I noticed that someone was trying to post some photos yesterday... Yeah! But I see that you were never able to get the photos to stick. Send 'em to me with the captions you want and I'll post 'em! send to: firstname.lastname@example.org (It's got a really big mailbox) Thanks! Doc R.
I was surfing around the Rocketry Forum today in a bit of "down-time", and ran across a link to a rather spectacular and, at the same time, disturbing set of photos. Next time I lose a rocket, I'm going to remember this one... http://www.tsmrockets.com/ballistictqc.htm those with weak hearts, look away! ps... I think the Ariel will fly again... aye! Doc R.
With NASA seriously looking at shuttle derived launch vehicles, I thought that most would find this web site of interest. http://www.safesimplesoon.com/default.htm It's mostly for public consumption and full of fluff. However, the answer to FAQ #8 interested me...
OK, you ask for it you got it. A Porta-Jon will be delivered Friday for the Campout Launch. So get you crap together and come on to the launch. HA-HA. Note: Don't forget to let me know if your coming to the launch so we can get enough burgers and dogs. My daughter plans to have a water and lemonade stand as well. ROCCPREZ@prodigy.net
Here is the latest, the Winter Wheat is cut, I spoke to Kip tonight (June 22nd). We will setup just beyond the ditch in the middle, at 12:00 Noon Saturday There is some waist high corn along the southern fields tree line. With southerly breezes it should not present a problem. There is still some 6" of Barley stalks that are dry and lying on the ground, we will have watch for fires if a rocket comes in under power. Juluis Burris has agreed to run the Grill for us Saturday. We need a head count if you are planning on eating either Hog Dogs or Hamburgers. Please RSVP to RoccPrez@prodigy.net by Friday Noon so we can get enough goodies. Also let me know if you will be camping if you can. Ken Allen, with Performance hobbies will be at the Whitiker�s Launch this weekend, they are have there sport launch. I am still waiting on a response from Larry Smith at Rocket Science. I' keep you posted. I am trying to get a Porta-John in there, will let you know by tomorrow. More to come stay tuned. Ralph Roberts ROCC PREZ
Everyone, I wanted to pass on the news that Ed Fenton shared with me this evening. Member of ROCC and ROSCO (Orangeburg�s NAR section) Rod Reagan passed away Saturday afternoon. According to information on a thread from the Tripoli SC website (www.tripolisc.org) he had apparently been ill for a while. He was very active with Orangeburg group and has been very instrumental in the formation of ROSCO (Their NAR section) He lived in Greenville,SC and traveled up on occasion to our launches. He truly enjoyed rocketry for what it was.
****Revised**** The launch has been moved back to the 4th weekend, the June 25th-26th weekend. I spoke to Kip Thursday night and he has not taken the Winter Wheat out of the field yet. He expects to get it by middle of week next week. He did let me know that Velvet (Kip's sister) has actually planted Soy Beans in on the North field so that is good news. There is a bit of bad news, his corn he planted in the south field from the road up to the creek is already up to knee to waist high. That is only a 1/4 of that front area and the way the prevailing winds are should not cause much problem. I just wanted to let you know we will have some corn to deal with. I plan on being there this weekend to pick up some stuff from the silo for a demo. I will try to talk a vendor in to coming next weekend, it will depend on the prior commentments. I would also like to have our Spring-Summer Campout launch this time to, so plan on camping if you can. One other note, due to the shourt turn-around time from Wheat and Barley to Soy-Beans we may try to have the July launch Early, maybe the 9th-10th weekend, we will decide by the next launch. Thanks, Ralph Roberts Note: If anyone is interested in renting the Farm House there at 16620 Hopewell Church Rd, it is just about ready. Mrs. Williams has been working hard on the inside to get it ready to rent. Email me and I will get you in contact with her.
I spoke to Kip and Mrs. Williams, we are on for today. Doc, Marcus, and Steve are the only ones that have indicated the are coming. Marcus is coming out to take his Tripoli L2 test as well. Anyone else? Call me if you will be there. Note: Kip mentioned he if about two weeks away for starting on the Barley and a little longer on the Winter Wheat. Plus Mrs. Williams has got the house rented again. Will check on what that will mean for us, hopefully, no change. Call me on my cell 704-560-0147 if you can make it today.
Sorry, no launch this month, no suitable fields available. Even though we were cleared to fly at the locust city park/elementary school the area they cleared of trees has not been planted in grass. There is no way we could walk through al the tree debris and mud puddles to retrieve rockets safely. So, we will cancel the launch and schedule an equipment clean-up day at the farm to get ready for next month's launch back at the farm. Lets plan on the equipment clean up for between 3-5 on Sat, the 21st. I will check with Kip to make sure it is OK.