Saturn V launch report

Saturn V launch report

Post by GGol » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00



     Well guys, the winds on Navarre beach were down to what seemed like 5-10
mph at the end of work today. My Saturn V has been riding with me every day
since December, waiting for a deceint day, and it finaly arrived.
     Alpha III with an A8-3 and streamer first, to check the winds. I took 2
steps back and caught it. Good!!! Now, one more time with a 12" chute, and it
drifted about 100 feet. I think I can live with this.
      My Saturn weighs in at 10.6 oz., with 3/16" lugs, otherwise built totally
stock. I tend to over-build so I tried very hard to not add weight. I feel like
I did pretty good. WRasp puts the #2001 kit at 180 feet with a D12-3 and my
weight adjustment. I think that was pretty close but certainly no more.
Lift-off was slowwww and loud, not being used to more than 18 mm single use. It
weathercocked oddly off the rod then straightened up by mid-burn like a heavy,
angle-launched, guided  missle. The last half of the burn seemed to sort-of
'run out of gas', like the motor was straining just to maintain, and some
'traditional weathercocking' occured then.
       Ejection timing is hard to estimate. It seemed to hang motionless or
maybe drop alittle '***first' before the chutes deployed. I'm afraid the calm
wind here is still too much, but two chutes gives you something cool to focus
on while 'on the run'. The escape motor broke off, as expected, and was
recovered. No other damage.
      I don't like the lugs I used, and it 'feels' too big for 3/16". I'll buy
the 1/4" rod, change to the supplied lugs, and think alittle about RMS.
Gary R Goldenbaum
Never grow up!
 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by GGol » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00


     Well guys, the winds on Navarre beach were down to what seemed like 5-10
mph at the end of work today. My Saturn V has been riding with me every day
since December, waiting for a deceint day, and it finaly arrived.
     Alpha III with an A8-3 and streamer first, to check the winds. I took 2
steps back and caught it. Good!!! Now, one more time with a 12" chute, and it
drifted about 100 feet. I think I can live with this.
      My Saturn weighs in at 10.6 oz., with 3/16" lugs, otherwise built totally
stock. I tend to over-build so I tried very hard to not add weight. I feel like
I did pretty good. WRasp puts the #2001 kit at 180 feet with a D12-3 and my
weight adjustment. I think that was pretty close but certainly no more.
Lift-off was slowwww and loud, not being used to more than 18 mm single use. It
weathercocked oddly off the rod then straightened up by mid-burn like a heavy,
angle-launched, guided  missle. The last half of the burn seemed to sort-of
'run out of gas', like the motor was straining just to maintain, and some
'traditional weathercocking' occured then.
       Ejection timing is hard to estimate. It seemed to hang motionless or
maybe drop alittle '***first' before the chutes deployed. I'm afraid the calm
wind here is still too much, but two chutes gives you something cool to focus
on while 'on the run'. The escape motor broke off, as expected, and was
recovered. No other damage.
      I don't like the lugs I used, and it 'feels' too big for 3/16". I'll buy
the 1/4" rod, change to the supplied lugs, and think alittle about RMS.
Gary R Goldenbaum
Never grow up!

 
 
 

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Post by John Stei » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Way to go Gary!  Did the little butterflies go back to sleep?  Every time I
fly mine...they are quite active :-)

--
John Stein    KC4RLL
NAR #74335

Quote:

>     Well guys, the winds on Navarre beach were down to what seemed like
5-10
>mph at the end of work today. My Saturn V has been riding with me every day
>since December, waiting for a deceint day, and it finaly arrived.
>     Alpha III with an A8-3 and streamer first, to check the winds. I took
2
>steps back and caught it. Good!!! Now, one more time with a 12" chute, and
it
>drifted about 100 feet. I think I can live with this.
>      My Saturn weighs in at 10.6 oz., with 3/16" lugs, otherwise built
totally
>stock. I tend to over-build so I tried very hard to not add weight. I feel
like
>I did pretty good. WRasp puts the #2001 kit at 180 feet with a D12-3 and my
>weight adjustment. I think that was pretty close but certainly no more.
>Lift-off was slowwww and loud, not being used to more than 18 mm single
use. It
>weathercocked oddly off the rod then straightened up by mid-burn like a
heavy,
>angle-launched, guided  missle. The last half of the burn seemed to sort-of
>'run out of gas', like the motor was straining just to maintain, and some
>'traditional weathercocking' occured then.
>       Ejection timing is hard to estimate. It seemed to hang motionless or
>maybe drop alittle '***first' before the chutes deployed. I'm afraid the
calm
>wind here is still too much, but two chutes gives you something cool to
focus
>on while 'on the run'. The escape motor broke off, as expected, and was
>recovered. No other damage.
>      I don't like the lugs I used, and it 'feels' too big for 3/16". I'll
buy
>the 1/4" rod, change to the supplied lugs, and think alittle about RMS.
>Gary R Goldenbaum
>Never grow up!

