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Fifty years to the minute that Apollo 11 lifted off the US Space and Rocket Center set a Guinness record for mass launching the most model rockets. Of the 5000 Pathfinder models loaded on 1/2A62 engines, 78 failed to launch and 44 failed to reach the required 100 foot altitude, but still beat the Teylingen College in the Netherlands record of 4,231 model rockets launched in summer 2018.
The event was under the direction of the USSARC assisted by local aerospace sponsors and employee volunteers. Aside from some local members helping on their own to load the racks and a few who built kits, there was no connection to NAR. HARA had approached USSARC last year but they already wanted to do this Guinness record attempt rather than a scale Saturn V model launch or a Land the Eagle type event.
The weather Tuesday morning was great but getting hot as the Sun rose on fifty pallets each of a hundred rockets. Each nozzle sat on an e-match pushed through a hole in a wooden slat and as long as it stayed aligned it was good to go. The loading was completed on time with no technical glitches as the large digital countdown clock rolled along. A thousand space campers, a thousand more spectators and 175 volunteers chanted the seconds and watched as the wall of smoke rose in the flight field. A large cloud instantly formed in the sky as 4922 ejection charges fired to deploy mylar streamers. Then it rained rockets. Fortunately all pieces landed in the prescribed area well away from any spectators. What earlier had been an immaculately orderly range was now littered like a Mardi Gras parade route with landed rockets and, oh yes, all that wadding.
Wearing his NAR cap Rus Hardy of Birmingham corrects an alignment.
HARA Prefect Art Wooding and VP Allen Owen rack them up.
“as my first act with this new authority, I will create a grand rocket clone army of the Republic.”
The launch had the collective impulse of an ‘L’ motor.
Meanwhile later that day Hope Rising’s TARC team flew models at Pegasus East to commemorate Apollo 11. For another report on launches that day see Bill’s blog at http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-celebration-begins.htmlreoprt
Last June we told about HARA’s project to help Levi’s jeans do a photo shoot for a fashion ad- http://hararocketry.org/hara/vintage-rocketeer-jeans/ and promised to post the pictures when they came out. Well, the spring collection is released and here are some representative shots from the portfolio, mainly ones with our rockets in them. It’s a nice homage to the ‘rocket boys’ style of the fifties and the amateur dreams of spaceflight.
Congratulations to these teams who will be representing our state at the TARC finals May 18 at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA.
Team Number, Team Name, City
19-5573, Cullman Area Technology Academy, Cullman
19-4984, Rogers High School, Florence
19-5089, Lincoln High School, Lincoln
19-4727, Tharptown High School, Russellville
19-4998, Russellville High School (Team 1), Russellville
19-5000, Russellville High School (Team 2), Russellville
HARA would like to salute the eight Huntsville area teams for their efforts. It’s been a tough year – not only were the design goals for this TARC challenging with three eggs to fly, but there was also the fight against some very persistent wet weather. Despite the rain, the local teams managed to complete many practice flights and all got qualified scores.
19-5055 , HOPE Christian Academy , Huntsville
19-5135 , St. John Paul II C.H.S. , Huntsville
19-5136 , St. John Paul II C.H.S. , Huntsville
19-5137 , St. John Paul II C.H.S. , Huntsville
19-5530 , Bob Jones High School , Madison
19-5439 , James Clemens High School , Madison
19-5704 , James Clemens High School , Madison
19-4885 , Liberty Middle School , Madison
Thanks to the rest of these state schools for registering and participating in TARC. We hope you all had a prodigious “rocket boys” experience.
19-5781 , Hewitt-Trussville High School , Trussville
19-5782 , Hewitt-Trussville High School , Trussville
19-5329 , Wetumpka High School , Wetumpka
19-5297 , Winfield City High School , Winfield
19-5523 , Coppinville Junior High School , Enterprise
19-5576 , St. Michael Catholic High School , Fairhope
19-4825 , Central High School , Florence
19-5274 , Goshen High School , Goshen
19-5027 , Alabama School of Mathematics and Science , Mobile
19-5236 , Muscle Shoals Career Academy , Muscle Shoals
19-4722 , Phil Campbell High School , Phil Campbell
19-4999 , Russellville High Schools , Russellville
19-4726 , Tharptown High School , Russellville
19-4728 , Tharptown High School , Russellville
19-4996 , Rogers High School , Florence
19-4997 , Rogers High School , Florence
On this beautiful 23rd day of March, 13 teams made 50 flights at the UNA regional challenge. Vince and Allen provided HARA launch and scoring services for the contest held at the Russellville field. Cullman HS did the best with a ‘15’ and might be up for the finals with that qualification score. Rogers, MASE and Central HS also qualified with the rest of the schools flying just for regional points. They opted to keep tweaking before they use another attempt turn, so the March madness of TARC continues.
