What are you doing for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing?

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  1. Jul 17, 2019 #31

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    Buzz Aldrin can't be everywhere, so I'd be happy to drop some idiot conspiracy theorist with a right hand shot to the chops.
     
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    I tried showing him the video of high power rocketry going into space but when it showed the separation charge and a new camera taking over, he said" see, they went to a studio shot there". I gave up at that point.
     
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    Leading to the obvious question: if we were going to have a studio do it, wouldn't the production values be waaaay higher than most amateur rocketry videos? :D
     
  5. Jul 17, 2019 #35

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    You really can't sway those idiots with facts and evidence, they left all that stuff behind long ago.

    Anything you show them is faked, you're part of the plot too, blah blah, yadda yadda.
     
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    I'll be cleaning out the club trailer on the 20th.
     
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    Just saw Adam Savage doing a one day build of the Lego Lunar Lander... And I *LITERALLY* just bought a genuine one on baopals. I doubt that it'll arrive by the 20th for me, but I suspect I'll get it before the 22nd.



    I've also just finished* my 6th Lepin Saturn V build (5th one built for my school/boss).

    *a couple of pieces are missing/damaged, and replacements are on their way.
     
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    Launching some LPR, maybe a little MPR, just barely possible an HPR (I've go no engine or even case ready) with MARS in NY. I didn't get a Saturn V, and should have launched it on Tuesday if I had. I'm sure a bunch of other people will have them, and I 'm sure some will have launched on Tuesday as well.

    As for the conspiracy coocoos, it's one thing to maintain the moon missions were impossible, quite another to believe that all space launches are impossible. I mean, that's just a whole other level of stupid! How do they explain the satellite comms traffic? I mean, I'm sure they have an answer; "Oh yeah, then how do you explain satellite communications?" isn't going to sway anyone. I'm just curious what kind of wacky bovine excremental explanation they've got!
     
  9. Jul 19, 2019 #39

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    The reason they were so expensive was that Kubrick insisted on filming them on location.
     
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    I'm re-watching the HBO Mini-Series "From The Earth To The Moon"
     
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    I've never seen that. Can I come over and watch it with you?
     
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    A local field used for low and mid power launches has been mowed, so I think I'll go out and launch a few with my girlfriend. Weather and circumstances have prevented her from actually going to a launch with me since we've been dating.
     
  13. Jul 19, 2019 #43

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    I'm in China, the date is here (the time would actually be tomorrow (local)). I'm wearing my "It's Not Rocket Science... Oh Wait... Yes It is" NASA T-Shirt today. I'll get a shot of my Lepin Saturn V, and *HOPEFULLY* my Lego Lunar Lander kit will arrive today. If it does, I'll wear my 2nd shirt with the same message (If you like a shirt, buy two), and have both the models in the shot. Unfortunately, I'll need a wide angle lens (I really need to lose weight).
     
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    Just one of the Apollo Saturn V rocket kits I made for my school... Shortly before a 5-year-old* dropped it.

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    Its twin was in the office inside a bag that someone kicked across the floor. It took me 30 minutes to rebuild the one in the photo, but the other took a lot more damage, and over an hour to get it back into shape.

    Thank goodness that Neil, Buzz, and Mike didn't have those problems 50 years ago.

    *My boss's nephew (the 5-year-old) is the recipient of the rocket. He was apparently very excited, but didn't know how fragile it was. Now everyone knows.
     
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    On my way to MDRA very shortly. Saturn V massive drag race is scheduled for 2:00 PM (EDT). Heat index will be 111* F most of the day. Ay, ay, ay!
     
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    Response to post 45

    Looks great!
    Hope you have some great flights and SOFT landings!
     
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    View attachment 388952
    Thanks! However, being a "Lego" kit I don't want it to have any flights at all, except for flights of fancy...
     
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    My bad, I need to read better.
     
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    I’ll have to defer my 50th anniversary activities a few months. Maybe I can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. I don’t mean to throw cold water, but I’m in the hospital with my dad, and he’s had a mighty rough time of it the past two months.
     
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    Saturn V's with Tulsa Rocketry IMG_20190720_111244.jpg IMG_20190720_111312_1.jpg
     
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    Prayers and thoughts going your way.
     
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    Breezy conditions the last few days so no launches this weekend.
    Consoled myself by building the Lego Saturn V.
    "Launched" it with an aftermarket sound and light module.
    What a hoot. Now I don't feel so bad. Cheers.
     
