Friday, December 21, 2012
Launch! Soccer Field December 20, 2012
First up, the Quest ES-1 ESCORT with a Quest A6-4.
Arrow straight vertical boost to an estimated 250' with no roll.
At ejection, the chute was out but didn't open up. (I did air it out before launch.)
One rudder fin broken off on landing, clean break at the root edge, an easy repair.
1" taller than the Quest Cobalt, it was launched with another loud A6-4 engine.
Quest says it'll go 300' on their A6.
The extra inch of body tube lets you pack a small party balloon parachute.
Stable with a slight veer to the North West.
No damage after recovery under a full 12" parachute.
In this B6-4 field, this is a new favorite -
Custom Rockets NOMAD launched with an Estes B6-4.
Very stable with full 12" black garbage bag recovery.
325' estimated altitude.
This model launches like a Big Bertha. A little slower and easy to follow from ignition to landing.
This time the 14" Quest parachute easily opened.
On a side note, I caught this one, I try to catch them all if I can.
After I had the rocket, I went after the four pieces of crepe paper wadding.
All four were wadding pieces were caught after I saw they weren't smoldering.
If somebody were videotaping it, the tape would have ended up on YouTube.
I probably looked like an idiot. Or, a bad juggler.
The Centuri SATELLITE 62 SL with an Estes 1/2A3-4t.
Not stable! I could watch the flight path this time and it spiraled off to the west.
Maybe those antenna legs should have remained at 8" long, like in the initial kit release.
A loud ejection POP and no damage on recovery.