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July 1999 Launch Report (7/20/1999)

Apollo 11 30th Anniversary Commemorative Launch

Saturday, July 17th dawned with clear blue skies and a breeze out of the north as MASA members gathered early at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake.  Falling one day after the thirtieth anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, this had been declared a commemorative launch with everyone encouraged to bring out their scale model rockets.   The smaller field and 1 pound weight limit resulted in a shift to smaller motors as we endeavoured to keep rockets off the school roof and out of the neighboring yards.   It proved to be a fun and well-paced morning of launching rockets, racking up over 100 flights in less than three hours.

A few highlights:
The big highlights of the day were the rockets representing the history of United States manned spaceflight.  Russ Durkee and John Knoll launched examples of the Mercury/Redstone on C motors while Art Gibbens launched his on an MRC B motor.  Lee Frisvold launched his Mercury/Atlas twice on D motors.  Wrapping up the pre-Saturn era, Ed Eastman launched a little Gemini/Titan on a 1/2A.

To start out the Apollo era, Damian Kostron launched his Saturn 1 on a B motor, his new scratchbuilt Saturn 1B on a F12-3 (for a great flight!), and a Saturn V on an E11-3.   Ed Eastman launched a small Saturn V on an A10 motor.  Mike Kutzke brought his Saturn V and scale launch pad that had first impresssed us last year.  Mike's Saturn had a good boost on a D12-3 but suffered separation when the shock cord snapped.   Christopher Kvidera put a first flight on his Saturn V also on a D12-3.   Unfortunately, the main chute failed to deploy resulting in a hard landing and some damage.

Wrapping up the Saturn V launches, Bud Herema had driven in from Wisconsin with his Saturn V and beautifully detailed scale launch pad and tower.  While the actual Apollo 11 launch audio played over the PA system, Bud activated pad smoke effects, retracted the tower gantries, and launched his Saturn V on cue for a picture-perfect flight.  Thanks Bud, for sharing your wonderful creation with us!

Carl Persson showed-off several of his scratch-built creations.  Art Gibbens launched the only 2-stage rocket of the day (a scratchbuilt) and continued to burn old MRC and Centuri (!!) motors.  Glen Overby launched a 20-year-old rocket of his own design and then proceeded to put two flights on an Aerobee HI.  Joe Kimmes brought out his old Orbital Transport to fly on a B6-4 and later he showed us what a perfect flight of an Estes Skywinder looks like.  Lee Frisvold launched his 1970 vintage V2 and a WAC Corporal from the late 1960's.  For the last launch of the morning, Alan Estenson put up his somewhat-battered LOC Onyx on an E15-4 for a perfect flight.

The Estenson "clan" (Alan, his sister Brenda, and niece Alexandra) were the most prolific flyers of the morning with 16 launches.  The Gibbens were next with 13 launches.

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

The totals were:  110 flights, 111 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 791 Ns with an average total impulse of 7.1 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

12

A

21

B

34

C

33

D

8

E

2

F

1

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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