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
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.