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January 2003 launch report (1/25/2003)

Brrrr !

On Saturday, January 25th, a few dedicated fliers came out to the field in White Bear Lake for MASA's first launch of the year.  4 to 5 pads were set up in "misfire alley" formation. Launching ended after 28 flights.

A few of the flights:

MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the launch! 

Rick Vatsaas writes:

I got to the launch a bit late, just as a few people were leaving. I only brought five rockets to launch, so I didn't need much time myself.  Having a small group present was nice and relaxing, the cold made things more difficult, though.

I lead off with my Big Daddy on A D12-3. Then Launched My Cheeky Chip Cone Challenger on C11-3 (This is rocket made from a British Style French fry container I received from an English Rocketeer). The C^4 was surprisingly stable and shot up to about 500 feet.  Next up was my new Edmonds EeeCee, which unfortunately had the wrong delay motor, so the glide was a bit disappointing. It was recovered intact though Next was the Vinyl Pigskin of Porcine Retribution. For those that don't know this rocket, it's a little "Vortex" football toy that resembles a mortar round, and is equipped with a whistle. The rocket recovers ballistic, whistling the whole way, till it bounces about 20 feet back up when it hits the ground. This time I rigged it for CHAD Staging, C6-0 to ŻA3-4T. So it would go really high, before screaming to earth. And if it failed to stage, no matter, it's now a boosted dart. It did stage, and the little crowd was treated to good show.  I finished off the day with a launch of my Big Berth on a C11-3; unfortunately, the Nylon chute got badly toasted.

Thanks to Glenn Overby for letting me use his GSE and those who pressed the button while I snapped pictures.

Stuart Lenz writes:

The morning started brisk with light winds and light snow falling and the first rockets launched were of course Stomps - Glen, Ellison and I, all on different types of engines.

Ellison's second flight was my AMRAAM 120, nice flight but no recovery even though we saw it drift over the end of school and land, several search attempts failed to locate the white and gray rocket. My MicroMaxx Andromeda had a nice first flight but lost one of the ion engines at ejection or landing, easily repaired. My Mach 10 clone had a nice first flight and glide (see Ted, I can get a glider to fly), I had painted it in silver with Russian marking in keeping with the Mig 15/17 look of the rocket. My RITSOS (Rocket in the style of Shrox) striped two fins, one at ejection and one on landing, thus proving I have not learned every thing required in properly orienting balsa.

Jim Myers had a Crusader clone that experienced a spectacular CATO.  Completely destroying the rocket, I believe.

Ken Jarosch had several nice flights that I remember. He was also flying the largest rockets of the day.

Rick Vatsaas arrived somewhat after the rest of us, but still got in several nice flights.  I particularly remember the Pig Skin II, with staging and boink recovery of the foam football nose cone.

Ellison had the last flight of the day, trying out a new recovery method (Slinky) but the compressed plastic body tube that should have expanded for 10" -> 36" failed to work in the cold temperatures and shattered the plastic tube into 4 pieces. He plans to try again in warmer weather.


The Details:

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

The totals were:  28 flights, 30 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 198 Ns with an average total impulse of 6.6 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 3





















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