BALLS 2016

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Andy, Chris, Eric, and Randy went to BALLS 25 and at this writing they are on their way home. Here is launch report that Andy sent on Saturday evening.

So here's the run down on today's launches! Chris attempted to start the day off with his 3" rocket on a CTI M3700 motor. Antenae issues forced him to reschedule the launch until this afternoon. Once it flew, I can only say WOW! A 21lbs rocket with a motor pumping out 40x more thrust. It pulled 57G off the pad and essentially disappeared into the sky. Telemetry stayed solid and showed Mach 2.2 and over 23k'. The tiny canards on the front of his rocket actually showed some serious signs of aerodynamic induced heating. Yup! So fast, the fins started melting! Perfect recovery 2.4 miles downrange.

Eric was up next with his 2-stage. A few false alarm launch attempts before it leaped off the pad into the sky on an EX N motor booster going to an CTI N sustainer. Both motors were BIG 98mm cases. Booster stage looked great but the separation and ignition of the sustainer had some issues. Both halves were eventually recovered. Data from the altimeters showed at max alt of 66,800'. Not a perfect flight but an improvement from last year as well as an altitude record for any Tripoli Houston member. He is already planning improvements needed for next year.

Next up was Randy with his minimum diameter 4" flying on a long burn N motor. The boost was perfect until burnout and a few seconds later, one of the altimeters appeared to fire the apogee charge as it was still rapidly ascending. Max alt was 14k' which was far below what it should have been. Recovery was completed but the beautiful metal fin can and motor case are stil missing. Search teams will resume tomorrow morning. Last flight was my EZI65 (my old L1 and L2 rocket) flying on a n EX K765. I remember my L2 cert flight hit just over 5k' and with a J. This flight took the bird up to 7,400' with a perfect recovery just over a half mile away.  

On Sunday Andy flew one last flight on his first M research motor and reached an altitude of altitude of 15,200 ft. before packing up.

Comicpalooza 2016

We were at Comicpalooza again this year, which was held on June 17, 18, and 19. The club had a booth set up in the Maker area, and we talked to a lot of people about rockets, and the launches over the weekend. The phrase I heard most was, I flew rockets as kid.....  With quite a few people expressing interest in attending a launch. LumaDyne once again loaned us their video display system. Along with the video they made for us, there were several other rocket videos playing simultaneously. Overall I would say it was a very successful outreach.

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Waller High School Outreach

2016 Waller High School Air Force JROTC Rocket Contest — at Waller High School.

About 120 JROTC cadets from all over the Houston area. MANY rocket launches with many groups taking home prizes and trophies. Several demonstration flights with Estes G engines but most flights were A and B impulse. Christopher Hobbs, Ken Lee and Andy Berger were onsite representing the hobby and Tripoli Houston 002.


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New L3 fliers

Tripoli Houston had several fliers attend the Labor Day weekend launch AIRFest 21 in Kansas. Two of our fliers,  Jacob Berger, and Jimmy Higham had successful Level 3 certification flights. Congratulations to Jacob and Jimmy.    

Texas A&M Launch Report

Over the years Tripoli Houston has helped the organizations of different schools get their members certified, and assist with projects. Recently we saw two Texas A&M groups fly their completed projects. First up was the Sounding Rocket Team. They have been working on a project for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. Club members for the past year have been answering questions and offering guidance to the team. Finally ready to test the rocket, and launch system, the team came in force to the April launch. The team had a successful flight, and are working on a couple of tweaks before heading off to the competition.

Sounding Rocket Team April launch video

The Senior Design Rocket group brought their project to the May launch. They also used the portable pad from the April launch so they could get more experience setting it up, and check out a couple modifications. Despite having to make a last minute modification to the rocket, they also had a successful flight.

Senior Design Rocket May launch video

Both groups left happy with their flights, and are looking forward to working with us next year on their projects.


Comicpalooza was held over the Memorial Day weekend in Houston, and we were invited to setup a booth. We were there for all four days of the event, and met a lot of interesting people. Fairy princesses, to people who actually work at NASA came by the booth, and expressed interest in attending our launches.

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Thanks to all of the club members who helped make the booth a success, and hopefully we will see some new faces at the next launches.

May 2013 Launch Report

The forcasted rain did not show up, not even a drop.  Wind was moderate but blowing the wrong direction, towards the swamp.  Royce, James, and Harry had excursions into the dark regions.  All recovered.
Jim Jarvis paid his respects to the rocket gods by delivering MOST EXCELLENT Kolaches prior to picking up his slightly damaged rocket from last month.
Farthest travelled to the site was a rocketeer from Iowa.  We thank him very much for all of his assistance.
Overall, a fairly light launch day as we only had 12 flights:
L2 Certs   0  
L1 Certs   0  
HP   6  
LP   6  
L      0  
K      1  
J      1  
I        2  
H     1  
Prangs, Boinks and Flamejobs:   1  (Harry's FrankenKermit had a tangled chute)
We had one membership renewal and a few more new faces
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