Launch Report

August 22, 1998
Billings, MT

Temp: 70 to 85
Wind: 5-10 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Estes Fat BoyF39-9T(6)
Estes Silver CometG75-6J
Aerotech ArcasH180-10W
Estes Terrier/SandhawkD12-3
Estes Alpha IIIB6-4
PML Sudden RushJ350-W
Estes Big BerthaB6-4
LOC Hi-Tech H45H123-W
Big Bertha 3 (Astron Ranger)A8-3
Estes Silver CometG75-10J

Nice weather, a little breezy at times. First launch was the Fat Boy. It had a fair flight, headed to the southwest. I never saw it again, never saw the chute deploy - lost along with a 24/40 casing. Next launch was the Silver Comet on a G75-6J, nice flight, but the delay seems a little short. I flew the Arcas on a H180-10W after I couldn't get the Estes D motor to light in the Terrier/Sandhawk. The Arcas had a perfect flight, but the chute tangled on the way down. Only had cosmetic damage. Then came the Terrier/Sandhawk on a D12-3 for a nominal flight after I finally got it to ignite using a Firestar. Then came the Alpha III on a C6-5. Next was my big launch for the day, the Sudden Rush on a J350-W. A perfect flight and two-stage deployment. The IA-X96 reported 5288 feet (4417 feet barometric). Next up was the Big Bertha on a B6-4. The Hi-Tech flew on its first flight with the AltAcc used for apogee deployment of the parachute. It worked perfectly, with the AltAcc reporting 3162 feet. I flew the Big Bertha 3 on a A8-3 cluster, and all three motors lit. Final flight was the Silver Comet again, this time on a G75-10J, and this was a perfect delay.

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