2017 IMPULSE TRACKER: 25478.1250 NSecoptimal
CERTIFICATIONS: Level 1: 3, Level 2: 3
February 4 – Sport Launch, Federal Rd. field (Carter de Werd)
My fingers have finally thawed out enough to type up the flight report for the WSR launch on Saturday, February 4th. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the field it was cold out there. And if you weren’t there, you weren’t the only ones not to make it to the launch, the predicted clear skies and low winds didn’t make it out to the field either.
Despite the bracing weather we had 29 launches from 8 intrepid rocketeers. Leading the pack was the indefatigable Mike Rhode with 8 launches. In a three way tie for a distant second place were Cater de Werd, Tim Mauk and Jay Berry with 4 each. Lee Berry and Justin Bray launched three each. Bringing up the rear were Randy Boadway with 2 launches, and Logan Hermann and Joe Hermann with one launch each.
Despite the challenging weather we had some very interesting launches. Lee Berry started off the launch with the WSR rocket on a D12-3.
Jay Berry launched his G helicopter rocket on a G38-7. Randy (eating crow) Boadway insisted that it would shred on the way up, but the rocket held together and stayed aloft for over 90 seconds. I don’t say this often, but good job Jay.
Joe Hermann’s single launch was a very special one; he certified L1 high power. Joe launched a WAC Corporal on an H195T and used a chute release. It was a very nice flight. Congratulations Joe!
Tim Mauk had several nice flights. He launched his Little Joe II on an F44-4. The rocket ripped off the pad for an exhilarating flight. The Little Joe II has a lot of little fiddly bits hanging off of it and Tim found only one small part missing after recovery. Good job building Tim! But Tim had a second great launch that day. He put up his LOC EZI-65 rocket on an I65. The motor burned for about 9 seconds and was a very impressive thing to watch. Great job Tim.
Justin Bray had a challenging day. His X-wing rocket (four A10P motors in the pods and a central D12-5) suffered a Cato on the D12. Sadly, Justin’s difficulties didn’t end there. Justin attempted to certify L2 on an R3 with a J420R. The rocket lifted off on a beautiful red flame, but failed to deploy the parachute properly and damaged a fin on landing which resulted in a failed L2 attempt.
Randy Boadway successfully tested a Semroc prototype on several 13mm A motors.
Logan Hermann put up his Logan’s Sky Hook on a B6-4 for his lone flight of the day.
And finally, Carter de Werd went for the SpaceX award with his Sidewinder D. At a previous launch this rocket went unstable, so Carter added some nose weight. Apparently it wasn’t enough. Shortly after leaving the rod the rocket looped several times and then headed toward the ground. About 15 feet from impact it reversed direction and began to head back up. The smoke charge made it look like it was still under power and trying to land upright just like the Falcon 9. The rocket settled gently to the ground just as the nose popped off. OK, more nose weight next time.
We burned 33 motors at the launch. Here is the breakdown:
CERTIFICATIONS: Joe Hermann (L1)
March 19 (Sun) – Sport Launch, Rip Rap Rd. field
March 20 (Mon) – Springboro HS STEM Fest
April 1 (Sat) – Rocket into Spring at Armstrong Air and Space Museum (Lee Berry)
We had a COLD day today. Overcast, a small breeze, causing a wind chill of 36 degrees. But we still got in 74 flights. We even had 12 new first time flyers with the build session. The sun did come out about 3:00pm to warm things up a little. Justin put in a total of 13 flights. Justin was even brave enough to launch a 2 stage rocket, not once, but twice and recovered all parts both times. Lee had also 13 flights for the day. Jay launched 9 rockets. He launched his Gyroc, Mini Mars Lander and Mini Orbital Transport. Gary and Emmett Beaver had a combined flights of 7. Colin enjoyed the afternoon. He did get in 6 flights. Carter also launched 6 rockets. He launched his “E.D.” rocket twice. The first flight ended up in a tree. Justin (we called him Justin 2) came and launched his “Executioner” twice on the D12-3. Both flights recovered in the field. One of his rockets was not able to return to us. Tom got in 3 flights for the day. After the launch, we were talking to museum and they said that they had 350 people go through the museum today. Overall we had a great day. Thanks to every that helped today at the launch…. Lee Berry….. President…..WSR703….
April 8 (Sat) – Sport Launch, Federal Field (Phil Queen)
As Lee said, if you weren’t there, you missed a great day for flying. We had 2 first time fliers in the 24 people who did show up to fly. There were 69 flights using 71 motors, one flight being a three motor cluster. We also had 4 successful High Power Certification Flights. T.J. Vieira and Rob Burghardt both got their Level 1 Certifications. Mark Van Luvender and Phil Queen both has successful Level 2 Certification flights.
CERTIFICATIONS: Phil Queen (L2), Mark Van Luvender (L2), Rob Burghardt (L1), T.J. Vieira (L1)
April 22 (Sat) – Wayne Trace District Camporee Space Exploration Merit Badge (Dave Combs)
Seven Boy Scouts from various Troops built and launched SEMROC My Boids at the small field at the Darke County Fish and Game club. They all did very well in building the rockets and operating the range equipment; they made my job easy. 15 flights, no losses, and one Scout turned in his completed Merit Badge workbook to finish the badge.
May 13 (Sat) – Sport Launch, Lowry Rd. field (LB)
WOW! WHAT A DAY!!!! Clear skies and hardly any wind!!!!
We got to use a brand new location for our launch today. A field that was 1/2 mile by 1/2 mile. We did not have a waiver, so we were limited to a “G” motor. Thanks to Preston Mote for the use of the field. We had 17 flyers, 97 flights and using 110 motors. Below is the list of flyers with their flight totals.
1) Lee B.- Started the day off with the WSR703 rocket on a D12-3. Also flew his 2 stage Rookie for a good flight. Then Quadzilla for a total of 3 flights.
2) Chuck J.- 1 flight with his Thunderstrike on a D12-7 for a perfect flight.
3) Jay B. – 7 total flights including his MOAB for 2 flights, Space Shuttle on a B6-2 for interesting flight with the glider landing inside of a car. His Large Sidewinder with a G76G made great flight and landed right behind us. Jay gets the award for having to walk the farthest. His 2 stage rocket drifted over St Rt 571.
4) Emmett B.- Had a total of 6 flights, his “Dare to Be Square” on a B, C and then a D motor. Also flew 2 of his Crayon rockets. Emmett gets the award for closest to pad.
5) Clay B.- Clay had 3 flights on the same rocket “Dare to be Scared” on those special numbered E12’s. After the third flight, the rocket is no longer with us.
6) Joe H.- Joe was the “G” motor man today. A total of 12 flights. He flew his Ventis twice on G74’s, his WAC on G77 and a G74 and flew his Panavia twice with the Estes F15. Congratulations on the most flight for the day!!!!!!!!!
7) Antoine- Thanks for flying with us for the first time. With a total of 6 fights, Antoine started slow with his Baby Bertha and Astra III on “B”motors. After getting braver and braver on each flight, he decided to try the larger “C” motors. Congratulations on some amazing flights.
8) Dave C.- Dave flew 6 flights. He flew his Zenith two stage rocket on “B” motors and flew his “Mr. Eggcitement” on E18 and landed way across the field. He brought the rocket back and the EGG was not broken. Way to go DAVE!!!!
9) Justin B.- He had 9 flights. His “Circus Act” ripped off the pad on a G76Green. He flew his 2 stage Navaho for the first time on an A in the first stage to an A on the second stage. Then Lee dared him to use a C in the first stage. Justin prepped the rocket with the C in the first stage and a “A” motor in the top. Off the pad it went, while everyone was watching the first stage hit his car, nobody was watching the second stage and we LOST the rocket. SORRY DUDE!!!
10) Carter d.- Carter came in second place for the most flights for the day. He had 11 total flights. His V2 on an E18 decided to come apart right after motor ignition. Maybe he can repair it? The Phoenix flew on a D12-3 for interesting flight and his Sidewinder on a D12-5. The Sidewinder decided to Lawn Dart but we think with a little tape and glue, it might fly again.
11) Steve B.- Thanks for coming to our launch all the way from Kentucky. He gets the award for traveling the most miles. He flew 5 flights. His most unbelievable flight was his 8 motor cluster with a flash pan. 1 central D motor and 7 C motors. Sweet Flight. Also flew his LOC Something on a cluster of 2 D12-5. He scared us all with his Crazy Frog rocket. The delay was JUST a little TOO long but right before hitting the ground, the chute deployed and saved the rocket.
12) Mark M.- Mark flew 5 flights. He was using a computer in his rockets and can’t wait until he downloads to give us the data that he received.
13) Gary B.- He managed to get 1 flight in on his Scoin on a F27 Redline.
14) Nate J.- Nate got in 3 flights. Hope you had fun today launching with us!!!!!
15) Justin 2- He had a total of 10 flights. His Weasel flew on a F27 Redline. I tried to get him to launch the rocket on a G motor. Maybe the next launch he might launch on a bigger motor.
16) Mark V.- With a total of 6 flights, I liked his flight of the ARV Condor with 2 gliders.
17) Mike R. – Mike was just passing thru, but got 3 flights in the air. His first flight was a Blue Jay glider or should we say a “B” motor?
Had a great day with very little wind and blue skies. We managed to get a lot of flights in the air. Our next launch will be our contest on May 20 and 21. The land owner of Lowry Road Field has given us permission to launch on his field next weekend. Should be another great weekend.
July 8 (Fri) – WVSOAR Launch (LB)
Had a Great time at WVSOAR today. Congratulations to Rob on his successful Level 2 flight. His 3″ bird went up on a J425R to 4300′ and landed only 50 feet from the pad. NICE JOB!! Colin flew his 4″ bird on an I366R. Main chute did not deploy but rocket landed ok with just the drogue chute. I launched my SA-14 on a F25 but the shock cord broke. Then I launched my AAMRAM on a I180W and the chute did not come out of the tube. No damage to both rockets and both will fly another day. Joe H flew all kinds of rockets. You will have to ask him how many steps he took today! All of his rockets ended up in the next field over. Phil Q was the man of the day! He first flew his SLS Mars Snooper on a H128W. That is correct, A H128W! Then he topped that flight with his 4″ Goblin with a H178DM “Sparky” motor. After ripping off the pad with sparks flying everywhere, the chute release deployed the chute and the rocket landed in the field. Thanks to Joe and Phil for going with me…………..
CERTIFICATIONS: Rob Burghardt (L2)
July 15 (Sat) – NMUSAF Newton in Space (PQ)
A huge congratulations and thanks to all the WSR team members who assisted with the build of ALL 500 rockets, the launch crew who kept the lines short and moving, and the guys who manned the display inside the museum entrance. There were 294 Astra III flights (265 first-time rocketeers), and club members flew 29 sport flights for a total of 323 launches in a span of just 5 1/2 hours!
2016 YEAR-END IMPULSE TRACKER: 71058.750 NSecoptimal