2023 Launch Reports

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January, 2023

January 21 turned out to be an overcast day for the entire launch, but we still enjoyed a fun-filled day of rocketry. Following NAR rules, we required all rocket flights to stay below the cloud base, or approximately 2000-2300 feet. Although the low-lying clouds were a challenge, we benefited from calm winds as well as reasonably comfortable temperatures for this time of year, beginning the day in the low 20sF and gradually rising to the high 20sF by mid-afternoon.


The fields were frozen with 4-6 inches of snow on the ground and the large ditches had about 2 feet of water. Setup started about 0900hrs with Kevin K plowing the road down to the field to prevent vehicles from getting stuck. The low-power rack was set up at 50 feet from the launch table, and one blue high-power pad with an 8-foot standard 1010 rail at 100 feet. Later in the day, students from Northeastern University set up the large yellow pad with the 12-foot 1515 extreme rail also at 100 feet. Flights started at 1015hrs.


Kevin K collected annual dues from club members and launch fees from all fliers, while wearing a NAR range safety vest. Scott L provided GoPro views of liftoffs with the camera positioned right next to the launch pad, and James S video-recorded all launches from the flight line using a basic iPhone. John A, Kevin K, Paul S, and James S helped with RSO duties and certifications. There were five Level 1 certification attempts on this day, and three of those attempts were successful.


Flying started at 1015hrs with the FAA notified. By 1100hrs, attendance was 14 people, which increased to 19 by 1200hrs, including students from Northeastern University and Olin College of Engineering.


At 1540hrs, after a pleasant day of flying (albeit limited to 2000 feet altitude), we packed up the equipment and left the field. Five club members then had dinner together at Mill River, staying there until 1725hrs.


AWARDS AND MILESTONES:

-Successful L1 certifications:
(1) Jeffrey M with his Custom Onyx-1 on CTI H118CL
(2) James H with his Custom Onyx on CTI I345WT
(3) David M with his Custom Smokey Quartz on CTI H118CL

-Best two-stage launch: Else and her Estes Nike-X on C6-0 to C6-5

-Best cluster launch: Paul S and his Thrustline Hank on B6-4 x 2

-Most flights: Paul S with 5 flights

-Closest to pad: James S and his Chimera on AT G74

-Closest to car parking area: Stewart and his Der Red Max on Estes E16-4

-Best water-landing: James S and his MAC Menace which landed in the ditch (but suffered no damage because MAC Canvas phenolic is waterproof!)

-Best first-flight of a new 4-inch rocket: Scott and his Apogee Katana on CTI I242

-Best model of a recent NASA rocket: Stewart and his Estes SLS/Artemis rocket


MOTORS:
We launched 22 flights on 24 motors, including a two-stage flight (Else and her Estes Nike-X on C6-0 to C6-5) and a cluster flight (Paul and his Thrustline Hank on B6-4 x 2). Together as a club, we flew 4104.9 Ns total impulse, which is equivalent to a medium-sized L motor. The mean impulse was 171 N, which is a small H, and the median was 110.2 N, which is a medium-sized G motor. The mode was G (7 G motors). The distribution of the 24 motors was as follows:
A: 0
B: 2
C: 4
D: 1
E: 2
F: 0
G: 7
H: 3
I: 5


The club launch video is linked HERE


FLIGHT DETAILS

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Else W.
Estes Nike-X, orange and black, 1.33 in. dia., 24 in. tall, 4 oz
-Motors: Estes C6-0 to C6-5 (two-stage)
-Result: Good launch, chute deployment was anomalous
-Video at 02:41

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Riley and Else
LOC Fast Food, red, 3 in. dia., 51 in. tall, 2 lbs 11 oz
-Motor: CTI G50-IM
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 17:26

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Stewart
1. Estes Der Red Max, red and black, 3 in. dia., 28 in. tall, 1 lb 17 oz
-Motor: Estes E16-4
-Electronics: Jolly Logic Altimeter II
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 00:45

2. Estes Big Daddy, red and orange, 3 in. dia., 16 in. tall, 6 oz
-Motor: Estes E12-4
-Result: Cato/motor burn-through
-Video at 01:39

3. Estes NASA SLS/Artemis, orange and white, 2 in. dia., 18 in. tall, 5.2 oz
-Motor: Estes C6-3
-Result: Good flight but chute did not open
-Video at 06:02

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Daniel M.
Madcow Black Brant, black and white, 2.6 in. dia., 49 in. tall, 3 lbs 4 oz
-Motor: AT G61W
-Result: Good flight, early ejection but no damage, landed in the ditch but not in the water
-Video at 10:12

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Paul S.
1. Estes Big Daddy, blue and yellow rocket with Vern Estes signature, 3 in. dia., 16 in. tall, 6 oz
-Motor: Estes D12-3
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 02:06

2. Thrustline Hank, purple, 1.3 in. dia., 15 in. tall, 3 oz
-Motors: Estes B6-4 x2 (cluster)
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 07:27

3. Estes Leviathan, pink and black flame, 3 in. dia., 41.5 in. tall, 1.86 lbs
-Motor: AT G64-7W
-Electronics: JLCR set to 300 feet, Jolly Logic Altimeter II
-Result: Good flight, but chute tangled, no damage
-Video at 14:14

4. Estes Sentinel, white, 1.6 in. dia., 26 in. tall, 5.1 oz
-Motor: Estes C6-5
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 16:39

5. Rocketry Warehouse Formula 54, blue, 54 mm dia., 26 in. tall, 1 lb 15 oz
-Motor: AT G77-DM7
-Electronics: JLCR set for 300 feet
-Result: Good flight, good chute release at 300 feet
-Video at 22:50

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Liam C.
Custom-Built The Black Dog, black, 2.5 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 3 oz
-Motor: CTI H118CL
-Result: Good launch but the rocket did not separate properly at apogee, landed without chute and suffered damage to the rocket body. L1 certification not successful.
-Video at 08:48

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Jeffrey M.
Custom-Built Onyx-1, black, 2.5 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 3 oz
-Motor: CTI H118CL
-Result: Good flight, successful L1 certification
-Video at 11:13

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David M.
Custom-Built Smokey Quartz, black, 2.5 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 2.5 oz
-Motor: CTI H118CL
-Result: Good flight, successful L1 certification
-Video at 19:59

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James H. (Amherst, MA)
Custom-Built Onyx, black, 3 in. dia., 39.3 in. tall, 8.28 lbs
-Motor: CTI I345WT
-Result: Good flight, successful L1 certification
-Video at 04:00

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Scott L.
Apogee Katana, red, 4 in. dia., 74.8 in. tall, 5 lbs 5 oz
-Motor: CTI I242WH
-Result: Good launch, some chute tangling during the descent but only slight damage
-Video at 12:42

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Andrew G and Northeastern University
Custom-Built Spruce Goose, blue/black/orange, 4 in. dia., 84 in. tall, 11 lbs 9 oz
-Motor: AT I327DM
-Electronics: Stratologger and custom altimeter. The rocket also carried an experimental mechanical device for separation to release drogue. Main Chute was automatically deployed early in case the experimental separation device failed. The experimental device worked properly.
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 19:00

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Julia L.
Custom-Built Blue, 4 in. dia., 70 in. tall
-Motor: CTI I540WT
-Electronics: Stratologger and Altus Metrum EM, main chute set for 600 feet
-Result: Good launch, but the rocket did not separate as planned, even though the deployment charges did fire. L1 certification not successful
-Video at 23:53

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James S.
1. Custom-Built Chimera, dark blue, 2.6 in. / 2.0 in. diameter, 63 in. tall, 2.26 lbs
-Motor: AT G74-4W
-Result: Good flight, landed closest to the pad
-Video at 01:13

2. MAC Menace, blue and white, 4 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 7 lbs 6 oz
-Motor: CTI I345WT
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 06:31

3. MAC Black Fly 3-inch, white and black, 3 in. dia., 38 in. tall, 3 lbs 15 oz
-Motor: AT G78-G4
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 21:27

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Howie D.
PML MR-1b, gray/red/black, 3 in. dia., 30 in. tall, 2 lbs 4 oz
-Motor: CTI G69SK
-Electronics: JLCR set to 300 feet
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 15:37


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ADDENDUM: Other CRMRC member flights this month but not in St. Albans
-Flyer: James S.
-Location: MDRA, Higgs Farm in Price, Maryland
-Flights:
1. Custom-Built Loch Ness Monster, red/green/black, 4 in. to 6 in. dia., 93 in. tall, 31 lbs
-Motor: CTI L910CS
-Electronics: Altus Metrum EM at 800 feet, RRC2 at 500 feet, Jiobit GPS tracker
-Result: Good flight, apogee 4556 feet

2. MAC Hyper54, red, 54 mm dia., 71 in. tall, 3.5 lbs
-Motor: CTI H225WT
-Electronics: RRC2 set for 500 feet
-Result: Good flight, apogee 1676 feet


February, 2023

The launch day had the sky starting almost cloudless, and by the end of the launch the skies were overcast.
Temperatures started in the teens F and the high was in the upper 20s F
Winds started at about 5mph from the south and got higher as the day progressed with the last 2 hours of the launch having holds for winds above 20mph. The highest recorded speed was 34mph
The ground was frozen with one inch of snow on the ground, but there was mud in the areas that were well tracked at the end of the day.
An estimated 40-50 people attended.

Clock
Setup started 0930
Setup complete 1000
First flight 1028
Last flight 1614
Cleanup complete 1645 - equipment removed if no longer needed
Note: no trip to Mill River as the restaurant was full

The launch summary
Total flights 26
4-C, 2-D, 1-E, 2-F, 1-G, 6-H, 4-I, 4-J, 2-L
Total motors 27 (one flight with 2 motors)
6-C, 1-D, 1-E, 2-F, 1-G, 6-H, 4-I, 4-J, 2-L
Average (mean) flight & motor I
Mode, by flight H
Mode, by motor C, H
Total impulse 97% M [N-(H+G+E)]

First flights 8
Heads up 13
Certification flights attempted 9

Flights: Heads Up (HU), First Flight (FF) Certification Flight (CF L#)

Club flight video is HERE


Kyle B
Rocket: Custom Flight Systems, black, 1 in. dia. 10 in. tall, 0lbs 7oz.
Motor: F7
Result: CATO
Video at 01:56
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Scott L
Rocket: Madcow Mongoose, black-carbon, 38mm dia. 48 in. tall, 3lbs 2.5oz.
Motor:AT I280DM
Result: lost
Video at 00:26
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Kevin K
Rocket: Mach 1 Desdemona, orange, 2.6 in. dia. 52 in. tall, 6lbs 8oz.
Motor: CTI I285CL
Electronics: Proton, RRC2L @ 400 feet, Eggfinder GPS
Result: good flight
Video at 21:00
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Paul S
1. Rocket: Custom Blue Bird Zero, blue/white, 0.936 in. dia. 26 in. tall, 0lbs 2.7oz.
-Motor: C6-5
-Result: CATO, nozzle ejected
-Video at 04:22

2. Rocket: Estes Patriot, green/white, 1.63 in. dia. 22 in. tall, 0lbs 3.6oz.
-Motor: C6-5
-Result: good flight
-Video at 22:41
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Else W
1. Rocket: Estes Nike-X, orange/black, 1 in. dia. 24 in. tall, 0lbs 2.4oz.
-Motor: Q-Jet C12-6
-Result: no chute
-Video at 02:15

2. Rocket: Estes Nike-X,orange/black, 1 in. dia. 26 in. tall, 0lbs 4.2oz, HU
-Motor: C6-0, C6-5
-Result: good flight
-Video at 05:26

3. Rocket: LOC Fast Food, red, 3 in. dia. 54 in. tall, 2lbs 13 oz.
-Motor: CTI G50 IM
-Electronics: Ultra Logger
-Result: good flight
-Video at 12:30
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Stewart L
1. Rocket: Estes Red Max, red/black, 3 in. dia., 30 in. tall, 1lbs 2.1oz.
-Motor: AT F67-6W
-Result: no chute
-Video at 03:02

2. Rocket: AT Sport-AT, black/yellow, 1.4 in. dia., 16 in. tall, 0lbs 3.4oz.
-Motor: C6-7
-Result: unstable
-Video at 05:06

3. Rocket: Estes NASA SLS, white/orange, 1.64 in. dia., 19 in. tall, 0lbs 5.1oz.
-Motor: Quest D20-4W
-Result: unstable
-Video unavailable

4. Rocket: Estes Big Daddy, red/orange, 3 in. dia., 19 in. tall, 0lbs 8.9oz.
-Motor: AT E20-7W
-Result: chute did not open
-Video at 23:33

College Students/Teams:
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Patrick M
Rocket: Custom Small Owl, black, 54mm. dia., 42 in. tall, 2lbs 14oz.
Motor: AT G72
Result: no flight, broke off rail buttons
Video unavailable

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Ian M
1. Rocket: Mad Cow Blue Bird, blue/black, 3 in. dia. 36 in. tall, 3lbs 3oz., HU, FF, CF L1
-Motor: CTI H120RL
-Electronics: rocket locator
-Result: no chute, no certification
-Video at 06:09

2. Rocket: Mad Cow Blue Bird, blue/black, 3 in. dia. 36 in. tall, 3lbs 3oz., HU, CF L1
-Motor: CTI H110CL
-Electronics: JLCR, rocket locator
-Result: stuck in tree, no certification
-Video at 17:59
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Max F
Rocket: Custom Fox Two, onyx/black, 2.5 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3lbs 3oz., HU, FF, CF L1
Motor: CTI H118 CL
Result: no chute, no certification
Video at 07:08
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Liam C
Rocket: Custom Hair of the Dog, onyx/black, 2.5 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3lbs 3oz., HU, FF, CF L1
Motor: CTI H123 SK
Result: good flight, successful L1 certification
Video at 16:04
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Ben F
Rocket: Custom Tribute, blue/gold, 3 in. dia., 36 in. tall, 2lbs 8oz., HU, CF L1
Motor: CTI H140 CL
Electronics: JLCR
Results: broken fin, no certification
Video at 18:20
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Richard
Rocket: Custom Candy Cane, red/white, 3 in. dia. 38 in. tall, 2lbs 9oz., CF L1
Motor: CTI H200 BS
Electronics: JLCR
Result: fin damage, no certification
Video at 19:09
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Kartikeys Minions
Rocket: Custom Super Guppy, red/black, 4 in. dia. 72 in. tall, 10lbs 9oz.
Motor: CTI I540 WT
Electronics: Easy Mini
Result: good flight
Video at 19:29
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Bode W
Rocket: Custom Galaxy Firaer, black/silver/blue/gold, 3 in. dia. 58 in. tall, 5lbs 14oz, HF, FF, CF L2
Motor: CTI J150 ME
Electronics: Altimeter
Result: lost
Video at 17:04
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Nico M
Rocket: Custom Silver Bullet, red/silver, 4 in. dia. 59 in. tall, 5lbs 6oz., HU, FF, CF L2
Motor: CTI J285 CL
Electronics: JLCR
Result: good flight, successful L2 certification
Video at 24:29
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Cisco H
Rocket: Custom Drag Queen, 4 in. dia. 55 in. tall, 4lbs 14oz., HU, FF, CF L2
Motor: CTI J425 BS
Results: good flight, hard landing, broken nosecone/minimal damage, successful L2 certification
Video at 08:18
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Andrew G
1. Rocket: Wildman Intimidator, red/yellow/black, 4 in. dia. 63 in. tall, 7lbs 7oz.
-Motor: CTI I350 SS
-Electronics: Easy Mini, custom board
-Result: good flight
-Video at 10:16
2. Rocket: Spruce Goose. blue/orange/black, 4 in. dia. 84 in. tall, 11lbs 13oz., HU
-Motor: AT J425
-Electronics: Stratologger, custom board
-Result: good flight
-Video at 14:13
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Kartikey
Rocket: Custom Marcus The First, black/red, 10.75 in. dia, 11 ft. tall, 56lbs 7.5oz, HU, FF
Motor: CTI L610 CL
Electronics: Easy Mini
Result: good flight
Video at 20:20
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Howard G/UMASS Amherst
Rocket: Custom Big Oregano, black, 6 in dia., 107 in. tall, ?????, HU, FF
Motor: CTI L1355
Electronics: Raven4, RRC3
Result: good flight
Video at 19:58

March, 2023

SETUP
Club members began arriving on the field at 0900 hours, and Kevin K drove his truck with club equipment down the farm road to the launch site. Due to slushy snow and ruts on the farm road, we decided not to allow any other vehicles to go further down the road. We set up the parking area at the crest of the hill on the south side of the farm road. About 20 vehicles parked there or else farther west along the farm road. We set up our launch site at the bottom of the hill (west side of the cornfield). The two blue HPR pads were positioned at 100 feet from the LCO table, with extension cords available out to 300 feet. The low-power rack was placed at 50 feet. Later in the day, the large yellow pad was installed at 300 feet for larger flights. We were ready to begin flying at 0951 hours, and the first rocket lifted off at 1045. The last rocket was launched at 1610 hours, and we finished packing up equipment and left the field. Six club members had lunch together at Green Mountain Cafe in St. Albans.


ATTENDANCE
Seven club members attended the launch along with about 40 college students from Northeastern University and Worcester Polytechnic,as well as several guests. At least two of the guests had learned about CRMRC one week earlier at the St. Albans train show, where Howie D., John A., and Paul S. hosted a display about our club.


CLUB DUTIES
Howie D and Kevin K served as LCO and RSO. Kevin also collected launch fees and distributed CRMRC nametags for members. James S. video-recorded flights. Scott L. provided GoPro closeup views of some launches, and Curtis H. set up his RocketTrig system for additional photography (as featured in a recent issue of Sport Rocketry).


WEATHER
At 0900 hours, the field temperature was 33 degrees F, and we notedoccasionalwind gusts up to 15 mph. Skies were fully overcast during the morning and the cloud base was estimated to be 3000 feet (verified with launches).Because of this cloud layer, we limited all flight configurations to maximum 3000 feet apogee, following NAR rules. The clouds began dissipating slightly around noon. Then at 1500 hours, the sky cleared significantly, and we enjoyed blue sky and largely sunny conditions for the remainder of the launch day. The field temperature gradually increased during the day, reaching 39 degrees by 1600 hours, while the wind gradually decreased. We observed an average wind speed in the range of6-9 mph at 1023 hours, then0-3 mph at 1100 hours, and 5-12 mph at 1600 hours.


FIELD CONDITIONS
Some of the ditcheswere filled with several feet of water, and the cornfield had a layer of slush and water which required waterproof boots. However, underneath this wet layer in the field, the groundwas stillfrozen so we did not have any major problems with mud.


MOTORS
We flew 22 flights on 28 motors, including 4 cluster flights (see Curtis H. below). The largest motor was a CTI L1050BS with 3727 Ns impulse. The smallest motor was Estes C6 with 8.8 Ns impulse. As a club, we flew a total of 11814.1 Ns total impulse, which is equivalent to a small N motor. The motor distribution was 6 C, 2 F, 6 G, 2 H, 7 I, 4 J, 1 L. The mode of this distribution was I (7 I motors). The mean impulse was 421.9 Ns oran I motor. The median was 136.7 Ns or a G motor.

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Club launch video is HERE

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FLIGHT DETAILS

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Patrick M.
Custom-Built Small Owl, black, 54 mm dia., 4 feet tall, 2 lbs 14.5 oz
-Motor: AT G72DM
-Electronics: Custom, EggTimer with main set for 500 feet
-Result: Good launch but main chute did not deploy
-Video at 07:30

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Stewart
1. Wildman Cherokee, red and black, 2.6 in. dia., 41 in. tall, 2.8 lbs, L1 cert attempt
-Motor: CTI H133BS
-Result: Good launch and deployment of the parachute at apogee as planned, but the nosecone became disconnected and lost. L1 certification not successful.
-Video at 00:43

2. AeroTech Mustang, cranberry red, 1.9 in. dia., 32 in. tall, 14.3 oz
-Motor: AT F20-7W
-Electronics: JL AltimeterII
-Result: Good flight, apogee 1309 ft
-Video at 08:00

3. Estes Majestic, purple and silver, 2 in. dia., 35 in. tall, 11.9 oz
-Motor: AT F50-6T
-Result: Good flight, apogee 1889 feet
-Video at 11:19

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Scott L.
Apogee Katana, red, 4 in. dia., 75 in. tall, 5 lbs, 15 oz.
-Motor: AT H100W
-Result: Good launch but then lawn-darted
-Video at 09:10

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Kevin K.
1. Madcow Patriot, red/white/orange, 4 in. dia., 52 in. tall, 5 lbs 15 oz
-Motor: CTI I195RL
-Electronics: JLCR set to 500 ft, EggFinder GPS
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 02:34

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James S.
MAC Menace, blue and white, 4 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 7.12 lbs
-Motor: CTI I242WH
-Electronics: This was a test flight using a new Trackipet tracker with backup Jiobitpet tracker
-Result: Good straight launch, good deployment, good tracking by the Tracki tracker, better than Jiobit
-Video at 06:31

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Doug G.
1. MAC Exocet, orange and white, 3 in. dia., 65 in. tall, 7 lbs 15 oz
-Motor: Loki I110 Long Burn
-Electronics: RRC2, Eggtimer Quark, main set for 700 feet
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 03:50

2. MAC Scorpion Modified, green, 3 in. dia., 70 in. tall, 8 lbs 15 oz
-Motor: CTI I350SS
-Electronics: RRC2, Eggtimer Quark, main set for 700 feet
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 12:45

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Curtis H (solo flights)
1. Monocopter
-Motors: 3 x Estes C6 (cluster)
-Result: Good rotating flight
-Video at 08:44

2. Rocketarium Mega Rebel, unpainted wood, 6 in. dia., 18 in. tall, 13.5 ounces
-Motors: 2 x Estes C6 and 1 x Estes C12 (cluster)
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 09:54

3. Applewhite Scimitar, pyramidal, 1 lb 10 oz
-Motor: AT G67RL
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 10:39

4.-5. Simultaneous flight of two Upscale Deuces Wild rockets, blue and yellow, 3 in. dia., 5 lbs 3 oz and 4 lbs 4 oz
-Motors: Each rocket had two AT G72DM motors (canted cluster)
-Result: Highly entertaining
-Video at 11:58

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Curtis H. with WPI
Custom-Built Sirius 3.0, red and white, 6 in. dia., 111 in. tall, 44 lbs 13 oz
-Motor: CTI L1050BS
-Electronics: EasyMini and Stratologger, main set for 1000 feet
-Result: Good launch but the main chute did not deploy. The rocket landed in the ditch next to the farm road.
-Video at 18:29

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Matt M. / Northeastern University
Custom-Built Captain Thrust, 4 in. dia., 84 in. tall, 10 lbs 13 oz
-Motor: CTI J520SK
-Electronics: 2 x EasyMini, main set for 550 feet
-Result: Good launch, main chute deployment was anomalous
-Video at 21:11

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Andrew G / Northeastern University
1. Custom-BuiltRockatouille, orange and yellow, 4 in. dia., 80 in. tall, 9 lbs 0 oz
-Motor: CTI J420WT
-Electronics: EasyMini, Stratologger, main set for 600 feet
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 14:30

2. Custom-Built Matt is Uncomfortable, blue and white, 4 in. dia., 76 in. tall, 8 lbs 9.5 oz
-Motor: CTI I216CL
-Electronics: 2 x Stratologger, main set for 600 feet
-Result: Good launch but main chute deployment was anomalous
-Video at 15:27

3. Custom-Built Big Gulp, white, 4 in. dia., 65 in. tall, 8 lbs 9 oz
-Motor: CTI I316CL
-Electronics: EasyMini and Stratologger, main set for 550 feet
-Result: Cato on the pad, motor case separated from aft closure
-Video at 16:27

4. Custom-Built Refried Beans, red and black, 4 in. dia., 84 in. tall, 13 lbs 14 oz
-Motor: AT J425RL
-Electronics: Stratologger and custom boards, main set for 600 feet
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 17:00

5. Custom-Built Glorified Trashcan, blue and glitter, 4 in. dia., 83.5 in. tall, 10 lbs 13 oz
-Motor: AT J340 Metalstorm
-Electronics: EasyMini and Stratologger, main set for 600 feet
-Result: Good flight
-Video at 20:25

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Club President Howie D.
-Wildman Gizmo, black and red, 5 in. dia., 30 in. tall, 7 lbs 9 oz
-Motor: CTI I236BS
-Electronics: JLCR set for 300 feet
-Result: Good launch, the main chute was late but the rocket landed in soft snow
-Video at 5:29


April, 2023

This was a large and busy club launch attended by about 60 people, including 13 CRMRC members, three large teams of college students from Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic, and Tufts University, as well as numerous other visitors. There were a total of 58 rocket launches, including eleven successful certification flights (seven Level 1 and four Level 2).


Club members arrived on the field about 0900 hours and began setting up equipment. Kevin K, John A, and Howie D brought club equipment in their vehicles. We set up the low-power rack at 50 feet and the two blue pads at 100 feet with 1010 rails and 1515 rail available, with an additional extension cord available at 200 feet for K flights. Later in the day, the large yellow pad was set up at 300 feet (1515 rail) for L flights, and an additional string of extension cords was connected to that pad.


We were ready to fly by 0930 hours, and the first rocket lifted off at 1009 hrs. The last rocket lifted off at 1709 hours, so we had exactly 7.0 hours of flying time. Kevin, John, and Howie managed certifications. James recorded launch videos from the flightline and took photos of rockets on the pads. Scott L. recorded GoPro launchpad views. The LCOs were Howie, Kevin, Doug, and Paul. RSO work was handled by Howie, John, Kevin, James, Doug, and Paul.


The weather and field conditions were near perfect throughout the day: mostly clear skies, low winds, and no standing crops in the fields. At 1030 hours. we observed that the average sustained wind was only 2.9 mph, with max gust recorded at 8 mph. Since the wind was generally quite low near ground level, many rockets landed conveniently near the launch site. At higher altitudes, we observed winds at approximately 10-12 mph from south or southeast, and so a few rockets drifted into the second fields to our north and northwest, but those rockets were easily recoverable as well. Temperatures were in the low 60s F in the morning but much warmer in the afternoon (vehicle thermometers registered high 80s to 90 degrees at the end of the afternoon).

MOTORS:
We flew 58 flights on 62 motors. The total impulse over the day was 37,549 Ns, which is equivalent to a very large O motor (92% O). The mean was 606 Ns (I motor), and the median was 212 Ns (H motor). The mode was H (20 H motors). The motor classes were distributed as follows:
A: 0 motors
B: 0
C: 4
D: 2
E: 4
F: 6
G: 7
H: 20
I: 2
J: 8
K: 5
L: 4
Total: 62 motors


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FLIGHT DETAILS
Club video is HERE

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Robert R.
-CRMRC Saucer, 1.5 oz
-Estes C6-5
-Good flight
-Video at 18:32

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Cronin
-Estes Goblin, 1.5 in. dia., 17 in. tall, 3.9 oz
-Estes C11-7
-Good flight
-Video at 10:59

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Tulasi
-Estes Goblin Owl Rocket, 34 mm dia., 14.4 in. tall, 4.4 oz
-Estes D12-5
-Good flight
-Video at 11:43

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Marie-Cecile M.
-Estes Majestic, 2 in. dia., 36 in. tall, 13.9 oz
-AT F22
-Good flight
-Video at 19:50

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Jim M.
1. Custom Executioner (first flight of this rocket today), 2.5 in. dia., 53 in. tall, 2 lbs 9 oz
-AT G40-7
-Good flight
-Video at 22:16

2. Custom Executioner (second flight), 2.5 in. dia., 53 in. tall, 2 lbs 9 oz
-Roadrunner G80-10
-Good flight, although long delay before deployment
-Video at 34:35

3. Custom Executioner (third flight), 2.5 in. dia., 53 in. tall, 2 lbs 11 oz
-CTI G54-12A
-Good flight
-Video at 43:02

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Scott L.
1. Nantucket Sound Lighthouse, 5 in. to 3 in. dia., 12 in. tall, 9 oz
-AT F32-4T
-Good flight
-Video at 09:46

2. FlisKits Lighthouse, 5 in. to 3 in. dia., 12 in. tall,9 oz
-AT F32-4T
-Good flight
-Video at 14:38

3. MAC Scorpion, 3 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 1 oz
-AT H115DM
-Good flight
-Video at 20:31

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Stewart L.
1. Wildman Cherokee, 2.6 in. dia., 41 in. tall, 2 lbs 8.5 oz
-CTI H90CL
-Successful L1 certification, 1703 feet apogee
Video at 02:37

2. Estes Big Daddy, 3 in. dia., 19 in. tall, 9.3 oz
-AT F32-6T
-Good flight
-Video at 12:16

3. Estes Star Orbiter, 1.9 in. dia., 45 in. tall, 9.8 oz
-Estes E16-6
-Good flight
-Video at 17:05

4. Estes Der Red Max, 3 in. dia., 29 in. tall, 1 lbs 6.3 oz
-AT G76G
-Good flight
-Video at 21:51

5. Estes Majestic, 2 in. dia., 41 in. tall, 1 lb 4.1 oz
-Estes F15-0 to Estes F15-8
-Good flight
-Video at 30:06

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John S.
1. Rocketarium Trident, 2.5 in. dia., 47 in. tall, 1 lb 11 oz
-Cluster of 3 x Estes E12-4
-Good launch, chute deployment was a bit anomalous
-Video at 04:11

2. Madcow Patriot, 4 in. dia., 52.5 in. tall, 3 lbs 13 oz
-AT H100W
-Successful L1 Certification
-Video at 08:22

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Paul S.
1. Estes Leviathan, 3 in. dia., 41.5 in. tall, 1.13 lbs
-AT H97DM
-Good flight
-Video at 05:20

2. Custom Gooney Bird Zero, 1.63 in. dia., 11 in. tall, 2.7 oz
-Estes C6-7
-Good flight
-Video at 09:10

3. Estes Quicksilver, 6 in. dia., 2 in. tall, 1.6 oz
-Estes C6-0
-Good flight
-No video available

4. Canadian Arrow, 2.6 in. dia., 27 in. tall, 9.2 oz
-Estes D12-5
-Good flight
-Video at 13:57

5. GLR Talon, 2.1 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 2.75 lbs
-AT H180W
-Good flight
-Video at 30:50

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Kevin K.
-Mach1 Desdemona, 2.9 in. dia., 51 in. tall, 7.0 lbs
-CTI J410RL
-Good flight, two altimeters reported apogee at 5493 feet / 5482 feet
-Video at 03:38

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Stan W.
1. LOC Mini Magg, 5.5 in. dia., 37 in. tall, 4 lbs 6 oz
-CTI G125RL
-Good flight (and closest to pad)
-Video at 00:46

2. MAC Zodiac, 54 mm dia., 53 in. tall, 4.1 lbs
-CTI H123SS
-Good flight
-Video at 06:00

4. MAC Arcas, 3 in. dia., 70 in. tall, 8 lbs 4.5 oz
-CTI K360W
-Good flight, 7808 feet apogee
-Video at 19:16

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Doug G.
1. MAC Exocet, 3 in. dia., 60 in. tall, 6 lbs 8 oz
-AT H219W
-Good flight
-Video at 06:46

2. Madcow Bomarc, 2.6 in. dia., 55 in. tall, 3 lbs 14 oz
-CTI H151RL
-Good flight
-Video at 13:01

3. Binder Honest John, 6 in. dia., 96 in. tall, 32 lbs 10 oz
-CTI K675SK
-Good launch but no main
27:00

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Claude M.
1. Horizon, 4 in. dia., 51 in. tall, 4 lbs 1 oz
-CTI H120RL
-Good flight
-Video at 15:09

2. AeroTech G-Force, 4 in. dia., 57 in. tall, 4 lbs 1 oz
-AT H180W
-Good flight
-Video at 23:04

3. LOC Nuke Pro Maxx, 2.3 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 6 oz
-AT H148R
-Good launch but no main
-Video at 26:26

