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January 2006 launch report (1/28/2006)

On Saturday, January 28th, MASA held its first launch of the year.  The field at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake was hard & icy but with little snowcover.  The temperatures were mild for January with a light breeze out of the east.  Two local TARC teams came out to get in some practice flights.

This date marked the 20th anniversary of the loss of the space shuttle Challenger and her crew.

Thanks to Prez. Mike Erpelding for driving all the way down with his truck o' equipment.

A few of the flights:

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

Alan Estenson writes:

I got there about 10:15 to find that Mike had set up a range with five pvc pads towards the east side of the field (near the hockey rinks).  He and Ken were already busy with members of two TARC teams that were there to get in some practice flights.  There was very little snow on the field, and the ground was very hard.  It was also very slippery in spots where meltwater had puddled and frozen.  There was a light breeze out of
the east.

I finally flew a "Pump-Nik" on an A10-Pt, then a Meteor on a B6-4 and a Totally Tubular on an A8-3.  Most of one fin broke off the Meteor and was nowhere to be found.

One TARC team flew their rocket once on an E15.  The boost was fine, but the ejection charge spit the entire motor mount out the back of the rocket.  The forward part of the rocket came down under chute while the back part tumbled down.  I believe that the egg survived.  I think that the other team flew twice - on a D12 and then on an E9. The E9 flight floated far away over the houses to the NW and was not
recovered.

The Tarara family had the most flights of the day.  Young Andrew Tarara did a fine job giving the countdown and pushing the launch button for his rockets.  Caleb Boe had the only multi-engine flight with his
Deuces' Wild on two B6-4's.

Flights waned after noon, and the range was packed up by 1pm.

Buzz McDermott writes:

Saturday was my first time to this particular field, and it turned out that most everything I brought was too big to fly there. I did have a couple of small rockets with me so I only managed to get in a grand total of three flights. I flew an Edmonds Tinee on a A3-4, a small plastic speaker wire spool on a C6-3 and a modifeid core diaphragm from an old car speaker on a C6-0.

Now that I've seen the field I know what to bring next time. I think my Rikter Wreker (or however Flis spells it) on three C11-3's should be just about right (Bt-70 x 7 ft rocket). I'll also have a Flis Espresso (styro cup rocket) and a couple of high drag rockets that make nice low lobs on E30's. I've been building like crazy. It's hard not being able to paint, though.

 

The Details:

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form, requires version 6 or newer of the Acrobat reader)

The totals were:  41 flights, 42 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 358 Ns with an average total impulse of 8.5 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

8

B

13

C

15

D

4

E

2

F

0

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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