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September 26 2015 launch report

On Saturday, September 26, MASA held a launch at the Elk River / Otsego VFW Fields. 

Special Events:  Micro Maxx Duration Contest - a Micro Classics kit to the winner.
Contests:  NAR Regional Contest led by George Gassoway. (rules and info below)

NAR Regional Contest Information
From George Gassaway
During the September launch, I'll be running an NAR Regional contest. It is for NAR members to compete in officially, but if someone who is not an NAR member wants to try it out, that's OK. It will have the following events:

Open Spot Landing

1/2A Streamer Duration 

1/2A Helicopter Duration 

C Boost Glide Multi-Round

B Rocket Glide Multi-Round

Prizes - For those who do not regularly fly contests, will have kit prizes for the top flights in Open Spot, 1/2A Streamer, and 1/2 Helicopter. 

Feel free to contact me for more info, questions, and any advice on specific designs, kits, or whatever you may consider/plan to use. 

A few tips:

Open Spot Landing - Use pretty much any rocket that stays together (no dropped parts). 

1/2A Streamer Duration - has to stay together, no dropped parts. 

Article and tips on the NAR website:

1/2A Helicopter - Has to stay together, no dropped parts. 

The easiest way is to use a spinning flying saucer like the Applewhite Scimitar ( linked later). I gave out a few of those at the last meeting. But if you want something with more performance, see this article and link to plans here:

Also, there is the Apogee Heli-Roc, similar to the Rotaroc.

Scimitar web page:
Free download plan:

R Rocket Glide - These have to boost and glide back in one piece, no dropped parts. 

There is a very easy to build and unusual glider called a "Backslider" that some use, designed by Peter and Bob Alway. it is a long 3-finned rocket that has a side vent hole in the nose. At ejection ,the gases push the nose to the side and make the model flip, then it usually glides down tail-first. Here is a link with some more info and plan:

If anyone is interested, I can bring pre-cut parts (semi-kit) to the field and you can build it there using CA and a fin jig, we've done that for group builds before. It goes together pretty easy and quickly (no sanding, just glue and go). Here is a photo of one:

For more conventional rocket gliders, here's the NAR website article on Rocket Gliders:

C Boost Glide - This CAN have parts come off (but if it ejects the motor, the engine casing needs to have a streamer on it). So, the glider can use a pop-pod for example. Or, you can use a piggyback glider, a small glider that rides along the side of a rocket you may already have, and comes off at ejection to glide. Contact me privately in e-mail for more detailed suggestions or something you might want some advice on.

Do realize that a C powered glider can drift a long way. BTW - The "Backslider" could also be used for C Boost Glide, so if anyone builds a Backslider they could fly it on B power first, then when done with the B R?G event go for C power if they want to. 

If anyone has an Edmonds Deltie B, it might shred on an Estes C6, as it is designed for A8 and B4 power. One way around that would be to use a bigger "pop-pod", like say a Big Bertha with a copy of the glider hook pylon attached to it, so it would not boost faster than the Deltie B usually does on a B4. Another approach could be to try the Chinese-made (White label) Quest C6-3, as that Quest C6 has lower thrust, and is more like a C4. But no guarantee it would not shred on even the Quest C6. I will try to remember to bring some Quest C6-3's, so if anyone has a Deltie B they want to try for C B/G. please let me know.


A few of the flights:

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

Neal Higgins writes:

The day started with dew on the grass, light winds and cool temps. As the day progressed the grass dried out, the winds increased to a high of 10 mph, and the temps got into the upper 70's. What a great day for rockets.

There were a total of 96 flights on the sport range and many great flights on the contest range.
The winner of the Micro Maxx Duration Contest and the prize of a Micro Classics Space Cruiser Ezxcaliber is Stuart Lenz with a time of 15.34 seconds. Since this was one of his kits he donated the prize to Michael Ferrell. 
There were 4 contestants (Michael, Stuart, Neal & Todd)  in the contest and a total of 8 flights. There were a few more flights but they were not even close to being good enough to be entered.
I had a total of 10 flights on the day. 
2 in the Micro Maxx contest. My Micro Green Goblin had the closest time to Stuart @ 11.46 secs.
I flew my Aura on an F15-8 with an Altimeter 3 on board. I forgot to hit the start button on my phone so I did not get any data. Despite the chute not deploying in landed with no damage.
I also christened my Mega Red Max on a G77R for a very nice flight to 836'.
I flew my Madcow Lil Green Goblin on an F62T but for some reason it was severly unstable. This rocket had flown several times before without issues so I am not sure what happened. It ended up breaking off one of the fiberglass fins when it hit the ground. Another rocket in the repair box.
I flew my Mega Red Baron glider 4 times. 1st on a D12-0, twice on E9-4's and last on a E12-4. All of the flights were phenomenal.
Thanks everyone who helped with the range setup & tear down.


The Details:

Full launch tally  - see the Google Docs spreadsheet

The totals were:  97 flights with 103 motors burned. The motor breakdown follows:


# Burned

MicroMaxx 15












E 18
F 6



(Alan Estenson)

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