Discussion in 'LDRS Questions & Answers' started by JonathanOtt, Aug 14, 2018.
What is LDRS?
Irony.. When a group dedicated to making rocketry safe names their signature event "Large Dangerous Rocket Ships".
When you just google LDRS, nothing rocketry comes up in the first couple pages (on my browser anyway... of 580,000 hits)
Name goes back many years............
LDRS quite simply is the national annual high power rocket launch in the U.S. hosted by one (or more) of Tripoli Rocketry Association's member prefectures.
Those words that the letters represent are just that. Words.
What you need to know is the event is high power rocketry and fun.
And if anyone wants to see a well run LDRS, get yourself to LDRS 38 in Argonia, KS next year.
Every year I hear people who are concerned about the name “Large Dangerous Rocket Ships”. As so well told by Chris Pearson, the name was initially a tongue-in-cheek reference to how motors exceeding the E and F and the rockets they could carry were viewed by orthodox model rocket flyers.
The hobby shop I go to for plastic models used to have a guy there who thought D motors were HUGE. They don't have any rocketry stuff these days and I haven't seen that guy in quite a while. He was having health issues a few years ago; his eyes. Man, did I get an earful about that the one time I went in there. He just went on and on and on; and then he apologized for doing it - sort of. You don't get service like that at Wal-Mart.
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What is LDRS?....My goal for next year. (I hope it's on the East Coast.)
Umm. Argonia next year.
Crap! I had it confused with the upcoming Airfest. Well....looks like I need to convince my wife I need a trip to Kansas in 2019.
Tell her I said it's ok.
Let's Do Rockets Safely!
Tell her you have the urge to go to a flat, featureless, seemingly never-ending landscape; its Mars or Kansas, her choice.
That flat, featureless, seemingly never-ending landscape you refer to we call recovery area. With that in mind it’s certainly not a bad thing!
It’s only a safe hobby because of the respect and precautions taken for how dangerous they can be.
Is it possible to go there next year with my 10 year old son? We want to look at the launches of really big rockets. Are there any age limits for viewers?
Spectators of any age are welcome. It might be a bit overwhelming, there will be hundreds of fliers and possibly a thousand spectators next year. The Kloudbusters put on a great launch, and have done LDRS many times before.
Thank you, Wayco. I'll plan a vacation for the time of the event.
Tomahawk, there are high power rockets flying somewhere almost every weekend. You can probably find a launch in California sometime within the next month.
Yes. There's a launch planned at our Holtville launch site on October 6. http://www.tripolisandiego.org/ The rockets probably won't be as large as at LDRS, but it's a much shorter drive.
There's a launch this weekend at Lucerne. https://rocstock.org/
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