2020 Launch Reports

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January, 2020

The club's January launch was cancelled due to poor weather.


February, 2020

The club's February launch was cancelled due to poor weather.


March, 2020

The club's March launch was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (Cov-19) in keeping with CDC and NAR recommendations.

April, 2020

The club's March launch was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (Cov-19) in keeping with CDC and NAR recommendations.

May, 2020

The club's March launch was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (Cov-19) in keeping with CDC and NAR recommendations.


June, 2020

Rocketeers know how to overcome many challenges, including insects, spiders, dense cornfields, tall grass, lost rockets, snow drifts, extreme weather, strong winds, high heat and humidity, and so on. This year we learned how to overcome a pandemic: the novel coronavirus. On June 20th, after waiting 6 long months without any club launches due to weather cancellations and the worldwide COVID19 crisis, the Champlain Region Model Rocket Club finally held our first club launch of 2020. Vermont regulations began to allow outdoor gatherings in June, making it possible to hold a club launch under carefully restricted conditions. Even so, the US/Canadian border was still closed to international travel, and so our Canadian club members were not able to attend. See the club video for a special dedication to our Canadian friends.

This successful and joyful return to our St. Albans field site was attended by 8 CRMRC members and 5-6 guests. Club members arrived about 0900 hours to begin setting up. Approximately 8 cars and trucks were parked on the north side of the farm road. The low-power launch rack was set up 50 feet from the launch table on the north side of the farm road. We set up a second table about 6 feet behind the launch table for RSO work at a safe social distance from the LCO table. The two (blue) high-power pads were set up 100 feet north of the LCO table. For the K and L flights (Howie and Matt G), we moved the pad out to 200 and 300 feet respectively. Eric M set up his hybrid system in the main field as well. Three tarp shelters were set up at various locations around the field. John, Eric, and Howie kindly invited rocketeers to escape the sun under these shelters.

Following Vermont COVID19 regulations and federal recommendations, we practiced social distancing, wore masks and gloves, and frequently sanitized our hands with the hand sanitizer bottles available at two different locations. Rocketeers spread their workstations around the launch area in order to maintain proper distances. Club members were also required to sign a form indicating agreement with the COVID19 safety procedures for our club. Howie and James handled RSO duties. Howie served as LCO for most flights. James and Kevin K video-recorded flights. For added safety, rocketeers called out their own rocket specifications, motor, and so on, at the time of launches, rather than requiring the LCO to physically handle the paper launch cards.

The very first CRMRC flight of 2020 occurred at 1031 hours (Matt G Madcow Sport-X on AT H100W), and we all cheered this successful (if delayed) start of the 2020 CRMRC launch year. This flight was followed by 14 more successful launches and other adventures (see below). Finally, at about 1445 hours, club members began packing up the equipment and dismantling the shelters, leaving the field about 1515 hours. We were not able to stay together for a post-launch meal due to COVID concerns, but maybe next time.


We enjoyed light winds and almost perfect blue skies all day. One or two stray airplanes occasionally entered the area briefly (despite the NOTAM given to airports), and we had to wait a few minutes until they left. For most of the day, temperatures on the field were in the range of 90 F with medium humidity, although the interiors of our vehicles were much hotter. At approximately 1500 hours, the thermometer in the car dashboard of the club president showed 106 F. Due to the dry field conditions, we were not able to launch motors with titanium-based propellants like Skidmark, Metalstorm, and Dark Matter. On the other hand, the dry conditions made it easy to walk through the fields and ditches. Corn was standing in the east and northeast fields as usual for this time of year, but the corn plants were only about one foot tall. No rockets were lost. Our main field (north field) had low-cut grass, which was easy for walking and recovering rockets. The south field had a similar light ground cover.


Junior L1 Certification: Alex S (Apogee Zephyr on AeroTech H219)
Closest to pad: Howie Pyramid (landed about 50 feet north of the pad)
Largest motor: AeroTech L1000W-SU, 2714 N-sec (Matt G LOC Sandhawk)
Smallest motor: Estes 1/2A3-3T, 0.6 N-sec (Michael Estes Fire Hawk)
First flight of 2020: Matt G Madcow Sport-X
Smallest/most compact design of a DD system: Howie 38mm DD
Farthest recovery: James, SuperDX3 on J394, recovered in the 4th cornfield 1 mile north of the launch site


We flew 15 motors for a total of 8,036 N-sec or 1,807 pounds of thrust, which is equivalent to one M motor. Our motors included 5 low-power, 1 mid-power, and 9 high-power motors. The mean motor class was an I motor, the mode was H (4 H motors), and the median was H.

Our distribution of motors was as follows:
1/2 A: 1 motor (this is technically a separate class since it is half of A, but NAR just calls it 1/2A)
A: none
B: 1 motor
C: 3 motors
D: none
E: none
F: none
G: 1 motor
H: 4 motors
I: 1 motor
J: 2 motors
K: 1 motor
L: 1 motor


Video is HERE: https://youtu.be/oj9uZmiHZJ4

Guest Alex S:
Apogee Zephyr, black/white/green, 4 in. dia., 56 in. tall, 4 lbs 7 oz, AeroTech H219 Blue Thunder (DMS) (233 N-sec).

Result: Good flight, landed near the tree line in our main field. Successful Junior L1 certification.Video at 12:04. Congratulations, Alex!

Member Michael W:
Estes Spirit, red/white/blue, 1.1 in. dia., 12 in. tall, 3.8 oz, Estes C6-5 (8.8 N-sec)

Result: Good flight, landed in the main field about 300 feet from the launch table. Video at 8:53.

Estes Fire Hawk: silver and red, 1 in. dia., 11 inch, 9 oz., motor 1/2A3-3T (0.6 N-sec).

Result: Good flight (video not available)

Estes Mercury Redstone (built by Ben G. last summer), 9 in. dia., 24 in. tall, 4 lbs 8 oz, red/white/black, Estes C6-5 (8.8 N-sec).

Result: Good flight, landed in the main field near the tree line. Video at 4:43.

Member Kevin K:
Estes Little Red, 1 in. dia., 8 in. tall, 1.7 oz, Estes B6-4 (5.6 N-sec).

Result: Good flight, landed in the north field, Video at 3:49.

Estes Little Red, 1 in. dia., 8 in. tall, 1.9 oz, Estes C6-5 (8.8 N-sec).

Result: Good flight, very straight and high, impressive altitude on C6-5 (approx. 1200 feet), landed in the east field (video not available).

Rocket Pop Madcow SuperDX3, 4 in. dia., 54 inches tall, 6 lbs 1 oz, AT H550 Super Thunder (312 N-sec), JCLR at 400 feet, altitude approx. 2700 ft.

Result: Fast powerful burn, good flight (video not available).

Member John A:
Madcow Little John, army green with white lettering, 4 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 7 lbs 8 oz., CTI I345WT (407.6 N-sec).

Result: Good flight, landed in the south field. Video at 5:36.

Member James:
Fiberglass Madcow SuperDX3, sliver and black, 4 in. dia., 78 in. tall, 10 lbs 11 oz, JLCR at 500 feet, CTI J394GR (970.4 N-sec), bright pink parachute (helpful in locating the rocket on the ground).

Result: Good flight (first all-fiberglass kit for this rocketeer, and he liked it). The chute deployed successfully, and rocket ended up about 1 mile north of the launch area, gently landed in the 3rd or 4th corn field, altitude: approx. 3900 feet (sim). Video at 7:39.

Member Ben G:
Attempted to fly Loki H90-10R in scratch-built 1:5 Patriot. Motor would not light despite several tries.

Member Eric M:
Attempted hybrid flight of Binder Velociraptor, 4 in. dia., 8 feet tall, 13 lbs, hybrid motor Skyripper K270, dual deploy with main set for 500 feet

Result: Did not ignite.

Club President and Rocket Guru Howie D:
Wildman Mini Dark Star 38mm, unpainted red FG, 38mm dia., 22 in. tall, 2 lb 3.5 oz, CTI G68 White (107.8 N-sec), dual deploy with RRC3+ set for main at 300 feet (remarkably compact DD system).

Result: good flight (slightly unstable during the upward flight), successful deployment and recovery, landed in the east cornfield, about 500 feet east of our launch area, successfully recovered in the short corn. Altitude reported: 1121 ft. Video at 16:22.

Pyramid, 24 in. circumference at base of pyramid, 12 in. tall, 2 lbs, light blue, CTI H143 Smoky Sam (247 N-sec), altitude approx. 150 feet.

Result: Good flight, landed in the main field, about 50 feet from the pad (closest to pad). Video at 6:56.

Wildman 4-inch Dark Star Extreme, green fiberglass, 4 in. dia., 108 in. tall, 22 lbs, CTI K500RL (54mm, 1595.6 N-sec), fully redundant dual deploy with RRC2 and MARSA, main set to 500 feet.

Result: Launched at exactly 12:00 noon, good flight, successful deployment and recovery, altitude recorded on the two altimeters as 3902 feet and 3767 feet (average: 3835 ft). The whistling sound from the split-fin design was audible up to one-quarter mile north from the launch pads. The rocket landed safely on the eastern side of the north field. Video at 9:41.

Member Matt G:
Madcow Sport-X, silver, 3 in. dia., 36 in. tall, 2 lbs 9 oz, AT H100W SU (226.8 N-sec), streamer recovery (2 x 15-foot streamer).

Result: Good flight, first CRMRC flight in 6 months! Landed safely near the cars in the south field. Video at 2:10.

MAC Scorpion, 3 in. dia., 56 in. tall, approx. 3 lbs, recovery on 50-foot streamer, CTI J355 (54mm, 1189.5 N-sec).

Result: good flight, landed in the south field. Video at 14:14.

LOC/Precision Sandhawk with beautifully finished fins, 5.5 in. dia., 11 feet tall, 20 lbs, JL Alt3, AeroTech L1000W SU (54mm, 2714 N-sec), streamer recovery on a huge 150-foot streamer.

Result: Very impressive boost, nice straight flight up, whistling sound, streamer deployed successfully, rocket landed in the northwest field south of Maquam Shore Road. Post-flight inspection showed some damage to one fin and to the forward bulkhead. Video at 17:50.

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