|The "Atomic Bomb" TARC rocket. The name would prove to be prophetic when it fell from the sky after a|
parachute separation (Click to enlarge).
|Liberty TARC team members prep their rockets for flight (Click to enlarge).|
|Why you do not use a snap swivel to attach a parachute to a TARC rocket (Click to enlarge).|
|A TARC bird takes to the air on an Aerotech F32-8 (Click to enlarge).|
|The Quest Astra's A6-4 motor ignites (Click to enlarge).||The Vulture starts its first flight (Click to enlarge).|
|The Centurion is a blur leaving the pad on a C6-5 (Click|
|The recovery crew in action (Click to enlarge).|
The Aerospace Specialty Products NEO Standard rocket was the next bird to leave the pad; it flew surprisingly high on the Quest A6-4, landing to the south under a 12" parachute. I then ended my part of the day's launch by launching my Estes Avenger clone. Powered by a B6-0/B6-4 motor combination, this two stager achieved my best altitude of the day, and landed undamaged under a full parachute. I was very glad of the recovery crew, as the upper stage drifted about a hundred yards downwind; it was beginning to drizzle and I was eager to get my rockets into the SUV before they got wet. Everyone began to pack up, but we did launch one of the Liberty kid's Laser Lance as the final flight of the day. It too turned in a good flight, despite the launch lug being held on by tape.
|First launch of the NEO Standard; the bright orange of|
motor plume provides a contrast to the dull day (Click to
|The Avenger clears the rod (Click to enlarge).|