Back Yard Launch, July 31, 2014
Back Yard Launch
July 31, 2014

I was getting desperate to launch some rockets... if you look back through my launch reports, you'll see why. It's been a while. So when I got home from work today and the conditions were perfect, I just had to head out to the back yard and launch a few.

A barely perceptible south wind greeted me there. The sun was getting low in the sky, but I had prepped my rockets fully before starting out to avoid any delays.

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Cobalt launch and return

I started with my modified Mini Max, but it wouldn't ignite. So I pulled it and put my Quest Cobalt 13mm on in its place, with an A10-3T. It lit up and flew beautifully, arcing very slightly to the north, and recovered fine.


Mini Max Modified launching

I pulled and reinserted the igniter in the modified Mini Max, and this time it took off fine on a 1/2A3-4T. Like the Cobalt, it arced slightly to the north but recovered just fine. I noted a fresh "Estes dent" in the nose cone, but no damage to the end of the body tube. I also noticed the body tube just above the engine mount seemed slightly bulged... I may have to retire this one.


Lo Flier launch and recovery

Next up was my Lo Flier on a 1/2A3-4T. This one flew the best, and arced more than the previous two, though it still stayed within my yard. I noticed a small amount of damage to the tip of one fin, but nothing that would prevent me from flying it again.


Mini Max launch and return

Last up was my Mini Max on an A10-3T. I tilted the pad very slightly south, and the rocket arced very slightly south. Still, it recovered within the yard with no noticeable damage.


Full Rack

I packed everything up to haul it back to the garage, and Tracy took this cool picture. It was a brief launch of low flying rockets, but it was just what I needed to get free of my rocketry funk.

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