Monday, March 05, 2007

Launch Log 2007.03.04

We had a beautiful day for a launch at the school by our house today. It was a little breezy, so we started the launch with a C6 in the Outlaw to get an idea what to expect. It was a very pretty flight because the motor was extra smoky and went nice and high.

Outlaw LaunchPipes Last LaunchPencil Last Launch

Those were the last launches of Pipes and Pencil: Pipes got tangled up in power lines and I have no idea when the power company will get it down and I doubt they'll bring it to us; Pencil was flying without a chute (because we forgot all of our chutes at home) and it turns out it doesn't do tumble-recovery so well. BTW, Pipes and Outlaw do tumble-recovery perfectly.

Shanelle went home to get chutes and then we were able to fly some more. Isaac did the prep on his Alpha rocket from Seth. The Alpha had a nice launch, but on its first flight the chute was tangled so it bounced.

Isaac installing the motor in AlphaIsaac still trying to install the motor in AlphaAlpha ready for Launch

Afer the Alpha launch, Spencer decided he was ready to launch his rocket from Seth - the Mighty Mouse. Mighty Mouse flew a couple times and as always it flew beautifully.

Mighty Mouse Ready for LaunchMighty Mouse left a nice trail and flew high on a B6

The flight was great, but got a little scary because it looked like it was coming down in a tree. It must have been just past the tree or flew through the branches.

Mighty Mouse decending nicely, but...Mighty Mouse flying just behind or through a tree

The Alpha taking a second flight - the recovery pictures are interesting because we replaced the usual rubber shock-cord with Kevlar thread. The thread is often used in contest models because it is light.

Alpha on Second LaunchAlpha recovery pictureAlpha recovery picture

Spencer did the count-down and pushed the button on 3 launches: 1 launch of the Pencil and 2 launches of the Mighty Mouse. He even recovered Mighty Mouse after its second flight.

Spencer ready to Launch Mighty Mouse for Second FlightMighty Mouse LaunchingSpencer Recovered Mighty Mouse

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