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July 2002 picnic launch report (7/22/2002)

Eatin' and rocket launchin' - what an evening!

On Saturday July 20, 51 MASA members gathered at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River for the annual MASA summer picnic.  By having the picnic at this site, rocket launching was added to the regular picnic activities of eating and socializing.  Setting up their own launch equipment in a relaxed misfire alley style, the first flight took to the skies a bit after 3 pm, and the last flight landed about 8:30 pm.  There were some 70 flights in all.  Flight cards were used to record the details.  [Although it seems that some people didn't bother to fill them out.  There were almost certainly more than 70 flights.]

Read the Picnic report for the other side of this story.

A few of the flights:

David Whitaker flew the only multi-stage flight of the day.  He fulfilled his NARTREK Bronze 2-stage requirement by launching a Comanche-3 on B6-0 to A8-3.  Ted Cochran flew his Sling Wing on an A10 to fulfill the NARTREK Silver boost glider flight requirement with a time of more than 30 seconds.  Ted also flew an Astrocam a couple times (until a hard landing on asphalt) and his trusty Silver Comet twice.

Sarah Fergus flew her scratchbuilt "Gollum and his Precious" rocket for the first time using a C5-3.  Rick Vatsaas "Vinyl Pigskin of Porcine Revenge" whistled all the way up and all the way down on a a 1/2A.  Jeff Hove had a loud CATO of an old motor in his Stomp Rocket.

This day also marked the 33rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.  To commemorate that event, Jeff Hove launched his 25-year-old Saturn V rocket on a B motor.

The Details:

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

The totals were:  70 flights, 71 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 477 Ns with an average total impulse of 6.7 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 3

1/4A

0

1/2A

2

A

17

B

19

C

25

D

3

E

2

F

0

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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