I enjoyed my first outting to a CMASS launch along with my family this past Saturday. It was especially exciting to see the maiden flight of my Falcon Heavy scratch build. It went very well, with everything functioning from the 3 motors, booster separation and fairing separation. Even better was I recovered all 5 falling items We all enjoyed the fantastic flights from all of those who attended, and are hoping to go to another!
I did get a few questions from other members about the build and mechanisms I used for the FH. I have a build thread on TRF (
) which details almost every step along the way. I have to give a lot of credit to the TRF community as most of the thought process was guided by the various posts on there and feedback I received to questions I asked others.
I did get out to fly the FH a couple more times the following day as I wanted to get better pictures and videos. The first attempt that day one of the booster shock cords hung up on the center core release hook and sent it into a spin. There was a little body tube compression that I was able to fix and get a second clean flight in. A few pictures here, and more pictures and videos of these are in another thread (
Shock Cord caught on Center Core release hook
Clean release of boosters
I look forward to continued discussions and meets with the CMASS community!
I too missed the flight of the Falcon Heavy, but I did get to see the Saturn V put in a good show.
It was nice to meet you, I'm glad you enjoyed your first CMASS launch.
Hopefully You will be able to make it to Amesbury for the next launch.