Saturn Explorer Post 1010
Engineering Exploring Program
Launch - January 21, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft 

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On Saturday, January 21, members from both teams traveled to the Walkersville park launch site for test flights. The day was foggy, ceiling around 400ft, but little wind. We got off 5 flights. It was wet and we could not see deployment. Also flew some drones.


  • Test a weighted down Red rocket with E20 motors.
  • Test both rockets with 12inch cargo chutes.
  • Test the Pink rocket with different weights around 310g using the E12-6 motors.


  • May want to try videoing a deployment from a drone.
  • The Red rocket went way to low, because some how we weighed it down to 480 grams. It should have been around 380 grams. It still flew relatively straight.
  • The ignition sputtered in the Red rocket E20, especially the first flight. May have lost some power. We need to be sure the igniter is in clean with a wad of tape to keep it in and build pressure.
  • The E12s seemed OK for the Pink rocket, but the rocket still did not go as straight as we would like. The motor mount and thrust ring holder seemed loose.
  • The Pink rocket had its streamer 20% rip off again. We need to tape the edges of the Mylar streamers.
  • The 12 inch chutes seemed to give a reasonable descent. Maybe loose more weight in the cargo unit and add weight to the booster. Maybe another coat of paint to the booster.
  • No eggs broke, and we recovered all rockets.
  Pink Rocket  Red Rocket 


Team Rocket Flight Motor Weight Alt Recovery Altitude Time Comment
2661 Pink (video) 1 E12-6 300g 11 12", 4x56" 811ft 50sec Off to the right
2661 Pink (video) 2 E12-6 331g 11 12", 4x56" 704ft 38sec Off to the left
2661 Pink (video) 3 E12-6 319g 11 12", 4x56" 789ft 40sec Straighter flight, streamer ripped
2662 Red (video) 1 E20-7W 484/300g 10 12", 6x60" 534ft 24sec Too low, ignition issue
2662 Red (video) 2 E20-7W 484g 10 12", 6x60" 571ft 26sec Too low, ignition issue

Altimeter Data (Excel format)
Altimeter Data Chart


 Team 2661                                                                                Team 2662
 Team 2661    Team 2662

 Preparing                                                                                 Loading
 Preparing    Loading Rocket

 Launch Field                                                                            Drones
 Launch Field in Walkersville    Drones Flying

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Updated: January 29, 2017