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August 1999 Evening Launch Report (8/19/1999)

On Thursday, August 19th, MASA members gathered for an informal evening launch at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake.  The weather cooperatued by providing a lovely evening with scarcely a detectable breeze.  A good-sized group of rocketeers, along with a number of local kids who turned out to watch (and retrieve rockets), had a good time.  Launching off of 4 pads, a total of 53 rockets were sent skyward.

A few highlights:
Damian Kostron attempted to launch his Apollo Pad Abort Capsule on a C6-3, but the rocket got stuck on the launch rod.  Damian's next two attempts, also on C6-3's, resulted in very nice flights but with some tower damage on the last flight.

Mark Thell and Christopher Kvidera kept us entertained by drag racing their Fat Boys not once, not twice, but three times!  The first drag race, on A8-3's, probably resulted in the lowest altitude ever seen in a drag race.  The next race, on B6-4's, was quite nice, and the last race, on C6-3's, finally chalked up a respectable altitude.

Mark also flew his vintage "Big Alpha" on a D12-5 and his trusty Impulse on a cluster of two D12-7's.

Robert Rech flew a Centrix on a 1/4A to achieve some jaw-dropping altitude.

Lee and Mollie Frisvold came to fly lots of rockets including the only three multi-stage flights of the evening.  Lee put a first flight on his two-stage Fat Boy by boosting on a D12-0 and staging to a C6-5.  Neat flight!  It went for a trip down the block, but the NKRRT brought it back intact.  (Neighborhood Kids - Rocket Retrieval Team)  Later, they flew a Quest Zenith II on a B6-0 to B6-6 and an Estes Mongoose on a C6-0 to B6-6.

Kerry Hodges brought some nice models and put in some great flights on long-burn Apogee motors.  He flew his replica Goblin first on a C4-7 and then again later on a D3-7.   Kerry also flew an old Icarus on a B2-5.  Kerry's "Minnesota Mosquito" unfortunately suffered from lack-of-chute syndrome and lost a fin on impact.

Alan Estenson launched his CiCi boost glider on a B6-2.  Evidently, it thought that it was fall already and decided to fly south for the winter.  It's long gone... even the NKRRT came back empty-handed.

Click here for the full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form)

The totals were:  53 flights, 57 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 409 Ns with an average total impulse of 7.2 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

1

1/2A

2

A

8

B

23

C

16

D

7

E

0

F

0

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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