Sunday, July 18, 2010

Launch Day

I had a lot of fun at the launch. The new motor performed really well . The flight went well and the chute was deployed at apogee. Unfortunately the parachute separated from the rocket and it came in ballistic. The good news is that most of the motor survived and may give some clue as to what caused the recovery failure...more on that later. I don't think many of the AIAA members had ever seen a "sugar" motor before and I think a lot of them were surprised and impressed.
Many of the competing teams seemed to have a tough time of it with several launch pad mishaps and a few in flight failures. By the afternoon though there had been some nicely executed flights. Overall it was a good day and it was pretty cool to see so many people participating. There are a handful of other photos here.

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