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January 2000 launch report (1/29/2000)

A nice day for a relaxed winter launch

On Saturday, January 29th, a small group of MASA members and visitors gathered for the first official MASA launch of 2000.  The weather cooperated with temperatures in the low to mid 20's, clear blue skies and only a light breeze out of the southeast.  There was a good six inches of snow on the field.  (Hey everybody, winter launching is fun!  See you in February?)  Launching started at 10 am and wrapped up around noon.

Some Highlights:

Alan Estenson started out the day with his modified Estes Invader on a C6-0.  Mike Martens immediately followed with the traditional Stomp Rocket (BOINK!).  Later, Mike flew his Estes F22 Air Superiority Fighter.  The foam parasite glider flew incredibly well!  Continuing his streak of good fortune, Mike flew his scratchbuilt Triad on a cluster of 3 C motors for a perfect flight.  At the end of the day, he launched his scratchbuilt "Proud Mary" on a D12-5 for another flawless flight.

Lee and Mollie Frisvold flew a variety of rockets including a Corkscrew, Big Dawg, Big Bertha, Fat Boy, Metrix, and Alpha IV.  Mike Town also flew a bunch of rockets such as an Alpha, Fat Boy, Initiator (on an E23-5t), and the infamous "Penguin's Revenge" which uses Windows 95 CD's for fins!  After flying his Invader, Alan Estenson flew his "Really Ugly 1", a Maniac, Fat Boy, Meteor, Der lil' Red Max, Razor and Corkscrew.

Russ Durkee's Aerotech Cheetah arrowed into the snow for some serious damage after an ejection failure on the D9-4 reload.  Art Gibbens once again showed us how staging is done by launching his "Blue Arrow" first on B6-0; B6-6 and then on C6-0; C6-6.  Mark Thell showed us how to stage D motors by flying his Omega on a D12-0; D12-7 combination.  Unfortunately, he couldn't show us how to properly recover a 2-stager; the sustainer, sans nosecone, ended up in someone's front yard down the street.

John Knoll brought his reconstructed NCR X-Wing!  After seeing the carnage inflicted on this rocket after a recovery failure at last November's launch, we could hardly believe that John rebuilt it.  Crossing his fingers, John decided to launch this "Phoeni-X" on another NCR F62-4.  Boost was awesome and everything stayed together when the ejection charge popped out the motor pod.  Unfortunately, the cold nylon chute refused to open and John's X-Wing hit hard in the snow to suffer serious damage.  He swears that he will rebuild it again!  We'll be watching for it, John.

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form)

The totals were:  43 flights, 49 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 532 Ns with an average total impulse of 10.9 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

1

A

4

B

11

C

23

D

8

E

1

F

1

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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