and I left during early morning to beat the July beach traffic
across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for the Maryland/Delaware
Rocketry Association’s Eastern Shore Launch number 193. We met
fellow flyers at Holly’s for breakfast and twiddled the rest of
the morning at antique shops until it was time to head to the
sod farm to fly some rockets.
There were plenty of anxious flyers that made quick work setting
up the field. The breeze was lite but the direction was variable
which would make liftoff timing critical in order to avoid the
rocket hungry trees that lurked behind the launch pads. The
skies were blue and clear with occasional clouds passing by. As
usual, I waited for more impatient flyers to test the winds for
Once satisfied, I had Shaken, Not Stirred
and on the pad with a CTI H120 Red motor for propulsion. After
taking some ribbing from other flyers concerning Shaken,
multitude of successful flights, the
countdown concluded and Shaken, Not Stirred
to the skies on her red plume on a straight vertical trajectory.
Shaken, Not Stirred
arced over at apogee and
separated, deploying her drogue chute a few seconds later. At
300 feet Shaken, Not Stirred
deployed the mains
and gently touched down in the soft green sod. Click the video
on the left to see Shaken, Not Stirred’s
I had my Mar’s Lander
with me but the winds never
cooperated so the rocket remained grounded. I filmed other
flights until the setting sun signaled dinner time. We join
another flyer in Centreville for a nice dinner before starting
our journey home. We arrive home late in the evening.
Sunday morning, Ben and I made our way back to the launch field
to assist others and film some more flights. The weather
remained nice with cooling breezes that blew some of the July’s
heat away. As the sun started its descent in the west, we packed
up the field for the month. We remained at the field enjoying
everyone’s company and waiting for the returning beach traffic
to subside before heading home ourselves. It was another nice
rocket launch. See
other ESL 193 flight videos here.
Until the next launch .