Saturn Explorer Post 1010
Engineering Exploring Program
Launch - March 18, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft 

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On Saturday, March 18, members from both teams traveled to the Walkersville park launch site for test flights. We were joined by teams from BCC High School. The day was partially cloudy, about 40F, with light wind. The field was wet with snow. We got off 6 flights with varied results - one qualification flight.


  • Qualify the Red rocket with E20-7 motors around 415g.
  • Qualify the Pink rocket with weights around 315g using E12-6 motors.


  • It is hard to use a cell phone camera in the bright snow.
  • We kept the launch rail straight up.
  • The Pink rocket had igniters replaced several times.
  • The Pink rocket landed hard on the first flight and cracked the body around the fins. We tried to tape it up, but then had a very poor flight. No qualification attempt.
  • The Red rocket had a strange 2nd flight which may have been a launch rail issue. The third flight was better, but got tangled in descent.
  • The final Red rocket flight was for qualification and had a very good score. The team spent time drying the recovery system and used a lot of baby powder.
  • No eggs broken, and we recovered all rockets.
  • We need another launch to complete qualification flights.
 Pink Rocket  Red Rocket  


Team Rocket Flight Motor Weight Alt Recovery Altitude Time Comment
2661 Pink (video) 1 E12-6 323g 11 12", 4x40" 711ft 22sec Low, chute issue, hard landing
2661 Pink (video) 2 E12-6 323g? 11 12", 4x40" 578ft 32sec Off to side, good descent rate
(repaired fin)
2662 Red (video) 1 E20-7W 411g/216g 10 14", 6x60" 792ft 38sec Nice flight
2662 Red (video) 2 E20-7W 417g 10 14", 6x60" 660ft 29sec Way too low
2662 Red (no video) 3 E20-7W 420g 10 14", 6x60" 777ft 27sec Tangled cute/streamer
2662 Red (no video) 4 E20-7W 421g 10 14", 6x60" 782ft 39.65sec Qualification 2, nice flight

Altimeter Data (Excel format)
Altimeter Data Chart Red Rocket

Altimeter Data Chart Pink Rocket


 All Teams                                                                                 Team 2662
 Team 2661 and 2662    Team 2662


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Updated: March 20, 2017