>Anyone else had Est. C5 trouble?
I had a C5-3 CATO in a Quest Space Clipper back in Nov. 93. It was
about 50' high and blew out both ends, destroying the motor mount. I
think that the propellant debonded from the casing. I still have that
casing, but it isn't handy at the moment so I can't give you the date
code right now. The other motors in that pack worked normally. It's
funny that in all my time flying Estes motors, three of the four that
CATOed were less than two years old at the time that they were used.
All of the motors that I received from my father and an uncle back in
the late '70s (manufacture dates from '68 to '74) all worked fine.
BTW, the CATOs were
1. B6-4 in a Centuri Spacemaster back in '81 or '82. (Blew out
about 1 1/2" in the rear of the rocket when it was about 50'
2. A3-4T in my EAC Viper in '81 or '82. (1/4" dia. hole burned in
the casing just above the nozzle.)
3. C5-3 in the Space Clipper mentioned above.
4. B4-2 in a 25 year old Big Bertha in Mar. 94. (Blew out both ends
at ignition and damaged the motor mount.)
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