Launch Report, Bayboro, February 27-28, 2016

North Carolina is currently experiencing an early spring, and we benefitted from this fine weather last weekend for our regular February launch at Bayboro. All the regulars agree that Saturday was the best day ever at the Bayboro site, with more people, more rockets and more action than ever before. High power is alive and well in Eastern North Carolina. Let’s have a look at the motor use summary, and then get down to cases. Continue reading


January 23-24, 2016 Launch CANCELLED due to weather

The current weather forecast for Friday and Saturday in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is not promising, and Sunday is questionable.  The combination of snow and ice in the predictions would make travel from the central part of the state very hazardous for those very few people who would even attempt it.

Everybody can work on rocket projects and get your best rockets polished up for the Astronomy Days event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History on the 30th and 31st.  I’ll see some of you next weekend and the the rest in February.



Launch Report, Bayboro, December 19-20, 2015

Before we get into the weekend of the regular Tripoli East NC December launch at Bayboro, we need to go back two weekends to Saturday, November 28, the weekend after the regular November launch. The back story is that a team of NCSU graduate students, led by Chris Buck, a former president of the NC State High Power Rocketry Club, have been designing and building a pair of “cube-sats” to acquire information in a project they call HATI, or “high altitiude tethered instrumentation.” They wanted to deploy this instrumentation package at about 12,000 feet to kick the package out, and gather data all the way down to the point where each of the 2 would put out a small parachutes and land softly. I conferred with them and Jim Livingston, and we hit upon the plan of flying my Spork on a 4-grain 115mm N motor and completely redesigning the forward parachute compartment to hold and deploy the scientific package, and moving the main parachute and its associated gear to the compartment aft of the electronics compartment, where the apogee deployment gear usually rides. We could not get the project ready in time for the November 21-22 weekend, so I agreed to open the range for a special launch on the next weekend. The NCSU High Power Rocketry club also decided to come along and do a shake-down flight of their sub-scale model for the NASA competition. Continue reading