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October 27, 2007 launch report (10/28/2007)

On Saturday, October 27th, MASA held its tenth launch of the year. This launch was held at the sod farm near Nowthen.

The themes for the day were "Halloween" and "Missiles of October".

Thanks to the LCO/RSO volunteers!

Thanks to Ted Cochran for taking care of the FAA waiver activation for this launch, and thanks to Jeff Taylor for bringing the range gear to the launch!

A few of the flights:

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

Ted Cochran writes:

Finally, the weather forecast was wrong--in our favor!

I arrived at the site at about 9:30 to find it pretty much ready to go, with a small group of folks that rapidly grew to around 20 carloads as the morning wore on.

The weather was MUCH better than predicted. Temps were in the 40s early, but quickly reached the mid 50s, and in the sun it felt a lot warmer. The sky was cloudless early on, and the worst it got was partly cloudy. Even better, the winds were mostly light until about noon when they finally picked up to the 10 mph range.

I had no problems with the FAA notification ("Have fun!), and we flew a bunch of rockets--80+, I think.

I flew just two--the venerable LOC-IV on an H128W-M, for a fine, if slightly weather-cocked flight, and Phobos on a G77R-4 redline.

The Phobos flight was undertaken with a bit of trepidation, given that the a motor from the same lot had CATOed earlier (back of the motor blew off). No problems with my motor, though--it flew up very well.
The parachute managed to wrap itself up in the shroud lines, so the landing wasn't the greatest, but no damage.

My last "flight" of the day was to burn the ejected propellant from the earlier G77 CATO by electrically igniting it with a dipped Daveyfire. Let's just say that Redline propellant would make an
excellent, if short-burning, road flare.

There were lots of great flights today. David Whitaker and Glen Overby flew dual-deployment hybrids with excellent results, if you don't count one water landing (Guess who's rocket hit the water?)

The Boe family brought their spiffy new launch shelter (with wheels!) and flew a mess o'rockets, including Caleb's nice flight of his Tethys on an H210R.

John Carlson flew a bunch of classics, and participated in a spectacular drag race of elderly Interceptors--wow!

Mark Thell also flew some classic rockets, and scored some cool door prizes for NARCON.

Jeff Taylor showed off a beautiful rocket that he had autographed by all the cool people at the October Sky Festival.

Other great flights, too, too numerous to mention. I'll let the flyers describe them.

There was one fairly scary flight involving an unstable CC Express (D to D, I think), that did a few loops and then staged; the sustainer flew perfectly straight (naturally) on a depressed trajectory, but missed cars, people, and everything else important. The rocket was mostly destroyed. The root cause remains unclear. The rocket balanced properly before being launched--did it hit a wind gust? Get caught up on the rod? Have a misaligned booster? We can't say. It looked fine before the flight; it flew very badly. It's a good reminder to double and triple check complex rockets, though!

Thanks to Jeff for hauling the gear and doing the first LCO shift, as well as Dave for doing the third LCO shift.

All in all, it was a great day!

Mark Thell writes:

It was a great day for flying. I decided to bring out some oldies but goodies.  My 30 year old Alien Invader took to the skies for a nice flight Next up was my yellow and black scratch built on a C11-3. motor spit but recovered nicely.
I then tempted the rocket gods with a B/G that was a built at a MASA meeting a long time ago. Mini motor powered, the last time I flew it it was GREAT!!  This time...not so good, just wouldn't pull out of the ol'power dive. Remember what I said about the rocket gods???

My V2 was the next up, again on a C11-3 (geez I have a LOT of them )  Recovery, not so good, chute didn't want to come out and play. Now it has the wrinkled skin of a Real V2. Maybe a scale contest???

My old Estes SAROS, Big Bertha, Semroc Mark II and Quest Nike Smoke rounded out the day.  Special thanks and Kudos go to our newest MASA member Joe Weisman... We've been communicating online for awhile now. I turned him on to the club. Joe brought his dad and others along to the launch and had a great time. Joe very graciously donated some historical items for NARCON and I want him to know that it was greatly appreciated.

Jeff Taylor writes:

90 flights, including 1 cluster and 4 two-stages, for a total of 95 motors burned (not counting Ted's Road Flare Extravaganza).

For the first time in recent MASA history, more "B" motors were lit than "C" motors.

Thanks go to Ted for taking care of the FAA paperwork. Thanks go to Alyssa for helping me set up the range. Thanks go to Ted and David for helping me with RSO duties. Thanks go to Glenn for sending me
some pictures. Thanks go to all that helped take down the range at the end. Thanks go to Alan for not being there :)

Many new faces appeared at this launch, including many new members and visitors.

John Carlson writes:

I had a great time on Saturday.  I could only get my daughter to come with me this time, so she launched her Big Betty that she made and entered in the fair for 4-H this year.  I launched 3 rockets that were all over 25 years old, my Estes V-2, Bandit and Interceptor which I drag raced with another interceptor that was equally as old, I also launched one of my favorite mid power up scales a Estes Starblazer on a G38, I think I need to try a G77 redline next time.  Last but not least I had a Custom rockets "Game Over" in tribute to the rest of the family playing Halo 3 among other things instead of chasing rockets.  you would think being layed off of work all summer I would have made it to more launches, but something always came up.  May I'll get to more winter launches this year.

The Details:

Full launch tally (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

The totals were:  90  flights, 95 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 2296 Ns with an average total impulse of  24.2 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0
















G 7


I 0



(Alan Estenson)

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