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Day 142 - Casual Flights - Last day at Doonside
22nd February 2014
Location:Doonside, NSW, Australia
Conditions:Partly cloudy, light breeze 5-10km/h23C
Team Members at Event: PK, and GK,
Today was the last launch day at Doonside. Unfortunately the
NSWRA club has had to relocate due to the ever expanding urban
sprawl in Sydney. We've been watching the housing expand right next to the
flying field over the past couple of years, and knew that time
was limited. The new location
isn't as large and is about 10 minutes further than Doonside, but
it should still be fine for most of our rockets. The club is
also looking at a number of high power launch sites where we
will be able to launch much bigger rockets than at Doonside.
For the last launch at Doonside we decided to just bring a
few of the smaller rockets. (We're still flat out working on the
The first flight of the day was continued the roll
correction flights from last time. The flight went well and on
video review we noticed that the trim this time was too much in
the other direction so we put some trim back in.
On the second
flight the rocket went up well but the parachute got snagged on
a fin and failed to inflate properly. The rocket came down nose
first. The nosecone fairing was damaged as was the top bottle,
but all the electronics survived so it will be an easy repair.
Again the ejection mechanism survived the crash mostly intact.
The video though turned out great and the rocket had virtually
no roll during the entire ascent.
We've seen quite a few people using the new keychain cameras
#16 V3) that already come fitted with a wide angle lens so a couple of
months ago we bought one in preparation for some of the bigger
projects we want to fly at the high power launch site. We used
the camera on this launch to evaluate its performance. The wide
angle allows you to see so much more of the ground. We were
quite happy with the performance.
The last 3 launches of
the day were all with foam, with the
last 2 launched at 125psi. All the
flights went well and landed safely.
Other than the small tangle it was a
very good day for rockets. There were
quite a few pyro rockets launched on G motors and a couple on H's as
Some of the rockets flown by
members on the day
Coming in for a soft landing
Downloading video between
Locking up Doonside for the last
Here is a highlights video from
The next launch report should come from the
new launch site.