Launch Report

November 28, 1998
Billings, MT

Temp: 45
Wind: 5 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Vaughn Bros. Javelin 4.0I284-W
Estes Bull PupB6-4
Estes Silver CometH97-10J
Rocket R&D 2.6" SandhawkI161-W
Edmonds Deltie Boost Glider1/2A3-2T
Estes Alpha IIIC6-5
Aerotech ArcasG64-7W
Estes Black Brant IID12-5
Edmonds Deltie Boost Glider1/2A3-2T
Aerotech Wart-HogG75-6J
Aerotech ArcasG64-7W
Rocket R&D 2.6" SandhawkI161-W
LOC Hi-Tech H45H123-W

Cool at first, but excellent weather, especially considering it is November. Joined by Paul Mazel (who launched a very interesting 7 'D' motor cluster rocket) and Scott Harrington. First launch was the Javelin 4.0 on a I284-W. A perfect flight, and the two-stage deployment worked as planned. The IA-X96 reported 2132 feet. Next launch was the Bull Pup on a B6-4, nice flight. Then came the Silver Comet on a H97-10J for an excellent flight. The chute deployed, but I lost sight of it on the way down, and I never found it. Next up was the 2.6" Sandhawk with its new payload section on a I161-W. It had a perfect flight, and the two-stage deployment worked on its first test. The AltAcc reported 3062 feet. I flew the Deltie Boost Glider on a 1/2A3-2T. Then I flew the Alpha on a C6-5 for a nice flight. The Arcas went next on a G64-7W, another nice flight. I flew the Black Brant II on a D12-5, but the chute stuck in the tube. It took about an inch core sample, but the only damage was that all the toothpick antennae busted off. I flew the Deltie Boost Glider again on a 1/2A3-2T. I then flew the Wart-Hog on a G75-6J, the flight was nice but it kicked the casing out. So I lost both my 29/180 and my 29/240 motors today. Then the Arcas went again on another G64-7W for another nice flight. Then I prepped the 2.6" Sandhawk and flew it again on a I161-W. It had a perfect flight, and the two-stage deployment worked again. The AltAcc reported 2960 feet. Final flight was the Hi-Tech on a H123-W with the AltAcc used for apogee deployment of the parachute. It worked perfectly, with the AltAcc reporting 3219 feet.

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