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).

April, 2019

The April launch was scrubbed due to poor weather.

May, 2019

The weather was upper 50sF or lower 60sF, mostly cloudy with the winds between calm and 6mph. The road down to the field still had the large white bale in the middle. The road itself was dry but driving around the bale was wet and one truck got stuck. Between a tow strap, a second truck, and 5 guys pushing, the truck was gently put back on the road. The field at the bottom of the road was dry in most places, so the pads and parking were set up on that field. The stuck truck did delay setting up, so everything was set up around 1030hrs.
The total attendance was about 30 people: 17 CRMRC members and about 13 guests. There were a total of 41 flight attempts of which 40 made it off the pad and one was a two stage flight. The mean and mode were both a G with the total an M. The flights were: 1-1/4 A, 4-B, 5-C, 4-D, 6-E, 2-F, 8-G, 6-H, 2-I, 3-J and 1-K. Two people were successful for the L1 certification.
Flights were done around 1545 and with so many hands helping, everyone was off the field by 1615. About half the group ended up at the usual brewery for dinner and discussing the July launch. If a motor does not have a manufacturer, it is an Estes motor.

Here are the flights:

Member Zach had one flight:
- A PML 2.1 inch AMRAAM on a Aerotech (AT) G77R with a Jolly Logic Chute Release (JLCR) set for 500 feet. This was done as a drag race with member Paul.

Member James had one flight:
- An orange ARR Predator 10K on a Cessaroni Technology Inc (CTI) H225 White Thunder.

Member Dave Lang had one flight:
- A Gary Tortora 3 inch Painkiller on a CTI J250 Skidmark with Stratologger onboard. The apogee charge went off and the rocket separated. The main charges went off but did not sheer the sheer pins so the rocket hit hard, but with no damage.

Member Kevin had 1 flight:
- A white Wildman Darkstar 4 inch on an AT J460 Blue Streak with an Eggtimer TRS and Raven 3 onboard making the main at 600 feet.

Member Ben had 2 flights:
- A scratch black and white "Boson II" which is 1 inch diameter and 24 inches tall which was staged using a B6-0 to a B6-6. The staging worked great.
- A red, black and white Estes Ventris on a CTI F31-7 White.

Member Keira had 2 flights:
- A purple and green Estes Wacky Wiggler on a B6-4.
- A purple and pink Estes "Purple Murple Pinky" on a C6-5.

Member Guy had 2 flights:
- A Radio Shack Spool custom rocket (which looks just like it sounds) on a C6-0.
- An orange and white Wildman Wildchild on a E30-4T.

Member John had 2 flights, one successful and one which never made it off the pad:
- A grey Madcow Little John on a CTI I345 White Thunder which burned on the pad. The motor separated inside the rocket but the pressure ejected everything inside so none of the recovery materials were destroyed. This included a JLCR, a JL altimeter and a 36 inch orange parachute.
- The same grey Madcow Little John, post-first launch attempt with the same electronics but this time with a CTI I350 and the JLCR set for 300 feet, to an altitude of 2678 feet.

Member Michael had 3 flights:
- A yellow and black Estes Big Bertha with a C6-5.
- A red and yellow Estes Flare on a D12-3.
- A yellow and purple Estes Eliminator on a D12-5.

Member Matt G had 3 flights:
- A purple Estes Sahara on a E16-4 with a JL altimeter 1 onboard.
- A white MAC Performance Zodiac on a high power AT G-138 with a JLCR set for 500 feet.
- A successful L1 certification flight of a blue MAC Performance Ethos on a CTI H152 Blue Streak.

Member Jim had 3 flights:
- An orange and black Rocketry Warehouse Formula 54 on an AT G53-10 Fast Jack with a JL altimeter III and a JLCR set for 300 feet, which went to 1225 feet.
- A red, white and black Estes Ventris on a CTI G80 Skidmark with a JL altimeter III and a JLCR set for 300 feet which went to 1321 feet.
- A MAC Performance Aerobee Hi on an AT H180 White with a JL altimeter III and a JLCR set for 300 feet which went to 1654 feet.

Member Gary had 3 flights:
- A green Estes Baby Bertha on a B4-4.
- A silver Estes Silver Comet on a D12-5 twice.

Member Eric had 4 flights:
- A grey Estes E9 Eater on an E9-4.
- A red and green Estes Star Orbiter on an F40.
- A PML Callisto on an AT H242 Blue Streak with a Missile Works RRC2+ with the main set for 500 feet, which went to 2756 feet.
- The big flight of the day was a green Binder Velociraptor on an AT K550 White with a MAWD altimeter which went to 6575 feet.

Member Lawrence had 5 flights:
- A red, white and black Estes Honest John on a E12-6.
- A scratch built black and white 2.3 inch by 43 inch rocket called "Black Spy" with a JLCR set for 400 feet twice on a AT G64-10W (:) and a AT G76-10G.
- A scratch copper colored 2.7 inch by 41 inch rocket called "Steampunk" on an AT G64-10W with a JLCR set to 400 feet.
- A successful L1 certification flight of the "Steampunk" on an AT H220 Blue Thunder with the JLCR set to 400 feet.

Member Paul had 7 flights:
- A scratch built blue and white 0.5 inch by 13 inch "Blue Bird Zero" on a 1/4A3-3T.
- A scratch built blue and white 0.9 inch by 26 inch "Blue Bird Zero" on a C6-7.
- A scratch built blue and white 1.1 inch by 32 inch "Blue Bird Zero" on a C6-5.
- A scratch built blue and white 1.3 inch by 36 inch "Blue Bird Zero" on a E20-4W.
- A scratch built blue and white 2.6 inch by 80 inch "Blue Bird Zero" on an AT H178-10 Dark Matter.
- A scratch built blue and cream 1.63 inch by 13 inch "Gooney Bird Zero" on a C6-5.
- A grey 2.3 inch PML AMRAAM on a AT G77-7R with a JL altimeter II and a JLCR set for 300 feet as part of drag race with Zach to 1254 feet.

Howie had 2 flights:
- A custom green and copper high performance 2.6 inch by 13 inch rocket named "Fat Boy III" which lawn darted into the ground, jamming the nosecone in, on a CTI E22 Smokey Sam.
- A naked (unpainted) Madcow 1/3 scale Nike Smoke on a CTI J425.

It was a great day to be out with almost no bugs, not too much sun and a great crew for flying rockets.
The launch video can be found HERE


June, 2019

The weather was overcast with temps in the lower to upper 60's F for most of the day. Winds were a bit heavy averaging 12.6 mph with gusts recorded up to 25 mph. The large white bale in the middle of the road is almost gone but we still had to navigate a short distance around it. The field was dry and the planting of corn has been delayed, although, by the end of the day there was a tractor out in the far field that appeared to be seeding the ground. We were set up and ready to fly by 10:00 am. Kevin brought a new control panel that was acquired and he refurbished. The panel is set up to control two banks of four launch pads. It worked perfectly.

The total attendance was about 25 people: 13 CRMRC member and about 12 guests/spectators. There were a total of 19 flight attempts all of which made it off the pad. We had one successful Level 1 certification flight. The flights were: 1-1/2A, 5-A, 3-B, 2-C, 1-D, 1-E, 4-F, 2-G, and 1-H.

We were done flying early around 2:00pm and off the field by 3:15 pm as we still had a few folks out tracking down their wayward rockets though all were successfully located. A group of about 10 finished out the day at the usual brewery for dinner and more discussions about the July 4th launch.

Here are the flights:

Member Daniel M. had one flight
- A black and yellow Aerotech Arreaux on an AT F50 to around 1,000' with no electronics. Dan spent nearly 90 minutes searching for his bird about two fields north but succeeded in find it

Guest David B. had two flights
- A silver Estes Big Bertha on a B6-4
- A yellow and blue Estes Space X on a cluster of 2 A8-3

Guest Jenny B. had one flight
- A silver Estes Alpha on an A8-3

Member Paul S. had three flights
- A lavender Estes Quinstar on a B6-0
- A yellow and red scratch built "J350-W" on a D12-3
- A white Estes Sentinel on a C6-5

Member Michael W. had one flight
- A blue and yellow Estes Sky Shark on an A10-3T. There was no separation and the rocket lawn darted.

New member Hugues L. had three flights including a successful Level 1 certification:
- An orange Madcow DX3 on an ATS DMS H135 White. Electronics included an altimeter, GPS tracker, with motor ejection and JL Chute Release set to 300'. Altimeter recorded 2,661' for a successful Level 1 flight. Flight video is HERE
- A grey and white Aerotech Mustang on an AT G138 Blue Thunder. Electronics included an altimeter, camera, and motor ejection with JL Chute Release set for 300'
- A blue Mach 1 Xcelerator on an AT E28-7 Blue Thunder with an electronic beeper

New member Victoria H. had three flights
- An orange and blue Estes Super Trooper on a 1/2A3-4T
- A blue and yellow Estes Baby Bertha on an A8-3
- And he Estes Baby Bertha again on a C6-5

Member Kevin T. had two flights
- A yellow and red LOC Graduator on an AT G77 Red with motor ejection and a JL Chute Release set to 300'
- A white Scale Kits Bullpup on an AT F52-4 Blue Thunder with motor ejection and a JL Chute Release set to 300'

Member Ben G. had two flights
- A red, white and black Estes Patriot on a B6-4
- A grey and blue scratch built Amraam on a CTI F59-5 White

Member Matt G. had one flight
- A purple Estes Sahara on an AT F42-4 Blue Thunder. Upon separation the elastic shock cord broke and the rocket came down with the upper portion under chute and the sustainer separate but appeared to not be damaged.

It was a little windy but still a great day to be out flying. Not too hot, not too cold, and all rockets were retrieved. Thank you to all who showed up and participated in flying, spectating, and setting up and taking down the launch equipment.


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