Water Rocketry - Aerial Photography
Pictures of the Mk I
The first set of photographs
were taken from site 1 . . .
This is from site 2
|This day's helper. Note that by
using the smaller 2 litre rocket, I can carry the
whole setup on a push-bike.
It was fairly windy
that say and the hill that you can see was a good
shelter for the rocket while it was on the
launcher. However, when it got into the air and
the wind hit it, that was a different story.
|looking straight up, a rare shot of
the 'Z' shaped fold in the process of opening
Packing the chute and the cords in this
way means that there are no tangles to undo at
|In another sheltered
spot. By this time, the grass had got so
muddy that I found this spot only a few feet
onto the field - there are some bushes behind
me giving shelter.
This time, as I was
using only a single 2 litre bottle for power,
I used the bin-liner to save on weight -
every little helps and the 20 gramme saving
Until the wind hit it of course.
|The drogue carried
on for a little longer but as I approached
the rocket, the wind caught in the parachute
and the whole thing started to get dragged
across the field.
As I ran and got closer,
it would slow down, as if to let me get a
hold of it but every time I got only a few
yards away from it, another gust of wind
would come and take it well out of my reach.
Finally, I managed to catch up with if
only a few yards in front of the trees in the
The camera had fallen out a hundred feet
or so before this and the mechanism was
covered in mud and broken. Funnily enough,
the drogue didn't go walkies in the same way
as the main chute - it was as good as gold.
to the MkI camera . . .
the pictures taken with the camera . . .
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