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Dave Glass launch report

May 14, 2017

Yes, a bit of wind, but it was gratifying to see precipitation all around us but not on us. I had three good flights; Li'l Dude on an F20, Crash Test Dummy on an F32T, and Bruce, a Batman-themed rocket, on a G74. The Harrington Water Tower had a great up on an E20, but the wind had it in a downward trajectory after burnout. The air pressure on the large, relatively flat top prevented ejection, and that was that for the tower..... I scored the second-most-exiting flight of the day with Freddie the Freeloader, my boosted dart. After two cato's of H550's, I lit the tried and true (up to this point) I357. For an as-yet-to-be-determined reason the eject charge blew about a second after burnout, stripping the chute and core-sampling the booster. Fortunately the dart had just separated and continued its journey to 1700+ feet, deploying the chute for a gentle landing. First place for exciting flights of course goes to Rob Emanuele, the only rocketeer I know to have both a sparky liftoff AND a sparky landing! (hmmmm, I detect a nickname in the making ;-) ). Rob, let us know how things turn out; despite the jokes we hope it works out OK..... Good turnout, manageable weather, and no GSE glitches that I noticed. Thanks to Alan and all who participated. David (the one who's sorta walking ;-) )

Posted by bobble at May 14, 2017 12:49 PM


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