Poll: What sensation do you love most at a launch?
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A shower of sparks from a sparky motor.
13.46%
7 13.46%
A sonic boom from someone going mach.
3.85%
2 3.85%
The ear-shattering roar of Level 3 motors.
40.38%
21 40.38%
The sound of the LCO counting down, knowing that something is about to launch.
5.77%
3 5.77%
People going "Ooh" and "Ahh" when your rocket goes airborne.
11.54%
6 11.54%
The sight of a perfect DD recovery right near the pads.
25.00%
13 25.00%
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Poll: What is your favorite HPR sensation at a launch?
#1
We all love certain things about a launch, but I want to know what really strikes at your core.  So pick one, and only one!
John S.
NAR #96911
TRA #15253
MDRA
Level 1, 2014-Mar-15 -- Aerotech Sumo, H133BS
Level 2, 2014-Jun-21 -- Giant Leap Vertical Assault, J240RL
Level 3, 2016-03-12 -- MAC Performance Radial Flyer, M1101WH, 13,028 feet
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#2
I voted roar, but feel cheated since I actually invented sparkys with the "Firestarter" in 1990.  Buy hey, you have to pick your battles.  I do assure you that first Firestarter launch caused more oohs, ahhs, and whoops than any other flight I have ever witnessed.  It was a truly great moment in history.

Jerry
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#3
I chose roar but sparky's is a close second or maybe even a tie!!!
Quote:Rich Vanleer
Tripoli Level 2 #12313 
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#4
Roar doesn't do that much for me, I do like the sight of sparkies (and smokies). But I voted for the last item. Just something magical about the graceful dance of a DD deploy close to the line, especially with a nice colorful chute.
Rich Holmes
Camillus, NY
Secretary / newsletter editor
Syracuse Rocket Club

http://richsrockets.wordpress.com
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#5
I dig seeing stuff go up with a long trail of white smoke like they are climbing some sort of Jacob's ladder.
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#6
I picked roar, but it doesn't have to be an L3. There were some nice noisy ones this weekend and the pads were so much closer than the L3 away cells would be.
Member of MDRA, NAR and NARHAMS;
Level-2 certified but mostly fly G and under;
Volunteer compiler of manufacturer's news for ROCKETS Magazine.
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#7
I went with the countdown. I still get excited and whether it's LPR, MPR, or HPR the excitement is still there for me
Russ Westergaard
NAR L2
Woosh & QCRS
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#8
Were this a multiple choice poll, I'd have chosen the Doppler effect of the motor sound as the rocket boosts for my second favorite thing.
Kit (aka "Cranky Kong"), Certified Rocket Monkey
"We were promised jet packs!"

2015: Total Impulse: 2,017.78 Ns - 58% K motor
Since 2010: Impulse: 11,019.58 Ns - 8% N motor
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#9
This is NOT fair i could have chosen 3 of these.


Bill Clune L3 | NAR#88583
Been a launch Director
Founded a Club
MARS Club|SRC|MDRA - Forever
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#10
The camaraderie of sharing a common excitement with good friends at a launch, who all enjoy rocketry.

Big or small, fast or slow, high or low...I don't care. You fly rockets & your alright in my book!
Especially the old "remember when ____ flew that ----- and it did----- " talks around camp after the day of flying is over.
Jim Hendricksen
T 9693
L-3 Savannah Ga
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