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Launch Report 2014-10

27 Jul 2014, 00:36 UTC
Launch Report 2014-10
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Location: MDRA, Central Sod FarmWeather: cloudy turning to clear, wind 0 -5, around 90 degrees maxTotal flights: Today - 8; YTD - 80Total motors: Today - 9; YTD - 70Motors by class YTD: Water-17, MicroHybrid-1, MMX-1, A-3, B-4, C-12, D-6, E-17, F-14, G-9, H-2The day started poorly with a 30 minute delay on the bridge due to beach traffic. Haven't seen it this bad for over 5 years. Add 15 more approaching the 50/301 split. It was also unexpectedly spitting rain but that quit and the day turned out great. I had one weird thing happen. I started trying to fly an F15-4 in the Cheetah. After the stock igniter failed to light it, I tried a Q2G2. No go. I decided that maybe there was some clay over the nozzle. I scraped it lightly and tried another Q2G2. Still no joy. More scraping and a home grown igniter. STILL it sat on the pad. I decided to go at the nozzle with a drill bit. After it was way in there and I was still getting clay, I figured out that something was really wrong. I ended up putting it on a static test stand and burning it from ...

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