Launch Report, Bayboro, February 27, 2021

The weather looked pretty grim during the morning hours on Saturday, but the clouds broke around noon and it warmed up to a very comfortable temperature. North Carolina has been seeing an immense amount of precipitation as of recent, and the field definitely reflected that. I arrived at the launch site around 8:45AM and there was visible standing water in just about every direction. However, we had some pretty determined club members and they didn’t let the muddy conditions stop them from putting up some rockets.

Certifications are always a highlight of any launch, and Mike Mckeon came out from Pittsboro to attempt his Tripoli Level 2 certification flight. After acing the written exam, he chose an Aerotech J-420R for his 4″ Loc Precision Goblin. The motor came to pressure almost immediately(which is sort of unusual for red flame propellants) and it took off rather quickly. Mike had trimmed down the delay perfectly, and ejection was right at apogee. He went with a Jolly Logic chute release and the main was released at 400′, bringing his rock back without a scratch. Congratulations on a successful Level 2 certification, Mike! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Mike at Bayboro launches often.

Allan Rose was back out again and had two great flights. He flew his 6″ diameter Sun Dog on an Aerotech J-350W and his 5.5″ diameter Bandit on an Aerotech I-218R. John Allman sent his ‘early Indestructible for a wild ride on an Aerotech I-59WN and also flew his Thor rocket on one of the new Q-Jet D16 motors from Aerotech. Daniel Knowler sent up his classic Estes QCC Explorer kit on a D12-3 and his Shuttle Express on a C6-5.

A few students from UNC-Charlotte made the trip and flew their NASA SLI project named Olympus on an CTI I-MAX L-935. This rocket was loaded up with lots of electronics and everything seemed to perform nominally. Great job guys!

The regulars were out at the field once again and stayed busy prepping at least one flight, if not more. Brent Bierstedt put up three flights, and brought each one home with him. A beautifully finished V2 on a Loki J-528W, a rocket he calls Rebel Max‘on an Aerotech I-211, and most notably a Pringles can that he 3D printed parts for. He finished it with an Army green paint job, and fashioned it so it looked like a bomb from WWII. He rightfully named this rocket Ka Boom! and it flew just fine on an Estes E12-6.

Mike Nay brought out a new rocket that he plans on using for his Level 3 certification, and flew it on a 75/3840 L-1256WS made with Aerotech’s Super White Lightning for a test flight. If you haven’t seen one of these motors go, it’s quite the visual. It emits an almost blinding white flame. Alan Whitmore flew his Red Flag of Mortal Peril on a 4 grain 38mm homebrew motor which turned in a beautiful flight. Jim Livingston brought out a 4″ diameter rocket that he calls LZ 889 and put it up on an I-300 of his own making. Joe Hill flew his 7.5″ diameter rocket called Short Spoon‘on a Loki M-1650 Cocktail motor and brought that one home as well. Ralph Reda was on site with his Nike Zeus, and threw it up on a homemade 38mm I-200 made with Alan Whitmore’s very forgiving and reliable Black Velvet formula.

Paul Kramer has been flying with us again recently, and it’s always good to see him. He’s been a long time NC club member and even used to fly with us back in the Whitakers days. Paul is a cluster aficionado and did not let us down on Saturday. He flew a new rocket that he named Energizer II on seven J motors. Off the pad, he lit a central Aerotech J-825R and 2 CTI J-94s(made with CTI’s Mellow propellant), at 5 seconds lit 2 more J-94s, and at 10 seconds lit another pair of J-94s. This resulted in about 17 seconds of time under thrust. The flight went off without a hitch, and Paul got his rocket back in great shape.

I want to personally thank everyone who attended the launch for following the CoVid-19 protocols that we have in place to keep everyone’s health in mind. A few of our club members have had both rounds of the vaccine, and even more have had at least the first round. Hopefully the statistics continue to downtrend and maybe by the end of March, we can have a two day launch. Until then, continue social distancing, mask-wearing, and washing your hands.

Joe Hill
Prefect, Tripoli East NC

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Bayboro launches resume this Saturday, Februry 27th, 2021

Good evening all!

I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather forecast for this weekend and both days aren’t anything near ideal.. However it looks like there is a lesser chance of precipitation on Saturday and it looks like it’s mainly in the morning.

So, let’s aim to launch on Saturday instead of Sunday.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the field!

Joe Hill
Prefect, Tripoli East NC

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Possible Launch This Month, February 27 or 28

Hello all my Tripoli East NC rocketry enthusiasts!

I’ve done a lot of thinking about whether or not to host a launch this month. We’re beginning to see a slight glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. As the vaccine continues to be administered, we still need to remain vigilant. Daily cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina are somewhat trending down, but we’re all aware how quickly that can change.

After talking with several people and listening to their concerns carefully, I’ve decided to host a ONE day launch this month on the weekend of the 27th. The day will be contingent on weather, and I will send out an email closer to the date letting everyone know whether we will be launching on Saturday or Sunday. If the weather turns out to be perfect both days, we’ll stick to launching on Saturday.

Now, here are some very important guidelines that I’ll be enforcing so that we can keep everyone’s health in mind. A lot of these stem from Alan Whitmore’s original set of guidelines.

1.)Masks are to be worn whenever you are around ANYONE but yourself.
2.)Park your vehicle farther away than you normally do on the flight line.
3.)There will be a large container of hand sanitizer on the sign-in desk, please use this when approaching the RSO/LCO/pads.
4.)I will wipe down the LCO controls with disinfectant wipes at shift change.
5.)I’ll record each flyer’s name, home city and phone number for tracing purposes.
6.)UNIVERSITIES – I will be limiting the amount of students at the RSO/LCO and pad areas to only the team leaders/captains. All students can prep the rocket at their vehicle on the flight line, and also retrieve the rocket out in the field.
7.)Maintain social distancing
8.)The RSO will write down each flyer’s flight information, and relay that info to the LCO.
9.)If you or anyone else has had CoVid or experiencing CoVid symptoms, DO NOT attend.

Once again, let’s keep everyone’s health and safety in mind. I feel as though these are simple and effective steps that we can take in order to get out there and have some fun, while also being responsible.

I look forward to seeing everyone down in Bayboro.

Joe Hill
Prefect, Tripoli East NC

From Dave Morey: I will update the schedule when Joe makes a decision and post it here. Until then the schedule still says launches are cancelled.

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