Nice.Fixed several flight videos from last October
These videos were captured on the 808 style keychain camera. I converted the audio to constant rate, slowed to half speed, and half sound. Except for the Mercury Redstone which had flawed audio so I extracted the audio and sync'd with the video so runs at full speed. I've since retired the keychain and now using a cube camera. I've decided that a swivel on the shock cord at the entrance to the BT is important to creating a mostly stable decent video.
00:54 Honest John
01:42 Mercury Redstone
02:08 AIM-9 Sidewinder
$30 on Amazon so nothing fancy. It started doing this thing where it would record until launch and then shut off. Could be a battery or SD card issue.Nice.
where did you buy the camera?
is it still working well?
Wish they would sell just the nose cone camera. Kind of like the interceptor and interceptor E nose cones, I think there would be a market for selling them a la carte$30 on Amazon so nothing fancy. It started doing this thing where it would record until launch and then shut off. Could be a battery or SD card issue.
I would get a Runcam2 or similar but it weighs 49g which is too heavy for my LPRs. The cube camera I have now is 17g and doesn't appear to affect the flight.
What I need is a camera that's under 20g and records 1080p/60fps. Apparently, the Astrocam can play 720p/60fps. Bill said the Estes Astrocams (non kits) are on the water so should be coming ashore from China in March or so. Probably $50 for the rocket but might be worth a try...
A lot of posters ask what to put in their payload bays. I often offer Billy as an example...I believe this was your best video yet! Billy’s flight was a close second though......... looking forward to Part 2.
Good thing you had a steamer and not a chute on the Viking! And probably a good thing it didn’t deploy all the way...........
The twisting is weird. It could be from the slight water damage the fins got last time causing it to twist. This was the first Aerotech for me. Could it be from the motor?The chill shot at 2:53 is priceless!
weird twist in the viking still on the pad at 0:30
thanks for posting! These are a treat!
It did but not as much. I suspect the Viking is so light that at +1000 feet, it drifts away with the upper winds. I have 10 more kits in the pack so I'll just keep making more. I'm using the left over paint I've collected.Yeah, I suspected the nose cone was weighted, which is why it went in pointy end first. I really do think that with weight added it is one of the most dangerous cones out there. Just a guess, the second Viking had no nose weight?
Enjoyed the video, especially as usual the banter. I did wonder why your son looked like he was dressed for a Aussie Brave Heart audition! (Meant totally in fun, I wish I had a kid that would be as much fun and help on my launches!) The “simulated” rocket launch angling was a nice touch.Explosions, Vikings, and perfect Redstone (part 2)
This is the B-roll from yesterday's launches, what I call Rocketry After Dark. Not everything went according to plan. Not a lot of action, just interaction between my son and I. The video starts with the Cato aftermath.
the twist on the first I do not think is due to fin misalignment because the twist starts right as the rocket starts to move (before there is much airflow over the fins to cause significant lift forces.)
That was weird. The slow motion makes it look like it starts rotating just as it is starting to move, so I think I agree with Babar. I'd guess a nozzle defect of some kind.I was struck by how the first Viking spun around the rod on the way up.
Ah yes, I forgot this was one of the storm-damaged motors. That would certainly explain it. If you flew that Viking again with a fresh motor and it goes straight, then that'd be your answer.I think the helical spiral was from the slight damage that the clay suffered after the rain storm last week.
I’d be cautious about going with the 18mm C6-0 for the booster. I think it is borderline for the full stack rocket mass. (Another exception to the rule, Estes is a great rocket company but unfortunately has a penchant for more than occasionally recommended insufficient motors and providing insufficient size stock motor mounts. Examples: Venus Probe, Exoskell, LoadStar, MIRV, debatably the recent RTF Saturn V.)I have 10 more Vikings in the box to build. I originally planned to use them as wind checkers and litter the neighborhood with the rockets. The problem is that they're easy to lose track of past 500ft. I'll probably put less clay into the NC then hand them out to the kids at the LHS monthly launches. I gave away my Toe Missile last time and the kid didn't want to launch it for fear he'll lose it.
I tore the fins off the Loadstar booster since the tube suffered significant damage. I'll insert the recommended 18mm MM for both the 1st and 2nd stage. Estes is sending me a new pack of D12-0. The motor that blew is coded below. The other 3 I bought at the LHS in the two packs are coded A031113-2. Does that indicate they're from a different lot?
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See post 36I found out that Estes won't include the rocket in the motor warranty if I don't use one of the recommended motors. Now I'm not sure what to do. I can put the 24mm into the booster and put the heavier NC back on. I needed to order more BT55 couplers so I have some time to decide.
I downloaded the RS file from Apogee for the V2 conversion kit. I had to recreate the fin because OR doesn't like the RS fins. I entered in the overall mass and CG but it's showing as negative stability and unstable flight with D12-3 which is not what I experienced. What do I need to do with the OR file?