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November 2003 launch report (11/24/2003)

On Saturday November 22, a small group of rocketeers gathered for a club launch at the park in White Bear Lake.

A few of the flights:

MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the launch! 

Glen Overby writes:

Quick tally

11 Cub scout flights

15 non-Cub scout flights

I had a mildly spectacular CATO of an older D12-3 in my Fat Boy. I don't think this pack has been temperature cycled more than what it got today. All the propellant ended up in the nose cone, which is a bit deformed now. Cleaned out the casing without hardly scorching it! Well, I can cut that up for centering rings now -)

Stuart Lenz writes:

Well it was cool and the wind was steady at 10-15 MPH and while we considered the wind direction when we set the launch pads, 45 minutes later it had switched around by 30 degrees.

I did not launch anything larger than a B6-4. We only set up only 4 pads, 1 MM and 3 low power ones. The first rocket was my Estes CBU 87 and after a bonus delay, bracketed one of the other pads with the 4 bomblets. Sorry Leif. Leif was out with his son on his birthday and together had several nice launches. Glen's first rocket was a tube fin, nice straight flight, long recovery. I flew two of my Hyperion Clones for nice flights, long recoveries, with even the separation landing safely with the extra wind float. We had a den of Cub Scouts attend, each with a new Estes 13mm rocket. We demonstrated rocket prep and launch procedures and they then all launch their rockets, several separations but only one missfire. A new igniter and that one also flew. One of the scouts had also brought a Banshee which he launched on a C6-7 for probably the largest motor of the day.

Glen had tried a D motor, but that resulted in a spetacular CATO at ignition, with only the nose cone reaching any altitude, 20 feet maybe. My last 2 flights were the MASA Patriot and a Baby Bertha (in honor of Alan). We closed the range at about 1100 due to cold hands and feet, but then stood around for an hour discussing the state of rocketry. Left before the snow started.

The Details:

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form, requires version 4 or newer of the Acrobat reader)

The totals were:  26 flights, 26 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 72 Ns with an average total impulse of 2.8 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 5

1/4A

0

1/2A

11

A

2

B

7

C

0

D

1

E

0

F

0

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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