one of which was the full size Nike Smoke (19 feet tall, 4 N2700's and a central N2800). The Nike had a great launch, but came in ballistic and sank some 16 feet or so into the lake bed on impact. This was also the event celebrated on the cover of the New York Times with the high altitude shot from a rocket at apogee of 86,000 feet! Here's the link to the set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/1498564962/in/set-72157594310484478/ DR
Folks: Tony Stit a new member to ROCC has invited Doug Knight to his place for a little fly-in tomorrow and wanted to extend the invitation to the rest of the club members. They look to start around 11:00am. He has a 125 yard X 125 yard field that he said would be good up to a "D" size birds. Note this is not an official ROCC event just a personal invite. Y'all play nice and don't set anything on fire. Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez Here is the directions he gave me to his place, call to clarify or validate. From Charlotte: Take I-77 North to Statesville, NC Take the exit to I-40 East toward Greensboro,NC Go to Exit 168. (Hwy 64 Exit) Turn Right Go 200 Yards Take 2nd Right onto Greenhill Rd. Go until it dead ends Take a Left onto Davie Academy Rd. (May turn into Jericho Church Rd. before you get to Buck Seaford) Go to Buck Seaford Rd. Take a right onto Buck Seaford Rd. Go 7/10s of a mile Look for Tony's Motor home. From Greensboro: Take I-40 West toward Statesville, NC Go to Exit 168. (Hwy 64 Exit) Turn Left Go over the interstate. Go 200 Yards Take 2nd Right onto Greenhill Rd. Go until it dead ends Take a Left onto Davie Academy Rd. (May turn into Jericho Church Rd. before you get to Buck Seaford) Go to Buck Seaford Rd. Take a right onto Buck Seaford Rd. Go 7/10s of a mile Look for Tony's Motor home
From the NASA website: History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race. Happy Birthday to space "junk"! Click here to listen to Sputnik pass overhead DR
Our former prefect, Bob Strauss, has lost his mom. Bob Strauss and Paul Cramer were instrumental in getting Tripoli Charlotte formed back in the early 90s. He basically started the former club know as the Carolina Space Modelers and ran that until about 2000 when Jeff Martin and Bob Schoner reorganized the club into Rocketry of Central Carolina (ROCC). Bob and his mom were avid rocketeers and had a real passion for the hobby. She came to a occasional launch or two and was know to fly a rocket or two as well. Mrs. Strauss has fought a long battle since gall bladder surgery earlier in the year, with many illnesses hampering her recovery. Bob has been a real trooper taking care of her in her final months. I know a lot of you may not know Bob but keep him in your prayers as he is one us "rocketeers". See below for arrangements. Service Friday Sept 28th at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 7:00pm 10500 Park Rd. Sincerely, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez and Prefect.
I just got an update on the Williams Farm. Ralph, as one of his tasks as club Prez and Tripoli prefect, keeps in contact with Kip Williams, the land owner, and the way the crop is scheduled the crops won't be harvested until November. So there won't be any launch's until then. Our first opportunity may be the late half of that month. As more information becomes available, Ralph will get it sent out. Roy, ROCC Sec.
