BlueSkies 40 Report
April 03, 2010

Launch weather delayed the start to 12:00. Cloudy skies cleared out eventually but the wind was strong all day. Winds gusts kept us on our toes and caused several long treks.
Temperatures started out in the mid 50's but soon climbed into the 70's after the rain left. A group of students came from Cincy to fly several HPR rockets and test fly their class project which deployed a land rover on an Aerotech I600R.

We had 6 fliers with 23 flights and 23 motors burned. The total impulse was 4128 ns.(Cesaroni L1355) .

Motor breakdown:

  • 1/8A - 0
  • 1/4A - 0
  • 1/2A - 0
  • A - 0
  • B - 1
  • C - 1
  • D - 1
  • E - 5
  • F - 3
  • G - 6
  • H - 0
  • I - 6
  • J - 0
  • K - 0
  • L - 0

    Flyers and their Birds.
    Name Flights Comments
    Joe Magginnis 6
    1. Big Betty (E9-4) Nice Flight. Only had to walk half of the field.
    2. Blue Ninja (E9-4)) Nice Flight.
    3. Blue Ninja (E9-4)) Nice Flight.
    4. Blue Ninja (E9-4)) Nice Flight.
    5. Metalizer (B6-4) Nice Flight. Landed close by.
    6. Ranger 24 (D12-7) Nice Flight. Two pieces landed close to each other but a ways away. Sure got lots of walking exercise today.
    Matt Magginnis 5
    1. BatRay (F60-7RR) Nice Flight. Put the model up there really high. Long recovery walk too.
    2. BatRay (F60-7RR) Nice Flight. Put the model up there really high. Long recovery walk too.
    3. Small Endevour (G80-7W) Great Flight.
    4. Small Endevour (G80-10W) Great Flight. Lawn Darted due to engine ejection failure. Need to fill out a mess report and contact Aerotech about the engine failure.
    5. Softball 29 (G71-7R) Great Flight.
    Dennis Stevens 5
    1. Big Daddy (F39-7) Nice Flight. Put the model up there really high. This model can take the abuse.
    2. Eliminator (E9-6) Nice Flight. Put the model up there really high. Long recovery walk too.
    3. Ghost (G33-7) Great Flight.
    4. Mustang (G80-7) Great Flight. The G80 put the model up there quick.
    5. Nike Smoke (G6-5) Great Flight.
    Justin Niehaus 2
    1. Artemis-Silver Arrow (I600R). Great Flight.
    2. Big Mike (I600R) Great Flight.
    Darryl Hankes 2
    1. Lil Dog (I200SK). Great Flight. Lit the sky with sparks. No danger of fire here.
    2. Lance Beta (G118BS) Great Flight. The wind carried the model out of the field and into a tree overhanging the river. Recovery is not possible at this time.
    Brandon Lawless 2
    1. Red Rocket (I600R) Great Flight. Rover landed without damage and model flew to an altitude of 1200 feet. Great Job Guys.
    2. Red Rocket (I600R) Great Flight. The hand rolled carbon fiber body tube exploded into many small pieces along with causing damage to the rover due to an ejecton failure. Lots of work needed to get this project back on track.

    It was a long fun day for all who could make the launch. We had some great flights and some spectactular landings. Hopefully the Cincy group can get their model back together to complete their project.
    We left the launch area at 5:22 pm with a day filled with rocket memories and some new friends.

    Our next Sport launch is scheduled for May 8, 2010 at Sims Farm between 9 - 5 if weather permits and the fields have not been planted. Otherwise the launch will be at ADC Park and the time will be 10 - 5.

    Stay tuned to the Bluegrass Rocketry Society web site for launch schedule updates.

    See you there.

    Joe Magginnis

    END 4/04/2010 END