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CMASS 16 November 2019 Launch and Night Launch - Amesbury, MA

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KennB

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As has been the case for most of our launches this year, the soccer crowd won't be using the field (and who would have road race this time of year) so there should be plenty of easy parking. It would be great if we could have someone volunteer their car/van/SUV for shuttle use. Volunteers for driving, safety check, food service and LCO are always welcome.

Now that we are back on Eastern Standard Time, we may not fly our normal set up all the way to 4 PM. The good news is, we’ll take advantage of the early darkness to hold our annual Night Launch. This will be a joint launch with the Night Owl Rocketry Guild (NORG) out of Salem, MA. Joe, the President of NORG, is looking to spark interest in night flying and will try to hold several launches throughout the season next year if he can secure a field as Salem tells him Gallows Hill won't be available. If you have a rocket with lights, bring it out and fly it now; if you don’t, hang around and see the ways you can make or modify a rocket to be a night flyer. We ask that you not fly anything that will go higher than 1000 feet and that you keep it to low- and mid-power motors. We set up by the road and won’t have the proper clear space to allow high-power launches after dark.

As has been the case this year, don’t expect any motor vendors to be on the field.

Check the parking rules. All the usual safety rules are in effect.
 

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The forecast is looking sunny for Saturday even though the temperature won't show it. If we could average our 20 July launch and this one, that would be comfy. Give the launch crew a break and sign up for a shift. This would be a great day to volunteer a shuttle vehicle; I'd sign up for a shift of driving in a heated vehicle.

Be aware, plastic chutes are likely to have an issue; powder them up, keep them inside your coat and don't load them until it's time to launch.
 
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