Saturday, July 27, 2019

Launch Report 2019-2

Location: driveway
Weather: low 90's, wind 0, clear
Total flights: Today - 2; YTD - 4
Total motors: Today - 2; YTD - 2
Motors by class YTD: H2O - 2, MMX-2

Artemus Astronaut Build Notes:

This was made from a little foam astronaut that was handed out by ULA/Boeing at the Apollo 50 Celebration. This was a quick build using hot glue. I sliced out some of the foam and glued in the motor mount (T4 tubing with a motor block made from T3 and a balsa plug). The fins were cut from an Estes motor blister pack. I used an Estes lug so I didn't have to search for my MicroMaxx launch rods.


Flight Report:

Even though it is foam rubber, the Astronaut  is a tad heavy for the MicroMaxx motor. I didn't even hazard a guess at its stability. I figure it was soft and wouldn't go far. I was right, I guess it flew to about 10ft and boinked nicely on landing. I flew it twice.

The video is here.


2 comments:

  1. Sounds like you shouldn’t have had too much trouble finding Mr. Astronaut! I’ve never flown MicroMaxx motors, but they are certainly noisier than I expected.
    I’m currently building my first Astron Spaceman. I’ve only been wanting one since I first saw them in the Estes catalog in 1964. :)

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    1. The Spaceman is too small for anything bigger than a MicroMaxx, although 1/4A power would have been more satisfying. I had considered cloning an Estes Spaceman as an upscale but never got around to it :(

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