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"April" 2011 launch report (5/7/2011)

Finally, the weather cooperated...  In fact, today was the kind of perfect rocket-flying day that we dreamed of all through that long, miserable winter.

On Saturday, May 7, MASA held its (delayed) April launch.  This was only MASA's 2nd launch of the year, and the first launch of 2011 at the sod farm near Nowthen.

The day dawned cool, but sunny with clear blue skies.  It rapidly warmed up, but the breeze stayed calm to light out of the east.  Best of all, with no crops yet in the fields surrounding the sod, we had a vast recovery expanse.

It was a beautiful day to fly rockets, and we had a pretty good turnout of people to take advantage of it.  Launching started out at a slow pace after 9am, but picked up later.  The launch wrapped up at 3pm.  Recovery walks were generally quite short with many rockets landing within 25 feet of their pads!

Stuart Lenz was the prolific flier of the day with 14 flights.

Theme:  50th Anniversary of Americans in Space
This launch was only two days after the 50th anniversary of the first American in space - Alan Shepard's suborbital Mercury Redstone flight of "Freedom 7".

Thanks to everyone who helped set up and tear down the launch range.

Thanks to the RSO/LCO volunteers:  Todd Carpenter, Jeff Taylor, Ted Cochran, Neal Higgins, Alan Estenson

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

Ted Cochran writes:

Probably the best day for launching rockets we'll see all year: Perfect temperatures, no wind, no bugs, and no corn! There was a decent amount of high power flying, including the InverThrills USLI team's picture perfect flight. I couldn't stay long, so I flew one rocket and did an RSO shift. Pictures (just a few) here: https://picasaweb.google.com/tedcochran55409/MASA572011#

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  108 flights, 121 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 5572 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 1

1/4A

0

1/2A

2

A

4

B

13

C

44

D

29

E

2

F

11
G 9

H

4
I 0

J

2

(Alan Estenson)

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