This was my first launch at the White Bear Lake Sunrise Middle School field. It is very wide East-West but narrower North-South. Still larger than the Battle Creek Middle School field I normally launch at.
It was a bit chilly, around 20 degrees, but perfectly clear and light winds at first but they quickly picked up.
My equipment consisted of: Rolling toolbox, tarp, shovel, folding chair & folding coffee table. Duffle bag of miscellaneous. Large box of rockets.
This time to keep the motors warm, I left them in the car in an electric
cooler/warmer. To keep from cooking the motors, I put my Hudson's
map book on the bottom and left the lid open.
(Photo by Alan Estenson)
I arrived late, 11am and the winds caused us to wrap up at around 12:30 (?). Mark Thell was nice enough to drive home and get his very long snow rake pole to help me (with Glen Overby's help) get my Orion out of a tree.
My Flight Results:
|Jeff||Centuri Taurus||Estes C6-3||Nylon streamer||500||Nice launch, but streamer wrapped around tail and wasn't large enough to prevent high rate of cescent, nose first. Snow-darted near pad. Very minor damage, exaggerated existing kink in small tube, softened top of tube but nosecone still fits well.|
|Jeff||Centuri Orion||Aerotech D13-4W 18mmRMS||Glen's 14" nylon chute||1200||Winds picked way up. Perfect, loud launch and deployment. But drifted off-range and landed in tree. Glen and Mark helped get it down with a pole. Tree extraction caused damage: shock cord ripped off, body tube zippered, broke one fin, broke two pods, one pod lost. I searched the snow and the whole range and didn't find it. Left address with homeowner in case it shows up this spring.|
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