What passes for community outreach in my world
Posted by aogFriday, 03 November 2006 at 20:03 TrackBack Ping URL

I have to take tomorrow off to help a class at the local University. It’s an Aeronautical Engineering class and as part of the course work, they have built some mid power rockets. Tomorrow they’re heading out to SWIPIAW’s family farm to launch and I need to help out. Each rocket will carry an instrument payload whose data they will analyze as part of their future homework. Let me know if you want some pictures (weather permitting — the wind is looking a bit iffy). I am so far behind I don’t know if I will be able to get any of my birds in the air (I am thinking of the AMRAAM 4 on an I218-R, but we’ll see).

UPDATE:

Not a good launch day — cold, very windy, and overcast. We didn’t lose any of the rockets in the clouds, though. I wasn’t willing to launch in that wind, but the professor was willing to go even in marginal conditions because last year they waited for better weather and ended up not launching at all. The students had five flights, two of which had seperations at deployment, but the electronics survived impact so at least they got some data.

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Peter Burnet Saturday, 04 November 2006 at 05:47

Wow, sure. Now that’s what I call a fun way to spend a Saturday. You techno-genius’ have all the fun.

I’m raking leaves and storing the garden furniture. I was going to offer to post some pictures, but I think now I just might forget about it.

cjm Monday, 06 November 2006 at 21:16

1930’s technology. thanks nasa.

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