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June 21 2012 launch report

On Thursday, June 21, MASA held its annual Summer Solstice evening launch.  It was held at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.

MASA members started gathering at the field around 5:30pm after having battled the rush hour traffic to get there.  The launch pads were set up in the NW corner of the field.  Before long, soccer people started gathering for a game in the far SE field.  Around 6:45, other people started arriving, and we learned that they were having a soccer game on the field that we were using.  We moved the launch equipment out of their way, and eventually moved ourselves down to the SW part of the field.  Until the soccer games were done, we had to limit altitudes in order to not have rockets drifting into players or spectators.

It started out a bit breezy, but slowly died-down over the course of the evening.  By 8pm, there was hardly a breeze to be felt.  The final flights of the evening were about 9:15pm.

A few of the flights:

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

Art Gibbens writes:

What a great night for flying some rockets! I'm not sure how many flights the club got up total for the night but I suspect we set the record for an evening launch. I was able to get 15 flights up in just a little under 4 hours.

As many of you are aware, Renee and I are almost “empty-nesters”, with Phil being the only one at home for the summer this year. Mathias and Hannah had left behind some of their rockets they no longer wanted so I flew some of these last night.

  1. My first flight of the evening was Hannah's Custom Rocket kit named Freedom on an A8-3.

  2. Then I flew my 1973 Mercury Redstone on a B6-4. Really, that's what it was when I ordered it all those years ago.

  3. Then I flew a Yankee I inherited two summers ago on a A8-5.

  4. Then I flew my Snitch saucer on a Quest C6-5. It hung on the launch rod for a spell but eventually left the pad.

  5. Then I flew a rocket I named Bugsy (in honor of Marvin the Martian) on an A10-3T.

  6. Then I flew my stretch Rascal (making it look an awful lot like a Big Bertha) on a B6-4.

Then we all took a little break to let the soccer game play through. At this point we moved South of the buildings and launched from the septic mound for the remainder of the night.

  1. Then I flew Mathias' old Exoskell kit that he won as a door prize many moons ago on it's maiden voyage on a C6-3. A couple of shroud lines on the booster pulled out of the chute but the alien pod landed just fine on the field.

  2. Then I flew one of my old reliable models I have named the Satellite Launcher on a C11-5.

  3. Then I flew Mathias' old Liberty kit on an A8-3. This is simply a stretched version of the Alpha 3 kit.

  4. Then I flew another oldie but a goldie, my BOINK on a C6-5. Excellent bounce on impact, no kidding.

  5. Then I flew Mathias' Alpha 3, which is getting pretty ragged around the edges, on an A8-3.

  6. Then I flew a Spin Control door prize rocket that I got last year at the picnic for its maiden voyage on a C6-5 and got 19 revolutions out of it before the parachute came out. Kind of fun to see it spinning as it went up.

It was about this time that the “big kids” soccer game came to a finish and we could start flying larger rockets that might land on their heads, if the game was still going. Also, all the little brothers and sisters of those soccer players that were running after our rockets to retrieve them left.  The winds continued to die down and some really fun rockets took to the
air. I'll let their owners tell their stories.

  1. Then I flew (and lost) my modified Cosmic Cobra on an E9-6. It was a beautiful flight nearly straight up, the parachute deployed and we all watched it drift completely across the highway into the neighborhood behind the sound barrier wall. I'm pretty sure I flew the highest flight of the night with this rocket.

  2. Then I re-flew my Rascal on a C6-5 for a really nice flight. As it went up, from where I was standing and because the light was fading, I could see the burn all the way up centered between the fins because the rocket did not roll. It was a pretty cool thing to see.

  3.  My last flight of the night was my Satellite Launcher again on a D12-7 which landed on the field very nicely.

All in all it was a very good night to fly some model rockets. I have to say I was kind of surprised that my Cosmic Cobra drifted so far, as it had a huge spill hole in the chute. However, it seems to have appeased the rocket gods, as I am pretty sure no other rockets were lost last night.  There were a couple of prangs and at least one core sample taken so we could have some nominations for our annual awards in December.

Alan Estenson writes:

I took a bunch of photos.  You may view them at

Even with the soccer interlude, I somehow got in 14 flights - all on A, B, or C motors.  I flew a bunch of Goonies, several little cardstock odd-rocs, and various other stuff.  My favorite flight of the night was an impromptu CHAD-stage of my old Nike-X (A8-0 to B6-4).  It worked great and staged at maybe 20 feet off the ground.  My longest walk was when I flew my EZC6-5 on a C6-5.  It landed about 20 feet short of the frontage road along Hwy 101.

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  81 flights, 83 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 786 Ns with an average total impulse of 9.5 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 0












E 7



(Alan Estenson)

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