May 2013 Launch Report
May 18, 2013 at the Central Sod Farm
the first summer launch at the Central Sod Farm for 2013. The spring
weather and gardening schedules kept Toni and I quite busy and we were
not prepared for this launch as we should have been. The Ocean City
traffic was not yet upon us so we slept in until 09:00 AM before making
our journey to Marylandís Eastern shore with only one rocket in tow. A
7/11 biscuit would suffice for breakfast along the way. We kill some
time as the launch does not start until 12:00 noon on Saturdays during
the summer. We visited some antique shops but found nothing of interest.
We headed to the field around 11:00 to set up.
The weather was cool with variable overhead clouds and a slight breeze.
We had much help and made quick work setting up the field in the hard
dirt from the freshly harvested sod. As usual, I waited for others to
fly before me in order to judge the winds at the various altitudes. Once
I was satisfied, I started my preparations.
I prepared Shaken, Not Stirred
with a CTI H152 Blue
propellant. Blue propellant provides more of an aggressive burn than I
was accustom to but I was not worried as I was confident with the
integrity of the rocket. With assistance from Toni we had Shaken, Not Stirred
on the pad waiting for the button to be pushed.
When the button was pushed, Shaken, Not Stirred
aggressively shot off the pad riding its blue plume until reaching an
altitude of 1,347 feet and slowly arcing over and ejecting its drogue
chute on queue. Shaken, Not Stirred
danced during its descent until the main parachute was ejected at 300 feet. Shaken, Not Stirred
came to a soft rest in the lush sod a close distance from its launch pad. See Shaken, Not Stirredís flight here.
This was our only flight of the day. Toni continued to assist at the
registration desk and I lent a hand where I could. We would not attend
the launch on Sunday due to Benís graduation. Ben is graduating from the
Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland with a Bachelors
Degree of Science in Aerospace Engineering. His interest in rocketry
started with MDRA in 2007 and Ben now leaves the rank of college student
and moves to unemployed college graduate. Hopefully it will not last
long. Until the next launch . . .
By Peter E. Abresch Jr.
Connecting the igniter to the launch system
Peter E. Abresch Jr.
Shaken, Not Stirred ejecting its main parachute
Shaken, Not Stirred descending under main parachute
Shaken, Not Stirred came to rest on the soft sod
The sod farm tundra left after the green sod is harvested