||12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents||Estes C6-5||Good warmup flight -- the old reliable lived up to its reputation, landing back just a dozen or so yards from where I was prepping.|
||18" nylon X-form (surplus)||Estes D12-5||The Maniac flew as well as it ever had -- straight boost and coast and good ejection. One panel of the x-form parachute folded in under the others, but the descent rate was still acceptable, and the rocket landed without damage -- and promptly disappeared in the tall grass. It took about five minutes and the help of another person to locate it.|
||24" nylon parasheet||Aerotech H128-7W (RMS 29/180)||Yes, you read it right -- an H motor on the first flight in a new rocket.
This was my NAR Level 1 HPR confirmation flight, part of a set of five
such flights on the same rack by members of SeaNAR, Section #568 of the
NAR. My flight was a little awkward due to thrust vectoring caused
by my motor retention system (though I won't have that problem again --
the motor's exhaust handily removed the obstruction and left a smooth exit
port), but stabilized while still on boost, ejected nominally (despite
a now angled trajectory) and landed without damage. The Section went
five launches, five confirmations (plus another member confirmed Level
2 on an individual effort), giving our nine-member section currently six
L1 and two L2 certified members.
As the other fliers put it, I now have a license to spend some real money on rocketry!
||24" nylon parasheet||Aerotech G40-4W||Having finished all the paperwork for my Level 1 cert, I wanted to get one more flight in before we ran out of daylight, so I quickly taped the nozzle end of the single-use G motor I brought along to demonstrate reflight capability, and did just that -- with a perfectly nominal flight and recovery.|