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Marty Weiser Launch report

May 9, 2016

Thanks to everyone that came out and flew. As stated before the conditions were very good and better than expected. We set up near the middle of Emmerson's field since the wind was from the NNE so we keep the rockets out Norm's field and the trees. The winds died down from the early morning and actually shifted direction a bit. I think our longest recovery was about 1000 ft. Scout Troop/Pack 370 from the Spokane South Hill came out flew a bunch of rockets so we had 76 total flights on 82 motors. Their rocket of choice was the Flis Kit doodad on the B6-4 for a bunch of flights. This looks like a really easy, solid first rocket, but I think it could use a bit longer streamer. Joe could not make it to the launch so we expected David Glass would have the most flights. However, Noah Smith earned that honor with 10 flights to David's 7. Perhaps we need to handicap this contest since Noah is in his teens and David is recovering from a blown out knee, had some high power flights and one flight with air starts. Alan Roberts had a couple of nice H powered flights, but his line cutter that reefed the chute did not work as planned. I had the largest motor flight with a K513 in the EWU Golden BBQ to 1196 ft. - check out the EWU Rocketry Facebook page for some pictures and data. The motor breakdown was. A 3 B 43 C 17 D 6 E 2 F 3 G 1 H 6 I J K 1 Two stage - 4 Airstart - 1 (2 motors)

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Mark Howe launch report

Great day for a launch! I didn't put up that many but had a real good time. 2 sets of dual-gliders, 1 helicopter rocket, and a few standard 3FNC. Also flew my "CATO" on a C6-0 and it performed it's R.E.D. (Rapid Expected Disassembly) function perfectly. Came down in seven separate pieces, unfortunately I only recovered six of them. The top stage of my small gaped gliders (B60/B6-2) suffered a loss of the motor pod at ejection, so it floated rather than glided down to earth. It's bigger brother (on a D12-0/D12-3 combo) flew much better but the lower glider suffered a fracture along the motor tube strut. Both gliders can easily be repaired. Highlight of the day had to be the BBQ grill launch, even if the landing was less than optimal. Kind regards, Mark

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Dave Glass launch report

May 8, 2016

The 5/7 launch turned out to be much better than weather predictions indicated---- I was expecting (and dreading) 10-15 mph winds, but it turned out to be relatively calm. Can't say the same for the temperature, which attained expected highs, but I'll take that over gale-force winds any day. Turnout was also pretty good with the arrival of several Boy Scouts and the current or former students of Dr. Weiser (sorry, Marty, I still get this amused/confused/bemused look on my face when I hear that!). The highlight of the day was their launch of a frikkin' BBQ grill---you just had to be there to believe and appreciate the nearly (some fin issues) perfect flight. Personally, it was a mixed bag---the 7 of 11 planned flights resulted in one crushed water tower lid, two broken fins, and two loose fins. Not to mention the total shred of a rocket flown on an F10, which I thought would be a slow and gentle push. Not so much, and not helped by some rather exotically-shaped fins. Despite all that, I was generally pleased with the results, as I somewhat pushed the envelope with larger and/or unknown (out of production) motors. Still restricted in mobility, I had to rely on the kindness of fellow rocketeers to rack and recover (altho I was able to set up on the LP racks)--- thanks again, guys. And thanks Marty, for the LD duties!

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May launch concluded

May 7, 2016

Skies were clear and winds were light and variable. With the addition of a bunch of scouts, we had quite the crowd. Several EWU students showed up and launched a mini Weber BBQ! Dave Glass managed to shred on an F-10 which was exciting. Our next launch is scheduled for Saturday June 4'th with Joe Cooney as Launch Director president bob

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