Last Sunday morning I went to the NCR experimental launch.
While I was in Denmark I made a number of friends with the factory workers. Some of whom said that they will be coming out to Colorado to help start up the factory. During some drinks at the company Christmas party my hobby of amateur rocketry came up. They were quite interested, and only half believed some of my stories. I told them that I would take them out to a launch when they came out.
That was back in November, they are finally here in Brighton starting up the factory. Jørn and I were working out some quality issues on the factory floor when I mentioned that we had a launch coming up next weekend. He was real excited and asked me if he could invite some of his friends to attend as well. I said that he could bring as many as he as he wanted.
I showed up to the launch at 9:15 and with in fifteen minutes the prairie was over run with Danes. (That’s a bit of a stretch but they took three cars) It’s always fun to show off my friends to my colleagues from Denmark, and visa versa. I think they had a good time, they had lots of good questions and oood and aaahd at the appropriate times.
They also took a zillion photos. It was fun to hear launch announced and everything is quiet, then woosh the rocket leaps to the sky, ooh aah. Then silence for a while until the parachute is deployed. At that moment a flurry of Danish erupts from the spectators.
Det var en stor lancering, jeg håber raket ikke falder på vores hoveder. Ooh, den faldskærm udløses Jeg tror vi er sikre nok. Jeg ville ønske vi havde øl.
My Danish colleagues are really getting the most out of their time here in Colorado. The weekend before the launch they went to Las Vegas. They rode horses, flew over the Grand Canyon and of course gambled in the casinos. They liked the horse riding the best.
They left around noon to go to another fun adventure, namely shooting guns. I wish I could have gone with them, but I wanted to stay behind and help close down the range.