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June 2003 launch report (6/28/2003)

STS-107 Memorial Launch
In honor of Rick Husband, Commander (Col., USAF).

Hey, a nice day!

On Saturday June 28, a small group of MASA members and visitors gathered at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.  It was darn near perfect flying weather - partly cloudy skies, warm temperatures, and only a light and variable breeze.  There wasn't a large turnout of people for this launch, but they still chalked-up 115 flights.  With a FAA notification filed for the first time at this site, the soccer fields saw their first G motor launches.

Big thanks and applause to:

  • Mike Erpelding - for filling his truck with gear
  • LCO / RSO volunteers: Glen Overby, Stuart Lenz, Mike Erpelding, Lee Frisvold, Ellison Lenz, David Whitaker

A few people flew Super Rocs built at or since the June meeting.  Download the results (pdf)

A few of the flights:

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

Stuart Lenz writes:

The launch day started gray and overcast and now it is raining. In between, we had 10 pads and 5 hours of launching. Glen took the first LCO/RSO shift, and Ellison flew the first rocket a new Estes Swing Wing that only partially deployed.

I flew the second rocket the Estes Space Shuttle (of Doom) in memory of the Columbia and Crew (Rick Husband, Commander). My second rocket was the scratch built Goddard 1 (as seen at the MASA LCO/RSO training meeting) with only the top engine, not as dangerous as Ellision predicted. I tried two 1/4A Super-Roc's designed to backglide, neither of which actually did. Ellison tried to get several other of our gliders to work, pretty funny unless you are the one who has to fix/rebuild them. I switched to some of my regular fleet, the Luna 3, Luna 2, Baby Bertha, and Patrol Crusier Excaliber. Then switched to some of the winter build and not yet painted ships. Estes and Centuri clones, including the USS Alantis, a Hyperion, and several others that I can not remember the names of at this time. Both Ellison and I took shifts of LCO/RSO and started packing up around 2:00. Every one ran out of omph, rockets or engines at about this time and we stayed to help pack up and sweep the field for engine casings.

Must have left by 2:50, home by 3:30. I remember Dave W launched his repaired AT SUMO, I drag raced Mean Machines with Lee F, Mike E drag raced Stars& Stripes (with himself), Ellison launched one of our spool rockets on a D21-4 and help launch a MonoCopter (twice) for memorable flights. A Little John (portapotty) rocket attempted to fly twice for memorable loops and crashes (and Massy nominations) and a Jupiter II (Original Lost in Space series) attempted to take the launch pad with it (for another Massy nomination). Several people flew Super-Roc (Stupid-Roc) flight, I know that Dave W made it over the buildings and into the parking lot (probably can't nominate Stupid_Roc's for Massy).

One new Junior Rocketeer arrived with his father and a new Estes Rocket and made his first 6 flights on A and B engines, all the engines they had with them. Oh yes, there was a spectacular flight of a Radio Controlled Rocket Glider that circled for what seemed like 10 minutes. Now on to the new field, Thanks Rick V.


The Details:

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

The totals were:  115 flights, 123 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1621 Ns with an average total impulse of 13.2 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0





















(Alan Estenson)

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