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October 2008 launch report (10/31/2008)

On Saturday, October 25th, MASA held its 11th launch of the year.  This was the sixth launch of the year at the sod fields near Nowthen. 

The next MASA launch will be on November 22 at the Elk River VFW soccer fields.

Huge thanks to the RSO/LCO volunteers!  Ted Cochran, Jason Colt, David Whitaker, Todd Schweim, and Alan Estenson.

Extra thanks to all who stayed to help clean up the range and pack up the equipment!

The theme for this launch was "goonies, odd-rocs, and Halloween rockets" 

A few of the flights:

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

John Carlson writes:

I managed to launch 4 rockets Saturday, first was my up-scaled estes Starblazer on a G38-4.  She core sampled because the chute didn't open.  Fortunately, there was very little damage. ? also shot my Gee-hod goonie from Semroc.  Also launched were a estes V-2 on a D12-5 and D-region Tomahawk on a E9-6.

Alan Estenson writes:

I arrived at the field a little after 8am and started setting up. After awhile, a few other people arrived, and we were ready to start launching a bit after 9am.

The day started out cool, breezy, and cloudy. When we started launching, the breeze was about 8mph out of the SW. By noon, it was up around 10-12mph. By 1pm, it was about 13mph with gusts to 16. In the face of gusts to 20mph, we ended the launch at 1:30pm. The clouds did clear up and the sun came out later in the morning, so it wasn't too bad out. Come the January launch, we'll remember Saturday's weather with fondness. <grin>

Despite the wind, there was a great turnout of people - probably one of the largest of the year. The wind (and shortened launch hours) did keep down the overall number of flights.

I flew some odd-rocs first: Sputnik, Pump-nik, Birdie, and the ingeniously named "2008 Halloween rocket".

I then decided that, despite the wind, it was time to fly my Rocketman Explorer 7 for the first time. I bought the kit something like 8 years ago. Construction went in spurts over the years with intervening
periods of the rocket being banished to a corner. I finally finished it up and painted it back in August.
First flight was quite nice on an I211. Delay could have been a second or two shorter. With the wind, it landed amongst the "orchard" to the NE. The bottom half of the airframe did a splashdown right in the
middle of a ditch while the top half and chute were up on the sod. No harm done once I wiped off the pond scum and let it dry out.

My only other launch of the day was another first flight. This time, it was my scratchbuilt goony - the Solar Goon - on a B6-4. It flew well, and I was happy. :-)

Ted Cochran writes:

I had a pretty short day, since I needed to get home by 1:00 for another engagement.

So, I did a little shmoozing, a little LCO/RSOing, and, oh yeah, I launched my LOC-IV--the rocket that I certified on 10 years ago-- on an H180 for another good flight. The wind was annoying, but there were a ton of people there anyway. Lots of flying halloween rockets, some old favorites, some first flights--any day flying rockets is a good day!

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  102 flights, 107 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 2677 Ns with an average total impulse of  25 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0
















G 4


I 1




(Alan Estenson)

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