2020 was a tough year. Rocketry really helped some of us get through it.
I took a recorder along to almost every launch I went to, and the result is this 2-part series, Field Notes 2020.
Because of the uncertainty, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fly at all this past year. The NAR prohibited organized club launches for a while, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eventually, I made it out to some casual, 2-3 person launches. And then the clubs were able to fly again.
Despite the difficulties, I might have had more actual flights this year. At club launches, I spend a lot of time chatting with people, and don’t always fly as much as I mean to. Informal launches are where I fly much more frequently in fewer hours’ time.
I introduced Little N00b to flying this year. He seemed to enjoy it, for a bit, until the excitement became a little too much for him. Two A-motor flights to start the year – it was better than nothing.
I finished a few new builds early in the summer, and they looked quite nice. I get nervous flying a model rocket when it turns out too nice, but they’re made to fly, so I eventually make myself do it (when the wind isn’t too bad!).
I flew my first Semroc models, the Cherokee D and Bandit, two “Retro-Repro” kits from earlier Estes designs.
When the club got back together, I wasn’t sure if I was more excited about the rocketry, or just seeing other people again! I took along my new camera and tried to capture some launch photos. I didn’t really get the hang of this at first, and it would be later in the season when I would get my first decent liftoff shots.
But I did get plenty of what I call “rocket boudoir photos,” rockets on the ground with the chutes out after a safe recovery.
I spent a lot of time after launches taking pictures. I didn’t always find the rocket I was looking for, but I got some nice shots of flowers and bees. And other peoples’ old, lost rockets.
It turned out to be a rather nice summer with mostly good weather. I hope you enjoy the episode.