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February 2002 launch report (2/23/2002)

Not at all a bad day for February!

On Saturday, February 23, a good-sized group of MASA-ites gathered at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake for the first official launch of 2001.  It was a pretty decent day with temps in the 40's, cloudy skies, and a breeze out of the south.  A number of new faces and new members came to fly rockets alongside the "old" and faithful...  Some others just came to watch.  Welcome!  It was a successful start to the year.

A big thanks to:  Alan Estenson (gear hauling, LCO/RSO duty), Rick Vatsaas (LCO/RSO duty) and Jeff Hove ("found parts" rockets event)

One special event was the flying of people's "found parts" rockets.  (See the February meeting for more info.)  A number of interesting rockets took to the skies, and nearly all of them were successful.  [More info to come.]

A few of the flights:

Club President Alan Estenson started off the year's flying with his SD-1 streamer duration rocket on an A6-4.  After Mike Martens landed his Fat Boy on the school roof, Stuart Lenz kicked things off in traditional MASA fashion by launching a STOMP rocket on a C6-3.  Later, Nick Nolen and Mike Martens drag-raced mini R2D2's on A10 motors.

Joe Schneider flew a tiny streamer duration rocket on a 1/4A6 out of a homemade tower launcher.  Joe also had a nice flight of his Explorer Aquarius on a D12-3, but his Tie Fighter suffered a separation during its descent.  Sara Downham had her first two rocket flights - ever!  She flew her rocket two times on A8-3's.  Mike Downham's no-name rocket had a late ejection - just as it came ballistic into a tree - and then hung there while one of the cardboard fins burned.

Rick Vatsaas' found-parts rocket, "Christmas in February" was flown nicely twice on two-motor clusters - on B4-4's and then on C6-5's.  Neal Higgins tried a cluster of three A8-3's in his Ranger but only persuaded two of them to ignite.  Ken Jarosch had several nice rocket flights including a Super Big Bertha, Interceptor, Meteor, and Firehawk.

Alan Estenson performed his NARTREK Bronze-level D motor flight by launching a Maniac on a D12-5.  Jeff Hove launched his Bic Arcas MicroMaxx rocket successfully, but the cold kept the chute from unfolding.  John Stenberg had two good flights of his Estes Eliminator on D12-5's.  Neal Higgins burned the only composite motor of the day when he flew his VB Blobbo on a D21-7.

The Details:

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

The totals were:  54 flights, 57 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 466 Ns with an average total impulse of 8.2 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 1

1/4A

1

1/2A

2

A

9

B

14

C

18

D

12

E

0

F

0

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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