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Old 07-23-2019, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hi! One of the things on our summer bucket list is to play with model rockets. We have a field at camp, but it's surrounded by tall trees. Anyone have suggestions for open fields, preferably in Moultonborough? Thanks!

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Old 07-23-2019, 12:07 PM   #2
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Once you accept the concept of "disposable" the location matters less...
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Check with the PD in MB
Maybe they can suggest a spot or suggest not launching if you are not sure of the rocket’s trajectory?
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High school football field.

Have fun! I was just thinking about Estes rockets this AM after reading NASA articles--awesome!
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As a single young man, disposable was acceptable, even fun; as a father, it's failure!

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Maybe they can suggest a spot or suggest not launching if you are not sure of the rocket’s trajectory?
Trajectory is up and down or up and into trees--I'm just trying to find a place with fewer trees. We're not launching two-stage shuttles into the stratosphere here.

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As a kid I built an Estes "Scout" model. It didn't have a parachute and was recovered by tumbling back down to earth once the engines ejector charge went off and shifted half way out the rocket, making it unbalanced. It worked as intended, a few times. On its final voyage, the engine did not eject, it stayed in tight. I then heard this loud whistling, it was coming straight down, FAST. It buried itself in the ground as I ran away.
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As a kid I built an Estes "Scout" model. It didn't have a parachute and was recovered by tumbling back down to earth once the engines ejector charge went off and shifted half way out the rocket, making it unbalanced. It worked as intended, a few times. On its final voyage, the engine did not eject, it stayed in tight. I then heard this loud whistling, it was coming straight down, FAST. It buried itself in the ground as I ran away.
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As a kid I built an Estes "Scout" model. It didn't have a parachute and was recovered by tumbling back down to earth once the engines ejector charge went off and shifted half way out the rocket, making it unbalanced. It worked as intended, a few times. On its final voyage, the engine did not eject, it stayed in tight. I then heard this loud whistling, it was coming straight down, FAST. It buried itself in the ground as I ran away.
its cool to see as a kid you unknowingly learned about thrust and gravity all in the matter of minutes on your own.. if only we empowered kids to continue thinking like that now we might have the future generations of engineers already being groomed
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its cool to see as a kid you unknowingly learned about thrust and gravity all in the matter of minutes on your own.. if only we empowered kids to continue thinking like that now we might have the future generations of engineers already being groomed

Good point, that's my job now...
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Trajectory is up and down or up and into trees--I'm just trying to find a place with fewer trees. We're not launching two-stage shuttles into the stratosphere here.

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Ya...not “rocket science” is it?
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