Estes 1:100 Saturn V Maiden Flight (12/21/2019) (UNEDITED)

(UNEDITED VIDEO) First flight of the Bruce Family Estes Saturn V! (kit #1969) Five-motor cluster of Estes D12-3(x2), D12-0(x2) and D12-5(x1). Estimated altitude 400ft. Onboard video captured with 808 keychain camera (#18 variant). Flown with Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association (TTRA) in Plant City, FL. Sustained winds were 10mph, mostly cloudy. The liftoff was a success, but due to being rushed, the D12-0s and D12-3s were accidentally transposed into each other's motor tubes. When the D12-0s finished burning, the top portion of the propellant grain pressurized the body ahead of the motor mounts and caused an early separation with the rocket at nearly full speed. This caused the parachute for the nose section to detach from the nose entirely and become entangled with the three booster parachutes. The nose came in ballistic and buried the escape tower eight inches in the dirt. The booster descended under only two full parachutes and suffered a broken fin, minor melting to the rear of the vacuform fairings, and some scuffed paint. All parts were recovered and will require only minor repair and cleaning to fly again. A second 808 keychain camera was loaded into the body with the parachutes to monitor their deployment, but shock from the violent ejection disabled the camera and the footage was lost.

 Rocketry Product: Estes - Saturn V {Kit} (2160) [2019-]

 Rocketry Product: Estes - D12 Single-Use Motor {Motor}

 Rocketry Club: Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association

Author B.F.R.A
Duration 04:24

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