The Inaugural New River Valley Rocketry Launch, April 30th 2011

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It was a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon on April 30th at the VT Kentland Farms in rural Montgomery County. This was the inaugural launch of the New River Valley Rocketry group, sponsored by VAST, and paired up with the VT AOE (Aerospace and Ocean Engineering) team. The student AIAA team brought out their new team project rocket with a 5 motor cluster, and the annual AOE/AIAA student picnic shifted to our venue which added the smell of char broiled meat to the already smoky scene. Between the newly VAST sponsored NRVR group, the AIAA rocket geeks and all the hungry students and onlookers, there were probably between 50-60 in attendance! It was a really fun, family friendly event and a huge success for the local high power rocket crowd; possibly marking a new era of Rocketry for the New River Valley and VT... Something that would make Homer Hickam himself proud. :) A very special thanks to Bob Schoner (LCO) and Mike Ficco (RSO) from VAST for setting up, overseeing and really running the launch and keeping everyone safe and happy!
--Thomas Weeks, 2011-05-09