ST2014 also saw a near record number of launches - our president, Dan Cavender, shared the numbers with us at the July meeting. There were a total of 483 commercial rocket flights, using 488 motors. In addition, Sunday saw 11 research flights, in which home made motors are flown under the Tripoli Research Association safety rules. That's one of the neat things about Southern Thunder - this year, both national organizations "had their day". The launch was conducted under National Association of Rocketry (NAR) affiliation and safety rules on Saturday, and operated under Tripoli auspices on Sunday. All rocketeers, regardless of affiliation, are welcome at our launches; there's room and sky enough for all.
Anyway, back to the numbers. Dan gave a breakdown by motor type, which could be listed in a table, but I am a visual sort of person. Therefore, I made plots:
|Motor count for Southern Thunder 2014 (Click to enlarge).|
- There were 268 motors burned on Saturday, and 220 on Sunday. There was a surge in mid power (E-G) flights on Saturday, whereas Sunday showed a gradual decline with impulse class.
- C motors were the most popular on both days (I guess a lot of low power guys wanted to "turn it loose" in that big field).
- Looking at the pie chart in the top right corner, low power flights (A-D classes) account for 47% of the total. Not surprising, given their relatively low cost and ease of prepping the rockets.
- G motors were slightly more popular than A motors (which surprises me). A fair number of mid power motors were burned - 158, or 32% of the total.
- With 45 launched, H's were the most common high power motor. The numbers of I, J, and K motors were about the same, in the mid-teens. At 2, L's were the least popular motor, and there were 6 M motor flights (4 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday). High power, including the research flights, made up 21% of the total - very respectable, given the cost of high power.
The above motor count shows just how great Southern Thunder was, and the numbers really don't do the launch justice. I'm hoping that next year's launch will be even better, and that ya'll will come out, fly with us, and grab a bit of the Manchester sky for yourself.