Sunday, October 12, 2014

Launch Report 2014-13

Location: MDRA, Central Sod Farm (ESL-196)
Weather: 60's, sunny turning to cloudy, wind 0-5 mph at ground level, lower up high.
Total flights: Today - 6; YTD - 105
Total motors: Today - 6; YTD - 95 (if you count water rockets - 112)
Motors by class YTD: H2O-17, uHybrid-1, MMX-1, A-4, B-6, C-22, D-7, E-20, F-18, G-13, H-2

Nice rocket day...not much else to say past the logs below.

My Flights:
  1. Shai Hulud on a G75M-7 - Lots of wiggle after burn-out. 'Chute didn't open. Soybean landing with 2 broken legs. I'm thinking about cannibalizing this rocket.
  2. Inductor on an E9-4 - FAIL! My Inductor wasn't stable and ended in a landshark. Bill flew his twice with only slightly better results. Very slightly.
  3. Hat of Death on an F15-P - Lots more weather cocking than the prior F15 flight. Hit the phone line behind the flight line. Twang.
  4. Talos 2 on a G74-9 - Nice flight with apogee perfect ejection. Glad the beans were dried out.
  5. El Tubo Loco  on an G64-4 - Nice flight with apogee perfect ejection. 
  6. Art Applewhite Stealth D5 on a C6-3 - Nice and spinny.
My photo album is [here].

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

X-2 @ BALLS-23 (updated)

Liberty Launch Systems has their BALLS-23 photos up for your viewing pleasure (and for sale too). Here are two of a cool Bell X-2 "Starbuster". (Credit: Neil McGilvray)





I should have known that there was a video...


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Them boots are made for rocketin'

Jalopnik has an article about Dr. Larry Silverberg and his vision for rocket boots. Silverberg is a professor at North Carolina State, specializing in stuff like structural dynamics and controls. So, he should know.

After reading the article, I say build the boots, pair them with an exoskeleton, brains from a Segway and a big honkin' fuel tank...

Do I smell another oddroc?


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel

In this month's blog update, Verna and Randy announced that Randy has published "Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel", second in his Rocket Babe space opera series. Their blog updates provide more details as well as progress on the build of the Special Edition Verna Starr DSSF Centris Fighter modroc. The novel is available from Amazon and the rocket is available from Sirius Rocketry.

(Pssst...they also have a giveaway hidden in their blog post...check out Fire and Smoke and the Photo of the Month updates._

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Video re: NARHAMS' night launch

My LHS is putting together a video about the yearly NARHAMS night launch. Here's a teaser.

Launch Report 2014-12

Location: NARHAMS, Ag Center
Weather: perfect - sunny, mid 70's, wind 0+
Total flights: Today - 10; YTD - 99
Total motors: Today - 10; YTD - 89
Motors by class YTD: H2O-17, uHybrid-1, MMX-1, A-4, B-6, C-21, D-7, E-19, F-17, G-10, H-2

Just when I thought I couldn't make the launch...

The weather was perfect and there essentially were no lines. When I arrived, Mike Kelly was in the evil corn maze recovering a rocket. I thought, "aw, #$%^!" However, that was fluke. There was essentially no wind and I never even had to walk past the base of the hill on the front of the range head.

My Flights:
  1. Estes Mega Mosquito on an E15-4 - Good flight.
  2. Estes Majestic on an E16-6 - Good flight. Ejection was 2 sec. late.
  3. Estes Ventris on a G74-6 - Very nice!
  4. F-in-Rocket on an F15-4 - Good flight.
  5. Model Minutes XFLR-7 on a C11-3 - After the kludgy fix after the last flight, the 'chute didn't come out. This old rocket is now retired after 19 flights.
  6. MRC Iron Man on a C11-3 - Slow flight. Popped one pod, probably due to a shroud line snag.
  7. Tiny Tim Smoke on a C11-3 - Good flight.
  8. Half AssTron Superoc on a C6-3 - Very high flight. After separation, both pieces drifted down parallel to the ground.
  9. Art Applewhite Stealth D5 on a C6-3 - Nice spinny flight.
  10. Estes Mini Patriot on an A10-3 - Good flight.