National Association of Rocketry President, Trip Barber, presents a plaque to Rocketry Organization of California President, Rick Dickinson, in appreciation for hosting NSL 2011.
After five days and four nights in the Mojave desert, I’m back home, and recovering from one of the best “working vacations” that I’ve had in quite some time.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was on-site at the NAR‘s National Sport Launch in Lucerne Valley, CA, this past weekend. I arrived last Wednesday evening, and didn’t get home until nearly 9:00 PM on Sunday, exhausted but happy.
I did, however, leave out one small detail that many of my readers are probably already familiar with: I’m actually the current President of the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC), who were hosting the event.
Rocketry is my hobby, and I’ve been an active member of ROC for well over a decade, now. As in most hobbies, there are clubs, and the folks who hang around and help out with the clubs’ activities over time tend to get handed more and more responsibilities. I’ve been on the ROC board for a while, now, and last year, they voted me in as President. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding.
In any case, that explains the picture at the start of this post. I was very pleasantly surprised by Trip Barber, the NAR President, on Sunday morning, when he took the microphone at the launch control table, and called me up to present me with a plaque in recognition of my role as Event Director for this year’s NSL. It was a pleasure doing it, and the thanks really ought to be shared among a large number of volunteers. (But, all the same, I’m going to keep the plaque myself!)
I have just started to process the many photos I took at NSL, and I’ll post them in my online store as soon as I’ve gone through them, probably in about a week or so. In the meantime, here are a few liftoff shots to whet your appetites:
Liftoff of Jim Wold's "Naked Fat Man" rocket on a Kosdon by Aerotech K700 motor.
Veronica Kirk's Level 2 Certification Flight Lifts Off