2018 Launch Reports
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There was about 6 inches
of snow everywhere including the road down but it was drivable. No one was planning
any high power motors so we held the launch just south of the road about 2/3s
of the way down, at the top of the knoll before the steeper section of the road
down to the large field. The forecast was for partly cloudy but it was almost
completely overcast with just a few seconds of sunshine as we were setting up.
The temperature was in the lower 40s but the steady wind between 10-15mph made
it feel colder. The wind would ebb and flow between 5 and 20mph, with the average
increasing as the launch went on. As we were packing up, the wind was over 20mph
and gusting to 36 and the skies to the south were blue.
There were a total of
12 flights with 13 motors: 3-C, 7-F, and 3-G. This was a total of a I with an
average motor and average per flight of an F.
The flights were as follows:
Guest Ebbe flew his
2.25 inch x 50 inch, white, red and black LOC IQSY Tomahawk twice. The first
time was on an AT F50-6T with a JL Chute Release (CR) set for 300 feet and a
JL Altimeter III which read 700 feet. The second time was on an AT G77-7R to
1217 feet. Both times the red parachute came out and expanded when allowed by
Guest Matt also launched
his blue and red 2.6 inch x 39 inch AT Initiator twice, both times with a JL
CR set to 300 feet. An AT F50-6T was also the first flight. An AT G64-7W was
the second flight. The yellow parachute came out and expanded as expected with
the CR. The second flight had the longest walk of the day to be recovered and
one fin was cracked.
Member Jim flew a black
and green Wildman Punisher Sport on an AT F39T with an altimeter III and a JL
CR. This flight had a pucker factor of 9.5/10.0 as it went up 203 feet and was
only 30 feet off the ground when the nosecone ejected and about 10 feet off
the ground when the chute fluffed to slow the rocket down.
Member James flew his
2 inch x 65 inch, gold and black Estes Mammoth twice in 2 different configurations.
The first flight was with a booster so the flight was powered by an Estes F15-0
and an Estes F15-6. The flight was almost horizontal when the booster lit causing
a greater than 1:1 flight, going 516 feet up and about 800 feet down range.
The same rocket flew much straighter on a single F16-5 and managed went up higher,
to 856 feet. The rocket separated on the second flight but will fly again with
Member Ben had 2 flights,
including part of the drag race which opened the 2018 flying season. His half
of the drag race was an Estes 1/10 scale Patriot on an Estes C6-5. The 1.6 inch
x 22 inch kit was classically painted in red, white, yellow and black. Ben's
big flight of the day was a custom 3 inch x 60 inch AMRAAM on a CTI G68 white
which was brought down nicely on a 24 inch red parachute.
Member Paul managed
3 flights. His first flight was also an Estes 1/10 Patriot on a C6-5 as part
of the opening flights for 2018. Paul's Patriot was white and lime green and
flew nicely. There was not real winner to the drag race. It was a nice way to
start the 2018 season. A yellow and teal 3 inch x 14 inch Estes Big Daddy flew
on an Estes C11-3 which did not go real high but the purple and white parachute
brought it down fine. Paul's big flight was a 3 inch x 42 inch Estes Leviathan
painted in magenta and black which flew on an AT F40-7W with a JLCR and altimeter
III. The rocket reached 695 feet before the parachute was ejected and then the
chute opened up for a successful recovery .
We packed up and were
off the field at 1:50. Thanks to everyone for helping with the setup and take
The forecast was for
sunny skies, 5-7mph winds and temps in the mid to upper 20s. Three inches of
snow from the previous night covered almost everywhere. The actual day felt
much colder because the winds started in the teens. As the day progressed, the
winds dropped but the clouds came in, so it never felt any warmer. Jim and I
arrived at about 0900 to drive down and on the way down I managed to get stuck
in a crusty snow drift from a previous snow storm. After about an hour of work
from almost everyone there, including a lot of digging and connecting a tow
strap, I was extricated and we proceeded down a different path to almost get
to the lower field. There was a drainage ditch between where the vehicles parked
and where we set up the launch equipment. It was filled with ice so it was a
skate back and forth to set everything up. We were ready to go about 1030.
There were a total of
12 people at the launch, including 3 guests and 9 members (including 2 who had
joined this month). The most exciting thing of the day was member James attempting
his L2 certification flight. See the flight results below to see if he was successful
(no spoiler here).
There were a total of 16 flights with 17 motors: 3-A,4-C, 1-F, 6-G and 1-J. This was a total of a J with an average motor and average per flight of an F.
The flights were as follows:
Guest Amelia flew a
CRMRC saucer on an Estes C6-5. Her father had flown Estes as a kid and did not
think the CRMRC saucer would fly. It was a typical CRMRC saucer flight and he
was very impressed. Amelia and her family were the advance party to see if it
was worthwhile for a home school group to get involved in rocketry. They let
me know they would be contacting the club for some learning and a launch.
Guest Noah launched
an Estes Cardis on an Estes C6-5. The flight was textbook and the 1 inch blue
rocket floated down on its parachute without damage.
