I dragged myself, my range box, and four rockets outside at 6:30 AM this morning to meet Chuck and Duane in the parking lot. After loading the stuff into the back of Chuck's SUV, we headed out to the Hardees in Scottsboro, where we linked up with Woody and three Boy Scout leaders. This morning's mission - help the scouts at Camp Jackson build and fly a few rockets. Sounds pretty easy, but nothing is easy for me early on a Saturday morning.
Camp Jackson was just a short drive across the river from the Hardees; like many scout camps, it's a rather scenic place, being right on the river in the midst of some gently rolling hills. We set up the pads in a small field next to the lodge and a small picnic shelter. I immediately took note of the potential rocket hazards - a few power lines and trees ringing the field except for the river on the east side. Fortunately, there was very little wind, and, despite my expectations of hanging a few in the trees, or rocket splash downs in the water, no rockets would be lost this day. It's not often this happens.
|Setting up the range at Camp Jackson (Click to enlarge).|
Video taken from Der Red Max
The scout leaders had this event organized pretty well, with the first step being rocket assembly in the lodge. The chosen rocket was the Estes Dink, repackaged for the Boy Scouts as the "Scout Voyager". Because of the limited time available for this activity, construction was done using super glue, which got the job done, albeit with lots of sticky fingers and mess. Fortunately, the leaders had ample quantities of nail polish remover (acetone) to help clean things up. After the scouts built and prepped their rockets, they moved on to an outside station, which had some space-related crafts. The final stop was the launch pads.
|Scout Voyager rocket|
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|Building rockets (Click to enlarge).|
|Demonstrating how to connect igniters (Click to enlarge).||Woody powers up the pads (Click to enlarge).|
|A Dink gets going (Click to enlarge).||Up, up, and away! (Click to enlarge)|
|Dink drag race (Click to enlarge).|