- Published: Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:30
- Written by Claude Maina
Out in Acton, where a friend is a friend, it was a great day for our belated inaugural launch. Overcast skies in the morning gave way to sun in the afternoon. Temps were in the low 80's and virtually no wind the entire day! The cricketeers were not there, but there were some long horn cattle feeding on the lowly jimsonweed. Ah - back in the saddle again. We set up all eleven launch pads and Guy's 10/10 rail, but only eight pads were wired in an attempt to create some extra distancing. The launch window was shorted as well to 10 am to 2 pm and no food was served. And it all appeared to work well. Ridin the Acton range once more we were totin' a one hundred and forty four launches! And for a shortened launch time, that was pretty good.
Whoopi-ty-aye-oh we had a maximum of 30 attendees rockin to an fro. Well within the limit of 100 outdoor gatherers set by the state. Which bodes well for out next scheduled launch in Sept. Motor usage ranged from 13 mm A to a couple of G79 motors and we'll let you guess who launched those. There were at least 15 maiden launches - a result no doubt of the Covid lockdown. If you can't fly, at least you can build, and Tony was especially busy during these past few months. We had no CATO's and only one rocket left the field for the trees. It was Rod Thomas's Pegasus and I believe he was able to retrieve it. Thomas Zacharer launched his Dark Star Mini on a CTI F36. Whoopi-ty-aye-yay, it was going its own way, arching over Route 2. I'm not sure if he got it back. Bruce Strong brought his pair of Sputniks; one flew better than the other. You can see his video on the CMASS thread on TRF.
Pictures are in the Gallery, please post yours.
Thanks to everyone who was there for working within the Covid guidelines. It really makes things a lot easier for everyone. Thanks also to Guy and Kenn for manning the launch table most of the day. Thanks also to Howard, Tony, Frank, Ron Q and everyone else who helped with set up and take down.
We'll be ridin the Acton range once more on Sept 5th (as of now there will be a limit of 50 people for outdoor activities). No need to sleep out every night until then. Just stay safe and - we'll be back in the saddle again!
And for the real deal.