It was a beautiful day today in Orangeburg, SC. The temperature reached 94
and the humidity was quite low with a moderate breeze, mostly clear sky, and
nearly unlimited visibility. Good conditions for flying rockets.
There were many certification flights as well as flights for fun. I posted
several pictures of the days events to abmr. Following is a brief
Burnt Bertha 2 - I launched two BB's today. One had the usual 18 mm mount
and the other had a 24 mm mount. Both utilized Century type baffles instead
of wadding. Launched the 18 mm model successfully on a C6-5 with the
standard 18" 'chute and the 24 mm model on a D12-5 with a 24" 'chute. Hoofed
a long way to recover the 24 mm model. The second attempt was with a D21-7.
This was my first AP composite motor. As evident in the photo, there was a
casing anomaly on the second flight and the 18 mm BB is now kaput.
O-Burg 1 and O-Burg 2 - Couple of shots from the high power pads. Sorry, I
don't know the flyers names.
L3 Attempt 1,2, &3 - Again, I apologize to the flyer because I don't know
his name. This was an awesome L3 attempt! The only problem with the flight
was that the main deployed near apogee. The rocket was successfully
recovered on the other side of the industrial complex, visible in the
background of the third shot. Congrats on the successful L3!
Viper-IV 1 - This is a shot of my Viper-IV on the pad. Clustered with four
D12-5's, the flight was flawless with deployment at apogee. The business end
is shown in the Burnt Bertha picture. This is the first cluster I've
attempted since being "born again" and the first cluster I've ever
successfully launched. I like this rocket!
Tomorrow is Mothers Day, so I'll be spending the day with my two favorite
mothers, my own and my wife. The weather should be even better than today;
so, if you're flying at O-Burg tomorrow, have a great time!