 
 
 

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Post by Lance Taylo » Sun, 21 Mar 1999 04:00:00


I haven't built mine yet dare to think of flying it yet! Keep these Saturn V
posts
coming! I can live vicariously through y'all then! 8^)

Lance

Quote:

>Way to go Gary!  Did the little butterflies go back to sleep?  Every time I
>fly mine...they are quite active :-)

>--
>John Stein    KC4RLL
>NAR #74335

>>     Well guys, the winds on Navarre beach were down to what seemed like
>5-10
>>mph at the end of work today. My Saturn V has been riding with me every
day
>>since December, waiting for a deceint day, and it finaly arrived.
>>     Alpha III with an A8-3 and streamer first, to check the winds. I took
>2
>>steps back and caught it. Good!!! Now, one more time with a 12" chute, and
>it
>>drifted about 100 feet. I think I can live with this.
>>      My Saturn weighs in at 10.6 oz., with 3/16" lugs, otherwise built
>totally
>>stock. I tend to over-build so I tried very hard to not add weight. I feel
>like
>>I did pretty good. WRasp puts the #2001 kit at 180 feet with a D12-3 and
my
>>weight adjustment. I think that was pretty close but certainly no more.
>>Lift-off was slowwww and loud, not being used to more than 18 mm single
>use. It
>>weathercocked oddly off the rod then straightened up by mid-burn like a
>heavy,
>>angle-launched, guided  missle. The last half of the burn seemed to
sort-of
>>'run out of gas', like the motor was straining just to maintain, and some
>>'traditional weathercocking' occured then.
>>       Ejection timing is hard to estimate. It seemed to hang motionless
or
>>maybe drop alittle '***first' before the chutes deployed. I'm afraid the
>calm
>>wind here is still too much, but two chutes gives you something cool to
>focus
>>on while 'on the run'. The escape motor broke off, as expected, and was
>>recovered. No other damage.
>>      I don't like the lugs I used, and it 'feels' too big for 3/16". I'll
>buy
>>the 1/4" rod, change to the supplied lugs, and think alittle about RMS.
>>Gary R Goldenbaum
>>Never grow up!

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen DeArma » Sun, 21 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I haven't built mine yet dare to think of flying it yet!

   Come on Lance, you've got to lose your ***ity sometime. Get on
with it. God forbid but what if you were to die soon? You'd die a Saturn
V ***.  :)

                       Trust No One,
                           Randy

 
 
 

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Post by GGol » Sun, 21 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>>Way to go Gary!  Did the little butterflies go back to sleep?  Every time I
>>fly mine...they are quite active :-)

Now that I think about it, yeah, I guess I was nervous. You know I don't
remember if it rolled any. Should be able to see a roll very plain. And I could
have taken a picture. Ok,....I'll put it back in the truck tomorrow, after I
change the launch lugs. Guess I'll throw my altitrack and camera in with it.
Gary R Goldenbaum
Never grow up!
 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by PeteAlw » Sun, 21 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>>>Way to go Gary!  Did the little butterflies go back to sleep?  Every time I
>>>fly mine...they are quite active :-)

>Now that I think about it, yeah, I guess I was nervous. You know I don't
>remember if it rolled any. Should be able to see a roll very plain. And I
could
>have taken a picture. Ok,....I'll put it back in the truck tomorrow, after I
>change the launch lugs. Guess I'll throw my altitrack and camera in with it.
>Gary R Goldenbaum

Be sure to let someone else take the picture and to the tracking so you can
enjoy the flight.  You never know how many launches you'll get, and you should
relish each one.

Peter Alway

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Post by Philip Doolittl » Mon, 22 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Lance,

    I have a personal rule:  I don't build any rocket I don't intend to fly at
least once.  Many times I have questioned that philosophy while doing shovel
and/or confetti recovery.  One thing's for sure, I will never die wondering how
that flight would have went..

Philip

"Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do
them" - Unknown
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Post by Kevin Drays » Mon, 22 Mar 1999 04:00:00


On Sun, 21 Mar 1999 14:33:00 -0500, Philip Doolittle

Quote:

>Lance,

>    I have a personal rule:  I don't build any rocket I don't intend to fly at
>least once.  Many times I have questioned that philosophy while doing shovel
>and/or confetti recovery.  One thing's for sure, I will never die wondering how
>that flight would have went..

>Philip

Philip, that pretty much sums up my attitude as well. Granted, there
have been a few occasions where my resolve to fly a new rocket has
been tested. It took me almost the whole of last summer (plus part of
the spring, too) to work up the guts to fly my Maxi-Force- my first
cluster attempt. Once I did it, I had only one regret- that I hadn't
flown it sooner.

Kevin Drayson CAR #S369

http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/kdrayson

 
 
 

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Post by Paul Dimin » Tue, 23 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Lance,

>    I have a personal rule:  I don't build any rocket I don't intend to fly
at
>least once.  Many times I have questioned that philosophy while doing
shovel
>and/or confetti recovery.  One thing's for sure, I will never die wondering
how
>that flight would have went..

I couldn't agree more!  Building is fun.  But flying, now that's what I
really love!  The more the better.  Now, I spent months on my Saturn V.  I
didn't want to lose it so I took great care when I launched it.  But I had
to do it!  I launch it about once or twice a year.  Only when I can muster a
bunch of kids around.  If possible, I time it for the anniversary of Apollo
11.  What an impressive rocket!

Paul.