Big, Bad Black Rock or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love . . . Dust Dave Lindbergh – CMASS
Contents(or, questions to be answered) • What is the Black Rock Desert? • How do you get there? • Is it a good place to fly rockets? (yes) • What happens there? • Do you want to go there next year?
CHAPTER 1 Where is the Black Rock Desert??
U.S. of A. Black Rock Desert you are here
In north western Nevada Black Rock Desert
Nowhere Central Nearest city = 80 miles
CHAPTER 2 OK, what’s so great about it?
The Black Rock Desert • Dry lake bed, “considered one of the flattest surfaces on earth” • 100 miles long, 10 to 40 miles wide • 4000 feet high • 80+ miles from nearest city • Owned by the Bureau of Land Management (public land) • Wikipedia: “See also - High Power Rocketry”
playa (“ply-ahh”)— Spanish word, meaning “surface of incredibly huge and flat dry lake bed”
CHAPTER 3 How do you get there?
Vehicle & Operators • 1986 Coachmen 28’ motorhome • 3 drivers, in shifts 51 hours door-to-playa
Route • I-90 to Chicago • Then I-80 to Nevada • Or, you could fly • to Reno, then drive • But then how would you get your rockets and motors there? • And what would you live in there?
CHAPTER 4 OK, what does it look like already?
XPRS Launch Site • Waiver to 100,000 feet (& they use it) • Closest power line – 20 miles • Closest object > 3 inches tall – 5 miles • No plants, no animals, no insects • No rocket-eating trees (no trees)
XPRS = eXtreme Performance Rocket Ships • September each year, hosted by AeroPac • Association of Experimental Rocketry of the Pacific • http://www.xprs.org