Member Mike's first
flight was a silver and red Estes Firehawk on an Estes mini A10-3T. The small
rocket almost disappeared from the push of the motor but it flew just fine and
was recovered intact. His big flight of the day was a black and red Estes Big
Bertha on an Estes C6-3. The short delay was just fine for that rocket and it
came down under chute.
Member Ben flew a red
and white custom rocket called Vesta on a CTI F29-9 Imax motor. This 1.6 inch
diameter, 34 inch tall, 1 pound 2.5 ounce rocket had a JL Chute Release (JL
CR), PerfectFlite Firefly altimeter, and an Eggfinder tracker. The PerfectFlite
reported 1010 feet in altitude, and the JL CR which was set to 400 feet did
its job for a very nice flight.
Member Matt flew a blue
and red Aerotech Initiator on an AT G76-7G with a JL Altimeter 3 (JL A3) and
a JL CR set for 300 feet on board. The up part was great but the parachute did
not come out of the tube so the rocket hit the frozen ground hard and a fin
Member Jim flew an orange
and black Rocketry Warehouse Formula 54 on an AT G64-8W. It also had a JL A3
and a JL CR release on board. Jim has become consistent with these types of
flights and the 1 pound 13 ounce rocket drifted down nicely on a 24 inch red
parachute which fully inflated at around 300 feet.
Member Ebbe had the
only complex flight of the day with his US Rockets Dual 18mm. The red, black
and white rocket flew on 2 Quest A6-4 motors which were lit on the pad. The
first flight for this rocket lit both motors and it flew straight up. Both ejection
charges went off, separated by about half a second, and the rocket drifted to
the ground safely. An Estes D12-7 powered Ebbe's flew his gray and yellow Estes
Storm Caster to another nice flight. His 2.25 inch x 50 inch, white, red and
black LOC IQSY Tomahawk with a JL CR set for 300 feet and a JL A3 flew on an
Estes G40-7. This flight came down in two pieces. The airframe floated down
without damage but the nosecone and parachute drifted far north. Ebbe was able
to find this after the launch.
Member Paul managed
5 flights. A 42 inch by 1.2 inch blue and white scratch built Blue Bird Zero
flew on an Estes C6-5 for a low and slow flight. Paul also flew a blue and pink
Estes Storm Caster on a D12-7 for another nice flight. Paul had 3 G powered
flights. A blue Madcow Skipper on an AT G64-7W to 1966 feet as reported by JL
Altimeter 2 (JL A2) and the JL CR set for 300 feet opened the parachute for
a gentle landing. Paul flew a Binder Design Excel Jr. which was painted dark
and sky blue on a AT G76-7G with a JL A2 and a JL CR set for 300 feet to 1740
feet. The JL CR did its job and the rocket floated down gently on its 16 inch
pink parachute. Another Binder Design, an Aspire, flew on an AT G77-7R with
the same electronics on board and came down with the chute opening at 300 feet
(no altitude recorded).
Member James had the
big flight of the day for his L2 certification flight. His black and red 4 inch
by 70 inch Madcow SuperDX3 was propelled on a CTI J330 Classic. Inside the rocket
was a JL A3 and a JL CR set to 400 feet. The J propelled this 6 pound 4 ounce
rocket to 3724 feet and the combination of motor ejection and CR opening at
400 feet brought the rocket down undamaged in the field just south of the road
we use to get to the lower field. Congratulation James on his successful L2.
We packed up and were off the field at 2:00 with everyone crossing the ice multiple times to pack up the equipment. Thanks to everyone for helping with the setup and take down.
A video of the day's launches is HERE
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - Special Launch
This was a special launch set up to help a team from Northeastern University get their qualification flight for the NASA Student Launch, along with any other launches CRMRC members wanted to fly. This year's NASA SL tasks are to fly a rocket as close to 5280 feet as possible and then do one of the following:
1. Identify a target on the ground
2. Deploy a rover
3. Determine position on a NASA grid
The team from Northeastern
is doing No. 2, the rover although it was not part of this qualification flight.
The field was extremely
muddy, so all vehicles were stopped before going down the final hill. Even then,
some vehicles had a tough time getting back to Maquam Shore Road at the end
of the launch. The weather was overcast to mostly cloudy, with the winds going
from 5-25mph to the south and light flurries almost the entire time. Temps were
hovering around freezing. Cloud ceiling was not an issue for the first two flights,
but it was for the qualification flight. At the launch was 9 students from Northeastern,
one guest who coaches another NASA team, one other guest and 3 CRMRC members.
Everyone helped lug all the launch gear from where we were parked to a spot
where almost at the tree line north of the field at the end of the road, about
1/4 mile. This included the yellow launch pad and the 1515 rail. This was not
an easy task in all that mud and required multiple trips by everyone.
