Sunday, November 6, 2016
Orlando R.O.C.K. Launch, November 5, 2016
The weather has cooled down but we had wind to 15 mph.
Above, Club President and RSO Brian Coyle and Tom Dennon adjust launch rod angles before launch.
Here's the launch of the new Quest Escort AS-1 with an Estes A8-3. On my first launch of the day I go low to check the winds and drift. This was a normal flight and recovery to about 200 feet.
My Estes Quinstar had an 18mm engine adapter installed for a C6-3.
Altitude was probably around 150'. Fast spin up, slow spin coming down. No damage.
Tom launched his Sputnik, stable with a little veer into the wind.
Next to it is my Estes Patriot launched with an Estes B6-4 to about 300 feet.
A few years back, Ernie Reich picked up a Cox X-15 for a song on Ebay. Today was launch day with an Estes B6-4. I had never seen one of these up close.
I had read these were heavy but it boosted very straight to a respectable 250'. The chute easily ejected and was recovered with no damage.
EDIT: As noticed by Leo Nutz, this is more likely an Estes X-15. They did have a 18mm X-15 plastic model available at one time.
The Odd'l Rockets F-16 prototype was tested again, this time with an older German Quest B6-4.
Very stable with the chute eject at about 300'. The wind carried it south towards the trees. It cleared the branches and after touching down was picked up by Kirby. Kirby is known for his rocket recoveries.
I was glad to get it back, I hate to lose prototypes.
The Red River Rocketry Starliner with an Estes A8-3. Peak altitude was an estimated 150'. Five up, Five down, no damage.