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On Aug 23rd, 2002, Eric took his standby machines Juggernaut and Onager Jr to Mohonk, in New Paltz, New York. The goal was to give member's of Amy's company a chance to play with the machines which they had heard so much about. Fortunately, management at Mohonk found a field where the machines could be used without bothering too many other visitors of the hotel.

Here is a view of the giant stone hotel across the lake nearby. We didn't actually get to launch anything at the castle. :(


Here much of the IPSO crew gathered for an afternoon of flinging. At this point, they were still chatting amongst themselves trying to figure out how the silly thing worked.



Here is the flinging crew lining up for a posed shot. In the background, the grounds keeper, and activities manager and someone else working at Mohonk watched on in amusement. They were very helpful, and even fetched more water for us as the afternoon progressed.


It's not often you see a company's CEO (pink shirt) packed into such a small space with 5 co-workers standing on tip-toe while hanging onto a rope. Yet, here it is as they prepare to fling a gallon of water.


And pull! The 2 quart juice container lifts off the ground.


Apparently it went forward, as the counterweight falls upon the ground, and also looks out for errant projectiles. I think Kent is sitting on someone. Our best shot of the day was an approximate 6 pound bottle 224 feet! (I remembered the giant tape-measure this time so we got some good measurements.)


James Wolfe prepares to launch Onager Jr.


John Santamaria sends 20oz of water over 200 feet.


Thanks Risa for taking all the pictures this day, (I was a little busy trying to keep people from hurting themselves too much.) and for negotiating the catapult time with Hotel staff.


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