Saturday, September 14, 2013

Launch Report 2013-7

Location: Central Sod Farm, Centreville, MD (MDRA ESL-184)
Weather: high 60's, wind - 10 mph, partly cloudy
Total flights: Today - 7; YTD - 38
Total motors: Today - 7; YTD - 41
Motors by class YTD: Air-5, MMX-2, A-2, B-3, C-8, D-1, E-9, F-5, G-8, H-3

The range head was located by the corn as it was during the two previous launches. However, this time the wind vector headed right into the cornfield!  I started with the rockets that had no chance of landing in the corn (e.g. my Hat of Death) and slowly got braver as the day went on. As it turned out, several of my rockets were slightly under-powered and they weather-cocked a lot. This was a good thing. Only my Upscale Cluster Bomb landed in the corn. It took two forays but I did find it.  The only flight I scrubbed was also the one I was most looking forward to - the Estes Majestic on an E16-6. This rocket would have gone high enough to ensure a landing deep in the corn. Other than that, today was a great launch day!

My Flights:
  1. Obsessive Compulsive Rebuilding Disorder (v2.0) on a G106SK-5 - Success, in both the up and down directions!
  2. Upscale Cluster Bomb on a G64-4 - Great flight but it landed in the cornfield. It was found intact.
  3. Estes Big Daddy 29 on an F15-6 - The new Estes F15 gave this 1 lb rocket a nice ride. It weather cocked a lot and ejection was late. It landed safely on the grass.
  4. Estes Mercury Atlas on an E12-4 - Same flight profile as the Big Daddy.
  5. Hat of Death on an F15-6 - Nice flight but the F15 didn't seem impressive compared with an E12. I first tried the new 'starter' that was provided with the motor. The very tip burned but the 'pyrogen' didn't ignite. Try # 2, using an old igniter, was successful.
  6. Give 'Em the Finger on an A10-3 - This foam 'boink' rocket did just that.
  7. Art Applewhite Stealth D5 on a Quest C6-3 - Nice flight.
A few photos:









From Donald Granger Photography:

Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;

Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;

Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;


Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;


Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;

Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;


Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;


Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;


Donald Granger Photography: MDRA launch 9/14/2013 &emdash;