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.

  1. #1 by Dan Patell on July 10, 2012 - 10:34 am


    Bummer you couldn’t fly. Grains all look good, is this some form of sped up swamp-gas like formula? I would assume higher aluminum content.


  2. #2 by James on July 10, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Dan, the green grains are essentially a catalyzed 70-10. I used 72-10 on my last flight but it was a bit too warm.

  3. #3 by Clay Dunsworth on July 12, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Fuel pumps seem to be on the fritz lately…. Atleast its easier to drop the fuel tank on a truck! 🙂 Good luck on the next flight.. hope the new fins fair better than the last!

  4. #4 by James on July 12, 2012 - 7:41 am

    True, but not so much fun when you have a full tank! Thanks, I hope so as well.

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