Saturday, August 17, 2013

Launch Report 2013-5

Location: Central Sod Farm, Centreville, MD (MDRA ESL-183)
Weather: high 70's, partly to mostly cloudy, wind calm to 10 mph
Total flights: Today -  9 ; YTD - 31
Total motors: Today - 10 ; YTD - 34
Motors by class YTD: MMX-2, A-1, B-3, C-7, D-1, E-8, F-3, G-6, H-3


Although the weather people said there was a chance of afternoon showers, they never materialized.  The wind was variable but pointed out into a grassy field vs. the trees or corn. All and all a great day. I flew four Semroc kits to remember Carl McLawhorn, who passed away last week. I made sure this was announced prior to the first launch, which pitted the LAUNCH Missile against the Recruiter in a drag race.
  1. Obsessive Compulsive Rebuilding Disorder on a G125R-5 - This was too much motor for the large floppy fins. Duh! The nose-down recovery worked fine. I guess I'll go back to the drawing board.
  2. Small Endeavour on a G69SK-5 - Great sparky flight!
  3. Harpoon on a  G106SK-7 - Another great sparky flight but a -5 delay would have been better. It landed about 100 yds from the pads and a only few feet from the rocket that launched on the adjacent pad (see photo below).
  4. Semroc Launch Missile on a B6-4 - It drag raced the Recruiter, although I don't know which one won. Carl patterned this kit after LAUNCH Magazine's logo and every subscriber got one.
  5. Semroc Recruiter on a B6-4 - This was a free kit that was given to people who had written reviews of Semroc products. What a deal!
  6. Semroc Gee'hod on an Estes C6-5 - 'Groonie' grooviness. Good flight.
  7. Semroc Tau Zero on an A8-5 - This is a design from Jay "Centuri Guy' Groemmer. An A8? Hey, it is little and I have A8's from Flight Packs that need burning. 
  8. Skyrocket on a C6-5 - This one landed a short distance into the corn but was quickly found by some helpful rocketeers.
  9. This Is Not the Rocket You Are Looking For on a D12-0/C6-5 - Nice flight. It weather cocked over the corn but drifted back, landing a few feet from a vehicle. :eek:
The photos: