Saturn V launch report

Saturn V launch report

Post by Stephen DeArma » Sun, 15 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Finally,

    Launch report from Pinson Alabama. Skies partly sunny, temp about
50*, winds were light 0-5 mph.

   After many years, I have finally purchased, built, launched and
successfully recovered a Saturn V. We did'nt have much time today, so we
were limited to 1 launch of the "Bullpup/Titan III cluster" and 1 for
the D powered Saturn V.

  Spaceman Spiff went up for the 1st time since last September. The
flight on 3 B engines, went perfectly straight up about 200' and the
ejection fired right as the rocket stalled and was about to turn itself
toward the ground. It was almost motionless when the chute deployed. it
drifted down range about 40 yards with the light breeze that was
blowing. Cracked 1 fin at the base of the glue joint but otherwise an
overall great flight. It was the 7th successful flight out of 8
attempts. I had 1 flight go unstable last year at the sod farm, because
I forgot to add a little weight when I moved it up to C's. I am however,
24 for 24 igniting a cluster of 3 B or C engines.

 The Saturn V was awesome! It simulates a slow liftoff better than any
other rocket I've ever seen. Weighing in at exactly 14 ozs. on a D12-3
it was a slow liftoff indeed. Slowly picking up speed and weather
***ing into the breeze, it had turned balistic, when the ejection fired
and it seemed like it took forever, for the 3 chutes to deploy. The
upper section was open first and drifting sideways nicely, just like in
the instruction sheet. It came down that way and much to my amazement it
did'nt break the escape tower. I thought it would be gone on the 1st
flight. It landed about 30' from the pad.

  The 1st chute on the booster had fully deployed before the second one
ever started but it finally caught enough air and then they were both
out. It looked great on 2 chutes. No tangles, just 2 clean chutes. The
main section came down like a feather and landed up right, very softly
about 20' from the pad. Watching them float down together like that was
fantastic! Landing close to the pad was an added bonus.

   I want to thank Pete, Bob C, Buzz, Bob K, and EVERYONE else that
emailed or posted tips on building it. I'm looking forward to next
saturday at the sod farm already.

   My son and I will be starting his Saturn V, in the next couple of
weeks and it's going up on 5 engines. Thanks again!

                        Trust No One,  (well, maybe sometimes)
                            Randy

 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by Scott McCrat » Tue, 17 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>Finally,

>    Launch report from Pinson Alabama. Skies partly sunny, temp about
>50*, winds were light 0-5 mph.

>   After many years, I have finally purchased, built, launched and
>successfully recovered a Saturn V. We did'nt have much time today, so we
>were limited to 1 launch of the "Bullpup/Titan III cluster" and 1 for
>the D powered Saturn V.

>  Spaceman Spiff went up for the 1st time since last September. The
>flight on 3 B engines, went perfectly straight up about 200' and the
>ejection fired right as the rocket stalled and was about to turn itself
>toward the ground. It was almost motionless when the chute deployed. it
>drifted down range about 40 yards with the light breeze that was
>blowing. Cracked 1 fin at the base of the glue joint but otherwise an
>overall great flight. It was the 7th successful flight out of 8
>attempts. I had 1 flight go unstable last year at the sod farm, because
>I forgot to add a little weight when I moved it up to C's. I am however,
>24 for 24 igniting a cluster of 3 B or C engines.

> The Saturn V was awesome! It simulates a slow liftoff better than any
>other rocket I've ever seen. Weighing in at exactly 14 ozs. on a D12-3
>it was a slow liftoff indeed. Slowly picking up speed and weather
>cocking into the breeze, it had turned balistic, when the ejection fired
>and it seemed like it took forever, for the 3 chutes to deploy. The
>upper section was open first and drifting sideways nicely, just like in
>the instruction sheet. It came down that way and much to my amazement it
>did'nt break the escape tower. I thought it would be gone on the 1st
>flight. It landed about 30' from the pad.

>  The 1st chute on the booster had fully deployed before the second one
>ever started but it finally caught enough air and then they were both
>out. It looked great on 2 chutes. No tangles, just 2 clean chutes. The
>main section came down like a feather and landed up right, very softly
>about 20' from the pad. Watching them float down together like that was
>fantastic! Landing close to the pad was an added bonus.

>   I want to thank Pete, Bob C, Buzz, Bob K, and EVERYONE else that
>emailed or posted tips on building it. I'm looking forward to next
>saturday at the sod farm already.

>   My son and I will be starting his Saturn V, in the next couple of
>weeks and it's going up on 5 engines. Thanks again!

>                        Trust No One,  (well, maybe sometimes)
>                            Randy

Congratulations, sounds awesome!

Scott McCrate
NAR #71680

 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by Yitah W » Tue, 17 Feb 1998 04:00:00


(SNIP!)

Quote:

>    My son and I will be starting his Saturn V, in the next couple of
> weeks and it's going up on 5 engines. Thanks again!

>                         Trust No One,  (well, maybe sometimes)
>                             Randy

Heyo - what five engines is he planning to use?  

Central "D" with 4  outboard Mini-engines?

5 C5-3's?

Yitah

http://www.mich.com/~ywu/rocket.htm

 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by Stephen DeArma » Tue, 17 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


> (SNIP!)

> >    My son and I will be starting his Saturn V, in the next couple of
> > weeks and it's going up on 5 engines. Thanks again!

> >                         Trust No One,  (well, maybe sometimes)
> >                             Randy

> Heyo - what five engines is he planning to use?

      Hi Yitah,

    He's going to build it to use 1 D12 center and 4 C6. We don't really
trust the C5 engines too much. I never had one cato but I have heard
about alot of others having regular problems with it. I'd take the
chance with a C5 in almost any rocket other than a Saturn V, since they
are so expensive to replace. I was really hoping Estes would bring it
back this year.

   Everyone should build and fly a Saturn V at least once. I enjoyed the
first launch of mine last saturday so much, I may have to wear
protection next time. <G>

                        Trust No One,
                            Randy

 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by Brian Shor » Wed, 18 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Yes I agree... Unfortunatley now this wont happen, unless Estes re-releases
their Saturn V, or until Boyce releases their Saturn V kit they're working
on.  I'd love to build a Saturn V kit, but dont want to pay the exhorbidant
amount that collectors are asking for...

Brian Short

Quote:

>    Everyone should build and fly a Saturn V at least once. I enjoyed the
> first launch of mine last saturday so much, I may have to wear
> protection next time. <G>

>                         Trust No One,
>                             Randy

 
 
 

Saturn V launch report

Post by Steven Piett » Thu, 19 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Yes I agree... Unfortunatley now this wont happen, unless Estes re-releases
> their Saturn V, or until Boyce releases their Saturn V kit they're working
> on.  I'd love to build a Saturn V kit, but dont want to pay the exhorbidant
> amount that collectors are asking for...

> Brian Short


> >    Everyone should build and fly a Saturn V at least once. I enjoyed the
> > first launch of mine last saturday so much, I may have to wear
> > protection next time. <G>

> >                         Trust No One,
> >                             Randy

I suspect that Alex Boyce's recient posting kind of rules out seeing
anything new from him. I hope he enjoys his new job as much as he
seemed to love his last.

--
Steve Piette                                       Applied Computer Technology

(630) 513-6920                                     St. Charles, IL 60175-6868
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Saturn V launch report

Post by Brian Shor » Fri, 20 Feb 1998 04:00:00


I E-mailed Alex a month or so back, asking if he was planning on coming out with
any Saturn kits, and he replied that there would be a Saturn 1-B model in March and
a Saturn V soon after.   I didnt see a post from him (guess I missed it), so maybe
this has changed.  It would be sad if it had, because I doubt that Estes will
re-release their Saturn models, or introduce any new (hopefully larger) onces
anytime soon.

Brian Short

Quote:

> I suspect that Alex Boyce's recient posting kind of rules out seeing
> anything new from him. I hope he enjoys his new job as much as he
> seemed to love his last.

> --
> Steve Piette                                       Applied Computer Technology

> (630) 513-6920                                     St. Charles, IL 60175-6868
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