The bashful bride of good weather finally arrived for the anxious rocketeer grooms after running away from the past three months of scheduled launches. She was cold but calm, allowing many HP certification flights and other large motors to fly on the new field in Paint Rock. Here are a few scenes from the day.
The next launch is March 9.
HARA was represented at NAR’s 60th annual meet and rocketeer reunion in Pueblo, Colorado in August by Allen Owens and Vince Huegele. Vince was there for the BOT meeting and Allen was there to fly his level 2 scale Tomahawk, the Long Tom. The weather was great and the field was greater allowing the launch and recovery of all manner of sport rockets. Allen’s flight was excellent, and higher than predicted. Vince made two nominal flights on a Spacemonkeys plastic V-2 converted to fly on 24mm motors.
Allen loads his rocket on the away pad rail with RSO help.
Long Tom ascends on its maiden flight.
All the pieces were recovered.
An N powered rocket takes off in the background, but from the camera’s perspective it’s the same size as the C powered models on the rack.
An imaginative hybrid of the Red Max and a Saturn V on the rack with the V-2.
Vince in the crowd after flying his V-2.
Often as a LCO I will get a flight card filled out with the rocket name given as ‘none’ or ‘blue rocket’ or some such empty unimaginative title. This should not be. There are many incredible unclaimed names for rockets that evoke adventure and excitement so that these blanks need never again be left craving a designation. Even the rocket beginner need only look to an Independence Day Celebration catalog or the aisle of heavy metal rock albums for inspiration. As a service to name the unnamed rockets we offer a sample listing here. Keep this list on the LCO table to complete those flight cards with style.
Torch of Freedom
Raging Ghoul Read more
We get calls about many things related to rocketry. This latest “interesting idea” was a proposal from Levi’s jeans that wanted to do a retro ‘Rocket Boys’ type promotional layout for their vintage line of jeans, shirts, coats, etc. They were looking for models, props and locations for a period photo shoot about the beginning of the Space Race in the 1950s in Huntsville, Alabama. The pitch was; “The main story opens with people staring at the October sky in 1957 trying to see Sputnik. We will then focus on a group of young high school kids (wearing Levi’s) with a passion for building rockets. They will be taught about rockets by teachers in a rocket club and build and launch model rockets.” The photographer found several scenes of old classrooms, labs and garage workshops in which to stage shots. We had plenty of vintage rockets for props and did a launch for them. It’s a bit strange to be able to readily provide authentic fifty year old model rocket equipment, but the recreation was very realistic. It may be the first professionally staged scenes that are digitally imaged of early rocket club launches.
The pictures will be compiled into a book that’s distributed to their prime retailers to be released next spring. We’ll post some of them here then. Shown here are a few of the “looking into the sky for the rocket” scenes being taken by a fashion cameraman who’s about to learn about Alabama fire ants.
When I began planning my trip to NSL 2018 I watched the New York host town of Geneseo on the weather channel map get so much record snow that I wondered if it would all be melted by Memorial Day weekend. It was. The quaint village looked a lot like Manchester, TN, a comfortable verdant community with a field large enough to have a warbird landing strip.
It was nice to get a large launch fix particularly since there is none to be had with HARA this summer. It’s also great to go to a launch and not have set up and run the range. The MARS club had done all that and was well organized.
I was only there on Saturday but for all of the 10 am -5 pm day and made six flights with four rockets, all on Aerotech E15’s provided by Chris’s Rockets. Chris and I were the only Alabama representatives. In my traveling arrangements I could not accommodate any HPR, but I did take some fun birds. Marvin the Martian in the Michael’s birdhouse did not fly so straight this time but had the chute out before the RSO could blow the horn. The Phoenix had a bit of tip off for a scale ‘acquire and seek’ flight profile but flew much truer on the second flight. My Quest Minotaur looked impressive on the pad (#5 in the photo) and going up. I flew my Estes Silver Comet twice with a Jolly Logic chute release and was saved many steps in walking to recover it.
The NSL boasted it boosted over a thousand flights that weekend and the deserves credit for the success. I saw several big rockets go up and my favorite was the N3300R in the upscale Big Bertha shown in the photo while the owner is interviewed for ‘the rocket show’.
There was a situation presented at this launch that merits comment. The NSL did not have quarter inch launch rods; they only offered rails for mid power and above. If you showed up with rockets with a quarter inch lug, you were told to put on rail buttons. The claim is that rails are safer and don’t whip like rods do. Fair enough; they are a preferred practice. But it is not fair to dismiss models built over the last thirty years with lugs as suddenly unsafe and not accommodate them. There’s a lot of Aerotech, LOC and PML kits and rockets built with those parts that need not be retrofitted with rail buttons. I hope that ranges will continue to have a pad that can take a ¼” rod because there are still a lot of rockets that will need them.