[roc-chat] Re: Launch today?

  • From: Jeff Gortatowsky <indanapt@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "roc-chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <roc-chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:57:00 -0700 (PDT)

Just to be clear, launches do not go from 2-4. Launches start about 7-8am 
(maybe 9am on a bad day). They usual stop between 2 to 4pm. Everyone else has 
pretty much covered why that is so. Supposedly there was an informal (non-ROC) 
launch today. Was anyone there? 

Those that are interested, my report is on The Rocketry Forum here

And the pictures I took are at

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From: Eric Williams <ericwil76@xxxxxxxx>
To: roc-chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 1:11 PM
Subject: [roc-chat] Re: Launch today?

Thanks Richard,
Yah I guess I am just a dork and did not know the launches only went from 
2-4 I assumed they were always all day Saturday. I don’t come all the time and 
guess every time I have been it has been Roctober, Rocstock or LDRS two days. I 
drove all the way so what the hell I camped, it did turn beautiful with no wind 
and an amazing moon and perfect overnight temps. Dang I missed the glider lol. 
Well I will be back now that I know the hours.
Eric Williams
From: Richard Dierking 
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:44 AM
To: roc-chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [roc-chat] Re: Launch today?
  The time stamp on your message suggests that you sent it at about 
4:30 PM.  If so, probably everyone had left by then.  Keep in mind 
that I wasn't watching the clock too much at the launch, so my times may be off 
a little.  I believe we were done taking down the range at about 2:30 
PM.  At about 1:30 things were really winding down, and everyone seemed to 
be packing up.  It was a good day weather-wise until about 1:00 PM.  
There were clouds and obvious rain North and South of Lucerne at times in the 
afternoon including lightning strikes.  The humidity got much higher in the 
afternoon accompanied by about 98 F heat.  Also, gusts of the evil W were 
strong at times and this is why most people just decided that they had 
enough.  Maybe it calmed a bit in the late afternoon, but how were we to 
know this?
One interesting thing happened about 1:00 PM; a glider 
came over the range and flew in large circles for approximately 20 
minutes.  The glider's altitude was approximately 4000 to 5000 and 
high-power flights were suspended until the glider cleared.  It was very 
difficult to spot the glider at times because by the afternoon, the sky was 
mostly white clouds.  Fortunately, someone on the flight line noticed the 
glider as it entered the range area.  This is why it's always important to 
have many eyes on the sky.
So, just the glider's presence suggests 
how dynamic the weather was with the wind shifting many times throughout the 
Richard Dierking 

 From: ericwil76@xxxxxxxx
Subject: [roc-chat] Launch today?
Date: Sat, 13 
Aug 2011 16:24:08 -0700
To: roc-chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Just one big 
question I am at the lake bed was the launch 


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