Launch Report

March 16, 2002
Billings, MT

Temp: Upper 30s.
Wind: 10 to 15 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Modified Estes Super Big BerthaG40-7W
Aerotech ArreauxG40-7W
Modified Estes Super Big BerthaH73-6J
Vaughn Bros. Javelin 4.0J315-R

Small crowd for the first BSRA launch of the year. The wind got worse and it became colder throughout the day. My first launch was the Super Big Bertha on a G40-W. It was a nice flight, and the upper level winds were much less than at ground level. Next was the Arreaux on another G40-W. Then I flew the Super Big Bertha again, this time on a H73-6J. It had a nice flight and landed about 10 yards away. Then I flew the Javelin on a J315-R for a nice flight. The dual deployment worked as planned. The IA-X96 reported 3,149 feet. Between the cold and the wind I called it a day.

Launch photos by John Holderith.

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