Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rocket Trouble

At my last launch, I had a few problems. Most of my flights went poorly - especially my three cluster rockets.

I'm working on a post on figuring out what when wrong when you've had a bad flight, and taking steps to prevent it happening again.

In the meantime, enjoy this video of my launch troubles.

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  1. Wow!
    I've been there! Every year I have one launch where four out of five don't go as planned. It was interesting that the Q2G2s didn't ignite the clusters. Does that club system have individual line continuity checks? I have had one instance where only one engine ignited on a two engine cluster using the Q2G2s.
    Well, on a positive note, odds are your next launches should be perfect!

    1. Hiya, Chris.

      We do have continuity checks, at least at some of the pads. There's a midpower setup in the ring of near pads with a continuity button (I only found out about it when a high power friend helped me set up the Partizon). I'm not sure about the others.

      What seems to have been the problem, at least in part, was that one or more of the igniters got pulled out slightly. This happened on all three of my clusters.

      It'll all be detailed in an upcoming post. I hope to get it written soon. I have not been blogging as much as I should lately. Just too busy! But now that launch season is over and work is calming down, the blog will get more of my attention.

      It was a very frustrating day, and not a fun way to end the launch season. But I got some good pictures and video for the blog, so it wasn't a total wash. And I launched my first composite motor - what a kick!