Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:26

2012's Successful February Launch Featured

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The weather was beautiful with light winds all day though with increasing high clouds as the afternoon progressed. We had a great many more flyers than I expected with launches from B to L motors. We had 4 low power pads and 2 (sometimes 3) medium power pads and USU's trailer pad. These were pretty much booked solid until 2PM.

Lots of spectators came out, we might see some new members later. The small PA system worked just fine - just don't stand directly in front of the speaker when you make an announcement. The rest of the launch equipment behaved itself.

We had a number of Christmas packages to be launched; all of dubious stability. Bob Morstadt supplied a small ad-hoc pad that we put out 300' to avoid accidents. This was very successful and the rockets justified this distance.

We had a number of successful 2 stage flights including Bob's Nike with 5 D's and Fred William's pretty rocket. Fred flew a number of cameras that I'm hoping for some video from.

USU flew their USLI competition rocket on an L which after ignitor problems probably reached their required altitude but did not separate and came in ballistic about 1 mile north. When we left at 2:30 they were still hunting for the impact though they had found some pieces. Jim Buchmiller was reasonably close to the impact point and reports that the chute came out just before impact but by that point it was going too fast to make much difference. I inspected this rocket before hand and the construction was fairly good with two strato-loggers and a Raven for the aero-spike control. It didn't appear that they had any telemetry to see what was happening.

We wrapped up at 2:30 and Ken and I put all the stuff back in the trailer.


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