Launch Report

July 15, 2000
Billings, MT

Temp: 90
Wind: 5 to 15 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
RocketMotor
Estes AlphaC6-7
Estes AstrocamC6-3
Estes Big BerthaC6-5
Aerotech MustangG33-7J
Rocket R&D 4" SandhawkJ415-W
Estes ManiacD12-5
Nike SmokeK550-W
PML Thunder 'N' LightningI357-T/H123-W
PML Thunder 'N' LightningI357-T/H123-W

Highlights
Joined by several other rocketeers, and a nice spectator crowd. My first launch was the Alpha on a C6-7, followed by the rear-facing Astrocam on a C6-3. Next was the Big Bertha on a C6-5. Then I flew the Mustang on a G33-7J. Next was the Sandhawk on a J415-W for a nice flight, and the RRC2 reported 3430 feet. This was followed by the Maniac on a D12-5. I then flew the Nike Smoke on a K550-W as the earlier breezes had stopped. It had a very nice flight to 4551 feet. Next I tried my second high power two-stage rocket attempt with the Thunder -N- Lightning. The I357-T lit, but the H123-W in the sustainer failed to ignite (the timer never armed). The altimeter blew the chutes for a safe recovery. The RRC2 reported apogee at 1069 feet. My last flight of the day was another high power two-stage rocket attempt with the Thunder -N- Lightning. The I357-T agian lit, but the H123-W in the sustainer failed to ignite. The timer section broke off and was not recovered. The altimeter blew the chutes for a safe recovery. The RRC2 reported apogee at 1069 feet. Oh well, 0 for 3 on the staging attempts.

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