22nd March 2009, 03:27 PM
Stormcaster launch report
Even though the Estes Stormcaster could be a LPR, it is a 24mm and I fly it on composite motors mostly. Which is why I posted this here.
The previous launch was on a F24-7W. It was a great flight but the shock cord broke. It had the original 24" Estes rubber cord and 36" of additional 1/4" elastic cord added. The BT landed close, but the location of the chute and nose cone was determined when someone with binocular saw it hit the metal dome on top of a silo a half mile away. The flock of birds leaving the silo was also a clue. Anyway, had a nice conversation with the farmer and found the chute and nose cone just outside the barnyard. Good thing, I'm not sure I could have cleaned all the fertilizer off of it a cow had stepped on it in the barnyard, if I would have even found it.
Replaced the shock cord with 12' of none elastic cord and launched it again yesterday on a F39-9T. Talk about SCREAM! That lite rocket (5 oz w/o motor) just hauls with that motor! Sims to 430 mph and 2,000 ft. and it sure looked every bit as fast and high as that.
It took forever to come down. The 18" chute is too big, should have a 12", or maybe 15". Fortunately it was a very calm day and it landed 400 ft from the pad.
Here's a pic on the pad. There was no way I could time a shot with the rocket leaving the pad on the F39, just too quick.
BTW the white mark at the top is where some paint flaked off from the previous landing.