CMass Winter Follies Launch

The team traveled to Acton MA on January 17 to partake in the CMass Winter Follies Launch. This low power launch was an opportunity for all team members to launch some fun rockets and run some additional tests.

 Greg sets up on the launch rod

Greg sets up on the launch rod

The field was large and flat with some great ice patches. It was a cold day, but the lack of wind and sunshine made it quite enjoyable. First up, Andrew flew his small rocket which went straight as an arrow. This rocket suffered a fin fracture after landing on the hard ice.

Max brought an experimental cluster with some of our experimental fins that we were considering at the beginning of the project. This fins are printed in ABS plastic are a combination of a tube fin and a standard fin.

 Max sets up on the rod. Notice those funky fins!

Max sets up on the rod. Notice those funky fins!

Max's rocket flew a total of four times on different clusters. Each flight was successful and the fins did a great job.

Nate brought out a scale model of the full scale competition rocket made from an Estes developer kit. Unfortunately, due to a faulty Estes E9-6 the rocket suffered a massive CATO. The charge blew out the die wall of the fin cluster and the motor was propelled clear of the vehicle. A hard impact shattered the nosecone and upper body tube.

 Fantastic CATO off the rod

Fantastic CATO off the rod

 Post launch inspection

Post launch inspection

Greg brought out the UM rocket again, this time flying with single deployment. The rocket had a great flight, but drifted into a tree on the very edge of the field. The rocket was recovered with some damage, but shall fly again some day!

 The UM rocket flys again!

The UM rocket flys again!

We all had a great day at the launch and again thank all the people at CMass that make such an event possible.