Moon Farside Explorer Post 1010
Lockheed Martin Exploring Program
Launch - October 19, 2013
LADEE Spacecraft

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On Saturday, October 19, twelve members from all four teams traveled to the Maryland launch site to practice launches. It was a cloudy day, about 60f, and wind below 8mph. We used the 6ft and 7ft launch rails to speed up the launches. We did not try to compensate for the wind.

We completed five launches during the 2 hour launch window. We had to wait for the kids soccer teams to complete their games. We recovered all the rockets.


  • Try several different ways to deploy two parachutes.
    • Cargo unit separates chutes
    • One chute on cargo, other one on booster
    • Rear ejection
  • Get data on E and F motors (E20, F24, F39, F32)
  • Help the new members develop their skills in launching and recovery of model rockets
 Yellow Rocket  Orange Rocket  Orange Rocket  Gold Rocket
  (no picture of the Purple rocket)
Connecting  Connecting


  • All the launches were relatively straight, all rockets were recovered, no eggs were broken, all ejections worked as planned, and the teams worked well together. Good job.
  • We tried three chute configurations. Some were successful, and some had problems. This is the major engineering question in this year's challenge. It is clear we need at least 15inch chutes.
  • All the motors seemed to work OK, even the ones that were assembled in 2009 and 2010. The ratios of power to weight will require more work, but all the altitudes were over the 825ft target.
  • We had several failures of igniters. We need to put stoppers in the nozzle to increase the ignition rates.
  • We had one failure of an altimeter. It might have been blocked by egg padding. We need another test to determine if the altimeter is bad. We will order more altimeters as soon as we are registered.
  • The videos could have been better. Anyone want to take this on as a project?


Rocket Engine Rail Cargo Recovery Weight Results Comments
Red flight 1
Team 4
E20-7W 6ft 0d 2 eggs,
altimeter 3
2-15" Round 346g 863ft, 39ec video, Flew straight, chutes were tangled
Yellow flight 1
Team 3
F32-6T 7ft 0d 2 eggs,
altimeter 1
2-15" Round 554g 920ft, 48sec video, Flew straight, igniter issues, good deploy
Purple flight 1
Team 2
F24-4W 6ft 0d 2 eggs,
altimeter F
2-15" Round 440g 881ft, 53sec video, Flew straight, igniter issues, good deploy
Gold flight 1
Team 1
F32-6T 7ft 0d 2 eggs,
no data
2-12" Round 502g 980ft, 44ec video, Flew straight, igniter issues, altimeter failed
Orange flight 1
Team 4
F39-6T 6ft 0d 2 eggs,
altimeter J
2-15" Round, 2" spills 452g 900ft, 48sec video, Flew straight, one chute deployed late

Altimeter Data (new electronics) (Excel format)
Altimeter Data Chart

Altimeter Data (old electronics) (Excel format)
Altimeter Data Chart


Team 1                                                                                      Team 2
Team 1     Team 2

Team 3                                                                                      Team 4
Team 3     Team 4

Copyright 2013 Explorer Post 1010
Updated: October 22, 2013