On Saturday, August 3rd, MASA held a short 2-hour launch during
the annual club summer picnic. It was held on the VFW soccer
fields near Elk River. It was a nice day to fly some rockets!
Thanks to Neal, 8 pads were set up for everyone to use.
I thought it was a pretty nice day for flying some
rockets. The wind made for some longer walks but it also helped
you stay cooler. I only flew 5 flights with 5 different rockets.
First up was a rocket I had built for a contest that
MASA had 2 or 3 years ago - 1/2A streamer duration - or
something along those lines. For whatever reason I don't think
this rocket was ever flown in that competition. So for its
maiden voyage I stuffed a C6-7 into it knowing it would pretty
much drop straight down onto the field. Alas, on the way up, one
of two things happened. Either there was a drag separation or an
early ejection (as a pop was heard about the time it came
apart). The top section came down under most of the streamer, as
some of that drifted away and the sustainer section came in
ballistic. Being that the ground was pretty firm, it now has a
nice bend to it. Looks repairable, we'll see.
Second flight was my old faithful Satellite Launcher
that has been repaired/improved to a 24 mm mount a few years
back. So I put a C11-3 into it and the twin parachutes wedged at
the end of the tube at ejection. It tumbled most of the way down
and incurred just some minor damage, so it will fly again. I'll
probably switch it back to a single large chute though.
The third flight was my first clean flight when I flew
my door prize Estes Spin control on a C6-5. I recorded 14
revolutions before ejection. It did rip one of the shroud lines
out of the chute so that will need some minor repair as well.
The fourth flight was an old Estes Yankee that had lost
its original nose cone so I had stuck another BT-20 cone on it
along with a small 10 inch parachute. I put it up with an A8-3
and had my longest walk of the day with it. Very nice flight.
My final flight was another older rocket from my
arsenal, the venerable Blue Arrow. I had put a C6-5 into it and
it tipped nicely into the wind so when the chute opened it
drifted back across the range and onto the field.
All in all, a very nice hour and twenty minutes of
flying. Thanx goes out to Neal for hauling the club gear out and
to Ted and Jeff for being the LCOs!