|A high power rocket blasts off from the away pad as racks of smaller rockets await their turn (Click to enlarge).|
Well, the National Association of Rocketry's National Sport Launch (NSL) 2016 has come and gone... It was quite the event, spanning Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with rocketeers as far away as Wisconsin and Germany in attendance - all with rockets to fly! The preliminary count indicates that there were 595 flights during this year's NSL, 2 of which were mine. I probably should have flown more, but HARA, Nashville's MC squared, and Georgia's SOAR were hosting the launch, which meant plenty of work for all. My duty was to take in the launch and capture a lot of pictures so I can write the launch story for Sport Rocketry magazine. A pretty nice and fun job!
|Range Safety Officers hard at work (Click to enlarge).|
|The PemTech tent, home to some mighty cool kits (Click to enlarge).|
|Leo Nutz launches his Marauder (Click to enlarge).||Bob Kaplow's Purple People Eater lifts off|
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|Rusty Ward shows off an upscale Xarconian Destroyer|
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|Mark Burdick and Whitney Richards compare old|
school rockets (Click to enlarge).
|Scott Goebel from WHOOSH hooks up his tower launched, E-powered Saturn V (Click to enlarge).|
|An E motor CATO damages Rusty Ward's upscale|
Starship Vega (Click to enlarge).
|My Quasar leaves the rod on a B6-4 (Click to enlarge).|
Art Woodling's level 3 flight - Art achieved his level 3 certification on Monday, flying a huge M powered rocket named "Baby Girl." It performed beautifully, generating excitement from liftoff to landing, which was a spectacular splashdown in the pond down range. Fortunately, no damage to the rocket or to the electronics, though Art did say that he was not allowed to bring it into the house because it smelled like swamp. Here's a vid of the flight taken by Max Tohline:
And that's just a few bits from NSL - you can find out more by visiting the NSL 2016 Facebook page or googling it.