MALBAR70 and RD-ROX, you seem to be in a good position to scout out a potential field that can be used for high power launches. Anything you can do or find out would be much appreciated. I don't know what the requirements are in order to get a FAA waiver. Perhaps someone can let us know.
In general, farmland would be available for use without damaging anything either before grass has started to grow much in the spring, immediately after an area has been hayed, before a field is to be plowed, or after a crop has been harvested. Otherwise you are likely impacting a crop and therefore not going to be allowed on the land. Also, if the land is either too wet or too dry, no go.
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I would support an effort to acquire a launch site in the Amherst/Northampton area. I live in Leominster so I'd be about halfway by road between there and Amesbury.
Lots of tobacco farms out there. Lots of corn too, and possibly turf farms. Land that's being cropped might be problematic. Perhaps some of the local college athletic fields might serve? Then there's the river to think about.
Obviously every possible spot is spoken for. We'll have to find a way to "bribe" them and possibly work with lock authorities as well.
One thing that could be tried is to approach the schools and see if they have any rocketry programs in the works or would be interested in implementing some. They could become.our local allies in an effort to secure launch space.
Do any of the engineering schools in this state have rocketry clubs? Maybe there's a way to get a foot in the door.
Just tossing some ideas out...I think it might pay off to start asking around.