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Launch - March 10, 2018

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On Saturday, March 10, members from both teams traveled to the Great Meadow VA launch site for test flights. The day was clear, with little wind. We completed five test flights. We used the NOVAAR launch rail, straight up. We learned that NOVAAR will have another launch on 4/17/18.

Temperature=50F, Pressure=39.47inHg, Wind=3-6mph, Altitude=580ft


  • Conduct first flight of back up rockets for both teams.
  • Test team 4053 rocket with weight around 515g.
  • Test team 4054 rocket with F39-6 to determine best weight.
  • Possible qualification flights for both teams.


  • Red rocket (4053) flew very nice, but decided to try qualification on 3/11/18.
  • Team 4054 backup rocket landed in a tree, and took a extra effort to bring it down from 40 feet, but it flew nicely.
  • The 4054 rocket tested nicely with the F39-6, but cracked a fin when it landed and could not fly a qualification without repair..
  • The thin chutes on the gold backup rocket were not as effective as the standard weight chutes on the team 4054 rockets..
   Red Rocket   Gold Rocket


Team Rocket Flight Motor Weight Alt Recovery Altitude Time Comment
4053 Red new (video) 1 F39-6 505g 12 24"X 829ft 44sec Nice flight, score 33
4053 Red (video) 2 F39-6 518g 12 24"X 790ft 38sec Nice flight, score 22
4053 Red (video) 3 F39-6 516g 12 24"X 806ft 45sec Nice flight, score14
4054 Gold new (video) 1 F39-6 493g 11 2-15" 815ft 39sec In tree, score 23
4054 Gold (video) 2 F39-6 498g 11 2-15" 819ft 44sec Broke fin, score 23

Altimeter Data (Excel format)
Flight Data Chart Red Rocket

Flight Data Gold Rocket

 Team 4053                                                                               Loading
 Teams    Loading

 Both Rockets Loaded                                                               Team 4054
 Both Rockets Loaded    Everyone

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