The day consisted of
3 flights, with a average per flight of J and total of an L. The flights were
Member Ben flew a custom
blue and gold 1.5x upscale of a Dark Zero on an Estes D12-5. This acted as a
test flight for the two bigger flights. The rocket went to 570 feet and was
recovered successfully in the same field from which it took off.
Guest Arun, one of the
members of the Northeastern team, attempted his L1 certification flight on a
custom red black and gold rocket called NVSC In Amber Clad. The rocket weighed
8 pounds, 1 ounce, was 4 inch by 50 inch, and flew on a CTI H152 Blue Streak.
Onboard were 2 Stratologgers set for apogee/apogee + 1 second, and 700 feet/600
feet. The flight up was nice but very short, only going to 823 feet and the
apogee charges preceding the main charges by less than a second. The rocket
came down under parachute and landed between the fields in tall grass with the
laundry in a small tree. Everything was easily recovered and this rocket managed
to avoid getting muddy, an amazing feat given the field conditions. Congratulation
to Arun on his successful L1.
Guest Aiden, as the
only L2 certified person on the Northeastern team, was documented as the flyer
for the qualification flight. This rocket was custom designed and built for
the NASA requirements. It weighed 48.6 pounds, 6 inch diameter, stood 11 feet
tall and had 6 altimeters, including PerfectFlites and Stratologger CFs, which
were primary/backup pairs to separate the rocket into 3 parts. Red fiberglass
tubing was used (one of the Northeastern University colors). Once set on the
pad, things became interesting to arm the altimeters. The lowest set of altimeters
was about 8 feet up and the highest set about 12 feet off the ground. The team
did not bring a ladder so invention was required. For the lower set, someone
climbed on another person's shoulders (with muddy shoes wrapped in plastic bags
to prevent covering the bottom person with mud). For the higher set, this team
then stood on a table. If the switches had been a few inches higher, this method
would not have worked and another way would have needed to be found. Once everything
was set, everyone retreated to the launch table where we waited for the cloud
ceiling to get high enough. This took about 15 minutes before the button was
pushed and the CTI L1115 Classic lit. The thrust caused mud to splatter everywhere
as the rocket took off (you can see this in one of the pictures quite well)
and the rocket went up just fine. Coming down was a bit interesting. The aft
section of the rocket landed just south of Maquam Shore Road, about 4000 feet
from where it was launched. Given the wind, this was just about where it could
be expected. The upper section had an issue with one of the Stratologgers which
caused the main to come out at apogee, 5596 feet up. This section had a GPS
tracker inside and the team watched it continue to float further and further
south on their computer. It was still several thousand feet up when it crossed
over the shore of Lake Champlain, continuing over the frozen (but unsafe to
walk on) lake moving south. Then, at about 500 feet, it started drifting east,
eventually over the relatively narrow 1000 foot wide St. Albans Point, with
Kamp Kill Kare State Park at the southern tip. Amazingly, it landed on the point,
and everyone watching on the computer cheered. The team recovered the aft section
by driving on Maquam Shore Road and picked up that part, which was only about
20 feet from the road. The upper section on St. Albans Point would be picked
up after all the launch gear was hauled back through the muck and mud to the
Less than 15 minutes
after the big launch, the winds kicked up and it started heavily snowing corn
snow. This would have prevented that big launch, so we got it in just in time.
It took about 30 minutes to get everything on the field back into the vehicles,
and then everyone took about 10 minutes trying to scrape the mud off their shoes
and pants. From there, we went to the Bayside to celebrate success, with the
Northeastern team detouring down St. Albans Point to collect the remainder of
Member Jeff took the following photos of the day: CLICK HERE
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - Montlhy Launch
This launch was postponed
one day to Sunday because the winds on Saturday were in the high teens with
gusts of almost 40mph. It turned out to be a good decision as the winds on Sunday
were in the low teens and dropped off as the day went on, to almost calm by
late afternoon. The skies started mostly sunny and by the end of the launch,
it was a cloudless sky. The downfall was that the temperatures started in the
single digits F (-15C) and did not get above the teens. The cold temperature,
in combination of the starting winds made it feel like -13F (-25C).
The week before the
launch, it had snowed about 12 inches but it was so windblown by the time of
the launch. There was only 2-4 inches of snow on the open areas. With the extreme
cold and thin snow, the ground had refrozen, not the muck and mud we had to
deal with two weeks hence. The snow in the drainage ditches was level with the
field and covered with a crust. As long as you stayed on the crust, walking
over the ditches was like level ground. If you did post hole (break through
the crust and sink), you would end up to your waist without your leg touching
The road down was drivable
and had a snow crust that could be broken easily by a car or truck. Most people
attending the launch chose to drive all the way down. Some were more conservative,
and parked at the top so they would not even chance getting stuck. A wise move
for those without 4WD or snow tires or lacking ground clearance.
The launch was set up
to enable the larger rockets from the NASA teams from UMass Amherst and Northeastern
to fly Ls off the yellow pad at 300 feet, Gs-Js were on the blue pad at 100
feet (which was moved to 200 feet for a K), and Gs on down on the red pad, at
50 feet. Setup was cold and took a while, but by 10:15, everything was ready
to go. This launch was attended by about 30 people, including 4 CRMRC members.
