Saturn Explorer Post 1010
Engineering Exploring Program
Launch - December 10, 2016
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On Saturday, December 10, members from both teams traveled to the Walkersville park launch site for test flights. The day was partly cloudy with wind around 10mph, gusts a little higher. It was very cold, near freezing. We stopped after two disappointing flights.


  • Test with E12-6 Estes black powder motors.
  • Get more data on streamer and parachute sizes.


  • It was very cold and windy, which made the rockets duck into the wind.
  • The E12s did not seem to do well - under powered, and slow to reach speed, giving the wind time to turn the rocket. We need to keep looking.
  • We had some issues with the Estes igniters falling out and not igniting the black powder.
  • The recovery systems worked OK, no eggs broke, and we recovered all rockets.
  Red Rocket  Red Rocket   


Team Rocket Flight Motor Weight Alt Recovery Altitude Time Comment
2661 Pink  (video) 1 E12-6 324g 11 15/1", 4x56" 615ft 36sec OK flight, off to the side
2662 Red  (video) 1 E12-6 340/118g 10 15", 6x60" 550ft 39sec ducked into the wind

Altimeter Data (Excel format)
Altimeter Data Chart


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Updated: December 28, 2016