Astrocam Kicks Off Multiple Flights
BELVIDERE, IL – When Daniel determined the flight order, Astrocam made the top of the list.
“We couldn’t launch it for so long, so I wanted to give it as many opportunities as possible,” he explained. All the rockets were prepped prior to coming out to the cul-de-sac launch site. April weather in Illinois is notoriously variable; last year, the Space Program in Training’s first flight was delayed almost a month due to bad weather. However, today was clear and more than seventy degrees. The wind was light and actually died down as the ground crew set up the launch pad.
The flight was picture perfect. Astrocam flew straight and arced overhead towards the south. The parachute deployed and opened perfectly and a gentle breeze blew it back towards the launch pad. It landed less than twenty yards west of the launch site. Daniel reported the rocket was undamaged.
“It doesn’t get much better than this!” he said. The sun was still high in the sky following the launch and the weather – if anything – seemed to be getting better.
“We’re going to launch as many as we can,” said Daniel.