There were a total of 19 flights totaling an M, and averaging an I. The distribution
included: 1 - 1/2A, 2 - C, 1 - E, 3 - F, 5 - G, 2 - H, 2 - J, 2 - K, and 1 -
L. This included both an L1 and L2 certification flights.
Member Michael had 3 flights. The smallest flight of the day was a black and white Estes Puma on an Estes 1/2A3-2T. This only went up about 25 feet and hit the ground before the ejection charge went off. Michael's other two flights were both on Estes C6-5s, with 8 times the power, these went higher. A 1 inch x 14 inch red and black Estes Journey flew just fine and the parachute did come out before hitting the ground. A black and yellow Estes Helicat about the same size as the previous rocket had the same results.
Guest Daniel's smaller flight was an Aerotech Arreaux on an AT F50-4T. The rocket flew straight up and came down nicely on a yellow parachute. Daniel's large flight was a black and white Madcow Black Brandt II. This design is based off of the Canadian Black Brandt II, flew on an AT G61W-M but the M delay was well past apogee. But the parachute did eject and the rocket came down safely.
This was a day that
member Ben had been looking forward to, and it did not disappoint. Ben's preliminary
flight was an Estes Ventris in red, white, and black colors flew on a CTI F36-7
Blue Streak. The flight up was good but the nosecone came off on the way down,
but everything survived. Ben's big flight was his Junior L1 certification flight,
using a somewhat long burning CTI H90-12 Classic motor, a JLCR set for 300 feet
and an Eggfinder to track the rocket. All of this was put in a red and white
custom Vesta which was 1.6 inch x 36 inches. For such a small rocket, it went
very high, around 4000 feet, and was only trackable by the Eggfinder. The rocket
did come down and the JLCR worked just fine. There was no damage and it was
a successful L1 flight.
Member James was able
to get 3 flights off the ground, including flying the same rocket twice on different
motors. A gold and black Estes Mammoth flew on both an Estes F15-4 and an AT
G40-7W. The F15 is a long burn motor which makes for relatively slow takeoffs
and thrust for a long time for light rockets. The G40 is also somewhat long
burning although it has roughly 3x the average thrust of the previous motor.
The G flew with an JL Alt III inside. Both flights were straight up, successful
parachute deploy and safe recovery. Having just gotten his L2 last month, James
decided to fly his L2 rocket, a red and black Madcow Super DX3 on a CTI J381
Skidmark. The 4 inch x 67 inch rocket took off with a loud road and sparks and
smoke trailing behind. On board was a JLCR set to 300 feet and a JL Alt III.
Everything was text book and the rocket landed across the field to the northeast.
Member Paul had the
most flights, 5, including his attempt at L2. The smallest motored rocket was
a green scratch built Fat Boy on an Estes E15-7 with a JL Alt II onboard. Despite
an initial safety check on the launch system and a stutter step on the pad,
the short, fat rocket had a nice flight. An Estes Leviathan flew 3 times, twice
on an AT G64-7W and one on an AT G69-7W. All of these went straight up with
white smoke trailing and landed successfully. Paul's big flight was a Madcow
Super DX3 painted in white and purple on an AT J350-10W with both a JLCR set
to 300 feet and a JL Alt II inside. The white plume was again straight up and
the nosecone was ejected somewhere near apogee and the JL CR did a great job
opening the chute at about 300 feet, with the rocket landing to the west for
a successful L2 certification.
The UMass Amherst rocket
team flew their NASA competition rocket on a CTI K940 WT. This maroon and grey
rocket was 6 inch diameter by 103 inches in length and had an RRC3 and Raven
3 on board to handle the deployment duties. The 24+ pound rocket managed 2546
feet before all of the electronics took over to bring the rocket down safely.
The rocket landed only a couple hundred yards away from where it took off, so
we were able to watch the main deploy "up close and personal." The
UMass team cheered as the parachutes deployed and the rocket landed.
The Northeastern University
rocket team flew their NASA competition rocket on a what was supposed to be
a CTI L820 Skidmark. As soon as the motor lit, the white smoke out the back
ruled out the Skidmark; likely a CTI L851 White instead. The rocket was a little
underpowered as it lifted off, and gave a little wiggle as it ascended, but
it managed to end up going straight up. The 6 PerfectFlite Stratologgers handled
all the deployment duties successfully and this time everything worked as expected.
All of the deployments happened just as expected and the main came out where
we could easily watch the flight.
