Launch Report

October 14, 2000
Billings, MT

Temp: 57
Wind: 5 to 8 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Estes ShadowG38-7FJ
Aerotech ArcasG64-7W
Estes Shadow #2G33-7J
Vaughn Bros. Javelin 4.0J275-W
Nike SmokeK550-W
Estes Alien Space ProbeD12-3
Rocket R&D 4" SandhawkJ415-W
LOC Hi-Tech H45H112-10J
Estes Alien Space ProbeF24-7W
Estes Alien Space ProbeF24-7W

Joined by several other rocketeers and spectators. My first launch was the Shadow 2 on a G38-7FJ. It was a nice flight, but the delay was too short. Next was the Arcas on a G64-7W. Then I flew the Shadow again, this time on a G33-7J. Next was the Javelin on a J275-W for a nice flight, and the IA-X96 data has not been retrieved yet. This was followed by the Nike Smoke on a K550-W. It had a very nice flight to 4662 feet. Next I launched the Alien Space Probe on its first flight with a D12-3. The chute stuck in the body tube, but there was only minimal damage. This was followed by the Sandhawk on a J415-W. It had a very nice fight to 4110 feet. The Hi-Tech flew on a H112-10J for another nice flight. I tried the Alien Space Probe again, this time on a F24-7W. Unfortunately, it stuck on the launch rod and never left resulting in a static burn. I loaded the Alien Space Probe up again on another F24-7W. This time it flew, but angled off the pad into the wind. The delay ended up being too long, but there was no damage on deployment. All in all a great day.

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