Speaking as someone who has been to an ASTRE launch, I understand Mark's point of view. It is a club with a field that does not support mid to high power rockets. I remember, years ago, going there and flying a Lil' Nuke on an E, and the 2 other people that were there were blown away. If there was a lawn dart at ASTRE, it would be very easy to shut down. There's very little in the way of pads and launch systems, and attendance is very low. At something like MDRA or Kloudbusters, you'd be sending hundreds of people home, some who traveled great distances to be there.
Originally Posted by MarkII
It's all relative, certainly, but the majority of ASTRE rocketeers are Estes-only flyers. Inherently, the larger rockets have more going on that is not manufactured in to the process, and therefore there is more room for error or failure.
For example, my lawn dart (presumed, never found it) at the last launch was a mistake that I made due to a miscommunication between a vendor and I. I was given one kind of e-match (high current) when I needed another (low current). My fault? No.
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