I had to send something skyward today, so here is a brief report. I had FAA
notification in, so the Onyx was on. The boys and I reached the normal range
at about 4:30, encountering heat, humidity and a steady breeze (7 mph or so),
but that died off later.
Launch 1: Estes Athena, B-4 This is the normal wind checker. Nice straight
boost, good deployment. Looks like most of the launches will angle over the
road and float back to the clear area.
Launch 2: Estes Big Bertha, B4-4 This is the original Better Bertha, this time
with a single 18mm motor. I forgot that the end of the motor clip that acts as
a thrust ring had broken off-- the motor ended up 3 inches inside the mount
tube. Strange flight, didn't eject the parachute fully and it lawn darted. No
Launch 3: Aerotech Cheetah, E28-7 Nice straight, fast boost on the RMS E.
Perfect deployment and it drifted right to the middle of the field.
Launch 4: Estes Der V3, D12-3 Finally got the nose to stay on the rocket by
adding two strips of masking tape to the shoulder. Nice boost over the road,
landed well into the field.
Launch 5: LOC/Precision Onyx E23-5 Took one of Jim Turner's ignitors to get
this one going (2 bad copperheads and 1 bad one from Jim). Nice high boost
with perfect deployment and recovery.
Launch 6: Pratt Super Six #1, A8-3 Zipped way up, but the streamer detached,
sending the rocket down fast. Broke off a fin.
Launch 7: Aerotech Cheetah E28-7 Took another ignitor from Jim after a bad
copperhead. Very straight boost with a nice recovery. Quite high.
Launch 8: Big Bertha C6-5 Nice boost into the wind with a perfect
deployment. I used some masking tape as a thrust ring this time.
Launch 9: scratch Alpha clone 1/2A6-2 Nice little flight. Philip recovered
Launch 10: LOC/Precision Onyx F40-4 Very high, loud boost. Perfect
deployment and recovery. Nice way to end the day.
There it is! Thank you Apollo 11!
Fly straight and true!