Saturday, March 15, 2014

Launch Report 2014-2

Location: Higgs Farm, Price, MD (ESL-189)
Weather: 61 degrees, sunny, wind 10-20mph
Total flights: Today - 6; YTD - 9
Total motors: Today - 6; YTD - 9
Motors by class YTD: MMX-1, A-2, C-1, E-1, F-4

The temperature was perfect but the wind was a bit strong, tending toward the high end of the indicated range. There were a lot of long walks and many rockets bouncing along due to their ~20 MPH lateral speed. I scrubbed several planned launches.

My Flights:
  1. Estes Mega Mosquito on an F15-4 - The Mosquito weather cocked a bit into the heavy wind but the delay was spot on. The 24" 'chute brought it down across the ditch in the far field.
  2. Estes Super Alpha on an E16-8 - This was a really high flight and ejection was a couple of seconds late. I lost sight of it as it crossed overhead. Despite using a streamer, it too landed in the far field. I never would have found it if there were as much as a few inches of growth.
  3. AeroTech Cheetah on an F15-4 - The Cheetah really fought the wind but the -4 worked out well. The streamer brought it back between the 'A' and 'B' racks. The short walk was appreciated.
  4. Spool Spinner on an F39 - The spinning occurred on the way up instead of on the way down. I suspect the blades between its plates caught the wind. I'll try again on a calmer day.
  5. Hat of Death on an F24 - This was my fourth AT 24/40 reload transplanted into a spent Estes 29mm case, and my first failure. The motor sputtered and the Hat flipped on end. That was my last 24/40 load so this experiment is over.
  6. AlaskaPaperModelWorks Saturn V on a C11-3 - This was a low flight but a good one. It will fly on a D12 next. After landing the wind almost blew it into the drainage ditch. One fin snapped because of the high lateral speed.

Paper Saturn VJericho Missile designation decalMega MosquitoSuper AlphaSandia SadhawkSuper Alpha
POV from the recovery of the Super Alpha.CheetahSpool SpinnerPaper Saturn VR/C Delta X-15R/C Delta X-15
X-1520140315_13431020140315_13432420140315_134328Stark Industries Jericho MissileMega Mosquito
Mega MosquitoMega Mosquito

MDRA, ESL-190, a set on Flickr.