The Gang that Couldn't Launch Straight headed west this past Tuesday in search of cricketeers. Finding none, they launched some rockets instead - 20 flights in all. The weather was sunny, temps in the 70's with slight wind blowing toward School Street. We set up one launch pad for an LPR day, motors ranging from 13 mm A to an Aerotech E20, with one cluster (Tres) and one two stage (Centaur). Ron Q served as LCO, RSO, announcer and all around good guy. Only one maiden flight, a Semroc Andromeda on a Quest C12-4. It was a great flight, but the chute did not open, resulting in popped fin on landing. We also had one core sample when the Centaur separated at ejection. Fortunately there was no damage. Scott was in an adventurous mood trying to push the limits of the field, flying several C6 motors with smaller rockets and indeed punctured the 1000 ft ceiling, with a scratch-built rocket launched on a C6-7 that hit 1173 ft. More impressive, it landed safely on the field. Pictures are in the Gallery appended to the Bandit Launch folder.
- Written by Claude Maina