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NASAW's First Public Demo

On September 28, 2013, we demonstrated NASAW for the public at Wickham Farms. Many people stopped by during the day to watch us fire the machine, and to explore the machine and ask questions. While we had several pied shots, we also had one superb shot that the crowd loved (well, they loved the pie too, haha!) Unfortunately we had to stop early due to a part failure that we could not easily field-repair (and the spare was missing in action). For that we are sorry, but safety first! We hope to do more of these events in the future.

On that note, NASAW will also be demonstrated one more time for the public before we travel to Delaware for the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin. Details are on the home page, but on October 19 and 20, we will be at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY during their annual High School Trebuchet Competition. Come on by if you want to see us, and come cheer on the kids!

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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!