|By Carmelo Turdo and Mark Nankivil|
Five of the Mercury Redstones were the Estes advanced skill level kits while Association President Dave Kovar's was the Centuri Redstone that he has launched reliably over 30 times. Five rockets were poised for launch on the main pad while another was readied on a separate launcher. A group photo was taken of the member builders before the launch.
|(L-R) Don Hanson, Dave Kovar, Mike Ikemeyer, |
Paul Graf, Doug Probst, and Glen Arens
A wide variety of rockets were launched throughout the morning, totaling fifty-two in all. The Buder Park rocket range is shared with the Greater St. Louis Model Association RC aircraft flying field and is surrounded by trees, presenting challenges to airspace use and rocket recovery under strong wind conditions. Here we show some of the other rocket launches following the Mercury Redstone commemoration.
The brief video below gives an overview of the Freedom 7 commemorative launch event:
The Aero Experience thanks the St. Louis Rocketry Association and all who contributed to making this a successful Freedom 7 commemorative launch event. Check their website link above for future event and membership information.