Saturn V Lanuch Report

Saturn V Lanuch Report

Post by terr.. » Mon, 19 Jul 1999 04:00:00



Today I got the nerve up to go and fly the Saturn V. I had never flown
this bird before today; but I always wanted to fly a staurn. Talk about
nervous I was; as matter of fact I still have not clamed down yet. You
will have to excuse me if the spelling is off; I am new to this news
group and using the internet. My son and I loaded up a cloned model of
the Gemini Titan and his new Estes LSX and the big Saturn V. At the
field we set up the estes pad for the LSX and the AT Mantis for the
Saturn V. First up we lanuch the LSX which had a great flight with the
rocket landing within 30 feet of the pad. Next up was the Gemini Titan
another great flight. Now for the Saturn; so I broke out the camera and
took some pictures of it on the pad. Next I took the AT E15-4W motor
check the igniter again with the ohm meter. We had a postive check; so
I installed the motor in the rocket (now I am getting real nervous this
is the first time that I have ever used an AT motor and it is going in
a new rocket) and put it on the pad ready for flight. I walked back to
the lanuch controller. I ask my son to count down and pushed the firing
button and watching the rocket the same time. The rocket leaped off the
pad flying straight and true in to the blue sky; that AT motor was a
kick in the pants I had never seen anything like it before. Now my
heart was racing; it was a picture prefect flight; my son (who is 6)
was jumping up and down. Just as it arch over I saw the ejection charge
go off. I held my breath waiting for the chutes to open. At last I
counted three good chutes. The Saturn landed saftely about 25 yards
away. This flight bought back a lot of memories of watching the Apollo
lanuches on TV as a kid. I could just see the real Saturns in my mind
taking off again for the moon.
I have an old Estes K-36 kit that is 2/3 built that I plan on finshing.
I had started building it when I was 12; it looks like I will finish it
when I am 40.
 I have a question for the news group. Looking at the Saturn after the
flight I noticed the top bulkhead has broken loose. What is the best
method to keep this from happing again if I use the AT motor?
Thanks to all; this is a great news group.

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Post by Gene Costanz » Mon, 19 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Terry (I presume), great report and glad you're having fun.

I'm starting to get the impression that the E15 is the motor of choice
for the Sat V in light of the multitude of successful reports recently.
I guess the low and slow appearance with the D12 has its historical
yay-sayers but there are lotsa future repairs and filled Hefty bags,
too. (A D21 may be a choice, too, I guess.)

Probably most amazing is that you had a successful Copperhead work, too.
Be prepared; they will disappoint you one day. Buy an alternative (Estes
Solar?) and keep them in your launch box.

Sorry I can't assist you on the Sat V question, but don't be a stranger
nonetheless.

(I'm STILL gonna buy one and fly it on a G25...)

 
 
 

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Post by Ted Cochr » Mon, 19 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>...it was a picture prefect flight; my son (who is 6)
>was jumping up and down. Just as it arch over I saw the ejection charge
>go off. I held my breath waiting for the chutes to open. At last I
>counted three good chutes. The Saturn landed saftely about 25 yards
>away. This flight bought back a lot of memories of watching the Apollo
>lanuches on TV as a kid. I could just see the real Saturns in my mind
>taking off again for the moon.

Wahoo!

Quote:
> I have a question for the news group. Looking at the Saturn after the
>flight I noticed the top bulkhead has broken loose. What is the best
>method to keep this from happing again if I use the AT motor?

Glue it back with yellow glue.

You might reinforce it with a fillet, but it shouldn't really be a problem.

--tc

My opinions only.

 
 
 

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Post by bobsanfo.. » Tue, 20 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Back when Estes did the second release of the Saturn V (1988), it was
found that the E15, especially when it switched to White Lightning
propellant, was an excellent motor for the Saturn V.  I would not
recommend the D21 as an adaptor will be needed for the Saturn V motor
mount plus there is the question of a real boot off the pad that could
rip out your centering rings.

As for the Copperhead, I've found them to be a reliable igniter.  An
Estes Solar igniter won't work in a composite motor and the NCR
igniters won't fit in a nozzle throat as narrow as the AeroTech E15 has.

I think at some point in the past someone did fly an Estes Saturn V on
a G motor.  I don't remember the details.

Bob

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Post by Rscie » Tue, 20 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Congrats! I too get very nervous when I fly my Saturns. Especially when I have
to use D12's
The Estes BT50 motor/Stuffer tube is too flimsy for the E15 ejection., I
recommend replacing it with a LOC 24mm tube.
If that is not practical, then when you reinforce that loose bulkhead, use
epoxy.
those Aerotech motor pack a walop both under power and the ejection.

Quote:
> I have a question for the news group. Looking at the Saturn after the
>flight I noticed the top bulkhead has broken loose. What is the best
>method to keep this from happing again if I use the AT motor?

Glue it back with yellow glue.

You might reinforce it with a fillet, but it shouldn't really be a problem.

--tc

My opinions only.

 
 
 

Saturn V Lanuch Report

Post by Gene Costanz » Tue, 20 Jul 1999 04:00:00


No, no, no, no, no, no! I wasn't referring to a 'Launch' report; I was
taking about a 'LANUCH' report. Totally different thing...
 
 
 

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Post by Deanna and Jim Horwit » Tue, 20 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Wow.  Wasn't that the greatest?  I just loved the two E-15 flights I have
made on my Saturn V so far!  great trip!  My Saturn V

Quote:

> Today I got the nerve up to go and fly the Saturn V. I had never flown
> this bird before today; but I always wanted to fly a staurn. Talk about
> nervous I was; as matter of fact I still have not clamed down yet. You
> will have to excuse me if the spelling is off; I am new to this news
> group and using the internet. My son and I loaded up a cloned model of
> the Gemini Titan and his new Estes LSX and the big Saturn V. At the
> field we set up the estes pad for the LSX and the AT Mantis for the
> Saturn V. First up we lanuch the LSX which had a great flight with the
> rocket landing within 30 feet of the pad. Next up was the Gemini Titan
> another great flight. Now for the Saturn; so I broke out the camera and
> took some pictures of it on the pad. Next I took the AT E15-4W motor
> check the igniter again with the ohm meter. We had a postive check; so
> I installed the motor in the rocket (now I am getting real nervous this
> is the first time that I have ever used an AT motor and it is going in
> a new rocket) and put it on the pad ready for flight. I walked back to
> the lanuch controller. I ask my son to count down and pushed the firing
> button and watching the rocket the same time. The rocket leaped off the
> pad flying straight and true in to the blue sky; that AT motor was a
> kick in the pants I had never seen anything like it before. Now my
> heart was racing; it was a picture prefect flight; my son (who is 6)
> was jumping up and down. Just as it arch over I saw the ejection charge
> go off. I held my breath waiting for the chutes to open. At last I
> counted three good chutes. The Saturn landed saftely about 25 yards
> away. This flight bought back a lot of memories of watching the Apollo
> lanuches on TV as a kid. I could just see the real Saturns in my mind
> taking off again for the moon.
> I have an old Estes K-36 kit that is 2/3 built that I plan on finshing.
> I had started building it when I was 12; it looks like I will finish it
> when I am 40.
>  I have a question for the news group. Looking at the Saturn after the
> flight I noticed the top bulkhead has broken loose. What is the best
> method to keep this from happing again if I use the AT motor?
> Thanks to all; this is a great news group.

> Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/
> Share what you know. Learn what you don't.