As for me, I managed
two flights. I flew my ever reliable light blue Styrofoam Pyramid on a borrowed
AT H178 Dark Matter (Dark Matter is AT's equivalent of CTI's Skidmark). Because
of the tremendous drag, the rocket does not get very high so everyone gets to
see the entire flight "up close and personal." The noise reverberated
until the motor burned out and then the pyramid flipped over and floated to
the ground. My large flight was my 20+ pound black Giz Gone Wild!, which is
an extended Performance Rocketry Gizmo, which flew on a CTI K600 White. There
were 2 RRC2s on board to handle the deployment duties, set for apogee &
500 feet, and apogee + 1 second & 300 feet. The rocket flew straight up
with white smoke trailing to 5146 feet before it separated and came down. I
had inadvertently forgotten to check to see if the fincan was connected to the
lower shock cord, so it came down without a parachute. It was found as a core
sample, with the black fins sticking up out of the white snow. This did not
cause any damage though. The remainder of the rocket worked just fine using
a freebag to pull the main parachute out of the rocket. This meant the nosecone
came down separately from the rest of the rocket. The main parachute ended up
in a tree but the rocket was on the ground. Everyone helped to get the parachute
out of the tree without damage.
The launch concluded around 1500hrs (3pm) and everything was packed up and ready to leave at 3:45. The winds had dropped and were almost calm by the time we left, and there was not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was still in the teens, but it was a great day. Member Jim has posted a launch video HERE
The forecast for the
day was predicting almost a perfect day and the actual weather was not a letdown.
We had unabated sunshine the entire day with only one very small cloud to the
northeast which most people did not notice until it was pointed out to them.
The temperature started in the mid 40s and got to the mid 50s, but with the
sun, it felt much warmer. The wind averaged just above 6mph, with times of almost
no wind and an occasional strong gust rolling through.
The ground was mostly
dry with occasional wet areas throughout the fields and most of the drainage
ditches had some water in the bottom. The fields had not been plowed and no
corn was planted. There were no bugs out yet. It was a gorgeous day to be outside
and flying rockets; very few are better.
The cars were all parked
on the road to prevent anyone potentially getting stuck in the field. The pads
were set up and ready to fly about 5 minutes early. The first flight was almost
exactly 1000hrs. Overall, twenty people showed up for the launch, of which 14
flew rockets, and there were 10 CRMRC members present, along with one member
on sabbatical who is looking to become active again. There were a total of 37
flights, including 2 certification flights. Thirty-eight motors were burned
(2-3x a normal CRMRC launch) for a total of an L motor with an average per flight
and an average per motor of a G. The flights were: 10-C (including 1 with 2
Cs), 5-D, 2-E, 1-F, 11-G, 3-H, 2-I, 2-J, and 1-K.
The flights were:
Guests Rebecca and Alana each nicely decorated their CRMRC saucers and these both flew on Estes C6-5s. Both were typical saucer flights, with everything up close and personal.
Guest Kiera flew a custom
pink rocket covered with sparkles and cupcake stickers. The rocket, appropriately
called Cupcake, flew on an Estes C6-5 without issues. She also flew a pink and
purple Estes Proto Star on an Estes D12-5 and everything went well.
Guest Bailey flew the
same rocket 4 times, a custom black and white rocket with a variety of names,
each time on an Estes C6-5. One time was a lawn dart but the other flights were
successful. Bailey also had the most exciting flight of the day, his camo colored
Estes V2 on what was supposed to be an Estes E9-6. At ignition, the motor spit
out the nozzle and flames just shot out the bottom and nothing moved. All of
the fins were toasted. This does not count toward closest to pad because it
never left the rod.
Member Dave Lang managed 4 flights. His smallest was a scratch built saucer from a 4.5 inch diameter ketchup dish he obtained at Johnny Rocket Hamburgers and called it the same name. It was a great mini-saucer flight on an Estes C6-5. Flight hideo is HERE
Dave also flew a custom orange plastic spider web about 11 inches in diameter, although mostly holes, on a D12-7 for another low and slow flight. Video is HERE
Dave's final low and slow was a tribute to Art Bell. It was an Art Applewhite 7" saucer he calls Alien Invasion on an Estes E9-6 with much better results compared to Bailey's V2 on the same motor. Video is HERE
For altitude, Dave flew
a Wildman Darkstar Mini on an AT F23FJ-7. The delay was 3-4 seconds late but
the parachute came out and everything landed successfully. Video is HERE
Member Jeff returned
from a flying hiatus to fly his red PML IO on an AT G40-7W. The IO is a high
performance flier and even on the G, this 1lb 12oz rocket managed well over
1000 feet, with a successful deploy and landing.
Member Matt recorded
a single flight for the day, and for him it was a big one. He flew a black,
white and silver painted LOC Iris on a CTI H152 with the delay drilled down
to 9 seconds for his L1 certification flight. Onboard was both a JL Alt III
and a JL CR set for 400 feet. The rocket flew to 1526 feet before the scrunched
up parachute ejected, then the JL CR worked and the parachute deployed and the
rocket floated down to the ground. It was a successful L1 certification. Congratulations.
Flight video is HERE.
Member Kevin returned
from his winter hibernation to make two flights of rockets with interesting
fin configurations, one small and one much larger. The small one was a Giant
Leap Talon 2 on an AT G80T-8. The rocket managed 1430 feet before the green
parachute ejected and then fully deployed at 300 feet when the JLCR opened up.
The big flight was a grey Madcow AGM-33 Pike on an AT I435T-10 with a Raven
3 onboard along with a JL CR set for 300 feet. The flight went up 2022 feet
and deployment occurred as planned.
Member Zachary had 3
flights, including a red Estes Big Daddy on a D12-5. The delay was a bit long
but no damage. Zach also flew a yellow Wildman V2 Sport on an AT G76-7 as a
non-eventful flight. Last, a black and yellow LOC Weasel flew on an AT G79W-10
with a JL CR set to 400 feet. This shot up and landed nicely.
Member Ebbe managed
3 flights, burning 4 motors with the only complex 2 motor flight of the day.
A US Rockets Dual 18 was powered by 2 Estes C6-5s. Both motors lit successfully
at takeoff but the rocket severely arched over, never getting more than about
50 feet off the ground before landing hard. Both ejection charges went off after
the rocket hit the ground. Ebbe's woes continued when his blue and red AT Initiator
flew on an AT G40-7 with both a JL Alt III and a JL CR set to 500 feet. The
compacted parachute ejected but the CR never allowed it to open up. A black,
white and red LOC IQSY Tomahawk flew on an AT G64-7 with the same electronics
as above. The result was more successful though, with the parachute opening.
Member Jim managed 3
flights, including a big one for him. The only skidmark of the day was an orange
Rocketry Warehouse Formula 54 on an CTI G106 Skidmark with both a JC ALT III
and JL CR set for 300 feet. Everything went fine on this flight. Jim flew a
black and brown Madcow Aerobee_HI on an AT H165 red also with the same electronics
as above on board. Everything went exactly as planned and the rocket was recovered
unharmed. Jim's big flight of the day was a classically painted (red, white,
black, yellow with dot and stripe decals) 4 inch Wildman 1/4 scale Patriot on
a CTI J280 Smokey Sam-10 with the same electronics on board for his L2 certification
flight. The 9 pound rocket took off with a nice black smoke trail and deployment
was almost perfect for the crumpled parachute. The JL CR, now set for 500 feet,
worked perfectly and the rocket landed undamaged. Congratulations to Jim on
a successful L2.
Member Paul took advantage
of the great weather and got 7 flights off the ground, all were successful.
A scratch built Goonie Bird Zero flew on an Estes C6-7. This cream and blue
rocket was 1.6 inches in diameter and 11 inches tall. A scratch built green
Fat Boy flew on an Estes D12-3. A very interesting rocket titled "J350
W" also flew on an Estes D12-3. This yellow and red rocket was made out
of the tube his L2 motor was shipped in (an AT J350 W) with fins and a 3D printed
nosecone added. A scratch built upscale Black Shadow painted in all black flew
on G64-7W to 2181 feet. Paul also flew a Giant Leap Talon 2 on a AT G75-7J.
The purple and lavender flame painted rocket contained both a JL Alt III and
a JC CR set for 300 feet. A white PML AIM-120 AMRAAM with the same electronics
on board flew on an AT G64-7W. Paul's big flight of the day was a 4 inch Madcow
Super DX3 painted white and purple. This flew on an AT I245G-7 with a JLCR set
for 300 feet. An Eggtimer Quantum also flew along but this was for testing only
and was not part of the deployment mechanics. This flew to 2152 feet and came
Member James managed
to burn the most APCP and flew the biggest rocket with the highest pucker factor
I have seen in a long time. An ever reliable gold and black Estes Mammoth flew
on an AT G74-9W. James took the largest CTI 38mm motor and stuffed it in this
Madcow Super DX3 which was painted in red and black. The CTI J530 Imax motor
pushed the rocket and a JL Alt III and JLCR to 5121 feet before the deployment
went as planned. The big flight of the day was a purple and black LOC Bruiser
EXP3 with a JL ALT III and JLCR set for 400 feet on board. This very large,
7.67 inch diameter, 112 inch tall rocket flew on a CTI K780 blue. Ejection of
the compressed parachute was fine but when the JLCR release was supposed to
release, something happened. The green and black chute remained crumpled and
tangled leaving the 18 pound rocket with a unknown fate. Miraculously, with
the rocket about 50 feet off the ground, the chute untangled and inflated with
the rocket less than 20 feet off the ground for a safe landing. Everyone clapped
when this happened. A video of this largest flight of the day is HERE
As for me, I managed
a single flight. My fully custom Saranac Root Beer flew absolutely straight
on a CTI H120 red to about 1000 feet before the green chute ejected and the
rocket floated to the ground.
The launch concluded around 1400hrs (2pm) and everything was packed up and ready to leave at 2:30 with all the help. It was really a great day to be out flying rockets all day, the best of the year so far.
A video of all today's launches can be found HERE.
The club's May launch was cancelled due to poor weather.
Northwood School Launch - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Northwood School in Lake Placid has a one week devoted to several mini-topics which the instructors chose what they want to do. One of the instructors, Matt R does low power model rocket launches throughout the school year and has been doing a mini-topic rocketry for class for several years.
The class has two types
F-G rockets that the kids build; these are late in the week because it takes most of the week for the students to design and build their rockets.
An open launch where
Matt and I show the students a wide variety of launches, including high power.
The students have work
to do with all of the launches. They have to move a distance away from the launch
position and measuring the height of the flight using a theodolite (angle measuring
device). and later will use trigonometry to determine the height of the flight.
If a flight has an altimeter, then the two values are compared.
The weather was sunny,
temps in the upper 60s, but windy.
I had 3 flights:
Gold Star on a CTI G88
Smokey Sam. The first somewhat loud motor the students had seen. A textbook
launch and recovery with a JL CR set for 200 feet but was closer to 50 feet.
Saranac Root Beer (SRB)
on a CTI H123 Skidmark. The beer bottle format does not lend itself to a fast
and high flyer, but it is. The student were shocked by several things: how loud
a Skidmark is, how sparky it can be, how fast the SRB took off, and how well
the SRB flew. Again, another text book flight which end up downwind quite a
bit because the SRB is a short, fat rocket which just drifts downwind instead
of weather cocking.
Quarter scale Patriot
on a CTI J381 Skidmark. By now, the students were used to Skidmark, but the
J still impressed them. The flight went downwind quite a bit for a 1:1 flight.
The dual deploy altimeter worked fine, recording 1556 feet and deploying the
parachute just fine.
Matt had several flights which I did not record and were C-G. The final flight of the day was Matt's L3 Coke bottle, a recycling bin roughly 17 inches in diameter and 6 feet tall on a homemade L motor. The flight weather cocked significantly and only got about 300 feet off the ground. The parachute opened at about 50 feet and only stopped the rocket at about 20 feet off the ground.
It was good to see a whole new group of kids flying rockets.
National Sport Launch, Geneseo, NY Saturday - Monday, May 25-27, 2018
Seven CRMRC members
made it to the NSL in Geneseo, NY: Paul S, Kevin T, Zach T, Ben G, Dan M, Eric
M, and myself. There were also several notable rocketry related people there:
Vern and Gelda Estes, founders of Estes Industries, John Hochheimer, NAR president,
and Trip Barber, former NAR president. The field is part of the Historic Air
Group, so there many old aircraft which could be seen, but the highlight of
aircraft portion was on Memorial Day, watching the B17 take off and land. The
roar of the four Wright R-1820 motor's nine cylinders is like nothing else.
There were almost 1100
flights over the 3 days, from 1/2 A to N and here is what I know about what
the CRMRC members flew:
Paul S managed the following:
Saturday: Mega Mosquito
on a D12-3, Leviathan on a G76
(scratch build) on a D12-3, my Super DX3 on an I218, my Deuce's Wild on 2x C6-7,
and my Black Shadow (scratch) on a G75DM for the night launch
Monday: LOC ISP-Caliber
on the I65W DMS, which I lost. Note: the ISP-Caliper was found and returned
to the NSL after Paul had left the field. It will be retrieved.
I was able to do 5 flights.
NSL had an alphabet challenge as part of the launch, starting with "A".
I did a high power alphabet challenge with as many flights as I could get done,
H-L, totaling a large M:
Saranac Root Beer (SRB) on a 38mm CTI H120 red lightning. Beer bottles are always a crowd pleaser, and it came down without any issues, near the farthest away launcher while they were prepping a 15 foot tall Big Bertha, which I stopped and helped them load.
Dark Star 3 inch on
a 38mm CTI I470 white thunder for the first flight. It went to 1560 feet and
the recovery was text book dual deploy.
Quarter scale Patriot on a 54mm CTI J293 blue streak to 2879 feet. Again, the both altimeters for the dual deploy worked as expected and it landed fine.
Giz gone wild! on a 54mm CTI K1200 white thunder to 4674 feet. No issues with the dual deploy, primary or secondary, and it came down like expected.
Firebolt on a 75mm CTI L1410 skidmark to 4960 feet. This was not a picture perfect flight. The skidmark was not that impressive and the main deployed at apogee. This caused the rocket to drift significantly. The separate nosecone landed about 3000 feet away on the side of Rt 63, not run over but the point of the nosecone was crushed. The rest of the rocket landed another 1000 feet further away, on the SUNY Geneseo soccer field without damage, but one of the main charges did not go off. Neither of the pieces landed where they were visible from the field, so these had to be searched for. Thanks to Kevin and Dan for helping me look and find the parts.
The forecast for the day was mostly
sunny, winds under 10mph, and temps getting to the lower 80s. The forecast was
true, with the wind varying as low as 0mph at times. The sun was strong, but
I had asked the CRMRC members to bring EZ Up tarps and 3 did, giving everyone
a place to hide from the sun. The bugs were not out yet, so it was a warm but
pleasant day with a varying breeze direction.
