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Last updated: May 30, 2009
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May 30, 2009 launch report (5/30/2009)

On Saturday, May 30th, MASA held its fourth launch of the year.  This was the second launch of the season on the sod near Nowthen.

There was plentiful sunshine and perfectly clear skies.  Temperatures were in the 60's.  The bummer, however, was the wind.  Coming out of the N to NNW, it was about 7-9 mph early in the morning, but increased to 12-15mph with gusts to 20mph by the early afternoon.  The wind served to keep the turnout light and the number of flights comparatively low at 44.  We called it quits for the day about 1:30pm.

The theme of this launch was "odd-rocs".  Strange rockets seen taking to the air included:

  • A three Sputnik drag race on C6-0's (Neal Higgins & Alan Estenson)
  • A three Death Star drag race on C6-3's (Dwayne Shmel, Dave Schaffhausen, Todd Carpenter)
  • An Art Applewhite Pyramid (Todd Carpenter), a "Pumpnik" (Alan Estenson), and a Birdie (Alan)
  • UFO's - a Snitch (Dwayne Shmel) and a Pheord X150 (David Whitaker)

Despite the wind, there were four G-powered flights by Scott Gleason, Neal Higgins, Andy Juntunen, and David Whitaker.  There were also two successful Level 1 high power certification flights.  Congratulations to Andy Juntunen (1/4-scale PML Patriot on H123), and to Scott Gleason (Junior L1, "Inferno" on H180).  Dave Gensler's H180 powered flight in his PML Matrix didn't fare as well when he suffered immediate delay-train blow-by and ejection.

Andy Juntunen's L1 Cert Flight
(click on thumbnails to see fullsize pics)

Thanks to Neal Higgins for for helping set up the launch range.  Thanks to Neal and Andy Juntunen for helping disassemble and pack it up, too.  Thanks to Ted Cochran for his shift as LCO/RSO.

A few of the flights:

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

Alan Estenson writes:

I chalked-up 8 flights - most of them "odd-rocs".  I flew two Sputniks in a 3-way drag race with Neal.  I also flew my "Pumpnik" and a Birdie.  From an old MASA kitbash meeting, I flew the "RQ-70" - made from a SR-71 kit.  For somewhat-odd-looking rockets, I launched the "Screaming Yellow Zonker" tubefin rocket, bt-56 upscale Solar Warrior, and "Harmonize" (harmonicas for fins).

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  44 flights with 45 motors burned.  The cumulative total impulse was 1622 Ns with an average total impulse of  36 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

6

B

5

C

15

D

8

E

2

F

2
G 4

H

3
I 0

J

0

 

(Alan Estenson)

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