BlueSkies 41 Report
May 15, 2010

Clear skies, winds from the east and no rain made for a great launch day. The temperatures started out at a plesant (Darryl thought it was cold) low 70's but heated up to a swelting low 90's in the afternoon. Lots of water and shade was the call for the day. The warm and humid weather wore a few of us out.

We had 5 fliers with 34 flights and 40 motors burned. The total impulse was 672.5 ns.(Kodon J450) .

Motor breakdown:

  • 1/8A - 0
  • 1/4A - 8
  • 1/2A - 0
  • A - 9
  • B - 3
  • C - 10
  • D - 4
  • E - 1
  • F - 3
  • G - 2
  • H - 0
  • I - 0
  • J - 0
  • K - 0
  • L - 0

    Flyers and their Birds.
    Name Flights Comments
    Dennis Stevens 10
    1. E/Glider (A3-4T) Short flight with no glide.
    2. E/Glider (A3-4T) Nice Flight.
    3. Rock-it (D12-3) Nice Flight.
    4. Redstone (C6-3) Not enough lift. Crushed forward opening area.
    5. F Super Roc (F29) Nice Flight. CTI motor.
    6. Defender (C6-7) Nice Flight.
    7. Deep Space Transport (C5-3) Nice Flight.
    8. Interceptor II (C6-5) Nice Flight. Landed close by.
    9. Redstone (D10-5W) Great Flight.
    10. Big Daddy (D12-5) Shock Cord broke at elastic part.
    Joe Magginnis 9
    1. Cowabunga (G57-5) CTI 2 grain.
    2. Cowabunga (F59-5) CTI 1 grain.
    3. Snitch (C6-0) Nice Flight.
    4. Tristar (C6-5) Good Flight after fixing tail fin.
    5. Sonic Boom (B6-4) Nice Flight. Great Dark tracking smoke.
    6. Sky Dive (C5-3) Nice Flight.
    7. Dragonite (C6-3) Nice Flight.
    8. Pip Squeak (A6-4) Nice Flight. Landed close by.
    9. Seeker (B6-4) Great Flight.
    Darryl Hankes 5
    1. O-13 (1/4A-3T) Nice Flight. Put the model up there really high. Little rocket hard to see.
    2. M-13 (A3-4T) Nice Flight. Another one put on the moon. Little rocket hrd to see.
    3. D-13 (A10-3T) Great Flight and Height.
    4. OCTO (4x1/4A5-T & A3-4T) Lots of motors to lite.
    5. DarkStar Lite (G75-10M) Great Flight.
    Dylan Hankes 5
    1. Nike K (A10-3T) Nice Flight.
    2. monument (A3-4T) Nice Flight.
    3. Fat Boy Jr. (3x1/4A-3T & A10-3T) Great Flight and Height.
    4. CFX-05A (A10-3T) Nice Flight.
    5. DarkStar Lite (F29) Low Flight. Needed more thrust.
    Joe Simon 5
    1. Ruskie (D24-4) Nice Flight.
    2. Stealth (E15-7W) Chuffed before and during flight. low flight with ejection on the ground.
    3. Rose-a-Rock (B6-4) Blades kept collapsing and model flipped several times during flight.
    4. Elite Egglofter (C6-3) No scrambled eggs today.
    5. Daddy Long Legs (C6-5) Great Flight. Broke fin on landing.

    It was a long fun day for all who could make the launch. We had some great flights and some spectactular landings. Only a few models were damaged but all could be repaired. But most amazing fact is that no one lost a thing. We almost lost a motor casing but Darryl's keen eye spotted it and saved the day.
    After swapping spit and polish, we left the launch area around 4:45 pm with a day filled with rocket memories and tired rocketeers.

    Our next launch is a regional competition scheduled for June 5-6, 2010 at ADC Park between 10 - 5 each day. Sport launch also.

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

    See you there.

    Joe Magginnis

    END 5/16/2010 END