4. Custom Red Fiberglass Rocket, 2.25 in. dia., 52 in. tall, 4 lbs
-CTI H151
-Good flight
-Video at 37:16

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Kyle B.
-Apogee Katana Blue, 4 in. dia., 60 in. tall, 8 lbs 13 oz
-AT K456DM
-Good flight
-Video at 17:37

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Nico
1. Custom Dewick, 3 in. dia., 56 in. tall, 9 lbs 15 oz
-CTI K660BS
-Cato
-Video at 07:17

2. Custom Cool Pointy Fast Rocket, 3 in. dia., 43 in. tall, 3 lbs 4.5 oz
-CTI H140
-Good flight
-Video at 24:51

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Noah K.
1. Custom Voyager, 4 in. dia., 114 in. tall, 21.12 lbs
-AT K780R
-Good flight
-Video at 21:06

2. Custom Sirius 4.0, 6 in. dia., 111 in. tall, 43 lbs 4 oz
-CTI L1050BS
-Good launch, main at apogee
-Video at 25:18

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Matt M., Northeastern University
-One of the Rockets of All Time, 3 in. dia., 52 in. tall, 10 lbs 2.5 oz
-AT I327DM to AT G72DM
-Good flight
-Video at 28:38

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Heather Jamie P.
1. Custom Mango Smoothie, 3 in. dia., 44 in. tall, 2 lbs 11 oz
-CTI H135
-Good launch but chute did not deploy
-Video at 24:31

2. Custom Mango Smoothie, 3 in. dia., 44 in. tall, 2 lbs 10 oz
-CTI H135
-Successful L1 Certification
-Video at 39:04

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Henry L.
-Custom Ground Goblin, 3 in. dia., 53.5 in. tall, 6.8 lbs
-CTI J250SK
-Successful L2 Certification
-Video at 31:51

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Daniel O.
-Custom Plain Bagel, 3 in. dia., 43 in. tall, 3 lbs 10.5 oz
-CTI H200
-Successful L1 Certification
-Video at 35:07

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Patrick M.
1. Custom Small Owl, 2 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 5 oz
-AT H45W
-Successful L1 Certification
-Video at 18:46

2. Custom Small Owl, 2 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 3 lbs 14 oz
-AT J350WL
-Successful L2 Certification
-Video at 35:53

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Troy O.
-Custom Spare Parts, 4 in. dia., 75 in. tall, 13 lbs 2 oz
-CTI J760
-Successful L2 Certification
-Video at 36:52

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Arjun
-Custom Hornet, 4 in. dia., 69 in. tall, 5 lbs 12.5 oz
-AT J500
-Successful L2 Certification
-Video at 37:35

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Julia L.
-Custom Captain Thrust, 4 in. dia., 88 in. tall, 9 lbs 14 oz
-CTI J354WH
-Cato
-Video at 38:19

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Michel W.
-AeroTech G-Force, 4 in. dia., 58 in. tall, 2 lbs 15 oz
-AT G64
-Good flight
-Video at 40:28

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Terence T.
-Custom Raptor, 3 in. dia. 52 in. tall, 2 lbs 11.5 oz
-CTI H133
-Successful L1 Certification
-Video at 41:04

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Joy F.
-Apogee Zephyr Big Owl, 4 in. dia., 22 in. tall, 3 lbs 0.7 oz
-CTI H110
-Cato
-Video at 41:33

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Michael B.
-Custom Viper, 3 in. dia., 52 in. tall, 2 lbs 6.5 oz
-CTI H90
-Successful L1 Certification
-Video at 41:57

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Cisco
-Custom Drag Queen, 10 cm dia., 141 cm tall, 5 lbs 4 oz
-CTI J400
-Good flight
-Video at 42:33

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Sean T.
-LOC Doorknob, 7.5 in. dia., 66.5 in. tall, 23 lbs 1 oz
-AT L1090W
-Good flight, apogee 4500 feet
-Video at 15:55

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Andrew G., Northeastern University
-Owl Owl Rocket Rocket, 6 in. dia., 134 in. tall, 51 lbs 9 oz
-AT L1390G
-Good flight
-Video at 23:32

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Kartikey A. and Northeastern University
-Custom Supreme Icarus Guppy, 10.75 in. dia. to 6 in. dia., 132 in. tall, 60.0lbs
-AT L1300RL
-Good flight (slow initial pressurization before liftoff, and then the launch rail fell over)
-Video at 32:31

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Club President Howie D.
1. Wildman Darkstar Jr, 2.1 in. dia., 60 in. tall, 5 lbs 4 oz
-CTI I470WT
-Cato
-Video at 01:32

2. Wildman Darkstar 3, 3 in. dia., 87 in. tall, 10 lbs 13 oz
-CTI J145
-Cato
-Video at 39:52

 

May, 2023

Due to poor weather, the May launch was postponed one week to May 27, 2023. This was Memorial Day weekend so as expected, attendance was lower than our typical turnout. Nevertheless, there were 25 flights. The weather could not have been better. Sunny with low winds and temps in the upper 70's.

The corn crop was planted with seedlings only 3 inches high, enough to see them and avoid trampling. The last flight was at approximately 3:30 PM. At around 4:15 PM remaining group members headed off to Mill River Brewing, BBQ & Smokehouse for a meal and conversation.

Club video is HERE

Flights:


1. Flyer Name: Rick D
Rocket Name Zephyr
Motor ATI H100
Weight 3 lbs 15 oz
Dia 4 in.
Length 56 in.
Comments: 1,165 feet, Successful L1 Cert Flight
Video at 00:16


2. Flyer Name: Howie D
Rocket Name: Dark Star Jr
Motor: CTI G186WT
Weight: 2 lbs 3.2 oz
Dia: 2.1 in.
Length: 30 in.
Comments: Good Flight
Video at 01:06


3. Flyer Name: Daniel M
Rocket Name: Miranda
Motor: AT G61RM
Weight: 3 lbs 1.55 oz
Dia: 3 in.
Length: 62 in.
Comments: Early Ejection
No video


4. Flyer Name: Daniel M
Rocket Name: Arrow
Motor: AT F50-4T
Weight: 1lb 1.4 oz
Dia: 2 in.
Length: 44 in.
Comments: Video at 01:48


5. Flyer Name: Howie D
Rocket Name: Black Brandt
Motor: CTI H123SK
Weight: 3 lbs 9 oz
Dia: 3.6 in.
Length: 36 in.
Comments: CATO
No video


6. Flyer Name: Kyle B
Rocket Name: Hob Goblin
Motor: F36T
Weight: 1 lb 6 oz
Dia: 2.5 in.
Length: 24 in.
Comments: Good Flight
Video at 02:18


7. Flyer Name: Patrick M
Rocket Name: Starship Enterprise
Motor: AT L1300RL
Weight: 29 lbs 5oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 110 in.
Comments: Main Deplyed at Apogee. Rocket landed a few feet off shore in Lake Champlain. Successful recovery and rocket is drying out.
HD Video HERE


8. Flyer Name: Patrick M
Rocket Name: Refried Beans
Motor: AT I327 DM
Weight: 13 lbs 13oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 83 in.
Comments: Partial motor failure, successful chute deployment. (sparks popped out of midsection during liftoff. A small fire started in grass and was extinguished with water.)
HD Video is HERE


9. Flyer Name: Dave L
Rocket Name: Purple Haze Crayon
Motor: CTI H90 Classic
Weight: 2lbs 5.5 oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 36 in.
Comments: Good flight, Actual - 1,198 feet
No video


10. Flyer Name: Dave L
Rocket Name: X-celerator
Motor: CTI J355 Red
Weight: 14 lbs 3oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 82 in.
Comments: Good flight, Actual 3,611 feet
HD Video is HERE


11. Flyer Name: Dave L
Rocket Name: Johnny Rocket Saucer
Motor: C6-5
Weight: 1.2 oz
Dia" 4 in.
Length: 3 in.
Comments: Good Flight, Landed in ditch, but not wet.
HD Video is HERE


12. Flyer Name: Dave L
Rocket Name: Madcow Squat
Motor: CTI H175-SS
Weight: 2 lb 14 oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 30 in.
Comments: Good Flight
HD Video HERE


13. Flyer Name: Dave L
Rocket Name: Estes Cosmic Cobra
Motor: A8-3
Weight: 3.2 oz
Dia: 1.25 in.
Length: 19 in.
Comments: Good Flight
HD Video HERE



14. Flyer Name: Rick D
Rocket Name: DoorKnob
Motor: AT G53F
Weight: 1 lb 1oz
Dia: 3"
Length: 26.5"
Comments: Good Flight
No video


15. Flyer Name: Eric R
Rocket Name SpaceX Falcon 9
Motor Estes E..?
Weight: 9 oz
Dia: 3 in.
Length: 31 in.
Comments: Good Flight
Video at 10:30


16. Flyer Name: Stewart L
Rocket Name: Scorch
Motor: AT F20-W
Weight: 1 lb 2.2oz
Dia: 2.6 in.
Length: 22 in.
Comments: Good Flight
No video


17. Flyer Name: Stewart L
Rocket Name: Piercer Mini
Motor: AT F50-BT
Weight 1 lb 3oz
Dia: 1.6 in.
Length: 31.5 in.
Comments: Good flight, Actual Alt 1,614 feet
Video at 06:13


18. Flyer Name: Stewart L
Rocket Name: Sport
Motor: AT D22-10 WT
Weight:4.6 oz
Dia: 1.3 in
Length: 16 in.
Comments: No chute, maybe lost nose cone


19. Flyer Name: Stewart L
Rocket Name: NASA SLS
Motor: AT D20-4 WT
Weight: 5 oz
Dia: 1.7 in.
Length: 22 in.
Comments: Good flight. Weird pulsing at ignition
Video at 06:33


20. Flyer Name: Stewart Lafond
Rocket Name: Apogee Aspire
Motor: Estes D-07
Weight: 4.1 oz
Dia: 1 in.
Length: 31 in.
Comments: Good Flight
Video at 07:12


21. Flyer Name: Scott L
Rocket Name: MAC Scorprion
Motor: AT J270-W
Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz
Dia: 3 in.
Length: 53 in.
Comments: Successful L2 Cert Flight: Actual Alt 4,000 feet
Video at 07:30


22. Flyer Name: Aidia B
Rocket Name: Prowler
Motor: E18T
Weight: 12 oz
Dia: 2 in.
Length: 26 in.
Comments: Good Flight
No video


23. Flyer Name: Kevin K
Rocket Name: Desdemona
Motor: CTI J425 BS
Weight: 6 lbs 14oz
Dia: 2.6 in.
Length: 64 in.
Comments: Good flight but everyone lost the rocket in the sun. Eggfinder GPS worked flawlessly to retrieve the rocket. Actual Alt 5,047 feet.
Video at 08:46


24. Flyer Name: Bill H
Rocket Name: Little John
Motor: CTI 141-G115
Weight 4lbs 15oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 48 in.
Comments: Good Flight. Actual Alt 441 feet
Video at 09:27


25. Flyer Name: Bill H
Rocket Name: Little John
Motor: CTI 269-H110
Weight: 5 lbs 1 oz
Dia: 4 in.
Length: 48 in.
Comments: Booster section separated from Nose cone and recovery system. Booster free-falled to the ground and suffered damage
Video at 09:59

June, 2023

Flights by CRMRC members at URRF in Potter, NY, June 9-11, 2023

Kyle B.
1. Apogee Katana
EX-I449 skidmark
2. Apogee Katana
EX-I239 magnesium-KNO3
3. FullCarbon
EX-H197 skidmark

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Aidan B.
Estes CodeRed
Estes C6-5

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Mike C.
1. MAC Tsirkon
CTI K500R
Apogee: 7916 feet

2. MAC SR71


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Paul S.
1. Madcow Seawolf
AT I 284-7 W
chute failed to open, planted

2. Scratch BBZ:
AT I210-10 R
chute failed to open (user error) no damage

3. Birdie:
Estes A10-PT

4. Fliskit Deuces Wild:
2x C6-7
fin damage

5. Scratch J350 (Ode to my L2)
Estes D12-5

6. Estes Big Daddy (Vern signature)
Estes D12-3

7. GLR Talon 2 (Drag race with Kevin)
AT DMS H115-7 DM
veered off (weather cocked) no damage
Drag race was a tie

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Kevin T.
1. Wildman Darkstar 4 Dual Deploy
AT K550W to 4100 feet

2. Madcow AGM33 Pike
AT J350W to 2500 feet

3. GLR Talon
AT DMS H115DM
Weather cocked heavily, no damage


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James S.
1. MAC Menace
AT H219T

2. Custom-built Loch Ness Monster
CTI M1401WH
Apogee: 11,229feet (Mach 0.9)


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Doug G.
1. MAC 6-inch VTS
Loki L1400 White

2. MAC 4-inch VTS
CTI K500R

3. MAC 3-inch Mupion (Mutant Scorpion)
CTI J600R


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Howie D.
1. Famous Howie Pyramid
CTI H123SK

2. Wildman Darkstar 3
CTI J425BS
Apogee: 2878 feet

 

July, 2023

No launch this month.


August, 2023

No launch this month.


September, 2023

No launch this month.

 

October, 2023

November 5, 2023 (weather-delayed October launch)

FIELD CONDITIONS: Very good. The corn was harvested in all three fields, so we enjoyed a wide-open range for recovering rockets. We had to step around some patches of mud and standing water in the field, but much of it dried during the day.

WEATHER: Cloudy in the morning but flyable with a cloud base at approximately 3000-4000 feet, then considerable blue sky appeared in the afternoon. Field temperature was 42 degrees at 0900 hrs and remained in the 40s or low 50s throughout the day. Light winds at 5-10 mph toward the south or southwest in the morning, shifting toward the east later in the day.

SET UP: Club members began arriving on the field at 0900 hrs. Howie notified the FAA at 0915 hrs. Most vehicles parked along the south side of the farm road except for vehicles with club equipment that were parked inside the field. We set up two blue pads at 100 feet north of the LCO table, using a single extension cord from the table to the pads. Between the pads, we used the pink connector created by Kevin O. so that both pads can run on the same extension cord. The gray plastic LCO box has a toggle switch that allows us to select left-side (odd) versus right-side (even). We set up two new black Frankum pads at 200 feet north of the LCO table, also using a pink connector so that both of those pads can run on one extension cord. We set up the low-power rack 50 feet east of the LCO table (thus our flight line had a 90-degree angle), and this rack solely used the wooden LCO box. At 1004 hrs, all club equipment was ready to fly, and the six club members on the field began preparing to fly. The first rocket lifted off at 1034 hrs. During the day, approximately 20 people attended the launch, including 10 total club members along with numerous visitors.

AWARDS AND MILESTONES
-New pads! For the first time, we flew rockets from our brand-new Frankum-built launch pads and rails: two sturdy new black pads with 1010 and 1515 rails. Special thanks to Kevin K for his custom work in modifying the pads to meet the needs of our club. For historians, we note that the first rocket to lift off from a new pad was a blue and white MAC Menace on H225WT.
-Riley W: Successful L1 certification flight on LOC Fast Food with AT H100W.
-Closest to pad: Paul S. and his Estes Quinstar on Estes B6-0 which landed 10 feet from the pad.
-Farthest from pad: Claude M. and his HyperLOC which landed east of Dunsmore Road (fate unknown)
-Best engineering feat of the day: Kyle B. and his custom-built rotor recovery rocket
-Best WWII-era V-2 flight of the day: Riley W and his LOC 5.5-inch V-2 model (landed safely west of the shore of Great Britain, no damage)
-Best Darkstar flight of the day: Howie and his 3-inch Darkstar (black fiberglass).
-Best-built MAC Performance Rocketry models of the day (tie): Scott L with his MAC Scorpion (Levick Special) and John A with his MAC Menace (custom extended airframe and painted gray)

MOTORS
As a club, we flew a total of 25 motors on 25 flights (no staged or cluster flights). Our total impulse was 6039 Ns, which is equivalent to an 18% M motor. The mean was 242 Ns, which is an H motor. The median was 118 Ns, which is a G motor, and H was the most frequently flown motor class (mode).
A: 0 motors
B: 2 motors
C: 3
D: 1
E: 2
F: 2
G: 3
H: 6
I: 3
J: 3

FLIGHT DETAILS
Club video link HERE

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Torin
Estes Journey, red and black, 1 in. dia., 19 in. tall, 2.4 oz.
Motor: Estes B6-6
Comments: Good flight
Video at 12:39

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Lucas T.
1. Estes Journey, red and black, 1 in. dia., 19 in. tall, 3.5 oz.
Motor: Estes C6-7
Comments: Good flight
Video at 00:17
2. Custom Durguni Max, yellow and black, 1.3 in. dia., 11 in. tall, 2.5 oz.
Motor: Estes C6-5
Comments: Good flight
Video at 02:31
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Paul S.
1. Custom Gooney Bird Zero, creamy blue, 1.25 in. dia., 13 in. tall, 2.7 oz.
Motor: Estes C6-7
Comments: Good flight
Video at 05:45
2. Estes Leviathan, pink and black, 3 in. dia., 41.5 in. tall, 1 lb 9 oz.
Motor: AT G76-7G
Comments: Chute stuck inside airframe
Video at 07:03
3. Estes Quinstar, lavender-painted balsa wood, 1.0 oz.
Motor: Estes B6-0
Comments: Good flight, wins closest to pad (slight damage on landing)
Video at 07:28
4. Custom Off-Kilter, white, 1.37 in. dia., 21 in. tall, 6.2 oz.
Motor: Estes D12-7
Comments: Good flight
Video at 09:24
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Scott L.
MAC Scorpion (Levick Special), blue, 3 in. dia., 52 in. tall, 3 lbs 1 oz
Motor: AT H283ST
Video at 02:08
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James S.
MAC Menace, blue and white, 4 in. dia., 49 in. tall, 7 lbs 1 oz
Motor: CTI H225WT
Comments: Good flight
Video at 03:25
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Kyle B.
Custom Rotor Roc, orange and black, 4 in. dia., 36 in. tall, 5 lbs 12 oz
Motor: AT H178DM
Electronics: RRC2 and custom rotor recovery system
Comments: Good launch, good slow descent under rotor, slight damage on landing
Video at 07:49
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Daniel M.
1. AT Initiator 2, orange, 2.6 in. dia., 60 in. tall, 1 lb 12 oz
Motor: AT G67R-M
Electronics: JLCR set for 400 feet
Comments: Chute stuck inside the airframe
Video at 00:46
2. AT Interceptor, white and red, 2 in. dia., 34 in. tall, 12.6 oz.
Motor: AT E30-4T
Video at 02:58
3. Custom Nerf 1, blue, 2.5 in. dia., 35 in. tall, 1 lb 6 oz
Motor: AT F40-6T
Video at 06:35
4. PML Miranda, blue, 3 in. dia., 65 in. tall, 4 lb 3 oz
Motor: AT H123W
Comments: Good flight
Video at 10:33
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Stewart
1. Estes Mega Red Max, red and black, 4 in. dia., unknown length, 3 lbs 3.5 oz
Motor: CTI H143SS
Electronics: JL Altimeter
Comments: Apogee 1500 feet
Video at 01:23
2. LOC LaserLOC, black and aqua, 1.63 in. dia., unknown length, 1 lb 1 oz
Motor: AT F67-9W
Electronics: JL Altimeter
Comments: Unstable during boost
Video at 06:11
3. Estes Mean Machine, white and purple, 1.64 in. dia., 79 inches tall, 10.6 oz
Motor: AT E20-7W
Electronics: JL Altimeter
Comments: Good flight
Video at 09:06
4. AeroTech Mustang, cranberry color, 1.9 in. dia., unknown length, 1 lb 9 oz
Motor: AT G76-10W
Electronics: JL Altimeter
Video at 12:11
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Riley W.
1. LOC Fast Food, red, 3 in. dia., 47 in. tall, 2 lbs 10 oz
Motor: AT H100WL
Comments: Successful L1 certification. Congratulations, Riley!
Video at 04:49
2. LOC V-2, 5.38 in. dia., 48 in. tall, 7 lbs, 14 oz
Motor: AT I280MS
Electronics: JLCR set for 500 feet
Comments: Good flight
Video at 10:52
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Kevin K.
1. Madcow Patriot, white/red/black/orange, 4 in. dia., 53 in. tall, 5 lbs 14 oz
Motor: CTI I180SK
Electronics: JLCR set to 400 feet
Comments: The JLCR rubber band stuck to the parachute even though it was open, and it prevented the chute from opening
Video at 04:29
2. Mach1 Desdemona, orange, 2.6 in. dia., 65 in. tall, 6 lbs 5 oz
Motor: CTI I175WH
Electronics: Eggfinder Proton, RRC3, main set for 400 feet
Comments: Good flight, apogee at 2340 feet according to Proton, 2337 feet according to RRC3
Video at 09:58
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John A.
MAC Menace Extended, blue and gray, 4 in. dia., 65 in. tall, 10 lbs 11 oz
Motor: CTI J354WH
Electronics: Altus Mini, RRC2, Featherweight GPS
Comments: Apogee at 2991 feet
Video at 11:26
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Claude M.
LOC HyperLOC 835, purple and yellow, 4 in. dia., 84 in. tall, 9.1 lbs
Motor: CTI J355RL
Electronics: JLCR set to 800 feet, PerfectFlite altimeter, RF transmitter, AirTag
Comments: Main chute deployed at apogee, and the rocket drifted east of Dunsmore Rd
Video at 04:11
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Club President Howie D.
Wildman Darkstar 3, black, 3 in. dia., 7 feet tall, 10 lbs 8 oz
Motor: CTI J381SK
Electronics: RRC3 with main at 400 feet
Comments: Apogee 2351 feet
Video at 13:24


November, 2023

No regularly scheduled launch this month. See weather-delayed October launch which took place on Nov. 5, 2023


December, 2023

CRMRC Extra December launch in St. Albans: 12-9-2023 (In addition to the regular monthly launch).

FIELD CONDITIONS: Good for rockets but not for rocketeers. The corn was already harvested so we enjoyed a very wide recovery range. This recovery range consisted of wet, soft ground for rockets to land gently. Unfortunately, soft ground also means muddy boots, difficulty walking, and muddy gear. We parked most of our vehicles on the south side of the farm road near the main launch area. At the end of the day, one car (a two-wheel drive electric) became stuck on the farm road while trying to exit the field. Four rocketeers pushed the car approximately 200 feet up to the crest in the hill, where the car finally gained enough traction to propel itself. The other cars and trucks were all-wheel drive, and they were able to exit the field under their own power, albeit with considerable fishtailing, tires spinning, and mud flying into the air along the farm road.
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WEATHER: Good overall. Temperatures in the high 30s to mid-40s F. The wind averaged around 8-10 mph with occasional higher gusts. The sky was mostly clear when we arrived at 0910 hrs, and then by 1030 hrs, we noted that a layer of clouds had formed at about 5-6K in altitude. This cloud layer helped to prevent our field from getting even more muddy (warmer) as the day progressed.
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SETUP AND ATTENDANCE: Club members began arriving on the field shortly after 0900 hrs. Howie D, Kevin K, Doug G, Scott L, Stewart, Michael W. and James S. attended the launch. Due to muddy conditions, we set up just one blue HPR pad and not the low-power rack. This single 1010 pad was placed 100 feet north of the LCO table. We finished flying at about 0230 hrs, and several club members went to Mill River BBQ.
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MOTORS: We flew 5 flights on the following 5 motors: AT F50, AT G74, CTI H118, AT I500, CTI I255.
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Video is HERE
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FLIGHT DETAILS
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Stewart:
-LOC T-LOC, aqua and red, 2.6 in. dia., 25 in. tall, 1 lb 2 oz
-Motor: AT F50-T6
-Comments: Good flight, landed past the tree line to our northwest
Video at 02:40
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James S:
-Custom Chimera, blue, 2.6 in. dia. booster with 2 in. dia. payload/nosecone, 72 in. tall, 2 lbs 4 oz
-Motor: AT G74-4W
-Comments:
-While trying to launch this rocket, James chuffed two WM Little Uns lighters without achieving liftoff. Club President and Rocket Guru Howie saved the day when he observed that the Little Uns lighters were too large/too tight for this small-bore 29mm G motor. Although they fit inside the motor, these Little Uns lighters were ejecting themselves from the motor rather than igniting it. When James switched to a WM Tiny Un (much smaller than Little Uns), the motor ignited perfectly. Good flight, landed in front of the tree line northwest of the launch site.
Video at 01:40
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Scott L:
-MAC Scorpion, blue (Levick Special), 3 in. dia., 54 in. tall, 4.75 lbs
-Motor: AT I500T
-Electronics: JLCR and Jiobit tracker
-Comments: Good launch, we lost sight of the rocket initially and GPS malfunctioned, but Scott found the rocket two days later in the field north of our main field
Video at 00:52
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Doug G:
1. MAC Exocet, orange and white, 3 in. dia., 69 in. tall, 8 lbs
-Motor: CTI I255R
-Electronics: 2 x RRC2 with dual deploy main set for 750 ft
-Comments: Good flight, altitude 2100 ft, slight damage to airframe due to charge placement
Video at 00:17

