October 1 2005 launch report (10/1/2005)
On Saturday, October 1, MASA held its "September" launch at
the sod farm near
Nowthen. (The launch had been
postponed a week from its original date.)
The skies were blue. The sun was shining. It was an
incredible day for the beginning of October - 80 degrees!. The only annoyance was a
steady breeze out of the
south. Whether it was the start of the school year and all its
activities or the change in the launch date, attendance was markedly
smaller than at the August launch.
Prez. Mike Erpelding put in stellar duty with launch equipment
and range setup. Mike
deserves a big round of applause! Let's all be sure to help
out at launches; Mike can't do everything (and he
shouldn't have to!) A special thanks to those few who stayed
and helped pack up the range at the end of the
Thanks to the LCO/RSO volunteers: Mike Erpelding, Ken
Jarosch, Glen Overby, and Alan Estenson.
A few of the flights:
The theme of this launch was "CLUSTERS!", and the launch
attendees really took it to heart! There were a total of 26
flights that burned a cluster of 2 or more motors. David
Whitaker had the most motors in a single flight - 7 - with his Mini
Katana 2 with a D12 and 6 C6's. In terms of total impulse, Ted
Cochran edged out Dave by putting 5 D12's in "Ted's Testbed".
Deuce's Wild Drag Race - For the day's fun event, five
people drag raced Deuce's Wild kits on 2-motor clusters. Not
only did all five launch, but all 10 motors lit! The drag
racers were: Mike Erpelding, Ted Cochran, Andy Heren, Alan
Estenson, and Caleb Boe.
MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the
Alan Estenson writes:
I didn't make as many cluster flights as I'd hoped, but I
did get in three. I flew "4A-56" on four A3-4t's. I
built this rocket for A cluster altitude at NARAM 47. I
flew my Tube-Ces wild on two C6-5's for the drag race.
This is a Deuce with tube fins. Last, I flew my Big Bad
Voodoo Daddy with a central E9-8 and four C6-0's. It had a
great flight, but suffered some damage. It may get
repaired, or I may just have to build a new one.
John Carlson writes:
It was indeed great weather for a launch. My
number 1 and number 3 sons came out to launch rockets. We ended
up shooting nine of them. The list included a clustered
X-prize rocket - the Thunderstar. My son's Exo-Skell which
survived 2 flights with no damage. My Wuest X-15 chose to
loop on lift off with no damage. I also launched my Quest
Space Clipper; this is the first finless design I think I've
ever launched and I was really impressed with how well it flew.
I had a large number of chute problems this time, must have been
the old baby powder I was using. Thanks to all the guys
that helped make the launch possible.
Dan Keppel writes:
A beautiful morning it was (I got there at about 8:50
and helped Mike set up the flight line) with just enough wind to
make most of the rockets land near/on the crowd, minimizing walk
time. I got three launches in: My amazing recycled rocket on a
C6-5, my heart of gold on an E9-6(gone with the wind), and my
dark energy avenger on an F25-7W. Of course my $50 rocket has to
be the one to float off into the corn fields (the ones that are
in the opposite direction of the pads) I made it over there in
time to see my rocket go down into the corn, but I still had to
jump the ditch and search the corn for 20 minutes to find it
(twilight zone?). I was asked by one of the more experienced
members( sorry forgot your name) if I had heard about "evil
corn," I had said no. After my experience in the corn, I can say
that the corn isn't the problem; it's those darn spikey plants
that surround the corn that are evil. They have what appear to
be burrs on steroids. They're like grapes covered with
hypodermic kneedles. I had to pry about 5 of them off of my
chute and 10 of them off my clothes. I decided to quit while I
was ahead after that so I packed up and headed home. Can't wait
till the 22nd!
Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form, requires version
or newer of the Acrobat reader)
The totals were: 89 flights, 141 motors. The cumulative
total impulse was 2531 Ns with an average total impulse of 17.9 Ns.
The motor breakdown follows: