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November 2001 launch report (11/17/2001)

Wait a minute, are we sure that this is November?

On Saturday, November 17, a good crew of MASA-ites gathered at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake for the last official launch of 2001.  It was an improbably nice day with sunshine and blue skies.  The only downside was a breeze out of the south

A big thanks to:

  • Steve Robb, for hauling out all the gear
  • LCO volunteers:  Steve Robb, Ed Eastman, Glen Overby, Jeff Hove
  • RSO volunteers:  Alan Estenson, Art Gibbens, Kerry Hodges, Steve Robb
  • Everyone who came early and/or stayed late to help with the range equipment

One special event was a Fat Boy drag race.  All types of Fat Boy's appeared - from stock to highly modified.  Most flew on C motors, but a few used D's.  The participants were:  Alan Estenson, Brian Fergus, Glen Overby, Steve Robb, Dave Fergus, and Lincoln Kibsguard.

Another special event was a Stomp rocket drag race.  With the recent building session, a full rack of 8 stomp rockets were presented for this drag race.  Some flew on B's, most on C's, and there was even a 2-stager amongst them!  Participants were:  Alan Estenson, Steve Robb, Craig Hansen, Hugh Hansen, Dave Fergus, Phil Gibbens, Art Gibbens, and Jeff Hove.  This was a blast!  (literally)  All 8 launched - and everybody started laughing!  Lots of fun!

A few of the flights:

Dave Fergus had a successful first flight of his mutant-combo-3-stomp-rockets-in-one Tri-Stomp on a cluster of 3 B6-4's.  Neat!  Dave also flew his (KosRox) Apollo Test Capsule on a B4-2 and his 2-stage Stomp rocket.  Ellison and Stuart Lenz twice launched their rocket made from a Crest toothpaste dispenser.  It flew quite well, but could maybe use a shorter delay.  Ellison also flew his LOC Aura a couple times on D12's.  To finish off 2001, Alan Estenson flew the Monolith again on a C5-3.

Jeff Hove launched his 25-year-old Centuri Taurus on a C6-5.  Kerry Hodges suffered some pavement impact damage when his 2X Goblin had a late ejection on an E11.  Ken Jarosch flew several rockets including a great flight of his Super Big Bertha on a D12-5.  Russ Durkee flew his R/C Cuda rocket-boosted sailplane followed later by an Astrocam.

Neal Higgins flew a little Check 6 on a D12-7, and it actually landed on the field.  Later, Neal flew an SDI Spinnaker on a B6-4; this is a square, wooden, laser-cut rocket.  Dave Leininger continued to abuse his Estes Snitch; this time flying it on an E11.

With the breeze, several rockets drifted off the field into the houses to the north.  Unfortunately, a couple of them were lost to the rocket-eating-trees.

The Details:

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form, requires version 4 or newer of the Acrobat reader)

The totals were:  82 flights, 87 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 733 Ns with an average total impulse of 8.4 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 2

1/4A

0

1/2A

9

A

6

B

30 

C

25

D

11

E

4

F

0

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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