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    Flew my Dr Zooch Saturn V today.
     
  25. Jul 21, 2019 #55

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    Well, after well over a 10 year hiatus this BAR got a few old birds off the ground.
    What a blast my old buddies and I had.
    Was surprised that those ancient engines and igniters still worked.
    I had 5 rockets ready including a Mercury Redstone.
    Lost 2 to the tree gods due mostly to shock cord failure.
    Guess the cords didn’t fare as well as the motors.
    On the way home stopped at LHS and bought Estes 1/100 Saturn V.
    Will have fun taking my time to build.
    Perhaps will buy a few easier rockets to build to dust off my skills.
    Thank y’all for whetting my interest again.
     
  26. Jul 21, 2019 #56

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    Job ended early enough that I was able to travel back to the homestead in time for the launch in Houston. Didn't fly the ones I intended, but got 2 off the rail just the same!
     
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    I was putzing around with my newly built Lego Sat. V last night. Instructions don't mention it but you can "dock" the CM and the LEM (sort of).
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    Remove tower.
    Remove yellow splined dowel from inside the LEM stages.
    Fit LEM onto black splined tower dowel.
    Probably more trouble than it's worth.
    Laters.
     
  28. Jul 22, 2019 #58

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    Unofficial numbers:

    National Museum of the United States Air Force:
    - The museum gave away all 750 rockets to be built at their special event on July 20th.
    - The Wright Stuff Rocketeers (NAR 703) were there to assist with launching these rockets. Other volunteers were trained ahead of time to assist with the building of the 750 Astra IIIs.
    - The Air Force Base imposed a 500 foot ceiling for all rockets.
    - 622 rockets flown. This includes some rockets flown by club members.
    - The museum supplied 750 Estes B6-4 motors for us to use. Some children went out to the launch area, but did not launch their rockets as they did not want to lose them. Other people built the rockets and then stayed inside the museum and never came out to the pads (it was over 90 and humid).
    - 420 of the flyers stated that they had never flown a rocket before.
    - We had approximately 20 club members at the museum to support this launch. Fantastic support from our club members!
    - We will document the process we used and share it with NAR. We really improved on what we have done in the past and kept the lines moving. At our next Tuesday night meeting we will discuss what went well and what can be improved.

    We made the local news: https://www.wdtn.com/news/national-...orates-anniversary-of-apollo-11-moon-landing/

    PS. And some of us spent the next day at the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta doing demonstration flights for the visitors up there. Busy, busy (and hot) weekend for the club.
     
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    Just finished the Lego Lunar Lander kit that I bought... mmexport1563761351113.jpg . It's really an AWESOME kit!!!
     
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    Official numbers from Phil who is our flight statistics guru:

    National Museum of the United States Air Force:
    - The museum gave away all 750 rockets to be built at their special event on July 20th.
    - The Wright Stuff Rocketeers (NAR 703) were there to assist with launching these rockets. Other volunteers were trained ahead of time to assist with the building of the 750 Astra IIIs.
    - The Air Force Base imposed a 500 foot ceiling for all rockets.
    - 662 (updated from 622) rockets flown. This includes some rockets flown by club members.
    - The museum supplied 750 Estes B6-4 motors for us to use. Some children went out to the launch area, but did not launch their rockets as they did not want to lose them. Other people built the rockets and then stayed inside the museum and never came out to the pads (it was over 90 and humid).
    - 445 (updated from 420) of the flyers stated that they had never flown a rocket before.
    - We had approximately 20 club members at the museum to support this launch. Fantastic support from our club members!
    - We will document the process we used and share it with NAR. We really improved on what we have done in the past and kept the lines moving. At our next Tuesday night meeting we will discuss what went well and what can be improved.

    Motors used at the museum:
    A: 5
    B: 595
    C: 17
    D: 3
    E: 0
    F: 2

    NOTE: The Wright Stuff Rocketeers have helped at least 902 people launch their first rocket so far this year!

    We also flew 7 Demo flights with the Estes 1/200th scale Saturn V.

    We made the local news: https://www.wdtn.com/news/national-...orates-anniversary-of-apollo-11-moon-landing/

    PS. And some of us spent the next day at the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta doing demonstration flights for the visitors up there. Busy, busy (and hot) weekend for the club.
     

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