About the rocket launch:
The launch we will be attending is hosted by DARS (Dallas Area Rocket Society). Info about DARS can be found at www.dars.org.
Our videos from previous launches can be seen here.
- It's fun!
- This is an excellent opportunity for practical demonstration of the science your kids are learning in school, such as: aerodynamics, gravity, and math. It's important to not just teach kids about the science and math itself, but how it applies.
- This generates motiviation and inspiration for their future.
Our family launches Low-Power / Model-Power, Mid-Power, and High-Power rockets.
- Launches are usually held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. This assumes there are no conflicting events, and the weather plays nice. A little rain doesn’t stop the launch, but heavy rain, a muddy field or high winds will.
Please check www.dars.org for up-to-date info about any possibly delays.
The May 19, 2018 launch has been delayed by one day. Check www.dars.org for detail.
- The next launch is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
We plan to leave around 8:30am or so. This allows us time to help with the DARS equipment set-up, and get our tent/tables up before we start.
You can meet us there or follow us up.
We are usually at the launch until the end (or a little later to help pack up).
While we plan to be there for the whole time, you're welcome to join us for any or all of it.
*** If you have any questions, please give us a call. You can also email us: k at squished dot org***
- This is a very family-friendly event. You'll find both youngsters and adults launching a variety of rockets.
- There is a port-a-potty on-site, provided by DARS. For your comfot, I suggest you bring supplies such as toilet paper, hand wipes, etc.
- The field is a cow pasture. There is often tall grass, uneven ground, cow “presents”, and other small animals throughout the field.
You should bring/wear boots to protect against all of the above, especially anybody going to retrieve rockets.
- You should wear bug repellant and sunscreen. Don’t forget to regularly re-apply. If you forget yours, you’re welcome to use ours.
- Be sure to bring food/drinks for your family.
- If you haven't already built your own rocket, let's schedule some time to build one with us before the launch! We'll provide everything you need to build and fly your first rocket, including some instruction to get you started. Child and parent are both encouraged to participate.
- Head North on Preston from 380
for approximately 16 miles
- Turn left onto W. Main Street
(This intersection does not have a light.)
- Go approximately 1.7 miles,
then turn left (southbound) onto Westman Road.
- Go approximately 1 mile,
then stay right at the Y-intersection
onto Stiff Chapel Road.
- Go approximately 1.4 miles
(past Old Scaggs School Road)
to a green double farm gate on the left (south) side of the road.
We will fly in that pasture.
This map from Google Maps will provide a good estimate for the location, possibly including alternate routes:
More info about the location can be found at www.dars.org. Click on “Calendar” on the left. Find the date of the launch. Click on “map and field information”.
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