Launch Report & Saturn V

Launch Report & Saturn V

Post by AstronMi » Mon, 18 May 1998 04:00:00



I flew for the first time in a month yesterday at the Thor launch....working 7
days/wk and just cant go do much nowadays....

Thor had enough people considering that Manny wasnt there and I almost didnt go
either.  More kids are showing up, and thats the best of all.  Along with the
BARs, we will make a decent club yet in terms of turnout.

Most of the other rockets were your general 3fncs.  The best of these were like
Pythons and Nike Arrows.  Yes, we even had someones MK109 go unstable so its
not just a regional thing!

Brent Wynn, of LDRS XV fame, tried to fly two concurrent pyramids at once.  ONe
had extra vent holes, the other not.  Wanted to drag (and I *do* mean *drag*)
race them to see performance difference.  Well......not exactly.

As soon as the button was pushed both igniters went...#1 began chuffing and #2
just went up nicely.  Uh oh, #1 power chuffed OFF THE ROD AND FLOPPED TO THE
GROUND.   *THEN* it decided to ignite!!!!  Scared the **** out of most
participants as it spun some and wound up thrusting downward till burnout.
He'll have to try again with 10ft rods!!

I had the same old junk in the car for the last two months...but did toss
together a *** I just had to do --- a full size Maxi Marauder made of
Artcor and set for Cs instead of Ds.  It wd. at 4z, so that sounded good.

I wound up flying this 3 times, all almost getting lost!!  Does this go or
what??!!  It does glide much better than a Maxi.  In short, this is the size of
a Maxi and flies lilke one on a D12, but only needs a C5-3.  This *must* be
kitted!!  Yes, no glue for this one either.  Mid Marauder, perhaps?

Also flew my old Novus twice.  This had nose wt to induce glide, but I thought
Id just remove most of it and fly it with like a 15* elevator...not much at
all.  It test tossed great, but that means nothing.

It flew outstanding, much better!!  It almost floated up there, so Id tell all
Novus/ND buyers to do them llike this.  That shall construe a separate post.

One last note:  My parents found a Estes 2001 Saturn V in a very unlikely
place.  I went and acquired same....the shrink wrap was pretty broken so I
removed it to inspect the contents.  The box was dented at the top some.  The
main BT101 is crunched some, so this aint a collectors item....maybe not even a
good builders item.  Rest of it is pretty much goood.  I may have to make it
myself as I have no idea as to its 'Net worth....not $200 for sure.  But I dont
make rockets!!

 
 
 

Launch Report & Saturn V

Post by Tim » Mon, 18 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> As soon as the button was pushed both igniters went...#1 began chuffing and #2
> just went up nicely.  Uh oh, #1 power chuffed OFF THE ROD AND FLOPPED TO THE
> GROUND.   *THEN* it decided to ignite!!!!  Scared the **** out of most
> participants as it spun some and wound up thrusting downward till burnout.
> He'll have to try again with 10ft rods!!

That's one time the pyramid shape made things safer.  A normal rocket
would have probably landsharked, where the short stubby pyramid ended
up...up-ended!

Tim

 
 
 

Launch Report & Saturn V

Post by Jeff Barriau » Tue, 19 May 1998 04:00:00


We had a great time at the THOR launch also. I'm a BAR from
Clearwater, and I brought my daughter along with one of her friends,
and his dad and little brother and little sister. We had a heck of a
ground crew.

We launched the following Estes models:

Daughter:
X-Ray           1 Flight                Melted Streamer
Nike-Arrow      3 Flights               Busted Shock Cord
Starter Kit?    2 Flights
Big Bertha      2 Flights               Busted Fin

Her Friend:
Gnome           4 Flights

I wish I would have heard the tip about lengthening the Estes shock
cords before I built the X-Ray and Nike-Arrow. Those body tubes took a
beating. Big Bertha landed in a tree on its first flight. Fortunately
it was a small tree and I was able to recover it. On her second flight
she busted a fin when she landed on the pavement. We melted the
streamer on the X-ray, but it flew great. On the Nike-Arrow's third
flight the shock cord broke and it came down in two pieces.
Fortunately we recovered them both. All in all, we had a great time
and my daughter is looking forward to next month's launch.

Jeff B.