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November 21, 2009 launch report

On Saturday, November 21st, MASA held its regular monthly club launch on the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.  Flying started around 10am, and the launch ended at 1:30pm.  A total of 93 flights were recorded. This was MASA's 13th and final launch of the year.  Turnout of people was really good for a November launch.

The sun was shining, and there was a fairly steady breeze out of the south.  Still, nearly all of the rockets recovered on the soccer fields.

Previous to the launch, President Alan pointed out that we only needed 41 more flights to reach 1,000 officially recorded launches for the year.  We more than doubled that number!  This is the first time that MASA surpassed 1,000 flights in a year since 2002.

A few of the flights:

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

Andy Heren writes:

I, too, launched more today than I ever have at one launch. Thanks to Alan's postings of the monthly launches, I realized that I have launched my Big Bertha every time I have launched with MASA, except once. Today I kept that going.

Besides that, I launched my Baby Bertha, Ring of Fire (Baby Bertha kitbash), Der Red Max, Barracuda and Nano from Starlight, the LOC EZI-65 that was my doorprize from the picnic this summer, the Avalear (FlisKits), Lil Ivan, Tornado, and the Explorer 2000 from Rogue Aerospace. I built it in 2000,but didn't paint it until this past summer.

A special thanks to Alan for letting me use his launch equipment!

It was a fun day of launching and well worth the 2 hour drive!

Jeff Taylor writes:

I think I flew more today than at the last 3 or 4 launches combined. I got in 10 flights today including a Lil Ivan, Big Bertha, Meteor Masher, Deuces Wild, Porta Pot Shot, Zenit, Renegade, Fat Boy, Sizzlet and Harpoon.

Glen Overby writes:

I think my day was about average: 5 flights totaling 103 newton-seconds (equivalent to a G77). Only two stayed on the field :(

This brings my 2009 flight total to:
B C D  E F G H I
4 7 14 6 4 6 1 5 = 4180.30 newton-seconds

  • Nike-Asp returned from the dead rockets pile with a repaired tube.
  • Aerobee 300A with too big of a parachute
  • 2-stage flight, B6-0 to B6-6, staged at about 20'. I guess the launch lugs were a bit tight on the launch rod.
  • a generic 3FNC (long) rocket on a D-21. Not much of a launch picture, as it was more of a disappearance than a launch. Deployment was strange: only one streamer deployed. The 2nd streamer was stuck in the tube *below* some chunks of wadding.
  • Sandia Tomahawk (BT-70) on an E18 landed in one of the neighbor's front yard.

Ken & Paul Jarosch write:

What a great day to end the flying season and the month of November's activities for me. Paul and I brought many rockets that we have been avoiding in favor of large AP. rockets. The rockets cut across many lines.

Planes: I flew the Tinee on a A10-3T for the first time. Don't know whether it was the high thrust or the winds but it just looped and crashed. No damage. Ditto for the CICI on a B6-4. But this loop ended in many pieces. Paul's going to take it over and adjust (Increase) the down thrust angle. Again maybe the winds.

Copters: My second Rose-A-Roc which is highly modified into a Enhanced Sport model. This was a test on a A8-3 with the dihedral increased since the first flight. It started to spin and then collapsed and flew upside down. Wind may have been a factor. However, one binder was loose causing that rotor to flop.

Snow Flakes: The highlight of the day for me was trying out my new design. While the day was nice there was one large 12" Snow Flake Rocket on a C6-3. This snow flake took off slowly with a slight wobble due to the flat forward surface. It climbed to a nice height and flipped over after burn out and floated to the ground with that slight wobble. A complete success. Probably will make a short kit report for Sport Rocketry.

Paul said he got it on video and is going to put it YouTube.

Goonies: I flew the GoonyBird one and the Goony Ghost on B6-4's. A weak ejection charge did not kick the chute out of the GoonyBird One and the Goony Ghost had a broken schrod line. No damage to either rocket.

Saucers: I flew the 6" Delta SpaceShipEarth on a E11-0J for a nice but low weather cocked flight into the wind with a short recovery drift. The original 12" Stars & Stripes went up with G76-0G for a fast and noisy lift off. After burn out the S&S tumbled until it stabilized about 10' off the ground. Must be the wind.

Sport Scale: Paul and I had a Patriot drag race. Paul used a B6-4 and I used a C11-3. On launch they crossed over each other. I thought we might have a collision. On ejection my Patriot severed the weak shock cord and the nose cone drifted away with the chute. I found it several hills over in the land to the North.

Streamer Duration: I flew the "E" Rocket which is a 1/4A SD weighing 13 grams with 1/64" plywood fins. Today I put in a A3-4T for more altitude. It ripped off the pad and flew into cloud haze. As a white rocket I lost sight of it but I did see the ejection charge. But not the 3"x30" tracing paper streamer. It went almost straight up so if the streamer failed it should be near by. No luck. I walked about 3/4 of the field down wind with no sight.

Just as we were packing up to Dwayne came up and asked me if that was my rocket. I guess it made it to the end off the field. This is one of many small pencil rockets but I was glad to get it back. More so to know it really worked well.

Paul likes to fly clusters so today he flew three.

Big Daddy Lifter: This is a Big Daddy with out board tanks like the Shuttle craft. Paul flew with a D12-5 inboard and two A10-PT in the outboard tanks. Fast lift off with the three flames visible in a straight line alignment.

SR-71c BlackBird: This is also a three cluster rocket with a D12-3 inboard and again two A10-PT's in the outboard tubes. Once again a great flight with the three flames.

Astron Cobra: This is my old first time cluster rocket (scratch built in the early '90's). Paul flew it on three C6-5's. The rocket went way up there and I believe it had a 18" chute. We lost sight of it as it headed down wind. With the help of three young people they found it on the berm of HWY 42.

Two Staggers: Paul flew the gap staged rocket with the "Tiny Tim Booster" and the top stage on a C6-0 and A8-3. Top stage did not ignite and the bottom motor moved forward in the "Tiny Tim" and burnt it up pretty badly.

Rubicon: This used a D12-3 but the chute tangled and it came in streamer. Don't know if Paul had any damage.

Boink: His revised plastique Boink was flown on A8-3 , B6-4 and a C6-3. On the C motor the winds carried it down range a bit.

Sport Scale: Paul's Patriot was used in a drag race with my Patriot. His was a normal close by flight on a B6-4

Spools: The White American Spool on a C11-3 was a good wind bet. At TRA-MN Paul flies three spools in Red, White and Blue. Nice color in joint flight.

CATOes: The CATO rocket which self destructs at burnout with a C6-0 is always a good one for the unsuspecting NEWbie. Today was no different.

Copters: Last but not least was Paul's standard F1 "Tornado" on a A8-3. I didn't see it as I was off wandering the fields looking for parts. Paul tell me it really spun out in recovery.

NOTE: I have a F2 Tornado and Paul has a F4 Tornado which have been flown natural as 2x and 4x upscales

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  93 flights with 104 motors burned.  The cumulative total impulse was 1104 Ns with an average total impulse of  10.6 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0
















G 1


I 0




(Alan Estenson)

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