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2011-03-19

Sunward Khufu's Pyramid

Flight

Heavy wooden frame made the kit fly in a low arc but had a very stable flight; ejection charge fired when it was ~30 feet from the ground; Status: Possible interior damage when ejection charge fired. - D12-3 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

Starlight Asteroid Probe

Flight

Despite its significant drag, it flew much higher than expected on an A-class engine; may go with a B-class engine next time. - A8-3 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

Starlight Queasy Bee

Flight

3... 2... 1... GONE! Flew so fast that the ground crew couldn't determine if it spun as designed; landed within 25 feet of launch pad recovered before it touched the ground. Status: Damage to one fin; ejection charge melted the parachute. - A8-3 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

Starlight Spike

Flight

Went into a near-death spiral after launch, possibly due to a misaligned nosecone; ejection charge fired after the rocket hit the ground. Status: All three fins snapped off but are repairable; tape added around nosecone to improve the fit. - A8-3 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

Estes Baby Bertha

Flight

With nearly 40 flights under her belt, this one remains my most trusted rocket. Status: Minor cosmetic damage to body and nosecone, which figures since it was just repainted the night before. - B4-2 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

Starlight Hyperion

Flight

WOOSH! Even on a small, A-class motor, this one really cooked. - A8-3 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

Quest Planet Probe

Flight

Slow but stable flight; returned with engine still lodged in motor mount; recommend using a C6-0 engine next time. - B6-0 - Bert Landon Field, Mountain Home, Idaho [More]

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