After Shock

In January of my freshman year, my dad brought be to a rocket launch.  He is a aerospace engineer, and is a program manager for a company called Airborne.  This company makes parachutes for the military, private companies, and most importantly, rockets.  The Orion from NASA used my father’s company’s parachutes and because of that, he was granted VIP passes for himself and a guest to attend the launch in Florida.

Because there are so many variables that are vital to the success of the launch, it was delayed many times before it finally took off.  After it got called off five times, my dad and I started to worry about whether or not we would actually get to see it take off.  On the second day, it did.  It amazed me, though, at all the different things that were required for the rocket to have a good outcome.  At one point, there was a boat in the restricted range around the launch pad.  Is it really so important that nobody is in the restricted range, or is it only for precautions?  The wind was also something that had a big effect on the launch.  When it was above a certain number of miles per hour, then they would delay the launch.  Obviously the wind could change the path of the rocket, but by that much?  When I think of rockets I think of unlimited power.  If they are so strong that they can leave this world and travel to another, then what can stop the?  6o mile an hour wind?  It just makes me wonder.


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