On Saturday, March 24th, MASA held its third launch of
2012. It was held at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.
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
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
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
My Totally Tubular on a E9-4 came next for a picture perfect
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
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: