Flight Log for 26 February, 2000, 60 Acres Park, Redmond, WA

High overcast, almost no wind -- flights to over 1000 ft were returned within fifty yards of the pad.
Model Flt 
#
Recovery Type Motor Comments
Micro Maxx UFO
3
Featherweight/saucer
Quest Micro Maxx
This flight was partially to demonstrate this model to a family group engaged in a rocketry science project, and partially just because I like this model.  Performance, as always, could have been measured with a step ladder, and recovery was close, as it would have to be for a model that only rises about 20 feet.
Micro Maxx Spacefighter
1
1/2" x 12" streamer
Quest Micro Maxx
Of the Micro Maxx models I've flown to date, this is (surprisingly, at least to me) the best flier.  Boost was straight and stable, coast was smooth, deployment just after apogee, and recovery completely nominal.  This one will fly again, probably many times.
Micro Maxx Space Shuttle
1
1/2" x 12" streamer
Quest Micro Maxx
I was pleasantly surprised by this model as well -- despite the assymmetric layout of the Shuttle's broad wing, the open drag brake and deflected elevons, combined with the nose cone filled with epoxy (this is a factory feature, not my modification), compensated pretty well for the off axis mass of the wing.  On launch, the rocket arced "downward" -- that is, nose down pitch rotation -- then, during coast, actually seemed to nose up again, as if gliding aerodynamically, before the ejection deployed the nose and streamer.  There was a small scorched area on the streamer after recovery, but not sufficient to require repair before reflight.
Micro Maxx Raw Fusion
1
1/2" x 12" streamer
Quest Micro Maxx
This rocket was a disappointment.  The design seems good, a simple 3FNC rocket with piston and streamer, very similar in overall layout to the Vector 1 and Saturn V.  Unfortunately, due to an assembly error, the fin and motor unit is canted by at least five degrees, possibly twice that, resulting in a tumble as soon as the rocket clears the launch rod.  While this doesn't occur quickly enough to be hazardous, it leads to a disappointing flight from a model that might reasonably be expected to reach as much as 100 feet even on these tiny motors.


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