Flight Log for 29 January, 2000, 60 Acres Park, Redmond, WA

Overcast, damp, and chilly, but wind only about 2-5 S.  Conditions suitable for Micro Maxx rockets.
Model Flt 
#
Recovery Type Motor Comments
Micro Maxx UFO
1
Featherweight/saucer
Quest Micro Maxx (1/12A-1)
First flight of the new year in this area; two launches earlier this month were rained out.  This was also my first flight of a Micro Maxx rocket or motor (after ignition failures on Christmas Day 1999).  I was surprised by the immediate ignition (now that I had a good battery in the controller) and with the loud sound and relatively long (about 1 second) thrust duration of these tiny motors.  For you old timers who haven't seen these, they're a little smaller than the 8 mm motors that were available for a time (of which I've seen a few), have molded thermoplastic cases, and use an igniter identical to an Estes Solar igniter, but without the pyrogen and mounted in a plastic unit that plugs into the pad -- no clips.  Seems to work well enough, though I'm less impressed with the mounting of the 1/16" rod in the pad.
Like all flying saucers, this one stayed low and slow, and landed back at my feet.
Micro Maxs Saturn V
1
1/2" x 12" reflective mylar streamer
Quest Micro Maxx
This was my first ever Saturn V flight -- even if this Saturn is only about six inches tall.  Unfortunately, although it looks quite good for its size (molding quality is about like you see on HO gauge model trains), this model proved unstable, tumbling as soon as it cleared the rod.  No damage done, but I won't fly this one again.
Micro Maxx Vector 1
1
1/2" x 12" reflective mylar streamer
Quest Micro Maxx
This rocket is a conventional 3FNC design, with an internally captured piston for deployment (similar to that in the Saturn V), but it's minimum diameter and has enough fin area for stability; it's one of two rockets in this line that might actually benefit from a motor delay longer than one second.  Flight was nominal, and of course there wasn't much of a walk.
Micro Maxx UFO
2
Featherweight/saucer
Quest Micro Maxx
Finished off the sub-pack of motors with another saucer flight, pretty much a repeat of the first.  Even if none of the other rockets were any good, I could probably burn all the motors I have (a dozen left, after this flight, of the 16 I originally bought) in this one.


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