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September 27 2014 launch report

On Saturday, September 27, MASA held a launch at the Elk River / Otsego VFW Fields. 

A few of the flights:

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

Michael Farrell writes:

Although the launch was lightly attended, it was a beautiful morning for rocketry. A light southerly breeze and the pads at the south end of the field made for lots of easy recoveries. Pleasant temps and sunshine were only marred by the swarms of gnats that were around during moments of calm air.

I burned my remaining stock of sub 29 mm single use motors and got nine flights in before I had to leave at lunch time. I flew my Estes Executioner on a D21, my Estes Vagabond on a D12, my Quest Lil' Grunt on a D21, my Quest Planet Probe twice on C6's, my LOC/Precision Aura on a D21, my Estes Astron Elliptic II 2-stage on A10's twice, and my Estes Rascal on D10.

I finally killed the Rascal, a ready-to-fly model that I bought en route to my first ever MASA launch in February a few years ago. The delay or the ejection burned through the body tube just above the motor, but the molded fin set and motor mount has been salvaged. As my contempt for the rocket grew over the last season, I'd taken to launching it on Aerotech 18 mm AP D21 and D10 motors with a small streamer instead of a 'chute. It took 6 such flights to wreck it.

I've been thinking that these D flights in this modestly sized model were going to about 1,800-2,000 feet. However, as I was carefully planning a use for the salvaged fin assembly in RockSim, I recreated the original Rascal and sim'd it on those AP motors. It turns out that RockSim thinks it was going to about 2,500-2,600 feet.

Good fun, thanks MASA. Thanks also to the folks doing the community relations in Nowthen.

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  x flights with x motors burned. The motor breakdown follows:


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(Alan Estenson)

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