Archive for category Launch Reports

FAR February 2016

Perfect flying conditions this past weekend, full report here.

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Back at it!

Time to get back at it, here’s what happened over the weekend.

My kind of diamonds

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FAR July 2013

This weekend provided hot but calm flying conditions for a flight motor test. Flight report posted here.


BA Boost 2

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Successful Moonburner Launch

A short April FAR launch report is up with a couple more pictures here.


Frankenstager Found

The weekend after the launch I was able to head back and search for both the booster and sustainer. Prior to searching I spent quite a bit of time running simulations and scouring google earth to figure out where the best search areas would be. For both sections I had best guess locations based on heading, expected altitude and wind speed. I left LA real early and made it to the FAR property by 8am, and by 9:30am I had found the sustainer over 5 miles from the launch pad. Then 40 minutes later after approaching my first best guess location for the booster I found it in good condition minus a broken tube coupler. I hope to have a video soon.



Flight of Frankenstager

This past weekend I flew my two-stage rocket Frankenstager to roughly 27,000′. Unfortunately I have yet to recover the rocket which is still waiting for me out in the Mojave desert. Full report and more pictures go here.

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I decided against flying my two-stage rocket this past weekend due to the strong winds in Mojave. I really did not want the stack to weathercock then stage into the wind at a high AOA. I had a 6000N-s load ready for the booster and a 3600N-s load for the sustainer, however, both had the cores opened way up to reduce the total altitude and stay under the wavier. Instead I flew my KestreL on a small 1050N-s load to 5300′ and provided some small support to the USC RPL with my Yagi antenna and some Mg/teflon for motor ignition. Here’s a few pictures from the event:

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52,927′ at Balls 21

Had a great time at Balls, nearly reached 53,000′ with Incredulous. See additional pictures and report here.

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Far Launch Report

Yesterday I went out to the desert, here’s some pictures below. For the full report click here.

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Launch Blown Out

So the last launch attempt never materialized. We woke up early and the surface winds were a pretty solid 20mph, not ideal for an attempt to 46,000′. We packed up and started to head out when my fuel pump died a mile down the (dirt) road. We had to get towed back to Mojave, total bummer. At this point I may wait to launch at Balls in September, however it’s possible next month I’ll try again depending on work and life.