Saturday, September 19, 2009

Launch Report 2009-8

Location: Location: Central Sod Farm, Centreville, MD (MDRA ESL-136)
Weather: mid-70's, not too breezy, but the wind was in an unfavorable direction
Total flights: Today - 5; YTD - 65
Total motors: Today - 5; YTD - 77

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My Flights:
  1. NCR Big Brute on a G64-6 -The boost unexpectedly turned into the wind. The delay was late, which probably saved it from the trees. Still, it landed in a knee deep bean field and was hard to spot.
  2. Instructables Frisbee Saucer on a D12-0 -The boost had some wiggle, which is not uncommon for many saucer-like objects.
  3. MicroMaxx Saucer on 'Roids on a C6-3 - Unlike the previous flights, this one had a lot of coning. Still cool.
  4. TLP Rapier on an E18-4 - Nice boost. I didn't see the ejection but the cord snagged a fin. Luckily, Neil McGilvray has the best rocket spotting eyes this side of the Mississippi and it was recovered.
  5. Quest DC-Y Space Clipper on a D24-4 -Very fast, cool boost...with a loud whistle!

Scrubbed and aborted:
  1. Styro Pyro - no motor vendor
  2. Upscale Big Brute - not vendor, no motor
  3. Art Applewhite Super Cinco on the Micro-Hybrid - Didn't pass gas. The APCP pre-heater lit but the burst disc didn't burn through. Unfortunately, there is no recovery and the gas was wasted.