May 4th Launch Photos

Dans Nike Smoke up on a G75-M Metalstorm motor

We had the rare luck of trying out a new Field this past weekend. It was a trial run and it turned out to be AWESOME! We had a NOTAMS in place for a 3500 AGL waiver for the site. This was not publicized really very widely since this was a new location.

We hope to have another launch at this site in June. Once it has been approved by the FAA more will be published.

We had a good turn out of about twelve people including the land owners.

Here are some great photos provided by Vernon:

Glenn's rocket going up on a nice Aerotech H motor.
Dons Eradicator rocket going up on a G White Lightning motor

Vernon Buchanan certified level 1 at the site with a great rocket 🙂

Dans Hawk missile going up on a Dark Matter H motor by Aerotech

Exos Aerospace News

WASHINGTON — Exos Aerospace flew its SARGE reusable sounding rocket for the second time March 2, but winds kept the rocket from achieving its planned altitude.

The Texas-based company launched the Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with Guidance, or SARGE, rocket from Spaceport America in New Mexico at about 12:45 p.m. Eastern time March 2. The launch had been scheduled for early January but postponed twice because of issues linked to the partial government shutdown.

The launch, called “Mission 1” by Exos, reflew the same rocket it launched from the spaceport on a “Pathfinder” mission in August 2018. The rocket carried several small research payloads and was intended to reach a peak altitude of 80 kilometers. The rocket, though, reached only a peak altitude of about 20 kilometers before gliding back to a landing about 1.2 kilometers from the launch pad.

John Quinn, chief operating officer of Exos, said in a later email that engine shut down when it hit a limit for instantaneous impact point (IIP) on its trajectory. The vehicle is designed to shut down its engine during ascent if it runs the risk of impacting outside a “safety circle” seven kilometers in radius around the launch site. That’s intended to protect the major buildings at Spaceport America, including the hangar for anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, that are 7.1 kilometers away, and lowers the company’s insurance costs.

The rocket’s control system wasn’t good enough to overcome high winds on ascent that threatened to push the instantaneous impact point outside the safety circle. “As the winds buffeted the rocket the gimbal correction was insufficient to keep it close enough to center of the circle to keep the IIP within the 7 km circle,” he wrote.

Despite missing its planned altitude, Quinn said the flight was otherwise successful. “This was a great test. Any flight where Exos and its payload customers can walk away with another set of data and an intact vehicle/payload makes for a good day.”

Exos says it will move into regular commercial operations of the SARGE vehicle, but didn’t state when their next launch would take place. The company also plans to use SARGE as the basis for an orbital launch vehicle called Jaguar able to place payloads weighing up to 100 kilograms into low Earth orbit.

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It was cold but the winds were 0

The temps were cold, however there was no wind and we fared the cold and got some nice models up in the air and back safely.

Hobbylab SR-71

It’s going up well so far

Great photos taken by Vernon.

Dons Estes Quest going up straight and true

Don and Johns Estes Black Star Voyagers on a drag race with Aerotech E15-4Ws

Three of the members toughed out the cold and had a nice pre Xmas launch.

Happy Holidays 🎄

Terrific Xmas card made by GRC member Vernon🎄