I had nothing to fly, but decided to attend the March TTRA launch as a spectator. And it turned out to be a great day for watching rockets fly.
Can you ask for more than a bright, blue sky and almost no wind? We’ll, I guess it could have been a little cooler.
You can see the entire collection of photos I took in the TTRA Photo Album. But, I’ll point out a few of the most interesting shots here.
Chris Michielssen (hcmbanjo) flew his new Dr. Zooch SLS. He modified the kit a little, shifting the location of the SRBs a little and adding some decals, to match the last NASA renderings of the proposed rocket.
I managed to catch a couple of neat shots of a two-stage Red Max variant in the process of staging.
In the photo above, the second stage has just ignited, but the first stage
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The year started off great for TTRA with nice weather for the first launch of the year.
The day began with light winds and a mostly-clear sky. As clouds moved in later, the wind actually let up a little.
Several boost gliders took to the air including this one from Astron Mike.
Brian Urban’s beautiful X-15 turned in an exciting flight. After flying straight for a couple hundred feet, it made a dramatic turn then flew horizontally for a while. It looked like a real X-15 in flight! The pod ejected and the X-15 glided around in a lazy circle landing smoothly on the grass field.
The X-15 was followed by a Sidewinder that, amazingly, followed almost the same trajectory.
Although it’s a little blurry, I managed to capture this cool image of an Estes Solar Flare staging.
I launched my Shadow clone on a G
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My photographs from the September, 2011, TTRA launch have been added to the RocketReviews.com Photo Album.