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October 1999 launch report (10/26/1999)

Wind...No Problem!

Saturday October 23rd marked MASA's [first] return to the Blaine launch site in several months. Wind was problematic throughout the day, but did not deter about 30 flyers from launching just over 100 rockets!

Some Highlights:

Mike Thell started out the day with some high altitude staging with his 20 year old Omega. The D12-0, D12-5 combination put the rocket at several hundred feet before the second stage even kicked in. A great flight. Mike Martins demonstrated early on that you do not need fancy electronics to do drogue ejection followed by the main parachute. His Triad used a cluster [of] two C6-3s and one C6-5 to do the job. The C6-3 deployed a streamer and the C6-5 deployed the parachute. Nice work Mike!

Sarah Fergus flew a nicely constructed Totally Tubular on a B6-4 early in the day. The Totally Tubular rocket flew like it was on a rail. Brought back memories of the old Centuri Groove Tube!
Brady Jerve had some difficulty getting his Trans Wing to behave on the launch pad in the wind, but once he got it into the air, it flew nicely. A low altitude flight on a B6-4 was graceful and fun to watch. Unfortunately, later in the day the rocket lawn darted turning itself into a pile of balsa and cardboard.
Bryan Fergus brought out his Mini Mean Machine and flew it on an A3-4T. Estes discontinued this one years ago...great to see it fly. 

Speaking of lawn darts, if Glen Overby Seems a little jumpy at the next MASA event, it is for good reason. Early in the day, Kerry Hodges' 20 year old Der Red Max nearly landed in Glen's lap. While Glen was looking for his lost 24 mm reload casing, Mike Kutzke's Initiator used Glen's car as a landing pad and broke a fin in the process. Unable to see the writing on the wall due to an exhaust induced delirium, Glen loaded up his scratch built Aerobee 300 with a G33. It flew beautifully, but landed hard and deep. So what was the name of Glen's entry in the streamer duration contest? Lawn Dart.

A few notable Saturn flights highlighted the day as well. Mike Kutzke flew his new and beefed up Saturn V on a G35-4. It was loud and wonderful. Art Gibbens staged his Saturn with a D12-0 to a D12-3 and a perfect flight. Very nicely done.

The streamer duration contest turned out to be no contest when the Frisvolds are around. Molly Frisvold walked away with the contest with a 49.4 second flight on an A8-3! Lee Frisvold came in second with a few flights near 34 seconds. The next nearest competitor was Tyler Thompson with a 20.19seconds. Thanks for competing everyone! Molly will receive a gift certificate to Hub Hobby for her efforts and good sportsmanship.

Overall it was a great launch day. Thanks to Jeff Lahay and Peder Thompson for helping out with LCO duties for the first time! 

(Russ Durkee)

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form)

The totals were:  122 flights, 136 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1413 Ns with an average total impulse of 10.4 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

1

1/2A

0

A

40

B

31

C

36

D

22

E

1

F

3

G

2

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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