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February 2012 launch report

On Saturday, February 25th, MASA held its second launch of 2012.  It was held at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake.  The day started out cool and cloudy with a few snow flakes falling.  By about 11am, we had blue skies, sunshine, and just a hint of a breeze out of the west.  There was maybe an inch of snow on the field.

A total of 88 rockets were flown on motors ranging from A to E.

Theme:  You've Got to Love Rocketry (Valentine's Rockets)

A few of the flights:

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

Neal Higgins writes:

Oh the weather outside looked frightful but soon it turned delightful.

When I headed out for the field I wasn't too sure if we would be launching.  The flurries kept getting heavier the farther east I got but were over with by the time I reached the field.  Stuart and Chris were already there and waiting when I pulled up. Alan pulled up shortly after and we began the range setup. Shortly after we started launching the weather decided to cooperate. The sun came out, the temps started rising and the winds stayed very light.

We had some potential new members there to fly and observe. I didn't have the FITI rockets aIong so I gave 1 father & son a modified Supershot (from my stash) and a C11-3 motor to fly it on. He was a happy kid when he got to fly it and then take it home. They lived a block away and had just come to observe.

Thank you Ian and Ross for giving up your Baby Bertha and motors for Jamison to fly. I am thinking Jamison and his dad might just become members.  Ian, at the next launch stop by the trailer and I will get you a FITI rocket to replace your Baby Bertha.  The other potential member had shown up prepared to fly and to see what MASA was all about. He managed close to a dozen flights and when I got home he had already sent in his application via paypal.

I managed 13 flights on the day including my Red Baron glider on a C6-0 and the Der Red Max on a D21-7. Both were great flights. The other 11 flights were also great and I only managed 1 roof landing. Thanks Stuart for the use of your pole.

Chuck Ross writes:

It was indeed a beautiful day to fly...me & the lil' guy tend to be conservative when it comes to motors/altitude, (read: *ME*) but Saturday was an awesome day to launch rockets. We stuffed the biggest motor we had in each model, and other than being a bit light on wadding (we've got a few scorched 'chutes/streamers) it was a joy to see how they flew.

The offer of a FITI to replace our Baby Bertha is appreciated but hardly necessary, Neal...although I'm sure Ian has a different opinion on that.

We stopped at Hub Hobby on the way home and it was not only replaced, he's also got a Big Bertha, a SuperBird and a Golden Scout to reward his generosity. I'm very proud of how he gave Jamison the opportunity, and that he also gave up his (narrowly) second favorite rocket. I don't think many twelve-year-olds would do that, and I'm pretty sure it came from the generosity & help everyone has shown us/him.

Thank you all!

Kurt Knox writes:

Yep, would agree it was a very nice day for launching rockets. I would have made it through the day retrieving every one of the 12 flights I made but I had a scratch built that went horizontal over the neighborhood. I had a couple hard landings, lost a few fins but was able to find them. Nothing like searching for white fins in the snow. I got a couple E flights in, including my Estes Stormcaster on a E9-4 for a perfect flight.

I played around with the new Estes Engine Adapters I picked up at Hub last week. They worked great and were very easy to use. I had one hiccup with the 24mm to 18mm mount but it was an easy remedy. I'm going to write up a product review for the newsletter so you can read about it in a few weeks.

Great day, great weather, great flying company!

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  88 flights, 91 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 685 Ns with an average total impulse of 7.5 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

22

B

30

C

28

D

8

E

3

(Alan Estenson)

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