2019 Launch Reports

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January, 2019

The January launch was scrubbed due to poor weather.


February, 2019

The weather was single digits ºF, mostly sunny and light breezes. When the sun was out it felt much warmer. Later in the day, the sky started clouding up and it felt much colder. There were several inches of fresh snow on the ground on top of the snow that had come earlier in the week topped by some rain. The road was mostly drivable except for about a 100 foot section which had snow with a crust underneath; the same place my truck got stuck a year earlier. It took Jim, Paul and myself about 45 minutes of clearing away that snow before everyone could drive down. By 1030hrs, we were ready to go.

Since the day was so nice, there were three planes which flew directly over the field, unaware that there was a NOTAM reserving the space for a model rocket launch. The Burlington airport tower called to make me aware of them (we were watching them and could see them). The tower reported that all three planes were piloted under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) and their pilots were not responding to tower calls. Instead, the tower was calling other planes in the area and asking them to call the planes on a frequency reserved for inter-plane communication and relaying a message to call the BTV tower. This eventually worked and we could see the planes veer away.

We did have a team from UMASS Amherst come up to attempt the NASA qualifying flight. They came up in three cars. Two were there together around 1100hrs but the other car which had most of their rocket, got lost and showed up about 90 minutes later. The team assembled their rocket on the field and tested their ejection charge to make sure it was enough. This is a good practice for all rocketeers.

There were a total of about 18 people at the launch including 6 members, 1 guests, and 11 from UMASS. There were 19 flights with no multi-motor launches, and the average launch being an I which is big for the CRMRC. The total propellant burned was an M with every motor class between D and L flown. The distribution of motors was: 3-D, 1-E, 1-F, 4-G, 4-H, 2-I, 2-J, 1-K, and 1-L.

With the help of everyone cleaning up, we were off the at 1600hrs and went to the usual brewery and smokehouse where we discussed what the CRMRC should be doing to support the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon.

In the list below, you will see where in time all the flights are in Jim's video. Also, if a motor does not have a manufacturer, it is an Estes motor.

Here are the flights:

Guest Howard, whose name is on the flight card for the UMASS Amherst team flew the following for their NASA qualification. Unfortunately, the rocket came in ballistic into a solidly frozen ground about half a mile north of the pads.

- Grey and red custom 6 inch by 115 inch UMASS SLI weighing around 40 pounds on a CTI L1355 Smokey Sam with a Missileworks RRC3. (21:13)

Member Ben had 1 flight:
- Blue and gold scratch Upscale Dark Zero on an AT E11-J with an Ardino onboard (14:07)

Member Jim had 2 flights:
- Green and black Madcow Mantis on a CTI H163 White Thunder with an Eggtimer Quark and JL Alt III on board with the dual deploy working just fine but the main did get tangled (3:49)

Red, white and yellow Wildman 1/4 scale Patriot on a CTI I242 White with a JL Alt III and a JLCR @ 400 feet. The motor CATOed by splitting at the top and the rocket was undamaged and landed safely. (11:24)

Member Daniel had 3 flights:
- Yellow and blue rocket called E-30 on a AT F50-6 Blue Thunder which had a complete separation but both pieces were recoverable (4:47)
- A blue PML Miranda on an AT G67 Red (7:57) with a delay a bit long and an AT H123 White (18:31)

Member James had 4 flights:
- Blue scratch built 2.6 inch x 31 inch "Blue Shadow" on an AT G74-4 White (0:12)
- Black and white MAC Black Fly on a CTI H123 Skidmark (15:12)
- Purple 7.5 inch x 84 inch LOC Bruiser on a CTI J316 Pink with multiple chutes (12:20)
- Always Ready Rocketry Predator 10K painted orange on a CTI K711 White with an Eggfinder GPS, JLCR @ 400 feet, and Perfect Flite altimeter reported to 9999 feet and 938mph (5:52)

Member Paul had 6 flights:
- Blue and silver scratch built Blue Bird Zero 1.6 inch x 40 inch on a D12-3 (1:36)
- Green scratch built Fatman 2.6 inch x 14 inch (Estes Fatboy-like) on a D12-5 which landed in the drainage ditch by the pipe we drove over to get on the field (7:00)
- Estes Solar Warrier on a D12-7 (19:59)
- Blue Madcow Skipper twice, both on AT G75-7 Black Jack motors with a JL Alt II and @ 300 feet (16:58) with a tangled chute & ()
- Purple Wildman Dark Star Jr. on a AT I245-14 Green with Quantum Eggtimer GPS tracker with main at 300 feet (8:38)

Member Howie had 2 flights:
- Hanger 11 Arthur "build on the field" kit on a CTI H120 Red with JLCR @300 ft although the delay was drilled to 9 seconds, it ejected several seconds after that, ~3 seconds late (2:47)
- 1/4 scale Wildman Patriot on CTI J425 Blue Streak with 2 RRC2+ onboard which landed one field to the north (10:00)

The launch video can be found HERE


March, 2019

The weather was upper 20s ºF or lower 30 ºF, partly sunny and winds averaging in the lower teens mph. Although 25 degrees warmer than last month, it felt significantly colder without the sun and the cold wind. The ground was frozen dirt when we drove in and as the sun shone, the ground melted causing mud everywhere. The road was easy on the way in but extremely greasy and messy on the way out. We were ready to start flying by 1000hrs.

The wind was a major factor all day long, ranging between 8mph and 22mph. Add to that, the ground was mostly frozen dirt, it made flying tough. There was mud everywhere near the launching areas.

We did have a team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) show up. The total attendance was 9 people: 3 RPI students, 1 guest and 5 CRMRC members. There were a total of 14 flight, average was a G and the mode was an H. The flights were: 1-A, 2-B, 1-C, 1-D, 3-G, 5-H, and 1-I.

Cleanup was done in stages but everyone was off the field before 1600hrs with most equipment, boots, and pants covered in mud. Being so dirty and expecting a St. Patrick's day crowd at the brewery, we decided to head home, although the RPI students stop at the usual brewery and smokehouse.

In the list below, you will see where in time all the flights are in Jim's video. Also, if a motor does not have a manufacturer, it is an Estes motor.

Here are the flights:

Guest Donna, one of the RPI students, went for her L1 certification.
- An orange custom 2.625 inch by 39.9 inch LOC called "Fox" on an AT H128 White with a Stratologger responsible for the dual deploy duties. The up portion of the flight was nice and straight but nothing separated or deployed a parachute, so the rocket hit the frozen ground hard. The guess was that the charge was not big enough to get the nosecone to come off. (10:14)

Guest Jasper, the leader of the RPI team had one flight.
- A grey 5.5 inch x 7 foot LOC called "Tom & Jerry" on a AT I600 Red with a Stratologger and RRC2+ doing the recovery duties for 4 parachutes. The altimeters did their jobs with the nosecone, and payload coming down on the correct chutes but the remainder of the rocket came down on a small drogue chute as the piston controlling the main got stuck, causing significant damage to the fincan. (12:32)

Guest Trevor, the third RPI student had two flights.
- A naked (unpainted) 2.6 inch by 36 inch custom unnamed rocket on a AT G75 Jack (black smoke) with both a Mini-Alt and PerfectFlite along for the flight. The up was good but the charge caused the two pieces of the rocket to land separately. (4:03)
- A nicely painted red and black Binder Excel called "1 ticket to Flavortown" on an AT H238 Blue Thunder, this time with no electronics on board. Again, the flight up was very nice but the motor delay was significantly too long, igniting about 1 second after the rocket crinkled into the hard ground. (13:27)

Member Ben had 1 flight:
- A blue and grey scratch built 3 inch AMRAAM on a CTI G68 White flew nicely and was recovered one field to the east. (9:02)

Member Jim had 1 flight:
- A green and black Madcow Mantis on a CTI H143 Smokey Sam with an Eggtimer Quark and JL Alt III on board with the dual deploy working just fine, landing in the launching field to the north. (7:03)

Member Michael had 2 flights:
- An orange Estes Freefall with a paratrooper inside on a B6-6 but this was severely underpowered and only went about 50 feet up. This caused the rocket to hit the ground before the parachute ejected. (3:41)
- A silver and red Estes Flash on a C6-3 which suffered separation with the fincan coming down unabated but undamaged, although the nosecone and parachute floated off in the wind. (2:45)

Member Paul had 3 flights:
- A scratch built shuttlecock called "Birdie" on a A10-PT which did not go very high but was a cute flight ending up with nearest to pad. (2:24)
- A lavender Estes Quinstar which performs like a saucer on a B6-0 which spun on the way up and down. (3:22)
- An Estes Patriot on a D12-7 which was thought to land near Dunsmore Rd, two fields to the east, but the rocket was never found. (8:20)

Member James had 3 flights:
- A blue scratch built "Blue Shadow" on an AT G74 White which was a great flight. (6:07)
- A black and white MAC Black Fly on a CTI H225 White Thunder which was the first flight of the day and landed one field to the east. (0:14)
- An orange AAR Predator 10K set up as James' first dual deploy with a RRC2+ powered by another CTI H225 White Thunder. Both the drogue and main were full size parachutes as insurance but both deployed at apogee so James had to figure out what went wrong. (10:55)

The overall success rate was only 57% (8 of 14) flights going as planned, although one flight was a successful failure because the dual mains enabled the rocket to land safely.

The launch video can be found HERE ( and you can hear the wind).

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