October Skies rocket launches continue through SundayLoading
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    Paul Pittenger's rocket launches during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Shawn Stephens of Fresno stands on a ladder as he prepares his 7'-6" rocket for launch during Friday's October Skies launch on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. Stephens said he has been flying rockets for about 20 years and now makes his own rocket, motors and dextrose-based fuel. Stephens estimated the black rocket in the photo would fly to around 4,000-5,000 feet before parachuting back to the ground. The event is organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California club which organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Gene Engelgau from Los Gatos, Calif, steps through an alfalfa field to the launch pads during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Gene Engelgau of Los Gatos, Calif. prepares his 64-inch tall rocket for launch during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • ROCKETRY
    Shawn Stephens of Fresno stands on a ladder as he prepares his 7'-6" rocket for launch during Friday's October Skies launch on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. Stephens said he has been flying rockets for about 20 years and now makes his own rocket, motors and dextrose-based fuel. Stephens estimated the black rocket in the photo would fly to around 4,000-5,000 feet before parachuting back to the ground. The event is organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California which organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • ROCKETRY
    Recreational vehicles from large RVs to pop-up campers and free-standing tents house participants on dairy land seen at Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The group's October Skies event includes launches Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • ROCKETRY
    Rockets in cardboard boxes are available for sale during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Steve Sawyer, left, leans as he watches Paul Avery, right, prepare his rocket for launch during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • ROCKETRY
    Gene Engelgau's rocket launches during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • ROCKETRY
    Merle Heggen of Fresno, right, shields his eyes from the afternoon sun as launch control officer Jim Norton commands the launch controls, background left, during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • ROCKETRY
    Merle Heggen of Fresno shields his eyes as he watches a rocket deploy its parachute during Friday's October Skies launch organized by the rocket club Tripoli Central California on October 18, 2013 near Helm, Calif. The club organizes launches once a month but this three day weekend is the group's October Skies event with launches from Friday through Sunday including a Saturday night launch from an alfalfa field on the Maddox Dairy land. Club president Jack Garibaldi said the group has an FAA waiver to allow launches up to nearly 17,000 feet.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
Rocketeers gather in an alfalfa field just north of Five Points.
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