The ground was mostly dry with the
corn about 6 inches tall. We set up at the edge of the corn with the launch
control at the bottom of the road. Most cars parked along the road and a few
at the top of the hill next to the road. For a CRMRC launch, it was well attended
with about 30 people overall, including 15 members. There were 18 people who
flew rockets, of which 5 were not members. There were a total of 44 flights,
47 motors used, an average flight impulse of "E" and a total of an
"M". The motors were: 1-A, 4-B, 6-C (including 3 flights using 2 Cs),
7-D, 5-E, 6-F, 6-G, 4-H, 5-I, 1-J, and 2-K.
There were too many flights for me
to remember each so I will just list what everyone had written on their flight
Guests Liam flew his nicely painted
Space X Falcon 9 twice, once on an Estes D12-9 and again on an Estes E9-6.
Guest Andy lofted a Sunward "CFX
Six-Footer" on an AT E15W-5 and his gold and black Estes Mammoth on an
Guest Ron launched a yellow and black
Estes Stinger twice. This is a 2 stage rocket and each time was a C6-0 to a
C6-3. The first flight had an issue with the C6-0 as there was a large flash
but it managed to get off the rod and ignite the upper stage.
Guest Molly flew her scratch built
3 inch x 62 inch Red Rover on a CTI I255 red lightning with a Stratologger CF
doing the recovery duties.
Guest Dave got two birds off the
ground: a Rocketry Warehouse blue Lil Rascal on a CTI H123 Skidmark and another
Rocketry Warehouse red & white Broken Arrow on a CTI I180 Skidmark with
a Stratologger CF responsible for the separation and parachute ejection.
New Member Kye put his orange and
black Estes Mammoth up twice on a AT F30-6FJ and an AT F32-8T both times with
a JPCR set to 400 feet.
Member Michael managed four flights:
a blue and yellow Estes Sky Shark on an Estes A8-3, a "Pulsar Pink"
on a Estes B6-4 twice, and a red and yellow Estes Red Flare on anEstes
Member Bailey used a Estes E18 to
get his camo colored Estes V2 off the pad and a F15 to get his purple Majestic
Member Zach flew a yellow and red
LOC Graduator on an AT G80T with a JL CR set for 400 feet and onboard video.
Member Kevin got his black and yellow
LOC Weasel going on an AT G77R-10.
Member Ebbe got two flights in, a
red and blue Aerotech Initiator on an Estes G40-W with a JLCR set for 400 feet
and a red, white and black LOC ISQY Tomahawk on an AT G64-7W with the same JLCR.
Member Matt had two birds leave the
pad, a LOC V2 on a CTI I175 white with a JLCR set for 400 feet, and a LOC IRIS
on a CTI I180 Skidmark with the same JLCR.
Member Jim attempted 2 flights but
only one got off the pad. His successful flight was a Madcow Orangutan on a
CTI J290 white with Jim's first time using an altimeter, specifically an RRC2.
This flight was successful. Jim's second attempt was a Binder Design Thug on
a CTI H152 blue which clearly had problems on the pad with flames out the bottom,
top and eventually everywhere which needed the fire extinguisher to be put out.
Jim had made an assembly error.
Member Daniel had three flights,
a Centauri on a Estes C5-7, a red and white Estes Excalibur on a AT E30-7T and
an Aerotech Arreau on an AT F57-6.
Member James had three flights, including
the two big flights of the day. An Estes Mammoth on an AT G64W. An extended
Madcow Super DX3 on a Loki K627 red, aiming for a mile high . His 19 pound,
7.67 inch x 112 inch tall LOC Bruiser Exp3 powered by a CTI K675 Skidmark and
2 JL CRs doing the drogue at 700 feet and the main at 500 feet..
Member Paul burned 6 motors for 5
flights. A lavender colored Estes Quintar which is a saucer like rocket, flew
on an Estes C6-0. A red and black Der Red Max was propelled by an Estes C6-5.
Jim Flis, of Fliskits, created a Deuce's Wild kit with 2 motors canted outward
and Paul used two Estes C6-5s to get this off the ground. A Giant Leap Rocketry
Talon painted purple and lavender on an AT H238 with a JLCR set to 300 feet.
An AT I245G-8 powered a white and purple Madcow Super DX3 went up with the same
o Note: Jim Flis is closing Fliskits (unless someone buys the business) so now is the time to get some of the most unique kits available, http://www.fliskits.com/ .
Member Ben had the most flights 6.
These included a white Estes Interceptor, an Estes Alien Invader and a scratch
built Longbow, all on Estes B6-4s. A C6-3 powered an Estes Interceptor, and
a scratch built AMRAAM went up on an Estes D12-3.
I managed 3 flights: my custom Fat
Boy III on a CTI E22, and the next two items flew with a JLCR set to 300 feet,
a Wildman Dark Star Lite on a CTI G133 and my fully custom Coors Beer Bottle
bank on a CTI H123.
The launch concluded around 1430hrs
(2:30 pm) and everything was packed up and ready to leave at 3:00 with all the