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7 years 5 months ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #5273 by Howard Greenblatt
Information about the next upcoming launch will be posted here.

Please note: After the launch this thread will be cleared out for the next launch so if you want to post anything permanent, please start a new thread.

Thanks!

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Last Edit: 5 years 2 weeks ago by Bill Spadafora.

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1 week 1 day ago #9194 by Kenn Blade
Our final launch of the season is scheduled for this Saturday, the 17th of November. We’ll start set up about 9:30 in the morning and fly as soon as we can. More hands helping will get us going sooner. The soccer crowd won't be using the field so there should be plenty of easy parking.

It would be great if we could have someone volunteer their car/van/SUV for shuttle use. Volunteers for driving, safety check, food service and LCO are always welcome.

Now that we are back on Eastern Standard Time, we may not fly our normal set up all the way to 4 PM. The good news is, we’ll take advantage of the early darkness to hold our annual Night Launch. This will be a joint launch with the Night Owl Rocketry Guild (NORG) out of Salem, MA. Joe, the President of NORG, is looking to spark interest in night flying and will be holding several launches throughout the season next year in Salem. If you have a rocket with lights, bring it out and fly it now; if you don’t, hang around and see the ways you can make or modify a rocket to be a night flyer. We ask that you not fly anything that will go higher than 1000 feet and that you keep it to low- and mid-power motors. We set up by the road and won’t have the proper clear space to allow high-power launches after dark.

As has been the case this fall, don’t expect any motor vendors to be on the field.

Check the parking rules. All the usual safety rules are in effect.

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3 days 19 hours ago #9202 by Kenn Blade
Only a few days left before the launch. Hurry up and sign up for a volunteer slot before they're all gone.

The weather forecast looks good; we may even be able to fly HPR this time. It would be a pity to have to curtail operations because nobody wants to help.

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3 days 18 hours ago #9203 by John P. Petrakis
The forecast is definitely looking far better than it was a few days ago... Sunday looks even better (wink wink!) but Saturday does look good.

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2 days 2 hours ago #9205 by John P. Petrakis
Question for the gang: what will the field conditions be like considering the amusing weather we just had?

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2 days 1 hour ago #9206 by Kenn Blade

John P. Petrakis wrote: Question for the gang: what will the field conditions be like considering the amusing weather we just had?

Yeah, Amesbury got most of the 2-4" predicted. The melt and the rain won't give us a clear field and the saturated soil and roadway will be tough to work with.

At this point, I'm going to postpone the launch one day to Sunday the 18th. This will give me a chance to do a real good evaluation of the field on Saturday. We may have to postpone until the beginning of December so keep an eye on the Launch Status box on the home page, this forum thread and/or TRF.

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