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Rocket launch Saturday at former Groveland Mine Ponds

September 21, 2012
The Daily News

KINGSFORD - A Tripoli Upper Michigan high power rocket launch is being planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the former Groveland Mine Tailing Ponds.

"Rockets will be launched until we run out of them. A total of 20-30 rockets should be launched and everyone is welcome to attend," said organizer Bill Bertoldi.

Many of the rockets being launched will be from the Kingsford High School Power Rocketry Program that Bertoldi directs. Other rockets will be launched by local flier John Carlson.

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THE BOBBLE HEAD Rocket that was launched through the Kingsford High School Rocketry Program is shown here in flight. A high powered rocket launch is planned Saturday at 10 a.m at the former Groveland Mine Trailing Ponds.

Featured at this Saturday's launch will be a rocket painted like the American flag and for many years was in the fourth of July parade. The rocket is 7 feet, 6 inches tall and 12 inches in diameter and weights 80 pounds at lift off.

The rocket should fly to about 3,000 feet. The rocket will have a video camera on it looking down at the ground. Some of the rockets launched will be approaching the speed of sound. Video from this launch will be on Blue Tube, the Breitung Township Schools channel, later this fall.

The high powered rockets being launched range in size from 3-9 feet tall. Launch pads will be there for the Estes type rockets if people wish to fly them, Bertoldi said.

Students in last years rocketry program worked on a rocket that will be shown on the science channel on Oct. 28. It was in a competition at the Tripoli National Rocket Launch called LDRS (Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships). Adam Savage of the Myth busters has a bobble head where he is tied to a rocket. Kingsford students helped to build a life sized Adam Savage rocket that was 16 feet tall and weighed a 180 pounds at lift off.

The Show will be hosted by Kari Byron of the Myth busters. This rocket will not fly at the mine as it is too big for the flight field but you can see the flight on the science channel or latter at Kingsford high School in November. The date of the shown has not been determined.

To get the launch site, residents will go a half-mile in. People unable to walk in can call a phone number posted in the parking site and a truck will come and take them into the launch, he added.

A grill will be set up and people can get hotdogs, chips and soda. A donation can will be put out help cover the cost of the food. "This is a wonderful family," event noted Bertoldi

"Everyone involved with the launch would like to extend our appreciation to the Felch Township Fire Department for volunteering to be at the launch. This event would not be possible without their help," Bertoldi said.

Maps to the launch can be found on the website at



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