March 2013 launch report
On Saturday, March 23rd, MASA held its second launch of
This launch was held at the Elk River / Otsego VFW Fields.
It was a sunny day with just a trace of a light and variable breeze.
The soccer fields had a fairly well-packed snow cover.
It was possible the nicest weather that we've ever had for a
January launch... Too bad that it's March!
Neal Higgins brought the trailer, and eight pads were set up on
the snow. Art Gibbens also set up his pad and controller for
use by the HCA TARC team.
A few of the flights:
MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the
Glen Overby writes:
Some video of today's launch. Thanks to Neil for LCOing my
flight so I could get a video of it.
Sorry, I can't figure out why the first clip is sideways and
the rest are fine. When I watch this with VLC, the first one is
correct and the rest are wrong! I think some piece of software
somewhere is trying to be smart and instead being dumb (I blame
Michael Farrell writes:
It was a glorious day for launching rockets, although it's
going to take awhile to get over the emotional loss of my Quest
Planet Probe to a motor CATO. I got 14 ignitions in, too, 13
flights with a few minor casualties. Everything but the Probe
can be repaired, a couple rockets will be shorter next time they
fly. And Art warned me, but I still got a little sunburn. Good
Art Gibbens writes:
I'll start by reiterating what I said earlier today - that it
was a glorious day for launching rockets! I myself brought no
rockets to the launch but did bring the HCA TARC Team to fly
their last qualifying flight to try to better their score. Last
week flying at Apple Valley High School they posted a score of
18.04, which was pretty good, but they suspected not
quite good enough to get to finals.
Today they did two trial flights to try to home in on the
altitude and get closer to the time requirement. The first
flight would have been a high 13 and the second one would have
been a mid 12 score. Both of these flights were low, that is
below the 750 foot target and below the minimum time. So they
tweaked the rocket by removing some weight and repacking the
parachute differently and swung the pendulum too far in the
other direction, now being too high and too long of a flight.
But they did not break their egg and did lower their score down
to a 16.24 for their final qualifying flight this year.
Now they get to sit and wait to see if it was good enough to
get them to Washington, DC in May.
Neal Higgins writes:
It was a glorious day to fly rockets! Thanks everyone who
helped with the range setup and teardown.
I managed to get 13 rockets in the air and recovered 12. The
upper stage of my Solar Flare ran away never to be see again. I
think in fence posted in amongst the weeds so I never was able
to find it. Of the 13 flights, 2 were 2-stage and 1 was a
cluster of 3 C6-7. Great job on the video's Glen.
Jon Isom writes:
Was a great day! and fortunately remembered the sun screen.
Was able to get in 14 flights all successfully recovered with a
couple of fin damages (snow was a hard landing) and one missing
chute. Not sure what happened to the chute on the bottom portion
of the Eggscalibar but all that was left were shroud lines -
never saw a chute float away. The egg did survive until
breakfast the next morning.
Full launch tally (PDF)
The totals were: 67 flights with 78 motors burned.
The motor breakdown follows: