Launch Report

June 10, 2000
Billings, MT

Temp: 75
Wind: 5 to 15 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Estes AlphaC6-7
Estes Big BerthaC6-5
Estes AstrocamC6-3
PML Thunder 'N' LightningH242-T/H123-W
7.5" IrisL1120-W
Aerotech ArcasG38-7FJ
Aerotech Wart-HogG38-7FJ
Rocket R&D 4" SandhawkJ275-W
LOC Hi-Tech H45H123-W

Joined by several other rocketeers, and a nice spectator crowd. My first launch was the Alpha on a C6-7, followed by the Big Bertha on a C6-5. Next was the rear-facing Astrocam on a C6-3. I then tried my first high power two-stage rocket with the Thunder -N- Lightning. The H242-T lit, but the H123-W in the sustainer failed to ignite (the ignitor did burn). The altimeter blew the chutes for a safe recovery. The RRC2 reported apogee at 531 feet. Then after a long prep I flew the big Iris on a full L 75mm L1120-W for a very nice flight. The Missile Works RRC2 reported 3672 feet, and the AltAcc recorded 3786 feet. Dual deployment worked as planned. My next launch was the Arcas on a G38-7FJ for a nice flight. Then I flew the Wart-Hog on another G38-7FJ. Next was the Sandhawk on a J275-W for a nice flight, and the RRC2 reported 2074 feet. My last flight of the day was the Hi-Tech on the H123-W that didn't light in the Thunder -N- Lightning. It had an excellent flight to 3033 feet. Overall an excellent day, and one of the kids found my 54/852 casing I lost at last months launch.

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