|Setting up the range. Lots of talking in front of the model rocket pads.|
My rockets - clones of the Estes Alpha and Yankee - were the first birds taking to the sky this day; there would be many more before it was over. Flying on B motors, the flights were nice and straight, with no recovery issues. My Yankee's paint job got a little banged up, but that's normal "wear and tear."I build 'em to fly, not sit on a shelf. Other model rockets soon followed - the launch had been underway for a couple of hours before the first high power bird blasted into the wild blue yonder.
A dad is hooking up the igniters on his Estes 2 stage CC Express as his kids
look on. My Cloud Hopper and blue/white Apogee II clones are in the foreground.
Things go by quickly in videos, so I created this gif animation showing the launch sequence at 1/8th normal speed:
|Saturn V launch (click to enlarge)|
Duane's scratch built level 2 rocket ("Mighty Mo") flew beautifully (onboard video here), so he moved up in the HPR rank and file (Congrats Duane!). However, his second rocket, an upscaled Estes Cherokee D, came in ballistic, performing a textbook core sample of the Manchester dirt. Upper part of the body tube crumpled, but probably flyable after a little work. There were at least 3 other certification attempts today, along with 4 SLI teams on the field - it was a good day for high power!
The Mississippi State SLI team launched their 2 stage, M motor in each stage, beast of a rocket. After a few false starts, it left the pad with a terrific roar, which was sustained throughout the flight. Cheers erupted when the second stage M motor lit - staging composites is no easy thing - and the rocket looked to have hit pretty close to the projected 16,000 feet altitude. Unfortunately, it drifted well beyond the western tree line, and the MSU team had not returned to the field by 4:30 PM, which is when we left for home. I hope they recovered that rocket - it was really impressive!
I made a total of ten flights:
- Estes Alpha clone on a B4-4. Good flight and recovery by parachute.
- Estes Yankee clone on a B6-6. Normal recovery by streamer.
- Estes Cloud Hopper ("the bunny rocket") on an A10-3T. Straight flight, gentle landing by parachute.
- Estes Apogee II clone on A8-0/A8-5 combo. Nice staging, decent altitude. Streamer recovery.
- Estes Meteor clone on an A8-3. Undamaged until after its flight, when SOMEONE stepped on it and broke a fin - repairable.
- Shrox Bolero on a C6-3. Very nice flight, recovery by parachute.
- Fliskits Deuce's Wild on 2 B6-4s. Got good onboard video.
- Estes Nike-X clone on B6-4. Good flight but low altitude. This one needs a C motor.
- Estes Rogue clone on an A3-4T. Streamer recovery.
The Estes Jetliner made its flight on an A10-3T right after the Apogee II. To say it flew like a pig is an understatement; it barely reached 40 feet before arcing over. The ejection charged fired just after it hit ground and only served to scatter the various pieces around a bit. The fragments are in the trash bin - an A10 is the largest motor this thing can take, and it clearly ain't enough. No sense in building another, but I'll save the nose cone to use in a future model.
|Pieces of the Estes Jetliner|
|My Rogue starts its upward journey|