July 17, 2021, Launch in Acton; A Good Day to Fly!
- Published: Monday, 19 July 2021 20:22
- Written by Claude Maina
The cricketeers are nothing if not persistent. On second thought, they're also annoying! In what appears to now be our normal start of an Acton launch, we had to first clear the field of cricketeers. (I wonder if there is a local pest control service that CMASS can hire to take care of this for us!). Because of the 'iffy' forecast, only 6 pads were set up in the case of a quick take down. Fortunately, the day turned out to be great - clouds in the morning with sun in the afternoon and virtually no wind. It was a great day to launch! At peak, I estimated about 70 to 80 attendees. Esther's Engines and FlisKits were there, which made it even nicer. We had 218 flights (a lot for Acton) with motors ranging from MicroMax to several G motors. There were a few rockets that landed off the field but none in the trees and we had one CATO.
Curtis was there with his Deuce's Wild (did I really need to say that!). One was a 3D-printed version flown on 2 B6-4's. And check out his article in the latest Sport Rocketry. Quite a number of FlisKits were flown that day. Besides Curtis's Deuces Wild, there was at least one other Deuces Wild, 3 ACME Spitfires, 1 Tres, 1 Drake, and a number of other FlisKits. A few Mean Machines were also flown, including Harry Woodell's Micro Mean Machine. Two of the more prettier rockets (IMHO) were Lorena Jones' Interceptor and a really nice Odyssey (Todd Lainhart). Guy launched his usual spools, and a 'real rocket' - a Wild Child; and he didn't even have to walk far to retrieve it! Jim Salem launched his Blue Dream twice - each time being brought to the launch pad and retrieved by a remote-controlled vehicle - neat!! Jimi Two Feathers launched a FlisKits Rhino on an E20-7W; and the only reason he got it back was that it separated at ejection and the rocket landed on the field. The nose cone with parachute actually landed in my backyard yesterday! I'll bring it to the next launch! But the rocket of the day definitely goes to Christine Zacharer for her 3D-printed, original design, modular - "I Wanted to Be a Saturn V So Mom Made Me This Costume". It was its maiden flight and flew great on a G80, with Chute Release. It's a really neat design and a really pretty rocket! It just needs a better name! Pictures are in the Gallery. Please post yours.
Thanks to everyone who attended for abiding by the Covid guidelines. Thanks again to Kenn and Guy for manning the launch controls; to Matt, Linda and Christine for helping with food, those that helped out at LCO and RSO and to everyone else that help set up and take down.
Our next launch is Aug 14th in Acton.