Six members of Kansas Organization for Space Modeling attended the National Association of Rocketry Annual meet July 26 through Aug. 1, in Pueblo, Colo., at the Hudson Ranch site.
Traci Ross of Rush Center, Dennis Elder of Bison, Steven Saner of Andover, Keith Ravenstein of Great Ben d, Evan Beckman of Salina, John Palmer of Hutchinson, and Duane Letterman of Great Bend watched a variety of different kinds of rockets throughout the weekend.
Ross and several others made rockets for the Fly It/Take It event. The rockets were given to first time flyers of all ages.
There was everything from a little rocket made of a happy meal box to rockets that were three times taller than an adult. Throughout the weekend many people brought high powered rockets of many different shapes and sizes. There was everything from classic red to pink and sparkly.
The group called United Launch Association of about 100 interns from collage and senior and junior high students brought a rocket called the Future. It was the largest rocket launched in Colorado, standing at 25 feet tall and weighing 320 pounds.
It soared to approximately 9,000 feet above the ground, carrying 15 payloads. They also deployed the rocket Stars and Strips which stood at 20 feet tall and carried two payloads.
Ross displayed her educational display of How to build a Yankee Rocket. She was able to talk to others about encouraging youngsters to start building rockets and participate in the 4-H rocketry program. She even talked to the president of NAR, Ted Cochran.
The group talked to people from around the world including Australia and Britain. Everyone received an Estes Dark Silver Rocket for sport shooting. NAR will announce in September where the 2015 national meet with be held.