MDRA at BALLS 13 Photo Gallery


September 10-12, 2004, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Mark Canepa's BALLS 13 Newsletter

BALLS2004.PDF - 556K


Photos by Mike deBey

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The dust storm.  Full grain of the R hybrid.  Top down view.  Bottom up view. 

 

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Mark Canepa listing to Neil, like he has a choice.  West side of the flight line.  Dave Triano's Q motor rocket.  Still going. 

 

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High winds but still going.  Another launch.  Still going.  Yet another rocket launch. 

 

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Still going.  Bob, Pat and Ed with BLM trailer.  Big Yellow.  Still going. 

 

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And still going.  Neil, Bob and the Al from "What would Al do".  Dave Triano preping his Q rocket. 

 

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And the Q motor.  Gene Nowaczyk handy work. 


"Black Brant"

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Wedge connecting the quick links.  Just before final assembly.  Applying the decals.  Fine job installing an ARTS. 

 

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Moving the BB from the tent to travel wagon.  Pushing it to the pad, 1/2 mile away.  Finally got it to the pad.  Start to ready it for the motors. 

 

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Sure, it's not Neil's rocket.  Ready to install the motors.  Final check by Darren and Jeff.  Look at that finish.  

 

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Installing the standoff.  The Players, Wedge, Eric, Melinda and John.  Starting to rase the BB.  Almost to the top. 

 

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On top.  securing the guide wires.  Locking the tower in place.  Removing some support plates. 

 

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Putting 110 gallons of water under rocket.  Clearing the area.  Liftoff.  Climbing. 

 

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Faster.  Two of the fins give it up.  Under chute.  Recovery crew. 

 

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Off to the rocket.  Fin damage.  Neil is all over it. 


"Bruno's"

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Happy,go lucky, Bob.  Kathy, Neil and Bob at Bruno's Motel.  The room and babe.  Bob, Neil, Mike and Kathy outside the Country Club. 

 

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Frank Kosdon's dash.  Our table at the Country Club.  Gota be Payloads family.  Welcome to Nowhere and our new buddy. 


"HO JO"

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Friday, assembling the rocket.  The business end, 4 P motors.  Puting the two halfs together.  Attaching the fins. 

 

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Checking the detail out.  Complete view of rocket.  Looking from the warhead, I mean top down.  Liftoff, 1 mile away. 

 

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One motor cato  Other motors flying out  Over the top.  Full view. 


"What Would Al Do"

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Neil by our blue, ok dusty van.  Wild horse's.  Neil at 6K, easier for him then his rockets.  Petrified Forest by side of road. 

 

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Another name for a dirt road.  Black Rock Spring, Kathy and John.  Photo shot of Mike and wagon.  The Hot Springs. 

 

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The cattle drive.  And more cattle.  Kathy and Neil at the womans rest stop.  Welcome to California. 

 

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Looking from California to Nevada with Bob and John.  Cedar Pass CA.  Elev 6305.  Bob showing it is over 6 feet tall. 

 

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Another photo opt. for Mike.  Sunset in Nevada. 

 
 

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