Because of excessive rain lately, we have had to scrub the September, 2015, ROCK launch in Oviedo. While the field itself seemed to be in okay shape when we checked it, the ditches bordering the site are filled with water and the ground under and around the ditches is very muddy. We would not be able to cross them to access the field.
We have had more rain than usual this year, causing several of our launches to be cancelled. The field that we use at the Barr Street entrance of the Little Econ Trail is low-lying and floods easily. We have been actively looking for a new site for years, but finding an area that we can use which is not too far from Orlando is difficult. So, even though the Barr Street site isn’t perfect, we thank the Little Big Econ State Forest Authorities for allowing us to use the field. And, we look forward to better conditions for the upcoming October launch!
ROCK’s June launch featured a modest turn out, but a full day of flying.
I flew my new DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter to record the event from the sky. The video above also contains some of the still images Bracha and I took. You can see more of the photographs in the RocketReviews photo album at http://www.rocketreviews.com/june-2015-launch.html.
I was only able to attend the first day of NEFAR’s two-day “Half Blast” on April 11. With a forecast of showers, we kept looking for dark clouds. But, the rain stayed away at least until we had to leave.
I flew my quad-copter to capture video from an aerial perspective Here’s the video I put together of the first half of the Half Blast.
At the April ROCK launch, JonRocket.com is offering a special deal on the Estes Eggscaliber model rocket kit. The Eggscaliber features a special capsule for carrying an egg. The Eggscaliber flies on 24mm C, D. or E motors and, with the included adapter, on 18mm B and C motors.
The list price for the kit is $23.99. At the ROCK launch on Saturday, April 4, JonRocket.com will be offering the kits for $12 while their supply lasts.
ROCK held its last launch of 2014 on December 6. The light winds and moderate temperature made for a great day to fly. The countdown reached zero and a rocket soared skyward more than eighty times during the day.
I’ve uploaded the photos Bracha and I took of the launch to a Photo Album at RocketReviews.com. Below is a video I created using some of the photos and footage captured from my quadcopter.
NEFAR hosted it’s annual two-day Bunnell Blast launch on November 8 and 9, 2014. Canopies, cars, and trucks covered the full length of the north edge of the launch site and extended around the eastern edge.
Chris Michielsson debuted his latest odd-rock creation, the Spudnik which he flew, though “flew” might not be the right word, on an A10-3T motor.
The overcast skies on Saturday provided a dramatic backdrop for the high-power launches, especially the ones flying on “sparky” motors.
The rocket above lifted off powered by two J motors with dark smoke then airstarted two sparky J motors.
The forecast for Sunday was dreary, but the day actually turned out nice. The light rain ended before 11 and the sun peeked out between the clouds a few times.