Neptune 1 Survives Another Crash
BELVIDERE, IL – Despite their best efforts, the Space Program in Training is still dealing with parachute problems with Neptune 1.
“We’ve had a lot of issues with the parachute deploying for some reason,” said Bob. “We’re trying to be extra careful when we pack it into the body tube.” Daniel applied a liberal amount of talcum powder to the plastic parachute in the hopes of making it less likely to stick together. Neptune 1 was prepped with an Estes A-8-3 engine.
“We figured if the parachute goes wrong again, at least it wouldn’t fall from so high up,” said Daniel. He set the rocket on the launch pad and counted it down. The flight was good. Both Bob and Daniel were able to follow it throughout. The parachute did not deploy, however, and the rocket bounced off the pavement of the cul-de-sac about five yards west of the launch site. Despite the crash, Daniel reported the rocket was undamaged.