CENJARS April 2021 Launch Report

CENJARS April 2021 Launch Report

Our April 18th launch was an egg-ceptional success. If that pun wasn’t an obvious enough hint, we held our annual egg loft this month and everyone was scrambling to get their egg rockets to the pad. The goal was simple, loft your egg towards the heavens and recover it successfully. Prizes were awarded for the longest and shortest duration flights in which the eggs were recovered intact. In all, including flights by the TARC teams in attendance, there were 13 launches completed that were carrying a raw egg payload. While some of these flights saw their eggs return sunny side up, fun was had by all who participated and the winners left with another kit for the build pile.

Outside of the egg lofting, we had plenty of fantastic flights from a variety of color-themed rockets that took to the skies this month, such as Dylan’s Flying Skittles and Eric’s Pink Panther; both of which were launched on C6-5s. Lucas flew his Little Green Man, a fun rocket which his grandfather, John, built for him. This kit from Odd’l Rockets is actually a flying green alien! Keeping with the color motif, a trio “Der Red Max” rockets blasted off that afternoon. Franz flew his Der Red Rook Max on a Q-Jet C12 and I launched my Mega Der Red Max on an Aerotech F67. Joe Z also used an F67 to launch his Mega Der Blue Max. This twist on the classic looked great on the pad wearing custom vinyl decals from stickershock23.com, a legendary source for upscaled and reimagined decals in the model rocketry community. Joe had a camera strapped to the side of the Blue Max and got some awesome footage of the flight; you can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqgZ0rdV9eY

There were a total of 44 flights during the April launch. Here is the motor breakdown:

A- 3
B- 6
C- 15
D- 8
E- 9
F- 2
G- 1

Since April’s launch was delayed by both Easter and bad weather, we’ll be back out on the field in just a few days! Get those Mercury Redstones ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic flight for America at our launch on Sunday, May 2nd.

John Falcone

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