Hi everybody. Well it's been a week since Freedom Launch Weekend in Orangeburg. And I just finished unloading my van. It was well stuffed and I only had the energy to take out only a few things at a time and put back into my overstuffed hobby room as I remade room for it. Overall, the weekend was pretty good. True, it was damp, wet and a heavy rain moved into the area Saturday about 3:30 making it unflyable for the rest of the day for me. I don't know if anybody got a flight in after the rain cleared after 5:30. Sunday was sunny and clear, and a bit breezy to windy at first (I myself lost 2 ejection charges to the wind and had go borrow some) but became very tolerable as the day later progressed. Everyone there got in at least a few flights each. All us level ones had to get them in Sunday as Monday was L-2 and 3. Monday was almost perfect, just a little breezy. I don't have a flight listing so I only know some of the ones that caught my immediate attention. Besides getting flight's in of my own we ROCC club members made good showing for the whole weekend. Besides myself, there was: Ralph Roberts, Doc Russell, Brad Shea, Mark Capaneia (who comes out a lot), Bob Bernatchez, Corky Story, Terry and Melanie Baucom, our old member and Prefect Bob Schonner, Emily Nelson, Mark and Louise Ferrell, Tony and Claudia Stitt, Jim Eddings and family, Tim Durbin and his dad, Mike Scicchitano, David Deason, Doug Knight and Todd Harring. A pretty good showing. There were two vendors, Ken Allen of "Performance Hobbies" was there making sales and delivering orders. And a new one to me, Dennis Tinney with "Road Runner Rocketry" from Kingsland GA. (website here, or email), with a lot of good merchandise. His single use engines have molded engine stops so you don't have to tape it in and a wide selection of kits and accessories. What he didn't have he made arrangements to ship. Everything posted at good prices. There are a lot of story's about the weekend, some of us went out with the SOAR club Sat night for a Mexican dinner, then most of the ROCC group went out to Ruby Tuesday Sunday night. Monday, Tony and I started out first thing in the morning helping Corky find his Black Brant that drifted into the woods Sunday and while Corky ended up finding that, Tony and I just happen to be in the right place in the woods to recover the first HP flight of the morning. The "Wild Thing" came down and landed within a few yards of Corky's backpack and climbing gear in a tiny clearing, and we freed the "Wild Thing" with a couple of tugs. Marks "Carolina Nike", I think, was the second flight for Monday, we heard it go up as we packed up the "Wild Thing" and Mark spent the rest of the day getting it back from a different set of trees. He did get a standing ovation upon his return. There were a lot of great flights, Corky's "Wac Corporal" two stage flew a flawless flight, but did require a search to bring it back. Saturday a guy flew a GIANT 1930 style Buck Rogers style space ship on a skidmore engine that was just a picture perfect recreation of the old black and white Sat morning sci-fi tv shows. It was rigged to return in one piece horizontal with the chute deployed from the crew cabin. But it looked so cool cause the residual gasses kept a burning flame coming out of the exhaust all the way to landing. There were a few "Instantaneous Decompositions" also of course, no injuries, safety was stressed at all times. But lots and lots of great flights. I do plan to go back next year. Hope to see you in October, our first chance to get back out to the farm and fly. Take Care. Roy, ROCC Sec.
Well you could see those tie-dyed t-shirts all across the sod farm and man, did it look GREAT! There were so many ROCC flyers at Orangeburg this past weekend that you'd have thought it was one of our launches. Fantastic to see all of you folks down there and really pleased to know there were so many "level" attempts going on. Also great to catch up with so many old friends that we don't see often enough. I think that all that saw it are going to be talking about the Dragon-Flyer for a long time to come. I'd love to post the photos from down there if we could, so send 'em in if you've got 'em along with a brief description and we'll get 'em up. Send to: email@example.com THANKS! DR
Brian Helms and I visited the potential summer launch site for the club off Hwy 109 in Montgomery County last Saturday. The site is right off the Highway between the towns of Eldorado and Uwaharrie. The good thing: it is in the middle of nowhere, the bad thing: it is the middle of nowhere. I hope to have a photo real soon I will try to scan a print out of both the Williams farm and this site side by side. The main field that has the best promise is a patch of land in from of this Trading Post right off the Highway. It is currently a Horse pasture but according to Chris and his Grandmother (The Land Owners) they would be moved the days of the launches. The site would have ample parking at the edge of the field and we would set up pads around the field to take advantage of the wind. The trading post offers plenty of supplies, gas(BP), food, etc. The only bad thing was I did not get good cell phone reception there with Verizon, that can be good though. The field is about the equivalent to the North field, from the road to the ditch at Williams farm. (The field between the White house and Simpson's house.) My main concern is the highway, Hwy 109 (Speed Limit - 55mph) right beside it. If the winds are out of the East - Northeast, everything will recover toward the highway. Also with the Trading post across the highway, a lot of folks stop in and would also create a hazzard if models float across the road. Ideally we should keep it a "D" and under field. The field is about 1 hour 15 minutes from UNC Charlotte up Hwy 49, past Albemarle. It was almost 60 miles from my house in East Charlotte. Would everyone be willing to drive to that field to fly D and under models? Everyone pipe up and send a comment or question or call me. I am curious what you all think. I want to thank Brian and his wife for finding this possible site, it was nice of them to take 3 hours of their time to show me around and introduce me to the family. There are pictures after the jump.