January 14th Mill Springs Launch Report

On a most incredibly warm and almost windless January afternoon forty participants and many supporting family members enjoyed a very active event where 108 rockets were launched. Throughout the day there was steady activity that included many first-time flights and first-time flyers. I particularly enjoyed a good number of scale models especially SpaceX Falcon 9 models by David Cain and Jose Morales – and on the same day that a full-scale SpaceX Falcon rocket successfully blasted off from California and successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean. Our slightly less sophisticated versions came down by parachute. Tom Thurmond stuck a perfect landing with his Semroc Mars Lander Phoenix although there was immense drama as the parachute ejection delayed until the last possible split second (see the video below). There were also many other interesting flights such as Roy Green’s Quest DC-X and Steve Bellio’s Pyramid of Ugly, Pyramid of Gloom, and his 9” Pyramid flown with authority on a G75-4M. It was a beautiful day with a large turnout and with plenty of action for all of those who made it out.

Motor Ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 2
  • A – 9
  • B – 44
  • C – 29
  • D – 18
  • E – 12
  • F – 1
  • G – 1

Additional Event Photos

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Kevin Boyd’s Photos From Tifton Turkey Launch

30504521724_af091ec05d_zWhile we’re waiting for a report from this past weekend’s launch in Tifton, enjoy Kevin Boyd’s 470(!) photos from both Saturday and Sunday on Flickr!

And here are some more photos from Freddy Willems.

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Bert Adams Launch Report

bert-adams-launchTwo hundred and five rockets filled the skies at the Bert Adams Scout Reservation November 12th launch event where one hundred and ten participants and their families came out to enjoy a sunny and mild afternoon.  A slow start quickly ramped up to a steady pace of launches where B6-4s and C6-5s ruled the day.  Keith Frazier arrived to provide rocket supplies and refreshments. The spacious field helped ensure recoveries as did the high energy of those doing the retrieving.  Joe Burley’s scratch built and innovative Laughing Cow (spool) saw its first flight on a C6-3 and Chris Frye flew a two-stage Quest UFO to a respectable altitude on a D12-0/C6-0 combination.  Kevin Boyd brought out his Mega Mosquito boosted by a D12-3 and had an atypical CATO with his Solar Warrior with a C11-5.  Ken Frye launched an interesting group of rockets with assorted cargos descending on their own parachutes.  Even Jorge got in on the action with a couple of spools of different configurations and flight characteristics.  A very busy but successful outing that brought a lot of excitement to many families.

Motor Ignition Counts:

  • 1/4A – 2
  • 1/2A – 5
  • A – 44
  • B – 82
  • C – 63
  • D – 9
  • E – 2

Photos provided by Kevin Boyd

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Where Do I Fly My Rocket?

(minor updates, Nov ’14) A dilemma faced by many: “I, or my son or daughter, received a model rocket for Christmas (or birthday, or graduation, or other occasion). Where do we go to launch it?”  So here is a short guide to flying a model rocket in the metro Atlanta area.

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