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Make: High-Power Rockets by Mike Westerfield

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Chapter 10. Tracking Your Rocket

Deimos and Phobos are perfectly capable of flying well out of sight, and even Callisto can be difficult to see. You might watch the entire flight, only to lose the rocket in the middle of a farm field or stand of grass. There are many times when I’ve been within a few feet of a rocket before I could see it, and that’s in the high mountain deserts of New Mexico. When you consider that the rocket can easily land a half-mile away, sometimes even more, it’s easy to see why losing a rocket is a very big concern. Even if you don’t lose the rocket, you may not want to spend an hour or more walking around trying to find it.

Also, keep in mind that all of your certification flights require that you locate the rocket and ...

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