Saturday, December 27, 2008
Grand Rapids Model Rocket Society
I am not personally a member of the esteemed Grand Rapids Model Rocket Society, but I know quite a few such folks. They are fun, creative, and always looking for a (legal) good time. I got to go watch one of their rocket launches this fall - they have one every month, but I only made it to one this fall. There were all sorts of rockets, home-made the night before the launch. I hope to go make a rocket sometime and launch one of my own. One of my favorites was made by my friend Brent. He made his rocket 6 feet tall. It was a bit too tall for the launch pad, actually, which fostered even more creativity among the Society as they tried to figure out how to launch such a rocket. Eventually, with the aid of some supportive devices, the rocket was stabilized enough for a launch to take place.
The rocket shot up straight and true, and it’s self-contained parachute opened promptly at the rocket’s peak altitude. It was so funny to watch a half dozen grown men (boys?) run haphazardly across the field, trying to determine exactly where it would fall so that they could catch it before it hit the ground. I was surprised at how accurate their guesses turned out to be, because they caught that rocket in midair. Here they are, triumphantly bringing it back.