Launch Report, Bayboro, December 16, 2023

This was one of those weekends where we had one good day for flying.  Saturday was about perfect, especially for December.  Sunday on the other hand was a complete washout and was cancelled.  We had four new certifications and a few new to Bayboro flyers out as well, which is great to see.  This was an unusual launch in that there were no research motors flown.  We need to rectify that.

Summary of the motors flown:


We had a successful Tripoli L3 certification this weekend with Mike Pudlo flying his A Momentary Lapse of Reason on a M1419 for a nice flight.  I don’t know what the final altitude was, but the prediction was for 12,000 ft.  Congratulations Mike.  A L3 certification is something that should be respected.

A successful Tripoli L2 certification was done by Johnathon Grose with his Sparrow on a J293.  We had two L1 certifications as well with Grayson Amendt flying My Star on a I180 and Lucius Craig flying The Dark Knight on an I216.  Lucius’ rocket decided to play hide and seek in the field when his GPS cut out but it was eventually found in excellent condition.  Congratulations to all.

John Meredith  flew a two stage Terrier Sandhawk on a I140 in the booster and an I140 in the sustainer.  The sustainer didn’t fire for whatever reason and I’m not sure what became of it.  The boost portion of the  flight was nice though. 

Morgan Willis flew two rockets, both of which performed flawlessly as usual.  First was The Dream Canteen on a K700 and second was a small diameter yellow rocket covered in smiley face stickers called Chuffed to Bits.  This flew on a K1275 and left the pad rather quickly.

Richard Powers had multiple flights, more than his usual.  He flew Modulus on a E35, Patriot on an A8, Arcturus on a D12, and Big Bertha twice, both on D20 motors.

Dave Moreno had several flights as well.  He flew his Initiator on a G64 and his Mustang twice, both times on a F15.  Copperhead ignitor woes scrubbed a launch of the Mustang on a G64.

Harry Shrager and his brother Michael had three flights together.  Sword flew on a B6 and Monarch flew twice, both times on a B6.  Harry also flew Mile High Club on a J760.

Robbie Kirk was also busy with four flights.  No-name flew on a D12, Modified Cherokee-E flew on a D20, Sunward flew on a B6 and Red & White flew on a B6.

On the college team front, NC A&T flew Baby Pluto on a H268 and NC State High Power Rocketry Club flew Purplish Nurple on a J435.  Both flights were successful.

Sailor Koeplinger flew Wofine Express on a K375, a nice dual thrust motor with a long burn time.  Dave Morey flew Velociraptor on a J460 and Starfire on a K780 for two nice flights.

Donald Gemmel flew a completely 3D printed rocket called Astrolizzicist (I think…) on a H550.  This flew well and his fins were surprisingly strong.  Anyone wanting to fly a 3D printed fin can should look Donald up for advice.

Nathan Patvin flew Carrot on a J500 and Brent Bierstedt flew Patriot on a M2050.  Patriot is a good size rocket at 7.7 inches in diameter and 11 feet tall weighing in at 50 lbs.

Again, I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped with setup and teardown.  This makes putting on a launch so much easier.  Your efforts are genuinely appreciated.  A special thanks to Matt and Morgan Willis for helping me with the trailer early in the morning.  Your backs were much appreciated.


Kurt Hesse


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Bayboro Launch Schedule for 2024

Since I have received no objections or suggestions otherwise, this will be the 2024 launch schedule:

January         27-28 Cancelled due to Rain

February       24-25

March           23-24

April              6-7

April             27-28

Summer break

September 28-29

October      19-20

November 2-3

November 16-17

December 14-15


Kurt Hesse

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Launch Report, Bayboro, November 18-19, 2023

The weather this weekend was great for flying.   The college teams were out and we had a few successful certification.  Saturday was well attended, but Sunday was quite sparse, despite the excellent weather.

For a summary of the motors flown, I have listed cluster flights as total installed impulse and two stage flights as separate motors:

A 1
E 1
L 1

First the certifications, all of which happened on Saturday.  Zane Andersen flew Tempting Fate on a J615 for his Tripoli level 2 certification.  The main chute shook out at apogee, but that is allowable for a level 2.  Congratulations Zane.

Alex Key flew Starcatcher on a H130 for a successful Tripoli level 1 certification and Willaim Vitola flew Little Sean on a H123 for a successful NAR level 1 certification and Peter Tolman flew Adventurer 3 on a I435 for a successful NAR level 1 certification.  Congratulations to all of you.

For the college activities, again all on Saturday, Greg Twiss had a class out from Duke and had two flights.  He flew Duke Blue Blaze and Bojangles, both on J450 motors.  The High Power Rocketry Club at NC State had two separate flights, Pencil Pusher on a J800 and This is How a Rocket Wears Jeans on a J500.  NC A&T came out with a brand new group and flew Baby Pluto on a H268.  Sailor Koeplinger with the NC State team flew Drag Queen on a J435 for a test of an air brake system.

The rest of the Saturday flights, in no particular order follow.  Katherine Jackson flew Riptide twice, both times on a C6-5.  Morgan Willis flew Ferb on a J800 and The Dream Canteen on a J450.  Bart Merkley was busy with four flights.  Yellow Crayon flew on a I405, Tubular Red flew on a D12-5, Yellow Spike flew on a G61 and Mr. Firefly flew on a F25.  Robbie Kirk flew Modified Olympus on a F12 for a nice flight.  Grayson Amendt flew My Star on a H130.  Mark Peot flew Cheerwine on a K695 and finally, Mike Nay flew his Nicole on a M1780.

There were a couple of flights that ended “sub-optimally” but nothing serious and we will leave that at that.

On Sunday we had two people flying and five flights.  Richard Powers was out and had four of those.  He flew Socrates on a A8-3, Big Bertha on a C5-3, Patriot on a D16 and 3 Inch School Rocket on an E35.  Jim Livingston rounds out the weekend with Carbon High flying on an EX motor, an L900 in the CP5 formula.

I want to give a big thanks to the folks who arrived early on Saturday and those who stayed on Sunday to help with the setup and teardown.  This is really a big help.  If anyone else is willing, we generally start setting up around 8:30 Saturday morning and tear down on Sunday after everyone is done flying – or the waiver time slot expires.


Kurt Hesse


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