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Mark Howe Launch Report

November 2, 2014

Unfortunately I arrived on site after the nice weather had went away and was greeted with rain showers. The showers dampened everything around us except for our desire to launch rockets! I came with only four rockets, all of which I had prepped for the June SPARC launch but had never gotten around to launching. Managed to put up 3 out of the 4.
First up was an Estes Big Bertha on a C6-3. I had planned on attaching a crepe paper streamer to the fin to create a “St. Louis Arch”, but the wet weather conditions took that option away. Instead I launched it with a small Chinese helicopter toy which was expelled from the body tube during motor eject. The small copter has a flashing red&blue LED, and my thought are to use it for a night launch next year. It didn’t work as well as I planned, but I’m sure with a little tweaking I can get it to work correctly. Second on the list was an old Estes Scissor Wing Transport, which is a boost glider. This was it’s 3rd flight and it went up on on a C6-3 performing much better than I had expected. The initial glide angle was very steep, but it leveled out nicely for the last 2/3’s of it’s flight. The booster and glider were recovered within 25’ of each other...that doesn’t happen to me very often. Last up was a LOC Mini-Magg (MM) on an H242-M. The MM was my L1 cert rocket from many years ago, and this was it’s 5th flight. Motor eject charge fired shortly after apogee and I had an easy recovery...unlike a few of the others who still have their birds stuck up in trees at the south end of the field. All things considered I had a better day than anticipated. Thanks to all of the hardy souls who braved the elements for a good time. Thanks to Joe for being LD, and thanks in advance to Bob for “drying out” the wet equipment we put back into the trailer. I’m already looking forward to the 2015 SPARC season. Regards, Mark

Posted by bobble at November 2, 2014 6:28 PM

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