North High science club launch (4/29/2000)
We had terrific weather for yesterday's [April 26] launch of
rockets made by the members of the science club at Minneapolis North
Community High School. Despite the small field (the school's
football/track stadium), and the 10mph breeze, we practiced good
motor selection and all of the rockets were recovered--all but one
on the field. Even though all but one of the rockets was scratch
built, there was little carnage. One rocket failed to fully deploy
its recovery system on all three of its flights, and there were a
couple of Estes dents--that's it.
- Two perfect flights by the first rocket ever built by one of
the club members.
- Two perfect flights by the only two stage rocket on the
field--the first an A10-0 (in an adapter) staging to an A8-3,
and the second a B6-0 staging to a 1/2A6-2. (Bring back the
- The launch and successful recovery in Ted's payload rocket of
a big bug that volunteered for the mission by crawling up the
side of Ted's rocket box during prep.
There were a total of 14 flights burning 16 motors: 3 1/2A, 3 A,
5 B, and 3 C.
Plans are to finish some more rockets, build some simple
payloads, and launch again before school lets out.