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February 2006 launch report (3/4/2006)

On Saturday, February 25th, MASA held its second launch of the year at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake.

Thanks to Prez. Mike Erpelding for driving all the way down with his truck o' equipment.  He couldn't even stay, but turned around to drive up north of Brainerd for a 4-H workshop!  (Talk about your dedication to rocketry.)  Thanks to Buzz for running the launch.

A few of the flights:

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

Stuar Lenz writes:

The TARC team launched their rocket 3 or 4 times C11-3, D12-3 ...  Ken launched a series of Art Applewhite rockets, cones, etc, 1/2As and  A8-3.  Glen O. launched 1 or 2; did not see what Dave W. launched (if  anything).
I tried several new designs, including a cone fin that did a nice loop-d-loop (some nose weight required) and the Dragon Ship 7 and 8, and Starship Excalibur.  The TARC team(s?) left around 12:00 and around 12:30  we put everything away and cleaned up the site, then moved to the Arbys at White Bear Ave and I694.  Told rocket lies till 3:00 and went  home.  Buzzzzzz did a wonderful job as RSO/LCO but did not launch any of his rockets.

Buzz McDermott responds:

Buzz didn't fly anything cuz he's a poor ol' wimp of a southern boy who had a frozen tushy and frozen toes. It was too durn cold tuh launch.

Ken Jarosch writes:

North High [TARC team] informed me that they would not do practice flights and would not need my timing. They would just sport fly. They decided to wait and fly at our schedule on Sunday. They did do a fire for effect with a C11-3 that run 3/4 field. Then to my surprise they run another field test with a D12-3 and almost lost the rocket between the trees and houses to the South. They then tried a C11-3 with a streamer with predictable results. Luckily no damage to the rocket.

David Whitaker writes:

I only managed to launch 2 rockets at Saturday's launch. After that my fingers were so stiff and cold I had trouble manipulating anything. I really wanted to keep my hands in my jacket pocket.
My first rocket was a FatBoy on a C6-3. Launch was good with a successful parachute deployment. There was some minor chipping of the fin tips due to the ground being rock hard. My second flight was a Rob Edmonds Ecee on a 1/2A3-2. The flight was surprisingly good. Boost was to maybe 50-70 feet with a nice long glide. Unfortunately, the glide was so long that it made it over the tennis courts all the way to the
far chain link fence. The Ecee hit the chain link fence and cuisenarted. I picked up as many balsa pieces as I could and took it home. At home, I found some 1/16th inch thick balsa sheet. I pieced together the balsa fragments to make a pattern for a new Ecee canard.  I cut it out, made some hacks, used some yellow glue and the Ecee looks good as new (from > 5 ft). Hopefully, it will still fly aok.

The Details:

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form, requires version 6 or newer of the Acrobat reader)

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


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