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NEFAR's August 2007 Launch

"Hot, Hot, Hot" describes the weather for NEFAR's August, 2007, launch. We braved 90+ degrees to fly our rockets.

Roger and Bracha's Big Daddy Akavish

Bracha and I launched our Big Daddy Akavish on an I284 White Lightning motor.

Big Daddy Akavish Launch on I284

The Akavish rose on a huge white flame.

Big Daddy Akavish on I284

Right at apogee, the Perfectflite altimeter deployed the parachute.


The Akavish came down slowly under the big Rocket Rage parachute.

Big Daddy Akavish Under Parachute

It looked like the Akavish had nailed the landing as it ended up on its feet - for a second.

Nailed it?

The Akavish ended up on it's side, but was undamaged. The altimeter was beeping "3-0-1" - 301 feet which is less than the altitude the rocket had reached with the smaller I154 motor.

Big Daddy Akavish on the Ground

The Omega is one of my favorite rockets, so it was fun to see Sean Roberts fly his clone Omega/Cineroc.

Cineroc/Omega Launch

The Cineroc carries a video camera and transmitter.

Receiving the Cineroc Video

Bill Baldwin rounded up some help getting his large rocket ready for launch.

Bill Baldwin Enlists Some Help

The camouflaged rocket rushed away powered by a J motor.

Bill Baldwin's Rocket

Robb Haskins launched his Nike-Smoke on a J429 Redline motor.

Robb Haskin's 5.5" Nike-Smoke on a J429

Steve Pollak's upscale Orbital Transport turned in another great flight.

Steve Pollak's Orbital Transport

Bracha flew our Baby Akavish on an Ellis Mountain G20.

Baby Akavish on a G20

The rocket arced too much while under power, but the 'chute did eject in time.

Gorilla Motors was on-site and one of the most spectacular launches used one their K1000 Black Lightning sparky motors.

Biohazard on a Gorilla Motors K1000 Black Lightning

Bracha and I had to leave a little early, bit we stuck around to see Don Lorenzo's "Big Bird" launch.

Don Lorenzo's Big Bird

Additional photographs from the August launch are in the NEFAR Launch Gallery.

[Posted: 2007-08-12 | Updated: 2007-08-12]

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