October 2011 Launch Report
15, 2011 at Central Sod Farm
Tis the season of Red Glare but the recent
weather has prevented the crops from being harvested at Higgs
Toni and I found ourselves heading to the Central Sod Farm for a
October launch. We crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge without any
and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with fellow rocketeers at
then headed to Higgs Farm to complete some chores before
the sod farm.
The wind was howling and the dust flying. It took a while to
where to set up the launch equipment. A spot was found past the
farm offices and the field was soon set up.
I had Shaken,
Stirred prepped and itching to fly but was not happy
possible recovery areas due to the winds. Shaken, Not
have smacked against the large irrigation system, or if it
would have slammed into someone’s windshield in the parking
area. If Shaken,
made it passed the parking area, it would have entered the trees
shade the office area. If it made it past the trees, it would
landed on the large roofs of the office or warehouse. I decided
in the silo. Shaken,
Not Stirred will have to fly another day.
I videoed some flights and assisted other members the best I
weather was warm despite the howling winds and the dust devils.
day out in the sun watching rockets beats any day inside. Toni
made our way back home when the sun started to set.
Red Glare XI dates are November 18-20, 2011. Many flyers east of
Mississippi are itching to fly and Red Glare XI is expected to
many of these large projects. If you like the roar of rockets
feeling the ground trembling from liftoffs, then Red Glare XI is
place to be. Until the next launch . . .
By Peter E. Abresch Jr.
Sunny skies and strong winds
Peter E. Abresch Jr.
Shaken, Not Stirred landing in
Sally Ride landing in the beans
Peter with Shaken, Not
Stirred just prior to the flight