This was my first time going out to LDRS (Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships)/ROC event. We returned back late Sunday evening. Overall, it was great experience to see the large/crazy projects and meeting new people. Definitely not complaining about the weather that was out there (aside from the windy conditions). =D
The 1st day we were there was still really windy with a few brave fliers. It was the first time in LDRS history that no flying was done on the first day of LDRS, due to 50+ mph wind gusts (we felt it driving into CA that night). We just wandered around looking at people's projects that were laid out. A Cal Poly Architecture class was out attempting to finish their final projects - successfully complete 2 flights & recover their architecture models (Dubai Tower, Taipei 101, Russian Tower, etc).
We decided not to go back for the night launch, since the RSO had mentioned that the odds of the range opening again were slim (later heard that only a couple of small ones went off and the PRS team decided to play around with light painting).
Most of the fun & large projects went on this day. The 29 Mass Squat launch at 7AM, was pretty nuts with squats flying everywhere. One panel ended up not firing, so there was a take two for them. Too bad not everyone went with skids, that would have been fun. There was a drag race between seven N10,000 Skidmarks which proved to be quite a sight (it had been postponed from Friday due to high winds and rail button issues). We saw Kari Byron from the Mythbusters show on the Discovery Channel throughout the weekend. There was another mass launch (Sweet Sixteen Drag Race, on J1999N motors) that ended CATO-ing right above Kari while she was filming. She didn't seem phased at all.
Arizona Rocketry Team had another great performance with their Patriot battery.
Punk Rocket Scientists team with their Interceptor had a great up and suffered repairable damage on the way down.
Delta 2 team had an unfortunate accident due to the triggering of the staging circuitry causing the separation charge to discharge and lighting the 2nd stage motor. 3 people were injured (2 of which were spectators), causing the range to be shutdown and two had to be air evac'd. Last I heard, they were OK and were due to be released Monday. Range was later re-opened, but spirits were dampened.
The night launches were somewhat conservative and limited, but still cool to watch. I think many of the rocketeers were at the LDRS banquet that was also taking place at the same time. I don't blame people for not wanting to navigate through the trenches in the middle of the night looking for their rockets.
Much of the weekend crowd dwindled when we were prepping to leave. Galactica flew in the morning. Jack (Whats up hobbies) had a N10,000 Drag race with another person with a Patriot. We caught the main event for Sunday, Wildman project on an O Skidmark before having to leave to return to reality on Monday.