Year 5 at Westwood! (5/21/2002)
12 pads reduce the wait. No chance of eye
injury here! [photo by Dave Oberlander]
Westwood Elementary School Build and Fly 2002
On Friday, May 17, about 100 Westwood Elementary School
fourth-graders launched about 50 colorful Estes Generic E2X's,
watched by a couple of lower grade classes. They were ably assisted
by MASA's largest Westwood turnout ever - Dave Oberlander, Dave
Leininger, Mike Kutzke, Katie Kutzke, Neil Higgens, Dan van Dyke,
Ted Cochran, and Seth Cochran. This was the fifth consecutive year
that MASA has helped out with this event.
Mike, Neil and Ted had helped the kids assemble their rockets in
two building sessions the previous week. The building sessions went
smoothly, marred only by one upside down motor mount and one very
large puddle of white glue created by a loose bottle cap [Got
Friday was mostly clear and only a little breezy. The launch
commenced at 1:30 with a brief safety talk and kids were soon
prepping rockets. We used three different prepping stations and 12
pads to speed things along. Dave Leininger served as LCO, Ted served
as RSO (with 100 deputy assistants), and Seth served as official
timer (no more Mississippis!).
LCO Dave Leininger sends the first rocket skyward
off of Pad 1 with RCO Ted, Timer Seth, and two very interested
fourth-graders watch. [photo by Dave Oberlander]
Nearly every rocket flew well, with just one separation, a few
fouled parachutes, and an occasional misfire (mostly due to shorted
igniters). All of the rockets stayed within the field. The record
duration this year was just under 30 seconds. The class with the
highest average duration will be the first to display this year's
prize - an autographed photograph by Astronaut Susan Helms.
The kids were also treated to an assortment of demonstration
launches, including E2Xs on larger motors, UFOs, odd rocs, a
Skywinder, and a two stage rocket. The launch concluded on time at
3:30, and nearly everyone left with a re-flyable rocket.
Thanks to all of the MASA members who helped this year!
Another good flight concludes gracefully. [photo
by Dave Oberlander]