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August 3, 2013 picnic launch report

On Saturday, August 3rd, MASA held a short 2-hour launch during the annual club summer picnic.  It was held on the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.  It was a nice day to fly some rockets!

Thanks to Neal, 8 pads were set up for everyone to use.

Thanks to the RSO/LCO volunteers:  Ted Cochran and Jeff Taylor

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

Art Gibbens writes:

I thought it was a pretty nice day for flying some rockets. The wind made for some longer walks but it also helped you stay cooler. I only flew 5 flights with 5 different rockets.

First up was a rocket I had built for a contest that MASA had 2 or 3 years ago - 1/2A streamer duration - or something along those lines. For whatever reason I don't think this rocket was ever flown in that competition. So for its maiden voyage I stuffed a C6-7 into it knowing it would pretty much drop straight down onto the field. Alas, on the way up, one of two things happened. Either there was a drag separation or an early ejection (as a pop was heard about the time it came apart). The top section came down under most of the streamer, as some of that drifted away and the sustainer section came in ballistic. Being that the ground was pretty firm, it now has a nice bend to it. Looks repairable, we'll see.

Second flight was my old faithful Satellite Launcher that has been repaired/improved to a 24 mm mount a few years back. So I put a C11-3 into it and the twin parachutes wedged at the end of the tube at ejection. It tumbled most of the way down and incurred just some minor damage, so it will fly again. I'll probably switch it back to a single large chute though.

The third flight was my first clean flight when I flew my door prize Estes Spin control on a C6-5. I recorded 14 revolutions before ejection. It did rip one of the shroud lines out of the chute so that will need some minor repair as well.

The fourth flight was an old Estes Yankee that had lost its original nose cone so I had stuck another BT-20 cone on it along with a small 10 inch parachute. I put it up with an A8-3 and had my longest walk of the day with it. Very nice flight.

My final flight was another older rocket from my arsenal, the venerable Blue Arrow. I had put a C6-5 into it and it tipped nicely into the wind so when the chute opened it drifted back across the range and onto the field.

All in all, a very nice hour and twenty minutes of flying. Thanx goes out to Neal for hauling the club gear out and to Ted and Jeff for being the LCOs!

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  56 flights, 58 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 531 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

7

B

18

C

24

D

4

E

5

F

0
G 0

H

0
I 0

J

0

(Alan Estenson)

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