|The day starts clear at the Space Camp field (Click to enlarge).|
I normally hate getting up early on Saturday, but yesterday I started the morning with some level of enthusiasm; it was launch day with the cub scouts, and no rocketeer can resist being excited about the prospect of attending a morning AND an afternoon launch. Double headers are a good thing!
|Some cubs in Pack 351 hold aloft their rockets (Click to enlarge).|
First up was Pack 351, at the Space Camp launch field on the grounds of the Space and Rocket Center. It was clear when Chuck and I arrived - soon to be joined by John and Duane - but the clouds gradually increased, heralding approaching storms. Fortunately, the weather stayed away long enough for the cub scouts to launch their rockets (some multiple times) - about 40 took to the air, with only 2 lost to the rocket eating trees on the field's northern boundary. We had brought the HARA trailer, but did not have to use our equipment, as the scout leaders had arranged with Space Camp to use the camp pads and controllers. This reduced our job to just helping the scouts load the rack - enabling me to enjoy the flights and to take plenty of pictures.
|One of the Space Camp launch controllers (Click to enlarge).|
|John makes the final ignitor hook up (Click to enlarge).||A rack of Cub rockets (Click to enlarge).|
|A cub gets ready to launch his bird after donning the|
required Space Camp regalia (Click to enlarge).
|Spaceship 1 heads skyward (Click to enlarge).|
|Stormtrooper passenger (Click to enlarge).||The stormtrooper starts his journey (Click to enlarge).|
|Scratch Batroc on the pad (Click to enlarge).||The Batroc struggles to gain altitude (Click to enlarge).|
|Pack 361 working on their rockets (Click to enlarge).|
|A newly-built rocket gets moving (Click to enlarge).|
|Drag race between 2 cub rockets (Click to enlarge).|