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6 months 1 week ago #308 by mcfrye2014
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Silly Question:  National Sport Launches - is it just 3-days of launch?  Are there any contests or special events?  Never been to one - just a NARAM - THANKS!

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6 months 1 week ago #309 by achoward
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Mostly launches. One of the local vendors is going to try again for a H-J contest. (He offered the same contest at Thunderstruck, but not sure how many participated.) Details on IN Rocketry's site.
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6 months 1 week ago #310 by dhabegger1
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Hey!

I'm actually planning on going. Gonna try to do my L2 there. (We'll see...lol).

Here's the link for the event. You kinda need to dig around a bit to get to all the details you might need, but seems pretty well put together.

NSL EAST 2023

Anyone else going? 
 

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6 months 1 week ago #311 by achoward
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Yes, I'm signed up for it, have a hotel rm in Danville, IL. I did volunteer to do a shift. I plan to launch Stinky on a K-805G, my 2-stager on an I-345 to H-110, and the Blue Iguana V on a M-1350.
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5 months 3 days ago #327 by dhabegger1
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Saw a couple of you there!

The first day was windy with windspeeds upward of 13MPH (some of my stuff, most notably my Bullet Bobby XXL did NOT like the wind lol). Saturday was a much better day weather-wise with a much bigger flyer turnout. Some really awesome people/flights out there. I didn't get to stay for Sunday as well as I had to get my kids back home to prep for the next week of school, so I can't speak to that day. 

Did manage to get my L2 cert flight accomplished. The folks at Indiana Rocketry Inc. were very hospitable and were excellent hosts.

Also, very cool to meet some of the vendors in person and we all got to hang out with astronaut Woody Hoburg who was very down to earth (no jokes intended!). 

Anyone else want to throw in on your experience with NSL-East? 
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5 months 3 days ago - 5 months 3 days ago #328 by achoward
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Had a great time at NSL-E hosted by the Indiana Rocketry group! A big thank you to Bryan, Mark, Emet, and Ken for help with the Blue Iguana V! Bryan’s truck really helped out hauling it and us out to the far away pad. And a big thank you to the landowner, Tony, along with Ken, for helping me retrieve it in IL!
Now data:
Blue Iguana V   on a M-1350. The MissileWorks RRC2L reported out 6798’ with a max velocity of 709 fps. The Stratologger reported out 6808’ (see trace). This averages to 6803’ vs. a RockSim estimate of 6600’. There was a problem with the communications between the Wilson units so the pad time was long resulting in my BoosterVision camera timing out so I don’t have video of the launch.
The Terrier/Sandhawk flew on an I-345 to an H-110. It was a great flight with telemetry all the way. Sustainer went to 4158’ and booster coasted to 1255’. Both landed very close to the pad they started from. Unfortunately, the on board video camera lost sync with the sound. So, I’m going to need some suggestions for a better camera! For this flight I used a separation charge of 0.6 s after burnout of booster and then sustainer ignition at 1.2 s. Video does show the separation of the booster from the sustainer before firing.
The StinkySewer Pipe flew on a J540 Redline. A very nice flight landing not far from the pad even in the wind on Friday. The MissileWorks RRC2+ reported 2904’ and the Quantum (with telemetry) reported 2892’ for an ave of 2898’. This time my RockSim was estimated at 2894’. I was also testing a new batch of MJG Firewires as backups and they worked fine.
Prometheus 3 was sent up on a J270. The Eggtimer Quark reported 2710’ and the Quantum (with telemetry plugged into the PA) reported 2694’ for an ave of 2702’. My RockSim estimate was 2703’. Nice boost, but the main tangled with the shock cords and didn’t inflate, but no damage.
Woody Hoburg, a current NASA astronaut gave an outstanding talk at the banquet Saturday night. He grew up with model and HP rockets and shared some of his early experiences that he and his Dad were involved with. They were doing some sophisticated stuff back in the early 2000’s. Gary Rosenfield shared details of the construction of the new Aerotech facility. Great weekend!
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