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First Launch of the YearAfter two failed attempts in April, we finally held our first launch of the year this past Sunday, May 18, at our Hartsel launch site. The weather was even nicer than the forecast had predicted; at least it was when the waiver opened at 9:00am. By 11:00am or so, the wind had picked up to its normal level.

We logged a total of ten flights, including one K and one L motor. See the complete launch log below.

Mike Brazell's guest Blake had the first launch of the day - and of the season! - with his Metalizer on a B6-4. The rocket recovered in good shape just a few yards away. The first high power flight of the day was Bdale Garbee's G3. About his flight, Bdale said "the stats on my orange and black G3 flight using a CTI K500 red motor... Mach 0.9 on the way to 10098 feet AGL. Drogue-less descent rate was only about 24m/s, main descent rate was a little high at 10m/s. PFND! (perfect flight, no damage)." Good thing we had the high-altitude window open for that flight!

Bdale's flight was followed by Mike Gerschefske's "L-something" research motor. The motor chuffed a bit before it finally built up enough pressure to finally make its way off the pad... melting a hole in the blast plate in the process. Mike successfully recovered his rocket a bit later.

Among the other flights were Greg Jeziorski flying "Flower Power," the kit that his wife Janet won at the Rocket Dinner in February, and painted herself. The rocket separated and "planted" in the ground a ways away. Dave Hanson flew his upscaled Goblin-4 with a twist: the rocket carried a passenger, a toy Android which recovered under its own parachute. At deployment, the little green fellow quickly floated out of sight; despite Dave's 3 mile hike, he never found it. Luckily, Bdale picked it up on his way back from recovering his G3 flight.

All in all, a fun day on the range at Hartsel that sets the tone for the rest of the flying season. 

Photo Gallery for May 18, 2014 Tripoli-Colorado launch


Flyer's Name Rocket Name Motor
Blake Metalizer B6-4
Blake Pink Lightning E9-4
Bdale Garbee G3 K500
Greg Jeziorski Flower Power H225
Mike Gerschefske Unknown Research L
Jon Skuba Unknown I280 sparky
Dave Hanson Goblin-4 H165
Mike Brazell Darkstar I300 research motor
Jack Comfort Mosquito A3-4T
Josie Comfort Wa-Tu-Da C6-5

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Our Next Launch will be 7-28-19
We had amazing weather yesterday! 6-30-19
Calm and partly Cloudy virtually all day. 
There were many flights of note:
  • Brian Hastings did a dual Deploy on a estes D-12, and some Research Dextrose F-50 and a J-300 Dextrose.
  • George Barnes IV flew his 3" black fly on a I-327 DM aerotech (tons of sparky), his Blue Angles DX# on a J 510 Both very nice flights as usual, and a G-25 Moon Burner in an estes Star Orbiter.    All very nice flights as usual.
  • Brian Duke from Henderson Nevada came all that way to attempt the Tripoli G altitude record I think he got the altitude, but unfortunately rocket was not returned in flyable condition. He flew an I-280 DM in his broken Arrow - More Sparkyness.
  • Tom Dugan from Conifer had two Nice flights with his endeavour an I-161 and an H-180.
  • Chris Cooley from Morrison launched his erobee I-154 and on an I-500
  • Adam DeCino got his Tripoli Level 2 with a J-270 Madcow torrent Congratulations, very nice flight!
  • Joe Bowen launched his Apache on a K650.
  • Daniel Malone attempted his NAR Level 1 with an I-229 in a pretty Black Brant. Was a great flight, but popped a fin on landing. Better luck next time!
There was a bunch of research engine testing Bdale brought his stand and Terry Lee helped. Bdale tested some sorbitol, Jamie Weiss tested various mixtures of Purple Pig AP propellant (Very nice flame color!), Joe Bowen got his Hybrid lit for a very nice burn, and Brian Hastings also did a test burn with dextrose. I think there were 12 research burns in all. They all lit and burned well! It was a great day for research!
All went well! Thanks Terry Hibbs for bringing the equipment trailer, Bdale for the test stand, Terry Lee for your help, and William Bussel for taking over as LCO and helping as needed. We had lots of Observers also It was a fun day!
Please come Join us at our next launch on July 28! Bring those sparkies you have laying around! They are almost always allowed. 
John Jamieson
Prefect Tripoli Colorado
TRA #04920

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