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The launch took place near Huntsville at Bragg Farms - we all thank them for letting us launch on their freshly planted fields

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There is a NASA presence even out in the country

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Parking was a short distance from the launch area

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Just a short walk with whatever you needed (like your rocket)

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Teams were lined up along a roadway adjacent to the fields where we would launch

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Welcome - be safe - and the trucks were there to stream the launch and interviews on USTREAM

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High school teams needed to pick up their pre-loaded engines and black powder charges from the energetics table

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AIAA OC Section's table

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Getting ready to prepare the rocket for launch

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Working on the recovery section

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We needed narrower tape

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Getting ready to attach the ejection charges in a few minutes

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Preparing the Avionics bay

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Fresh, warm, donuts were a very welcome sight - it was early in the morning and the weather was chilly

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Making sure the shock cords were attached properly

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The main parachute is tightly packed, then protected from the ejection charge with a Nomex shield

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Loading the main parachute into the upper body tube

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And repacked and reloaded to assure proper ejection

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Getting ready to attach the upper body tube with the main parachute

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Loaded with a parchute, the upper body section can be attached

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The nose cone contains a GPS transmitter

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One last fit check

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And we are ready to head to the pads

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The walk was short

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And we had the team to help

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As we check in we need to go through a safety check

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A NAR representative was there to check the rocket

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and our paperwork

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To make certain that everything was in order

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Next we are assigned a pad

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And off we go - getting a little closer to launch!

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We go to our assigned pad

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And tilt it down for loading

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Another NAR member helps us load

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We ended up on another pad since there was a problem with the alignment of the first rail

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We are one rocket on a row of many

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Looking back at the preparation and spectators area

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Each team was interviewed for the USTREAM video

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The rocket is ready - the team is ready - just get ready for launch

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Our team shirts proudly declare we are from Orange County

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And we wait as other rockets are launched

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The larger engines ("L" and "M") are very impressive

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A team launching before us found the irrigation system

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And we found our rocket

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on the freshly planted fields

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Two team members retrieve the rocket

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But the fields were a little muddy - so the recovery team needed to be small

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Disassembly after launch

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to check things were OK

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A lot of teams were present

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Both University and middle through high school

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Each carefully prepared their rocket

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for that exciting launch

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The team from North Dakota made a grand entrance playing a bagpipe

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Some universities have a really large rockets

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The back row of launch pads was for these larger motors and rockets

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Madison West's second stage firing

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Julie announces the peer awards

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And chuck provides guidance as the day draws to a close