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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Still Photos and Slow-Motion Video from Shenandoah Rocket Launches

The above slow-motion video of launch #3 is pretty cool.    You can very briefly see a bit of the yellow parachute deploying. The best video from this flight is at the end, as the rocket floats over the farm buildings and comes perilously close to landing on top of one of the silos.  I put some snap shots at the end. Five other launch videos are available here: https://www.youtube.com/user/M0HBR/videos


Launch crew visible -  N2CQR with hat, Billy to his left. Randy's son (next to Billy) launches the rocket!

Smoke trail back to the launch pad.

MECO! And you can see the smoke trail up to the rocket

The view across the Shenandoah Valley.

Skyline Drive runs along that ridgeline

Here is a hunk of flame-proof wadding ejected by the rocket.

We were afraid it would land on the silo.  It was close.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! And a smoke trail.  

Part of the deploying parachute is visible.


  1. It appears that a lot of people enjoyed the rocket launches.

    Did you put a tiny beacon in the rocket just in case it fell out of eyesight?

  2. For your next trick, you should try a SpaceX-style powered vertical landing on a model RC barge in a pond. It shouldn't be too big a leap -- just a few nights with the soldering iron.

    1. Larry: Perhaps an Arduino could handle it. 73 Bill


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