The 40th Anniversary of the Apollo program
This series of commemorative rocket launch flights are staged by FLARE, the Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts. We will launch scale models of both Historic White Sands rocketships, and Apollo era spacecraft.
Mark your calendar. The Apollo 15 40th Anniversary Commemoration Event was held on Saturday July 23rd at the Spaceport Model Rocketry Association Launch Field in Alamogodo. The launch reenactment took place in conjunction with the NASA Advanced Rocketry Workshop Certification Launch. The launch was scrubbed to due to ignitor failure.
This commemoration was a launch of the scale model Saturn V complete with tower and launch facility base. The launch included the actual countdown recording, and a pair of "Pre-ignition" motors in the base to simulate lighting the great rocket before it races into orbit. The model flies to around 750ft. on an F42 motor and returns to earth on parachutes.
Apollo 15 mission facts:
- Crew Commander David R. Scott
- Command Module Pilot Alfred M. Worden
- Lunar Module Pilot James B. Irwin
- Spacecraft Names: CSM: Endeavor LM: Falcon
- Launch Date July 26, 1971
- Lunar Landing July 30, 1971
- EVA Durations:
- First 06:32:42
- Second 07:12:14
- Third 04:49:50
- First mission to bring a Lunar Rover
- Total Weight of Lunar Samples 170 lbs (77 kg)
- Landing Date August 7, 1971
- Mission Duration 12 days 7 hours 11 minutes 53 seconds
Information from: Wikipedia
Directions to SMRA launch site in Alamogordo (PDF).