I'd been looking forward to this day for awhile since this would be my NAR Level 2 High Power Certification attempt. The launch almost didn't happen since Mike Vande Kamp wasn't able to organize it this time. A big thankyou to Dan Gates for stepping up and running the whole launch.
The weather was beautiful, continuing our strangely warm early November. The wind picked up a bit but was never more than a minor nuissance.
My first goal was to test my new MissileWorks RRC2, so I flew that in
the Archer. Then came the main event ...
My Flight Results:
(Follow the links under the Rocket name column to see photos of those flights.)
|Jeff||Completely Cardboard||Estes D12-3||16" estes parachute.||500||First launch of the day. Perfect. This zero-cost gift-wrap tube rocket continues to amaze.|
|Jeff||NCR Archer||Aerotech H180W-S RMS||Dual Stage deployment Test of MissileWorks RRC2 altimeter for main
deployment at 300' and motor for drogue deployment at apogee. The
drogue is actually it's normal 56" chute.
||1264||Excellent liftoff. Very stable. Good ejection of drouge but a bit late. Main fired one second later. Found out later that I'd rigged the main's ejection charge to channel 1 instead of ch 2. Duh!|
|Jeff||BSD Thor||Aerotech J350W-M RMS||MissileWorks RRC2 altimeter controlling dual stage deployment. Drogue chute was its normal Rocketman R7 but reefed closed to form a "balun". Main chute is 6' military surplus. Also carried Glen's radio beacon.||2900||Awesome! Perfect launch & deployments. No damage. Successful L2.|
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