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1st March 2010, 02:03 AM
I find it hard to believe that I have not flown my LOC Aura since the changeover from TRF1 to TRF 2. Apparently it was one of the last ones I flew before the original site went down. My old thread is here: http://www.rocketryforumarchive.com/showthread.php?t=48399
In any event, I guess the reason it comes out so seldom is that the 24mm adapters like to stick in place and the 29mm motors I have had in the past run the real risk of losing the rocket. I hope that has changed with the availability now of the new 29mm Roadrunner E25s. I loaded up with an E25-7 and took it out to the pad.
1st March 2010, 02:08 AM
When the launch button was pushed, something strange happened. I have never had a Roadrunner igniter fail to light the motor off. I have never even had any chuffing. On this day, however, it just smoked and the motor did not ignite.
1st March 2010, 02:11 AM
The other strange thing was how long it smoked. I waited quite a while because I was not certain that something was not going to happen.
1st March 2010, 02:22 AM
When I was sure it was safe to go back out and retrieve the rocket, Art Applewhite was kind enough to give me an Ellis Mountain igniter. It looked similar but had quite a bit more pyrogen on it. I installed it and took the rocket back out to the pad.
1st March 2010, 02:27 AM
On pushing the launch button, I thought at first we were going to have a repeat performance. I saw smoke but the motor seemed to want to think about igniting.
1st March 2010, 02:28 AM
Then there was no doubt that the motor had ignited.
1st March 2010, 02:30 AM
It quickly shot off the pad.
1st March 2010, 02:35 AM
It quickly turned from a rocket to a speck in the sky with a tail of smoke.
1st March 2010, 02:37 AM
When thrust ended, it had plenty of time to coast.
1st March 2010, 02:38 AM
Then the ejection charge went off at the limit of my personal resolution.
1st March 2010, 02:41 AM
Then the 12" X chute I had replaced the streamer with came out and spun the Aura all the way back down for a safe recovery.
1st March 2010, 11:06 PM
The Aura loves the G80's.
1st March 2010, 11:15 PM
The Aura loves the G80's.
Maybe so but I love my Aura.
F is the largest so far and I almost didn't get that one back.
2nd March 2010, 12:36 PM
I have lost two Auras and just bought my third. I lost the first one on a E9, due to bad aiming into the wind and it ended up in the woods. I lost my second one on a F20, because of the same thing. The third one has not flown yet. I may be flying it on a F motor in April.
2nd March 2010, 01:48 PM
I have launched my aura on a G - Pretty nice flight. I am going to have to reinforce the fin though. I may cut grooved for them.
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