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May 1999 Evening Launch Report (6/14/1999)

MASA members gathered for the first club summer evening launch of the season on May 27, 1999.  It was a beautiful evening with a light breeze that gradually diminished to a dead calm by sunset.  A good turnout of club members and an efficient rack and launch process allowed nearly 80 flights in about 2 hours.  Quite a few launch comments included "first flight" as a number of new rockets ventured into the sky.

A few highlights:
Russ Durkee and Damian Kostron both brought out their Cuda R/C boost gliders.  The flights were very impressive, especially the time when the igniter leads refused to let go of Damian's Cuda!
Damian also brought out his V2 for a very nice flight on a D13-4 reload.  Russ launched his Pathfinder on a long burn E6-6 for a very impressive flight.

The Schwartz family was out in force.  The 2-stage Fat Boy made another appearance for a picture perfect flight staging four C6's to a D12-5.  Their "immortal" Tomcat made another appearance; this time on a D21-4.  The Schwartz's also put up a Bullpup, another Fat Boy, and an Arreaux on a G64-7 for the only G motor flight of the evening.

Both Tony Brashear and Alan Estenson went for the Long Shots.  Tony made one flight on a D12-0 to a B6-6 while Alan made two flights, both times on a D12-0 to a C6-7.

Andy J. launched his SuperNova Payloader 3 times on D12-3 motors for 3 successful flights.

Mark Thell launched a modified Venus Space Probe an a D12-5.  The alien landed ok, but the booster crumpled in for a core sample.

Rob Rusch showed us some great flights of his Big Daddy, first on a D12-5 and then on an E15-7.

Alan Estenson brought out two new scratchbuilt rockets.  "Harmonize", which has plastic harmonicas built into the fins, flew on a D12-5 for a great first flight, even though it lacked any audible harmony.  Also making a first flight was the RQ-70 on a C6-5.  This rocket was kitbashed from an SR-71 kit during the March MASA meeting.

Click here for the full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form)

The totals were:  77 flights, 88 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1373.5 Ns with an average total impulse of 15.6 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

13

B

14

C

21

D

32

E

3

F

4

G

1

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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