Saturday, July 16, 2016

Launch Report 2016-7 (MDRA)

Location: Central Sod Farm, Centreville, MD
Weather: mid to high 80s, humid, mostly overcast, wind 0+
Total flights: Today - 5; YTD - 57
Total motors: Today - 15; YTD - 70
Motors by class YTD: MMX-1, 1/2A-2, A-12, B-2, C-27, D-6, E-8, F-5, G-7

I can't believe it was nine months since I made it to MDRA, and they ordered up great weather for this momentous event. It was too hot but that's what you expect in July!

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My Photos

My Flights
  1. Chesapeake Sea Monster on three D12s and eight C6s - Ignitions duties were handle by three soldered igniter assemblies using the old Q2G2's and the club's Cluster Buck. The ground level wind was still and the boost was arrow straight. All eleven motors ignited. Ejection occurred around apogee and it landed very close by. The large rear fin set popped off...no surprise here. There was a little soot here and there, but baby wipes took care of that. I got Peter to shoot video it so that should show up within a few weeks.
  2. Fett Boy on a G74-6  -  Excellent flight with the Chute Release set to @200'.
  3. Big Brute on a G106-7 - Another good flight, with the Chute Release moved up to 300'.
  4. Madcow Jayhawk on a F59-5 - Straight boost, very slow spin (only a few rotations on the way up). The down wasn't so good. It didn't look like the chute had deployed but it was there. Unfortunately when the CR let it go, it tried to open momentarily and then totally collapsed. One cannard broke off and mose fin joints cracked. Thin CA is my friend. I have to think on that cannard.
  5. Hat of Death on a G74 - A crowd pleaser, as usual.