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January 2004 launch report (1/27/2004)

Brrrr !

On Saturday, January 24th, a few dedicated fliers and guests came out to the field in White Bear Lake for MASA's first launch of the year.  The day also marked the 7th anniversary of MASA's first official club launch.

A few of the flights:

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

Ken Jarosch writes:

I almost missed a near perfect day because I was busy and didn't have anything ready. Just threw some of my winter (junk) rockets in the car.

I got there late (945) and several MASA members were already flying. I used Mike's controller and used my ProPad as the 3rd pad. Thanks Mike!

My flights were
1) Interceptor C11-3 (Pathfinder + Bertha)
2) Firehawk C11-3 (Modified 18 mm C)
3) D-Region Tomahawk C11-3 (Scratch Build)
4) Blue Ninja D12-5 (Modified for E9 & F21)
5) BroadSword D12-3
6) Firehawk D12-5

All flew great but sustained damage on landing due to frozen ground.  The Interceptor, Firehawk and the Blue Ninja each had one fin ripped off, while the D-Region Tomahawk and the Broadsword had crushed fin tips on one or two fins.

I wish I had several E30-4T's along for some of the larger Estes rockets. No wind to speak of out there today.

Lee Frisvold writes:

I agree with Ken. I almost missed it too, but I was glad I went.

My flights
1. Prowler C6-3 very nice but low flight , this kit should have had a D engine stock
2. Silver Comet D12-5 Nice flight but it took 3 igniters to ignite it.
3. Skywinder C6-3 very nice flight
4. Nike Smoke (Quest) B6-4 very nice flight
5. Corkscrew C6-3 very nice corkscrewing going up but loosened a fin on landing.

Mike did the official stomp rocket to make the launch official.  Ken launched the last rocket of the day around 1200 then we cleaned up.  Thanks Mike!  No wind, blue sky what could be better than launching some rockets.

Mike Erpelding writes:

Today's launch went really well! It was -5F when I left home this morning with no wind and a clear sky. The weather in White Bear Lake proved to be a little warmer with a very slight breeze from the northwest. I , myself was dressed for the weather; as were the others who showed up. Six members filled out flight cards for a grand total of 32 flights. The first flight of the day was a drag race between Mark Thell and Mike Martens. Both rockets had good flights. New member Breh McDowell had four near picture perfect flights with his new Estes Patriot.  Lee Frisvold also had several great flights, including his Estes Skywinder; which he let one of the kids, from one of the families who came to watch, press the button. Ken Jarosch also had several great flights.

My first flight was my Estes Stars and Stripes on a B6-4. Great flight; but upon retrieval I noticed that the cellophane tape that holds the streamer on almost completely let go, talk about a close call!

My second flight was my Estes Heatseeker. I usually fly it on a B6-4 for what some have told me is an almost underpowered flight (solid plastic fins and plastic motor mount parts). I decided to try it on a C6-3 for the first time. It could have used a little more noseweight for C's; since the flight was a little corkscrewy heading to the southeast. One of the kids said it landed on the roof of the school. Oh well, it seems at least one rocket has to land up there at every launch. -)

Next I launched my Stomp rocket on a B6-4 to demonstrate B.O.I.N.K. recovery to the kids.  I also let one of the kids launch one of my Mach 12's on a B6-4.

We wrapped up the launch around 1130; after everyone had a chance to launch all of the rockets that they brought to fly, not due to the cold.

I had a lot of fun and I hope the weather for the Feburary launch is almost as nice!

Mark Thell writes:

Greetings, I arrived at Sunrise by 900 to find Mike Martens and Mike Erpelding already there. We set up Mike E's launch controller and just a couple pads. Mike Martens and I decided to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the 1st MASA launch with a drag race of Fatboys on C6-3's They flew in formation (meaning they came kinda close to colliding) Both deployed their chutes.  I tested a new chute material; I had some landscaping fabric left over from gardening. The material allows water and air to penetrate. I thought I'd give it a try. I cut a 12 sided chute out and put it in the Fatboy. It seems to work well; there's no swinging from side to side like the plastic chutes. It also seemed to work well in the cold weather.

I then sent up my green glider carrier; you probably remember this one. I put a small foam chuck glider on it piggyback style and launched on a B6-4. The glider popped off at apogee and glided down nicely while the booster came down on chute.

Mike Martens then launched his stretch Bertha on a D12-5. Great flight but he "treed" it. This answered my question about what to put in my Cherokee-D clone. I used a B6-4 I believe for its first flight. It flew well , but spit the motor adapter while deploying the chute. Then came my Estes Pathfinder on a D12-3. It flew great, but the Kevlar line between the booster and nose broke on ejection. The nose came down nicely, but the booster broke a fin on landing. I also flew my Custom Tristar for the first time on an A8-3. Nice little kit, It'd be gone on a C6-5 though. I flew my glider one more time then packed it in for the day.

Nice to see new faces at the launch . It was also good to see Lee Frisvold, it's been awhile. I paid my dues for this year, and hit the road. Thanks again to Mike E for hauling out the stuff. It was a GREAT day for flying.

Brett McDowell writes:

Well, here goes with a launch report for my first ever time at a MASA launch. I got there about 15 minutes after the start time and brought 4 rockets with me, 3 of which I actually launched. They were all Estes stock kits: a Skywriter, Sizzler, Patriot and Alpha 3. The first launch was with my just finished the night before unpainted Patriot. I was a bit nervous as this was my first launch but it went off smoothly with a C-6-3. After that I tried my Skywriter which was fine on launch with another C-6-3, but sadly I didn't put in enough wadding and the chute lines burned up so the chute was lost. No damage to the rocket other then a slightly bent tube. After that I tried the Sizzler, note to self, don't try a high altitude rocket on a a big engine when you aren't in the mood to chase it. Thankfully, with a little help from another member, I found where it landed in a yard across the street on the other end of the field. After that, I launched my Patriot a couple more times, only problem was with the last launch, it backdrifted into the street and got a little wet and a bent engine hook, but nothing major. I was very pleased as a new member with everyone there.  I saw a lot of nice rockets, and everyone was great to talk to and had advice and info that was very helpful. I will definitely be coming to more launches and meetings.

The Details:

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

The totals were:  32 flights, 32 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 288 Ns with an average total impulse of 9 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


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