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November 22 2014 launch report

On Saturday, November 22, 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:

Nice way to wrap up the year! Light winds, above freezing temps, and snow that wasn't too deep. Including the Great Annual Snowball Fight drag race, I attempted 9 flights. Things went wrong with most of them, but it was still lots of fun; I had CATO's, a core sample, stripped recovery mechanisms, a lost rocket, etc. I had two (2!) nominal flights with ignition, flight, ejection, and damage-free recovery, so the day wasn't a total loss, and it's always good to see everyone.

Lesson reaffirmed - don't fly small white rockets on big motors with snow cover and a foggy ceiling unless you're making a sacrifice to the rocket gods. I think my continually less mean Mean Machine will be a couple inches shorter when next it flies, the third or fourth time that it's been shrunken.

I think that there were about 40 flights before the range closed a little after 1. Thanks to Neal for the motor loan, thanks to Aaron for the lost casing find. I owe you guys.

Neal Higgins writes:

Considering the weather we have had lately it didn't turn out to be too bad for the final launch of the year.
There were a total of 33 flights and 3 CATO's for the day. I earned the prolific flyer of the day award with 11 flights. My newly completed Baby Arachnid flew well on it's maiden voyage. The Arachnid is covered with spider web quilt fabric. Jeff suggested I should make a parachute out the leftover fabric. Sounds like a great idea so the time it flies it will have a matching chute. The Snowball fight only had 2 entries and only 1 managed to ignite so it wasn't much of a fight. After replacing the ignitor 3 times I finally got mine off the ground.
Thanks Jeff for the help with the range setup. Thanks Michael and Jon for the help with tear down.
Thanks to everyone at the launch for making the last launch of the year so much fun.

Jon Isom writes:

Not a bad day with the light winds but still kept flights a bit lower due to the fog - nice to be out after missing a few launches. Had the "Battle of the Bigs" drag race with Big Bertha versus Big Betty. The extra fin must have weighed down Big Bertha as Big Betty left her in the dust. Also flew a Mini-optima for the first time, Mega Mosquito (becoming a favorite), Zero Gravity, Zinger and Eggscaliber with egg. The cold weather affected some of the recovery but the snow softened any potentially hard landing.

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

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


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