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July 2000 launch report (7/22/2000)

Great summertime launching!

Today, quite a crowd of MASA members, guests, and spectators came together the sod farm in Blaine.  The weather was darn-near perfect (warm and almost completely calm).   In all, there were 174 flights in just over 4 hours.

A big thanks to all the volunteers!  Especially:

  • LCO's: Mark Thell, Steve Robb, Glen Overby, Dave Fergus, Mike Martens, Joe Kimmes, Tim Bush
  • RSO's: Damian Kostron, Kerry Hodges, Steve Robb, Lee Frisvold, Steve Hum, Ted Cochran

The theme for the launch was "The 2nd Annual MASA Scale Event".  People were encouraged to bring and fly scale rockets of any persuasion.  These  included: Saturn V, Saturn 1B, Mercury Atlas, Atlas Centaur, V2, Black Brant, WAC Corporal, D Region Tomahawk, and many more. 

Once again, the mighty Frisvold team had the largest number of flights with 16.  The most flights by a single person was Dave Fergus with 15.  John Carlson was close behind him with 13 flights.

A few notable flights:

Both Russ Durkee and Damian Kostron were again busy flying their Cuda R/C boost gliders.  They chalked-up some very nice flights.  Giving them a strong run for their money, Steve Robb flew his (non R/C) Deltie Thunder boost glider on E and F motors.  It flew incredibly well!  Tim Bush flew his Ring Hawk several times on C motors.  This tubular-wing rocket glides very nicely.

Given the great weather and large flying field, quite a number of F, G, and H flights were made.  Joe Kimmes flew his Initiator on an F23.  Steve Hum flew his Callisto on an F52, Aspire on a G64, and AMRAAM 2 on another F52.  Joe Schneider flew his Interceptor G and Wasp, both on F62's.  Tim Bush flew his AMRAAM 2 (twice) on G35's.  Mark Thell flew his Fire & Forget on a F20, his Forte on a G35, his Legacy on a F20, and his lil Bigger Nuke on a F23 (and to his amazement, none of them burned, CATO'ed, or crashed!)  Brian Kilberg flew his Mustang on a F20, and Don Kilberg flew his Initiator on a F25.  Mike Town flew his G-Force on a G38.  Ed Ryan flew his lil' Nuke on a G35 and his Vertical (twice) on G35's.  Larry Schwartz flew a Chaparral on a G64.  Dave Fergus flew his lil' Nuke on a F20.  Chris Kvidera flew his Graduator on a G35.  Alan Estenson flew his IO on a G35 and Chaparral on a F23.

Brad Vatsaas visited MASA and vied for the most interesting rocket name of the day.  He flew "The Evil Dr. Manchu's Avenging Projectile of Doom" first on an H123 and then later on an H242.  Brad also flew a Big Daddy on a G64.  Greg Schneider flew his Nostromo on an H128 as a repeat of last month's certification flight.  The other contender for most interesting rocket name of the day was Russ Durkee with his "Stark Fist of Removal."

Glen Overby flew his Apache on a G64 using onboard altimeter and dual-deployment recovery.

Alan Estenson did some composite clustering and launched his Starburst on two G55's to an estimated 3,000 feet.

John Knoll showed us an incredible first flight of his Atlas Centaur on a G55.  Ted Cochran also had a great flight of his Saturn V on an E18.

The Details:

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form)

The totals were:  174 flights, 197 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 5438 Ns with an average total impulse of 27.6 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

2

A

16

B

24

C

59

D

50

E

12

F

15

G

16

H

3

(Alan Estenson)

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