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KCAR Launch Report: Clardy Elementary Space Day

Launch date and time: May 18, 2005 at 3:30PM
Launch location: Clardy Elementary School
Launch wind and weather: Cool, clear, and mild winds

The fliers

We’re happy to report that KCAR returned to assist the Clardy Elementary kids in 2005! To make a long story short, Mrs Dailey and I ran into each other at one of the Argonia launches late last year (2004). She indicated that she wasn’t running a great big launch as in the previous year but that the Science Class was having a space day with only about 30 kids. She seemed to think we wouldn’t be interested in helping with such a small number. If she only knew! Any excuse to launch rockets (and get an afternoon off from work into the bargain). So I told her, “one or one hundred, we’re there for you!”

We were rained out on the 11th, but the weather was more cooperative the following week. As promised there were about 30 kids, each with the same rocket — Estes Gnomes — already made.

As you can see from the photos, the kids had almost as much fun as we club members! About 17 of the kids were able to get in two flights. We didn’t have a lot of trouble with lost rockets and that’s especially notable considering the smallish field.

We followed the standard procedures; we handed out motors, ignitors, and wadding and then gave instructions and assistance for prepping. Then six kids would head out to the pads with their rockets, staying on the outside to avoid getting tangled in the wires and to make photos of kids getting ready to fly easier. We’d count down together, and the rockets would take to the air two at a time. Also as usual, one of the class members was enlisted to take down names as the fliers went out, and was rewarded with being the flipper of the switches and launcher of the launches.

The usual suspects turned out to assist, Randall, Christian, Martin, Dave and me. All in all, we had a great time, and hope to be invited back again next year!

Flight Log
Flier Rocket Motor(s) Comments
1 Kelli A. Gnome 1/2A3-4T
2 Jaclyn Gnome 1/2A3-4T
3 Dax Gnome 1/2A3-4T
4 Ashlee Gnome 1/2A3-4T
5 Heather Gnome 1/2A3-4T
6 Rebecca Gnome 1/2A3-4T
7 Elie Gnome 1/2A3-4T
8 LaKrystal Gnome 1/2A3-4T
9 Laura Gnome 1/2A3-4T
10 Tess Gnome 1/2A3-4T
11 Keith Gnome 1/2A3-4T
12 Caleb Gnome 1/2A3-4T
13 Jacob Gnome 1/2A3-4T
14 Keith Gnome 1/2A3-4T
15 Amy Gnome 1/2A3-4T
16 Katie Gnome 1/2A3-4T
17 Amber Gnome 1/2A3-4T
18 Kelsey Gnome 1/2A3-4T
19 Maddie Gnome 1/2A3-4T
20 Abby Gnome 1/2A3-4T
21 Katelynn Gnome 1/2A3-4T
22 Kira Gnome 1/2A3-4T
23 Kieth Gnome 1/2A3-4T
24 Elie Gnome 1/2A3-4T
25 Kelli Gnome 1/2A3-4T
26 Jaclyn Gnome 1/2A3-4T
27 Rebecca Gnome 1/2A3-4T
28 Heather Gnome 1/2A3-4T
29 Jacob Gnome 1/2A3-4T
30 Ashlee Gnome 1/2A3-4T
31 Dax Gnome 1/2A3-4T
32 Tess Gnome 1/2A3-4T
33 Katelynn Gnome 1/2A3-4T
34 Kelsey Gnome 1/2A3-4T
35 Kira Gnome 1/2A3-4T
36 Maddie Gnome 1/2A3-4T
37 Amber Gnome 1/2A3-4T
38 Katie Gnome 1/2A3-4T
39 Caleb Gnome 1/2A3-4T
40 Amy Gnome 1/2A3-4T
41 Abbey Gnome 1/2A3-4T

kids at the pads
Randall assists at the pads.
Photo by Tim Burger
Flights by Rocketeers
Flights Rocketeer(s)
2 Amber
1 Abbey
Kelli A.
Launch table
Christian (right) supervises the launch table.
Photo by Tim Burger
Rockets Making Multiple Flights:
Flights Rocket Rocketeer
2 Gnome Amber
Gnome Amy
Gnome Ashlee
Gnome Caleb
Gnome Dax
Gnome Elie
Gnome Heather
Gnome Jaclyn
Gnome Jacob
Gnome Katelynn
Gnome Katie
Gnome Keith
Gnome Kelsey
Gnome Kira
Gnome Maddie
Gnome Rebecca
Gnome Tess
Mrs Dailey assists with rocket preparation.
Photo by Tim Burger
Totals by motor:
Motor Number
1/2A3 41 44.69
Total 1/2A’s: 41 44.69
Total: 41 44.69 (F)

Submitted by Tim Burger, NAR78486L1

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