August 29 2015 picnic launch report
On Saturday, August 29, MASA held a picnic and 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:
I had a terrific time yesterday. Good to see and chat with
everyone, including the many folks I don't regularly see at
launches. Glad you all could make it!
Thanks to Neal for all the work lugging things over,
purchasing, packing, setting up, tearing down, the extra Target
run for the grill, and especially the conflagration corn cooking
extravaganza. Great way to do corn!
Given the calm weather, I launched many of my rockets, and
participated in FlutterBy, Fric-n-frac, and Death Star drag
races. Thanks to Jennifer and Andy for competing. It was also
calm enough for a flawless Saturn V launch.
While I enjoyed launching my own rockets, I also thoroughly
enjoyed watched the other rockets, including George's glider (so
sorry about your loss!), Andy's Louisville Slugger (or whatever
it's called), Art's Earl Grey, Brian's weapon, Jeff's postal non
delivery, multiple pyramids and saucers, David's orange jobbie
with the delta wings on a huge motor, William's Super Viper,
Michael's 32 launches (I think 4 for every 1 of mine. Sigh.),
and many more. Yeah, it was a good day. There were a LOT of
flights, and very very few failures.
William, my son and I are watching the new BattleStar
Galactica. I really liked your Super Viper rocket. Do you
recall where you purchased the kit? I want one.
Art Gibbens writes:
I second Todd's motion concerning all the
effort put out by our fearless leader Neal!
He sure did all in his power to ensure a
great time was had by all.
I knew before the day even dawned that Renee
and I would not be there until after some other
functions we needed to be at yesterday. I really
think pushing it back a week was the right
decision for flying and picnicking later in the
day - it was a gorgeous day for both.
When we arrived I had three reloads I wanted to
burn up in two different rockets. First up was
Apophos' Revenge, my pyramid that flies on 29 mm
motors, so far just Fs and Gs. I had stuck an F52 in
it for this first flight and had my first in my
lifetime failure of a copperhead not lighting an
Aerotech motor. I was flabbergasted - well, not
really, just surprised. Well, thought I, I'll
finally try some other ignitors I got when I
purchased some casings from Damian Kostron about 10
or so years ago. Another swing and a miss. Ugh. It
was now 3:38 pm by Todd's watch so I reloaded the
pyramid with the other F52 I had ready and brought
out Earl Gray, Hot! on a D15 that I had drilled down
the delay on.
First up was Earl and he flew beautifully, just as it
approached apogee the lid popped off and both chutes
blossomed nicely for a great flight. Then it was time
for Apophos' Revenge and this motor lit right off for
another great flight. So I went and picked them both up,
retuning to the back of my van. This time around on the
first motor for the pyramid, I kept the copperhead down
a little from touching the tape at the top of the reload
grain. Another swing and a miss. Double ugh! Not really
wanting to take the reload apart and resand the grain
slot on the fourth try I put just a little more "kink"
in the end of the ignitor so that it was tightly held
between the two sides of the grain. This took some
finesse to get it just right. Again, I did not put it in
all the way to the top up against the tape, but rather
pulled it down some to be in a different place in the
slot. Finally, success and the rocket jumped off the pad
for another great flight. When I picked it up though I
noticed one end of the spool got busted off, but nothing
that cannot be fixed. I really like this rocket.
So I got off three flights off using seven ignitors.
While probably not any kind of record, I'm sure glad I
hadn't prepped any more rockets for the day.
Michael Farrell writes:
Yesterday was terrific fun. Thanks to Neal - he worked his
butt off. Also thanks to the grill crew (assembly and
cooking) and the corn burner crew.
Special thanks (and apologies) to Jeff and Jenny for the
I had a very productive day, and kept careful
records as usual. My final count -
1 sloppy joe
2 ears of roasted corn
1 large scoop of wavy potato chips
1 large scoop of tortilla chips
1 frosted cinnamon roll
3 cans of soda
2 bottles of water
? cookies (too many)
Congrats to Stuart and the
runners up for their spot landing accomplishments. I
didn't come within 100 yards of the flag.
Great to see everyone!
Neal Higgins writes:
I want to thank everyone who helped out through out the day
to make the launch go so smoothly.
Thanks also to those that helped out with the picnic and
Jeff Jones for the help with the grill purchase
Chris Feld for assembling the grill.
Chris and Art Gibbens for doing the grilling.
Dave Whitaker for the utensil purchase. ( I can't
believe I forgot to check the supplies before the
Todd Carpenter and Dave Whitaker for help on the corn
cooking. (remember if you tell anyone my secret process
I will have to kill you)
And thanks everyone for the great food that you all
The winner of the Spot Landing Contest went
to Stuart Lenz with a distance of 9' 11" (great job
hiding the magnet, I never did find it)
There wasn't anyone in the younger crowd competing or
did not get close enough to measure.
Door Prizes went
Ledia M. - Cosmic Explorer
Darian Larose - a pack of B6-4 motors
Jace Flansburg - Shooter Two
Jenny Jones - Monarch
Malcom Larose - Cosmic Explorer
Nathan ? - Reflector
Michael Ferrell - Leviathon
Brian Larose - 36"parachute
Stuart Lenz - AsRaam
Art Gibbens - pack of B6-4 motors
Dave Whitaker - Harpoon AGM
Jeff Jones writes:
Jennifer was taking pictures Saturday. We have them
posted on my rocketry site MosquitoJones.com. They are a bit
wonky on the color but a number of nice take-off shots.
The shots from the August launch are at:
The site also has a couple pictures from the June 2015
launch. As well as a few other things. Feel free to look it
over. Thanks! Jeff Jones
Full launch tally - see the Google Docs spreadsheet
The totals were: 151 flights with 157 motors burned.
The motor breakdown follows: