2022 Launch Schedule for Bayboro, NC

The Calendar function on this webpage is not working until some updates are completed. The last launch of 2021 is:

Dec. 18th/19th

The Bayboro schedule for 2022 is as follows:

Jan. 22nd/23rd

Feb. 26th/27th

March 26th/27th

April 9th/10th and 23rd/24th

Sept. 24th/25th

Oct. 15th/16th and 29th/30th

Nov. 19th/20th

Dec. 17th/18th

Launches start at 10AM. Arriving earlier and helping with equipment setup is always appreciated.

Joe Hill
Prefect, Tripoli East NC

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Launch Report, Bayboro, December 18-19, 2021

The weather this weekend was decent at best, but anyone who attended the launch on Saturday made the most of it. There was an almost predictable pattern of cloud cover and sunshine, with winds often gusting as high as 20mph; the threshold of surface wind speed that is allowed before not allowing rockets to fly. Sunday offered a full 100% chance of rain, so we didn’t even bother and no rockets were flown. Here is the motor table summary for Saturday’s launch.

E 1
Saturday 12/18/21 Motor Usage

Certifications are always the most exciting part of any launch we host, and we had three successful attempts on Saturday. Jack Sommer was the first to go, and he was looking for a Level 1 certification with TRA. Jack brought along a 4″ diameter Loc IV rocket and chose an Aerotech 38mm H-219T motor for power. Jack’s flight was textbook and he achieved exactly what he was after. Caitlin Bunce was the second to go, and she was after a Level 2 certification with NAR. Caitlin’s rocket Nebula 3.0 was equipped with an Aerotech 38mm J-500G. After a quick boost, Caitlin’s rocket deployed its chute right on time and she is now successfully certified L2. This rocket also served as a UNCC test vehicle for another flight later in the day on the same motor. The third and final certification flight was attempted by a Bayboro regular, Tom Keith, who has been flying with us for some time now. He brought along his rocket Force Majeure, which literally translates from French to ‘Superior Force’. Tom chose an Aerotech 54mm J-540R for impulse. His rocket had dual Altus Metrum Easy Mini altimeters which did their job perfectly. Tom’s flight was nice and high and he also left the field successfully certified Level 2 with NAR. Excellent job, and congratulations to Jack, Caitlin and Tom!!! Well done.

A few of the hardcore regulars were on site, especially in the research department. Kurt Hesse flew his Shiny Diner on a three grain, 38mm motor that had CP4 propellant mixed up in it. CP4 stands for ‘copper propellant, 4% aluminum’, and it gives off a nice blue flame with light white smoke. I’m going to guess and say that this was designated something like a H-250 or so. Jim Livingston flew a rocket we’ve been seeing a lot of lately, LZ, on a homebrew I-427 filled with his Aerotech White Lightning clone that he calls Livingston White. Jim also flew his Sea Hawk on a four grain, 76mm L-1200 that had the same Livingston White propellant in it. Joe Hill brought out his 6″ diameter half scale replica of the U.S. Army’s Little John missile and flew it with an Aerotech 75mm M-1780NT for a nominal flight. Brent Bierstedt put his 4″ Mega Der Red Max on a Loki J-396 Spitfire, which was nice and noisy. Dennis Hill joined us with his SP-3 rocket and flew it on an Aerotech H-135W. SP-3 stands for ‘Spare Parts 3’, because he doesn’t let perfectly good rocketry parts that are laying around go to waste! NC A&T made the trip down and put up their project, Aggie Comet on the potent bite of an Aerotech 75mm L-2200G. John Allman, Allen Harrel, Daniel Knowler and Ralph Malone also joined us and kept the pads busy. 

Dave Morey came down to Bayboro and flew a few projects. The first of which was his Upscale Arreaux on an Aerotech 54mm J-415W; my favorite commercial J motor of all time. He also brought out his complex Cluster 10 which houses ten motors! This particular flight had six Aerotech F motors (2xF-62FJs, 2xF-51Ts, 2xF-39Ts), two Estes F-15s, and two Estes C6s. The total impulse of this flight yielded 424.82Ns, so it’ll go in the ‘I’ category in the motor table. Dave also flew his ‘Defender’ on a cluster of three C6-5s. 

Although we only got one day of flying this weekend, I still enjoyed my time and I hope everyone who attended enjoyed it as well. We’ll be back on the weekend of January 22nd, so join us if you can! 

Joe Hill

Prefect, Tripoli East NC

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Launch Report, Bayboro, November 20-21, 2021

The weather this weekend was once again exceptional for rocketry, giving us very little cloud coverage and moderate temperatures. Saturday started off a little chilly and windy, but the temperature got to a very comfortable 65 degrees around noon. Sunday was a little warmer, but with virtually no winds. Here is the motor table summary for this weekend’s activities.

Motor Saturday Sunday Total
A   2 2
B   1 1
C   5 5
D 1 5 6
E 1 1 2
F 1 1 2
G 2   2
H 3   3
I 5 2 2
J 7   7
K 3 3 6
L 2 3 5
Total 25 23 48

As always, successful certifications are the most important part of any launch. David Vestal joined us again and this time he brought along a 4″ diameter, scratch built rocket that he called Untitled Spacecraft.ork (I have a sneaking suspicion that this is the name of the Open Rocket simulation file for this rocket). David chose the classic Aerotech J-350W for power and had an Altus Metrum Easymini riding along for a textbook dual deploy flight. Congratulations to David on a successful Level 2!!

We had three schools out this weekend – NC State, NC A&T and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The NCSSM have been working about as hard as I’ve even seen on their rocket B.R.R.D.S. (Best Rocketry Research Determination System), and they finally got a chance to launch, two years after they started building this project (due to the pandemic). The whole goal of this rocket was to go supersonic, 10,000ft +, gather data off of air-pressure sensors that were installed in the nose cone, and get a 360 degree panoramic video. Not long after they showed up on site, they were ready for launch. This was a 3″ diameter thin-walled fiberglass rocket with in-house made carbon fins. They chose an Aerotech L-1000W for power which gave them a 23:1 thrust to weight ratio. The lift-off was almost explosive, and you could tell how excited the students and their parents were by the eruption of cheers and applause. B.R.R.D.S. reached a max altitude of 11,973ft AGL at a top velocity of 997mph or Mach 1.3, with a max acceleration of 26Gs, coming back completely unscathed. Unfortunately, the cameras shut off upon ignition. But, they met most of their goals and deserve some serious credit.

NC A&T came down to launch their rocket AR on an Aerotech H-180W, carrying an Altus Metrum Telemetrum altimeter which gathered some telemetry and took care of the deployment events. Their flight was perfect and I’m sure we’ll be seeing them fly that rocket again soon. NC State’s High Powered Rocketry Club flew two rockets this weekend – the first was a rocket they call That’s Hot, loaded with an Aerotech I-435T. If I remember correctly, they had installed an air-break system with cameras mounted near the brakes so they could have physical video proving whether or not the air brakes worked. Their second flight was with a rocket called Tragedy which flew on an Aerotech K-805G. This rocket was loaded with two cameras, a visual inertial data collection system and a weight simulator. Both of NC State’s flights were perfect, which isn’t surprising. All around, it was a great weekend for rocketry in academia, both from a secondary and collegiate standpoint.

We had our typical hardcore regulars on site this weekend, all of whom got to fly one rocket, if not more. Brent Bierstedt has been patiently awaiting the proper conditions to clear out his sparky motor inventory and had two perfect flights on Saturday. The first was a Loki J-396SF in his Patriot, and the second was a AMW K-1075SM in his Bullpup – both of which were beautifully finished military scale models. Matt Willis put up two projects successfully; his Punisher on a Aerotech J-540R and his Wild Child on an Aerotech H-165R. Robbie Kirk brought out his family and they launched a few rockets together as a unit. Alan Whitmore brought out his Astro Mollusk 7 and put that up on a research six grain I motor, stuffed with Thing propellant. Paul Kramer had a couple outstanding launches on Saturday – the first was his Energizer II on a cluster of 3xI-211s, 2xI-284s, and 2 J-350s, all Aerotech White Lightning motors. These seven motors were all ground started and put out a magnificent orange flame with some seriously dense white smoke. Paul’s second flight was with his HV Arcas on an Aerotech J-800T. Mike Nay flew one of his usual two stage rockets with an Aerotech I-500T in the booster and a CTI J-140WT in the sustainer. Ralph Reda, Allan Rose, Mark Peot and Ralph Malone all had successful flights as well.

Sunday dawned beautifully and gave us a second opportunity to take advantage of the exceptional weather. Richard Powers and Ian Hartshorn kept the low power pads busy, both launching four or five rockets each. Jim Livingston brought out his Sea Hawk and put it up on a research two grain 76mm motor which he designated a K-700 (filled with his white smoke formula). Alan Whitmore flew a new rocket that he calls Five Point Five on a trimodal form of his reliable Black Velvet formula, this one in a five grain 54mm configuration which I’m going to guess came out to be something like a K-800 or K-900. He also flew his Red Flag of Mortal Peril on a four grain 38mm I motor with Thing propellant. Joe Hill and Jim Livingston did another project together; this time Joe brought out his 7.5″ rocket that he calls Short Spoon and Jim provided a three grain 76mm L-1200 that had Ferric Fudge propellant. Mike Nay put up a three stage rocket on Sunday with an Aerotech K-1100T in the booster, a CTI J-425BS in the second stage and a CTI J-357 in the third stage, just utterly impressive. Greg Hanson is a new Bayboro attendee and he flew a 5.5″ rocket that he calls Everest Test on a CTI L-1395BS for a perfect flight. John Allman joined us on Sunday and put up three or four rockets. Brent Bierstedt finished out the day with his 5.5″ Honest John which flew on an Aerotech K-540MS.

As always, I had an excellent time this weekend, and I hope everyone who came out did as well. We’ll be back out in Bayboro on the weekend of Dec. 18th. Come join us if you can!

Joe Hill
Prefect, Tripoli East NC

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