Launch Report

July 17, 1997
Billings, MT

Temp: 70s
Wind: Calm
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Aerotech CheetahE18-7W
Aerotech ArreauxG54-10W
Estes ReliantC6-5
Estes Alpha IIIC6-5
Estes AstrocamC6-3
Estes AstrocamB6-2
Estes Black Brant IID12-7
Big Bertha 3 (Astron Ranger)B6-4 (3)
Aerotech CheetahF37-10W

The maiden voyage of the Cheetah. The Arreaux flew out of sight on the G54, finally spotted it about 200 feet before landing. My first G powered flight! The Dr. Rocket 29/100 casing was ejected and not recovered. Took pictures #5 and #7 of roll #2 with the Astrocam. On the final flight of the day, the Cheetah ejected the nose cone right at motor burn out, and sustained a six inch zipper. The Dr. Rocket 29/60 casing was ejected and not recovered. An expensive day.