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KCAR Launch Report: November 3rd 2001 High Power Launch

Launch date and time: November 3rd, 2001, 11:00 AM.
Launch location: Zeilmann Field, Reading, KS.

Four new level-1 fliers! From left to right:
Emmanuel Camburako, Bill Hensley, Theo Asir, & Larry Zeilmann
Photo by Emmanuel Camburako
This was KCAR’s first high power launch. We used a field near Reading, Kansas, which belongs to a family member of one of our members, Larry Zeilmann. Thanks, Larry, for getting us access to the field.

Thanks also goes out to Nick Stich for handling all of the waiver paperwork. We were able to get a waiver to 11000 MSL (9920 AGL), but due to the low cloud ceiling we had to keep things low and couldn't take full advantage of the waiver. Nonetheless, the fog and clouds broke up enough that we were finally able to open the waiver late in the afternoon and get a few 'H' flights in, including four level 1 certification flights. All of the certification flights were successful, too. The following people achieved Level 1 HPR certification: Theo Asir, Larry Zeilmann, Bill Hensley, and Emmanuel Camburako.

Since this was our first time at this particular field and KCAR's first high power launch, we kept things pretty low-key, only advertising the launch to our club members. We wanted to make sure things went well before opening it up to the public. The launch went very well, and hopefully we can hold some official high power launches there a few times next year.

Total impulse expended: 3,577.0 Newton-seconds, like a partial L motor. There were two clustered flights (#4, #17) and no multi-stage flights. There were 10 rocketeers.

If you have pictures taken during this launch please let us know so that they can be posted on the web site. If you can scan them and save them as GIFs or JPGs that would be great. If not, a few of the club members have scanners and can get the pictures into digital format. Send e-mail for details.

Please send e-mail if any corrections need to be made to this launch report.

Launch Flyer's Name Rocket Name Motor(s) Notes
1 Dan Kirk Astron Space Plane A8-3
2 Jerome Tonneson Upscaled Mosquito B4-4
3 Dan Kirk Two Fins, No Kidding! A8-3
4 Tim Burger Ranger A8-3 x3
5 Theo Asir Sabre E9-6
6 Bill Hensley SR-71 C6-5
7 Larry Zeilmann Strong Arm F20-4W
8 Jerome Tonneson LongShot D9-4W
9 Emmanuel Camburako Maraudir C6-3
10 Larry Zeilmann Strong Arm F20-4W
11 Bill Hensley Estes Big Daddy E11-3J
12 Tim Burger Lizard Glider 1/2A2-2 NARTREK attempt.
13 Theo Asir Fat Boy E18-7W Lost a fin.
14 Pat Nelson Phantom-S G35-4
15 Tim Burger Lizard Glider 1/2A2-2 NARTREK attempt - successful.
16 Dan Kirk Astron Space Plane A8-3
17 Tim Burger Ranger B6-6 x3
18 Theo Asir Aerotech Mustange G33-5J
19 Jerome Tonneson Kitbashed Big Daddy D24-4T
20 Tim Burger Aerotech Airspike E16-7W
21 Jerome Tonneson Aerotech Mirage G64-4W
22 Dan Kirk Astron Space Plane B6-4 Looped during boost.
23 Larry Zeilmann Strong Arm F52-5T
24 Tim Burger Maxi-Alpha III E18-4W
25 Dan Kirk Two Fins, No Kidding! B6-4
26 Bill Hensley Estes Big Daddy E28-4T
27 Emmanuel Camburako Aerotech Airspike F20-7W Lost sight of it but it was recovered after a short search.
28 Dan Kirk Splat! C6-7
29 Emmanuel Camburako Maraudir C6-3
30 Jerome Tonneson IQSY Tomahawk E15-7W
31 Bill Hensley Big Brute G38-4FJ
32 Emmanuel Camburako Cherokee D D12-5
33 Pat Nelson Phantom-S G80-4T
34 Bill Hensley Big Brute G33-5J
35 Larry Zeilmann Aerotech Initiator F22-5J
36 Tim Burger Sprint Mag E28-4T
37 Emmanuel Camburako Maraudir C6-3
38 Bill Hensley Big Brute G33-5J
39 Theo Asir Sabre E9-6
40 Theo Asir AMRAAM E9-6
41 Nick Stich Aerotech Airspike F23-7FJ
42 Pat Nelson Phantom-S G35-4
43 Tim Burger Maxi-Alpha III E11-3J
44 Emmanuel Camburako Aerotech Airspike E18-7W
45 Bill Hensley Aerotech Airspike F23-7FJ
46 Larry Zeilmann Estes Prowler D12-5
47 Dan Kirk Aerotech Airspike F20-7W
48 Jerome Tonneson PML Endeavour H148W-S
49 Tim Burger Interceptor G F52-5T
50 Emmanuel Camburako Aerotech Airspike E18-7W
51 Theo Asir PML Quazar H73J-S Successful Level 1 Certification!
52 Larry Mills AMRAAM 2 H180W
53 Larry Zeilmann Astrobee D H128W-M Successful Level 1 Certification!
54 Tim Burger Interceptor G G64-7W
55 Bill Hensley Big Brute H128W-S Successful Level 1 Certification!
56 Emmanuel Camburako VB Extreme H123W-M Successful Level 1 Certification!
57 Tim Burger HARM E18-4W
58 Dan Kirk Aerotech Airspike F22-7J

Jerome gets the Endeavor ready for launch
Photo by Tim Burger
Total engines by class:
Type Qty. Notes
1/2A 2
A 6 Three in one flight.
B 6 Three in one flight.
C 5
D 4
E 14
F 10
G 9
H 6

Jerome’s PML Endeavor lifts off on an H148R
Photo by Tim Burger
Rockets making multiple flights:
Flights Rocket Rocketeer
Big Brute Bill Hensley
Aerotech Airspike Emmanuel Camburako
Phantom-S Pat Nelson
Strong Arm Larry Zeilmann
Sabre Theo Asir
Estes Big Daddy Bill Hensley
Ranger Tim Burger
Lizard Glider
Maxi-Alpha III
Interceptor G
Two Fins, No Kidding! Dan Kirk
Astron Space Plane
Aerotech Airspike

The Endeaver returns from a successful flight
Photo by
Number of flights per rocketeer:
Flights Rocketeer(s)
Tim Burger
Emmanuel Camburako, Bill Hensley, Dan Kirk
Theo Asir, Jerome Tonneson, Larry Zeilmann
Pat Nelson
Nick Stich, Larry Mills

Theo’s Quazar on a Black Jack propellant motor
Photo by Tim Burger

Larry Z’s Astrobee D
Photo by Tim Burger

Submitted byJerome Tonneson, NAR 76200.

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