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March 2012 launch report

On Saturday, March 24th, MASA held its third launch of 2012.  It was held at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.

Theme:   Flyin' o' the Green - St. Patricks

A few of the flights:

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

Art Gibbens writes:

First I want to say a huge THANK-YOU to all you folks that were there to lend a hand as the HCA Rocket Club did test flights and then to witness their first qualifying flight on Saturday. They ended up with a score of 24.755 or something like that. I don't have the score sheet in front of me right now. So we'll be down at the Apple Valley High School TARC Team Invitational Lift Off this coming Saturday. I plan on being there this weekend and the weather 5 days out looks promising again.

From what I have gathered from the team they flew a total of 4 flights. The first on 2 Ds and a C and it didn't go high enough. Not sure what they used on the second flight, but it didn't go high enough either. So then they tried 1 E and 2 Ds and it went too high and shredded their parachute. For their last flight they put in 3 Ds and took out as much weight as they dared from the payload section and let it rip. Apparently it was a real nice flight.

The boys both got a bit of sunburn but had a great time launching.  Anecdotally, the principal from the school was very impressed that the boys had such good success with their launching. Some of you may remember that the last few years have not been kind to the HCA TARC Team. Seems like the DQ-ed bug seems to just reach out and bite them bad. They are way pumped and hope to improve on their score this coming weekend.

Neal Higgins writes:

The weather was not looking to good. The fog in Maple Grove was pretty thick with visibility around 1/10 mile. I wondered if I should call off the launch but the weather reports all said the fog would lift so I headed to the field. I arrived around 9:40 and the fog was already starting to lift. Range setup commenced shortly after and the first flight hit the skies shortly after 10

I started the day by trying to fly my Acme Spitfire on a RMS 24/40 D9-4W reload. 3 igniters later and I still hadn't gotten it off the pad. I even sanded the inside of the fuel grain after the 2nd failure. Next I tried my Dynastar Stonebreaker on a D12-4 just so I could maybe break the no-ignition jinx. It flew beautifully. I decided to try the D9 again in my Spitfire with a whole new fuel grain. Again no ignition.

Next was my Red Baron glider on a B6-4 for another nice flight and glide.
I next loaded up my Acme Spitfire with a D12-5 and had a drag race against Jeff. Jeff got some great photos that I hope he posts online.
My Totally Tubular on a E9-4 came next for a picture perfect flight.
One more try of the D9 in my StarburstII. Again no ignition. I gave up on the D9 for the day.
I put an E9-6 in the Starburst for my last flight of the day.

Thanks everyone who helped with range setup and tear down.
Thanks everyone who took a shift at LCO/RSO duty. I know for sure of Jeff, Ted and Todd. Sorry if I missed anyone else.
Thanks Chris for helping with the timing of the HCA Tarc teams qualifying flight.

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  91 flights, 111 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1293 Ns with an average total impulse of 11.7 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0












E 7



(Alan Estenson)

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