2. Madcow Bomarc, black and white, 2.5 in. dia., 45 in. tall, 3 lb 14 oz
-Motor: CTI H118CL
-Electronics: RRC2
-Comments: Good flight
Video at 02:05

 

Regular, monthly, scheduled launch - December 16, 2023

Weather: Temperatures were in the mid to high 30s F throughout the day, variable winds 5-10 mph, mostly sunny in the early morning and then a thin layer of high-altitude clouds later in the day.

Field conditions and equipment: Muddy fields similar to the previous week (see December 9th report). Club members began arriving about 0900 hours. All vehicles parked at the crest of the hill or higher, rather than driving all the way down the farm road to the launch site. In fact, for the first time in CRMRC history, we could not drive any of our equipment down to the launch site. Instead, we had to manually carry all of the launch equipment from the crest of the hill down to the field (approximately 800 feet), and so the setup process took longer than usual. We placed the low-power rack 50 feet east of the LCO table. Four high-power pads were placed north of the LCO table: 2 blue pads at 100 feet and 2 black pads at 200 feet. Both of those pairs of HPR pads used the pink connector system, enabling the LCO to toggle left or right to choose which rocket to launch. We were ready to launch at 1106 hrs. 16 people were present on the field at that time, and then approximately 10 more rocketeers and guests joined us during the day. In the late afternoon we began carrying the equipment back up the farm road to our vehicles. All vehicles left the field by approximately 1700 hrs, and then 6 club members went out for dinner in St. Albans (Tims Place Restaurant).

Certifications:
-Shanmugam G: Custom Golden Goose on CTI H140CL (Level 1)
-David L: Apogee Zephyr on AT H125W (Level 1)

Motors: We flew a total of 26 motors on 26 flights (no staging or cluster flights). The total impulse was12,946.7 Ns, which is equivalent to an N motor. The mean was 498.0 Ns, which is an I motor, and the median was 268 Ns, which is an H motor. The mode was H (7 H motors).The motor distribution is given below:
B: 1 motor
C: 3 motors
D: 2
F: 3
G: 2
H: 7
I: 2
J: 2
K: 4
Total: 26 motors

Club video is HERE

Some Facebook photos are HERE

FLIGHT DETAILS
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Gerry
Estes Illusion, red/black/gray, 1 in. dia., 18.5 in. tall, 2.6 oz
Estes C6-5
Video at 07:38
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David
Estes Savage, rainbow, 1.5 in. dia., 28 in. tall, 3.9 oz
Estes B6-4
No video available
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Stewart
1. Estes Big Red Max, red and black, 3 in. dia., 29 in. tall, 1 lb 3 oz
AT F67-W6
Electronics: JL Alt2
Comments: Good flight, apogee at 950 feet
Video at 00:57
2. Estes Big Daddy, red and orange, 3 in. dia., 20 in. tall, 9.5 oz
Enerjet F32-6T
Comment: Good flight
Video at 01:52
3. Estes Cherokee, white and blue, 1.3 in. dia., 30 in. tall, 4.7 oz
Estes D12-5
Comment: no chute
Video at 05:36
4. Mach1 Red Shift Mini, red, 18 mm dia, 20 in. tall, 2.6 oz
Estes C6-7
Video at 07:51
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Liam C.
1. BSD 38 Special, purple, 3 in. dia., 58 in. tall, 3 lbs 9.5 oz
CTI G185VM
Video at 02:33
2. BSD 38 Special, purple, 3 in. dia., 58 in. tall, 3 lbs 11.5 oz
CTI H225WT
No video available
3. Estes Baby Bertha, black, BT60, 12 in. tall, 2.9 oz.
Estes C6-5
Video at 01:27
4. Estes High Flier, red and black, BT60, 31 in. tall, 6.2 oz
Estes D12-5
No video available
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Rick D.
1. Apogee Katana Jr, white and orange, unknown dimensions, 1 lb 3 oz
AT F22
Electronics: EasyMini
Video at 02:09
2. Wildman Jr / Widowmaker, black and green, unknown dimensions, 4 lbs 0 oz
AT G80
Electronics: Eggtimer Quantum
Video at 08:44
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Nico M.
Custom Cool Pointy Fast Rocket, gold and black, 3 in. dia., 36 in. tall, 3 lbs 6 oz
CTI H140CL
Electronics: JLCR
No video available
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Shanmugam G.
Custom Golden Goose, black and gold, 5 in. dia., 36 in. tall, 3.55 lbs
CTI H140CL (Level 1 certification flight)
Electronics: JLCR
Comment: Good flight, successful certification
Video at 09:09
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Cisco
Custom Jazz, gray black, 3 in. dia., 38 in. tall, 2 lbs 4 oz
CTI H160CL
Electronics: JLCR
No video available
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Kevin K.
MAC 3-inch Black Fly (DD), unpainted canvas phenolic, 3 in. dia., 40 in. tall, 4 lbs 11 oz
AT H550ST (DMS)
Electronics: RRC3, EggFinder, Quasar
Comment: Good flight, apogee at 2300 feet
Video at 09:44
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David L.
1. Apogee Zephyr, white/green/black, 4 in. dia., 57.5 in. tall, 3 lbs 15 oz
AT H125W (Level 1 certification flight)
Video at 03:56
2. Wildman Journey 75, yellow and red, 3 in. dia. 39 in. tall, 4 lbs 5 oz
AT H148R
Video at 08:12
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James H.
Custom Small Philip, black, 3 in. dia., 75.5 in. tall, 7.115 lbs
CTI I345WT
Electronics: RRC3, EasyMini
Comments: no main
Video at 06:00
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Ben S.
Custom Orion, red and copper, 4 in. dia., 61 in. tall, 7.25 lbs
CTI J595BS
Electronics: JLCR
Comments: CATO, unsuccessful L2 cert
Video at 10:18
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Ryan G.
Wildman Cherokee 96, black, 4 in. dia., 72 in. tall, 16.55 lbs
AT K990DM
Electronics: 2 x Blue Raven Altimeter, Featherweight GPS
No video available
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James S.
MAC 6-inch Super Black Fly, red and yellow, 6 in. dia., 84 in. tall, 28 lbs 6 oz
CTI K1200WT
Electronics: RRC2. EasyMini
Comment: Good flight, apogee at 3238 ft (EasyMini) 3179 ft (RRC2)
Video at 06:26
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John A.
Madcow Osprey, red and black, 4.5 in. dia., 111 in. tall, 28 lbs 6 oz
CTI K711WH
Electronics: RRC23, RRC3, Featherweight GPS
Comment: Good flight and deployment, although the nosecone chute needs to be bigger, apogee at 4283 feet
Video at 02:56
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Doug G.
1. MAC Scorpion Claw, green, 3 in. dia., 72 in. tall, 8 lbs 2 oz
CTI I125W
Electronics: Eggtimer, RRC2
Comment: Good flight
Video at 00:25
2. MAC Pike, brown and silver, 4 in. dia., 72 in. tall, 12 lbs 5 oz
CTI J420CL
Electronics: Eggtimer, RRC2
Comment: no main
Video at 04:42
3. MAC VTS, red and white, 4 in. dia., 72 in. tall, 14 lbs 5 oz
Loki K1127 Blue
Electronics: Eggtimer, RRC2
Comment: Good flight
Video at 10:57




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