Images of Paragon Astronautics event and equipment displayed with permission.
|Stratofox Team at this launch|
Ian Kluft KO6YQ
Justin Rocha KG6SGU
Jeremy Cooper KE6JJJ
Dave Masten KG6FNL
Sean Lynch KG6CVV
Ben Woodard KG6FNK
|Stratofox 5||(reserved for Nick Austin)|
K Mark Kaviezel KC0JHQ
Rafael Skodlar KC6LBJ
|Paragon Astronautics, Denver|
|Launch Licensing/Ground Crew|
|Orbital Expressways, Minneapolis|
This was to be a suborbital flight, meaning that it was not intended to reach orbit and would come back to Earth via parachute. Often people ask... why not just go to orbit? That will be the next goal after this is accomplished, and it'll take a much larger rocket. Dragoon 2 is capable of going higher than 100km (328,000 feet) in altitude, which is generally considered the scientific boundary of space. To get to orbit, you have to get up there and then reach 17,000 mph, where an object's rate of fall equals its rate of escape from Earth and it falls in a circle around the world forever - then it's in orbit. Anything less than 17,000mph and it's still a suborbital flight - it will fall back to Earth.
Stratofox's official role in the Dragoon 2 flight was tracking and recovery. In other words, we're the ones who go find the rocket wherever it lands in far-northern Nevada and bring it back to the launch site. However, everyone at the launch was a volunteer (i.e. no participant got a paycheck for their work there) so, like everyone else, we also intended to help as a part of the larger team with anything that it took to make the mission succeed.
This is the rocket launch that we were training for on the Stratofox 2 trip to Black Rock in August 2003.
|Sunday, September 14
Travel to Black Rock
|Monday, September 15
First launch window, flight to Reno/Stead
|Tuesday, September 16
Second launch window, exploring ghost town at Sulphur
|Wednesday, September 17
Third launch window, exploring western Black Rock
|Thursday, September 18
Fourth launch window, tear down camp
|See also pictures by Sean Lynch|
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