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Mark Howe May Launch Report

May 13, 2013

I spent most of my day labeling the trailer and butt-sniffing...only managed to put up 6 flights, 3 of which were gliders. My “Deltie” was a little nose heavy due to a previous repair and needs to be re-trimmed. The “Gemini” twins and “Ci-Ci” both glided great!
The Deltie & Geminee went up on 1/2A mini motors and the Ci-Ci on a B6-2. My other rockets were rather non-descript...the “Interplanetary Shuttle” on a C6-3, a Rampage on a B6-4 (carrying a Jolly Logic Alt-2), and an out of production Estes “Super Nova Payloader” on a D12-5. The S.Nova fouled the chute on ejection and came in a bit hard, breaking 2 fins...easily repairable. The Rampage reported 273’ altitude and 78 MPH max speed. This was my 7th flight using this small USB thumb drive sized altimeter, and it really gathers a bunch of data...10 unique items. It was interesting to note that the burn time of .8 sec for the Rampage was exactly the same as the B6-4 I flew in my Bull-Pup last year. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive device to capture flight data this is the way to go. You don’t even have to upload the data to a PC, it’s all displayed on the devices’ LCD. Dave Glass...due to popular demand please don’t retire the Booted Dart...it’s a superb rocket. Jim Jopson’s neighbors put a slew of rockets in the air...I think their rocket with the dual gliders had the most flights of the day. I gave them an Edmonds Ci-Ci kit to build and we’ll hopefully see them next month. Thanks to Gene for delivering my kits and to Alan for performing the LD duties. I’ll have the remaining labels made up in time for the next launch...including a “shovel” label for Bobident.

Posted by bobble at May 13, 2013 5:45 AM

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