February 2013 launch report
On Saturday, February 23rd, MASA held its first launch of
This launch was the first at a new location, McMurray Field, located
at Lexington and Como in St Paul,
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"Don't fly white rockets in the snow!"
A few of the flights:
MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the
Glen Overby writes:
I was playing with my digital camera at the launch today and
shot a few flights at 240 frames per second. I thought I was set
to 120fps, so the pictures are even smaller than I expected.
Michael Farrell writes:
It was good to do some launching again after a 3 month
layoff, we had a nice day to do it, and it was good to see
everyone. The snow was deep enough to make recoveries a bit of a
workout, but we had a very light breeze and temps right around
freezing, so it was not cold and (almost) everything was landing
near the pads. I got 18 flights in, mostly on 18mm motors,
mostly using streamers. I was 0/4 on getting 'chutes to open,
but the landings were all soft.
We must have had 50 flights by noon. It slowed down a bit in
the afternoon, but there was a lot of good jawboning and a very,
uh, lively Mega Mosquito drag.
My log -
Estes Sky Duster, A10-3T
Estes Alpha III, B4-4, B6-6
Estes 220 Swift, ¼A-3T (and I found it, nose down deeply buried
in a perfect little rocket shaped hole)
Estes Viking, ½A6-2, A8-5
Estes Yankee, ½A6-2
Estes Rascal, B4-4
Estes Der Red Max, B4-4
Estes Metalizer, B6-2
Semroc Micron, ½A6-2
Quest Lil' Grunt, C11-3 x2
Sunward Flechette, B6-4
Quest Cobalt, A6-4 (unstable, or, in other words, it flew as
Estes Fletcher, B6-6
Quest Planet Probe, B6-0 (drag with another Planet Probe), C6-0
Looking forward to getting out the D's and E's at the next
Jeff Taylor writes:
Nice job in finding the new field, Michael!
I got there a little late and I think I only made two
flights, both on a Big Bertha. First flight was on a B6-4. The
chute failed to deploy resulting in a snow sample just a few
feet from the pad. The second flight was on a C6-5. This time
the chute opened resulting in a 100 meter walk through the deep
snow, making me seriously consider heading over to REI to buy
some snow shoes.
Neal Higgins writes:
Nice job on the field Michael. Thanks for checking with
St Paul to get permission to launch.
At the end of the day we noticed two other people
launching rockets. Jeff took them a membership application.
Maybe a couple of new members?
I managed 10 flights on the day.
BiFecta, A10-0T, A3-4T, formerly a Tri Fecta but the 1st stage
still needs to be rebuilt from a prior mishap.
Newways Nike Squared, B6-6
Purple Haze, B6-6 (scratch built)
Texas Firefly, C6-0 to B6-6, sustainer stuck in a tree by the RR
tracks. I'll swing by sometime after work to retrieve when
I have the proper tools.
Newways Goblin Squared, C11-7
Black Brant, C11-7
Skeeter (mega Mosquito), D12-5, drag raced with Jeff Flansburg.
His catoed and mine had to long of a delay. The lawn dart
landing ripped open 2" of the body tube.
Der Red Max, D12-5
Pemberton Kraken, C11-5
Great day, nice weather, great talking with everyone.
Jon Isom writes:
As others have said, nice field and great day for launching.
Was able to have first launch for three builds completed this
winter. Only one recovery issue due to a streamer getting wet
from the snow during a previous flight - also happened to be the
only flight not to have a cushioned snow landing.
Semroc My Boid A8-3 x2
Sunward Queez-Bee A8-3
Quest Planet Probe B6-0 - drag race with Michael Farrell
Estes Crossfire B6-2
Estes Chuter-Two A8-3
Quest Big Betty B6-4
Estes Baby Bertha A8-3
Full launch tally (PDF)
The totals were: 39 flights (approximate - flight cards not
The motor breakdown follows: