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03 October 2020 CMASS Launch - Amesbury, MA

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Our 19 September launch was quite a success and seemed to run smoothly. Let's make the October launch go just as well. Please read the information we have published about the COVID-19 rules and restrictions, fill in, print out, sign and bring your tracing form with you to the launch. Without the form, you will not be able to launch and will be asked to leave the field. Face covers are required for all attendees.

We have gotten permission to park at the launch site. This means you can drive out the path to the field and park your car perpendicular to the roadway just far enough onto the grass to clear the path. We can use both sides of the road. Only the trailer and the vehicle towing it are allowed to drive onto the field. Leave an empty car-width space between your car and the next. When you set up your preparation area, leave at least six feet to any other set up; there’s lots of space between the parked cars and the flight line – there’s no need to crowd up toward the flight line.

We've done a good job of social distancing while in the Safety Check line in this new era. Let’s keep up those good habits. We will also continue our shortened day with no food service. Set up will be at 9:30 with flying starting as soon after 10 AM as we can. We will be stopping at 2 PM, breaking down the set up and packing into the trailer. Many hands make light work so please pitch in.

Esther's Engines will be on the field with Quest Q-Jet and Aerotech motors. These will mostly be motors that have been preordered but check out the rest of the stock they have with them and order something for the next launch.

We will conduct high-power flights as the conditions permit. The wind is predicted to be blowing toward the trees so this will limit the ability to fly high due to reduced recovery area. If you’re new to the club, please bring a good computer simulation of your flight. In any case, please match your motor to the rocket to keep your landing on the field. It's not predicted to blow toward the wires but if this happens we will curtail HPR and limit low- and mid-power flights to 1000-ft altitudes.

The toughest part of this launch will be complying with the 50 person limit the state has for outdoor activities. Last time we maxed out at 43 with many fewer as we approached 2. As much as we like having spectators enjoy our hobby, we ask that if you’ve flown your rockets, think about leaving and letting someone else come to the field. We will be monitoring the number of people on hand and will shut down the launch if we have over 50 people. When we get back to fewer than 50, we’ll resume. We ask for your cooperation in sharing our hobby and this space with others.
 

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To clarify, the attendance limit for events like ours doesn't increase until Monday, 05 October.
 

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