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July 2014 Launch Report
July 26-27, 2014 at Centreville Sod Farm

Toni 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 me.

Once satisfied, I had Shaken, Not Stirred prepped and on the pad with a CTI H120 Red motor for propulsion. After taking some ribbing from other flyers concerning Shaken, Not Stirred’s multitude of successful flights, the countdown concluded and Shaken, Not Stirred took 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 flight.

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 . . .

By Peter E. Abresch Jr.
Shaken, Not Stirred landed not too far from launch pad

By Peter E. Abresch Jr.

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Shaken, Not Stirred missed the irragation system

Toni rtrieving Sally Ride
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Shaken, Not Stirred
        landed not too far from launch pad

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Shaken, Not Stirred
        missed the irragation system