|Nate shows his team how to insure the launch rail is pointed straight up.|
Liberty's "Silver Bullet" is about to take to the air (Click to enlarge)!
The Falcon Rocketeers and Jurassic TARC are still trying to dial in the proper weights for their birds. The Aerotech E's did not have enough oomph to make altitude; their rockets were consistently beneath the target by over a hundred feet. So the switch was made to F's, which put them about a hundred feet too high. By the end of the day, they had the altitudes down in the 860 foot range; a little more work should get them closer. Duane is teaching Jurassic TARC how to use Aerotech reloads in their bird. They did well - 3 flights with no motor mishaps. This was good, because they borrowed my 24/40 reload case for today's flights.
|Falcon's rocket leaves the pad with a blast of purple flame (Click to enlarge).|
|My Constellation clone heads skyward on a B6-4 (Click to enlarge).|
|Constellation flight summary reported by the MicroPeak altimeter (Click to enlarge).|
|TARC team member's "Sacrificial" Alpha on a C|
motor - it keeps coming back (Click to enlarge).
|My L.G.M. lifts off on a B6-4; A TARC recovery team|
is in the background (Click to enlarge).
|RX-16 heading into the wild blue yonder on dual C motors (Click to enlarge).|
My final flight (and the next-to-last one of the day) was the Bullpup 1, my Geezer TARC entry for this year. Its first flight on two D12-5's was about 60 feet too high, so I strapped my keychain camera to the sustainer body, counting on the additional weight and drag to reduce the altitude down a few tens of feet. I was not disappointed, for the Bullpup soared to 806 feet - only 6 feet higher than the goal of 800 - and was down in 50.3 seconds, only 2.3 seconds beyond the 48 second duration limit. This would be a 15.2 score in TARC, beating any other score in this year's Geezer TARC. The fact that I should have done it the first time did not prevent me from doing a little victory lap around the apartment. This old man designed and built a bird that could loft to altitude the egg, regulation PNUT altimeter, AND a camera on just two D motors (E impulse) - half the power of the youngsters' F powered rockets.
You don't mess with a Bulldog...
|The Bullpup 1 leaves the pad on two D12-5's (Click to enlarge).|
Bullpup 1 flight vid.
|Bullpup 1's sustainer parachute deploying (Click to enlarge).|