July 25 2015 launch report
On Saturday, July 25, 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
Todd Carpenter writes:
Great day at the range. Hot, to be sure, but the winds were
low, and clouds few. Most of my rockets landed very close, and
all were intact for once.
I arrived shortly after 8am. Neal, Anand, and Michael were
already there, and everything was already set up. Thanks, guys!
My flights (Altimeter Three is neat!):
Tons of fun people there, and several new faces. Great flights
by many folks, including a Slightly Perturbed Machine, big
gliders, small gliders, rotoroc, altitude flights with
streamers, L2 ejection tests, flutter-bys, Big Mosquitos, Big
Der Red Maxx, Altered Weapon, custom rocs, and a whole tomb of
pyramids of varying sizes and shapes. Just to name a few. I'm
sorry I had to leave before the Barracuda performance.
- Illuminati Pyramid F42-4 216'
- Sidewinder B6-4 61' (OK, that was an embarrassment)
- Oaken Shield C6-3 174'
- Steam Comet D12-3 284'
- Saturn V E18-4 313'
- Purple Pyramid of Doom F39-4 445'
to Neal for hauling everything out there and back, setting up,
tearing down, inviting new people, RSOing all day long! Also
thanks to the various LCOs today.
Michael Farrell writes:
Boiling hot, but agreed, a terrific day. I got there early
but all of the set up was already done by Neal and Anand.
Very light wind, almost no wind, meant
everything was coming down near the pads, so it was
mid-power day at the field. Lots of AP E's, F's, and G's
burned, some of them by new flyers with the club, and not
all in high-drag UFO's.
I think that there were a high number of flights overall.
I had 18 before I just had to get cooled off, the heat was
brutal with no breeze. And yes, my beaten old Mean Machine
will only be about 4 feet long next time it flies.
Anand Vyas writes:
As pointed out by Todd and Michael, it was a great day to
fly rockets (heat was not a bad trade-off for me).
Unfortunately, I had to leave at noon so could not enjoy
watching more flights. It was sheer pleasure to watch all
kinds of rockets flown. Thanks to everyone for
I successfully flew my custom made rocket
thrice. First, with A8-3 from club's launch rack, B6-4 and
C6-5 from my scratch built launch pad (christmas tree stand,
pvc pipe and couple of thumb screws) and launch controller (Axman
switches and LED, school lunch box, breadboard, and Menards
plug socket, electrical and duck tape). The custom made
rocket was nothing fancy, body tube+nose cone+streamer, with
variable fin sleeve to permit flying combinations of
several types of cones and fins for a given body tube size.
Having watched beautiful flight of Neal's Red Baron
(glider recovery), I thought to try my Semroc Hawk with B6-4
from my launch pad. The flight ended with nose cone of the
glider ejecting along with the motor and the glider becoming
a spiraling nose dive.
Thereafter, I flew upper stage of FlisKits Cheetah with
C6-3 from my launch pad. The flight was unpredictably
dangerous (unstable), and the rocket spiraled and dived
towards the end of the field. It is suspected that the
nozzle geometry might have been somewhat defective. This was
a Quest motor purchased from Hub Hobby (LC) about three
years ago. It turned out that the rocket was intact and so
tried again with C6-3 from my launch pad, and this time it
was a successful flight, but could not spot the rocket in
the sky (streamer provided by the kit was darker shade of
blue....) and I thought I had lost it. After about an hour
and half, Bill Welsh spotted it in the opposite direction to
where I had looked previously and was very kind to deliver
it to Neal who in turn delivered to me. Thanks much to Bill
Welsh for uplifting my spirits.
Finally, I could not resist the temptation to fly
FlisKits Rose-A-Roc (helicopter recovery) on a fine day
punctuated with mild breezes about every 20 minutes or so.
In absence of pin required to secure the rubber bands on
nose cone, and my nose cone pock marked with lot of pin
holes, I opted for duck tape (America runs on Duck Tape). In
addition, I used duck tape to reinforce possible failure
location on the blade near the hinges. I flew this from
club's launch rack with B6-4 motor. The upward bound flight
was ok, and after the ejection charge burst, one blade
released and in couple of seconds other two released as
well, and the rotations began marking a successful
helicopter recovery and landing at the edge of the football
Neal Higgins writes:
Thanks everyone who braved the heat and made it a great
July MASA launch. Thanks to everyone who helped with range
setup and tear down.
MASA gained 2 new members yesterday and put up some great
flights including 2 on their Partizon on F20's. Welcome
aboard Gary and Lucina Aslakson.
We also had 3 visitors who put up 4 flights on their FITI
rockets. I had met Keagan, Tully and their grandma at Hub in
Richfield looking at rockets. I passed along as much of my
rocket wisdom as I could, helped them pick out a starter set
and motors. I gave them our website address and told them
about our July launch. They showed up and told me they had
already built and flown the rockets they had just purchased
but had lost 1 to the trees in Todd park. I had promised
them FITI rockets if they came so I kept my promise and I
know they had a great time.
I brought 3 newly completed rockets to try. The first was
the Mega Red Baron glider. The 1st flight on a D12-3 was
near picture perfect. The 2nd flight on an E9-4 was also
pretty good despite looping back over the crowd and almost
destroying the Smart car with the ejected motor (sorry
Todd). The 3rd flight on a D12-0 again looped back over the
crowd but the landing was a bit too hard and it broke into 2
pieces. A little glue and it should fly again. The vinyl
wrapped Twilight Interceptor E flew beautifully on an
F30-4FJ. This is the larger Interceptor covered in a black
vinyl wrap from Accur8.com. I think there are now a few of
these in the club now. And the 3rd new rocket was my 12Pack.
This rocket was built from 2 rugged rocket kits I purchased
from Alan. The 2 kits I bought were the 6 Pack (tube fin)
and the Check Six (six fin). These rockets use phenolic body
tubes an fiberglass fins. I basically built the Check Six as
is but added the body tube from the Six Pack (for extra
length) and added the tube fins to the outer edges of the
fins. It flew great but when it hit the ground 2 fins broke
off. And because we had guests and new members I just had to
fly my pyramid Anubus on a G78-10G. This is one without any
recovery system, it's light enough that it just floats back
down ever so gently.
There was a total of 115 flights with Micheal Farrell
again having the most flights.
Full launch tally - see the Google Docs spreadsheet
The totals were: 116 flights with 125 motors burned.
The motor breakdown follows: