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neil_w

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That picture is horrifying in so many ways. :y:
 

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Was it figured out as to what happened? The flame looks straight with no problems.
 

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I can't really say. Maybe it was struck by lightning... It left the rail straight, and got up maybe 50 feet, then went into a corkscrew. This was the Apogee kit, so it wasn't a small model. I think the owner said it was an H-motor, but I don't recall who's or which one, though he said it's flown fine on that motor before.
 
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I was looking at EXPjawa photos and it looks like there was a reduction or reduced exhaust flame from the motor. Maybe there was a partial blockage of the nozzle that caused the rocket thrust to be diverted?
 

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Is it just me, or does it look like the thrust flame is "vectored" in Dave's photo here:



It kinda looks like that coming off of the pad...
 

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yea... on the rail it's typical to see the flame vector away...but that's well in the air and should't be like that.
 

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That flame does look to be off axis. Also, considering the size of the rocket it might have needed a higher thrust motor.
 

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Houston... We've had a problem here.

Really though... I'm sorry to see someone's work get damaged like that.

Tom,

I hope you can rebuild it better than before... Better, Stronger, Faster... (Sorry, I can't help myself)
 
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