Launch Date: May 6, 2000

 

Rocket: 4 inch AMRAAM

 

Motor: J350

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: A second 4 inch AMRAAM was built and had a successful Tripoli Level 2 flight to 2223 feet. The AMRAAM weighed 18 pounds at liftoff and was launched from a standard blacksky rail. A G-Whiz Deluxe altimeter was used to control a perfect dual deployment recovery

 

Launch Date: May 7, 2000

 

Rocket: 5.38 inch Magnum

 

Motor: K700

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: The Magnum had a great flight to 4500 feet on an Aerotech K700. The G-Whiz Deluxe deployed the drogue at apogee as planned and the rocket fell to 400 feet. When the main parachute deployed, the shock cord connection failed and the lower section of airframe fell to the ground and was severly damaged. The nosecone, electronics and recovery systems were recovered. The nosecone is now part of the Forte' project.

 

Launch Date: May 27, 2000

 

Rocket: 4 inch AMRAAM

 

Motor: J350

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: Great flight to 2229 feet. Perfect dual deployment recovery. Landing was about 150 yards from the pads.

 

Launch Date: May 27, 2000

 

Rocket: 4 inch Phoenix

 

Motor: I211

 

Cert Level: Level 1 (H-I)

 

Flight Details: Great flight on an I211 reload. Apogee estimated to be at 1500 feet. Recovered about 200 yards from the pad.

 

Launch Date:  July 29, 2000

 

Rocket:  4 inch AMRAAM

 

Motor:  K550

 

Cert Level:  Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Log:  This was the first flight on an Aerotech K550. Apogee was reported by the G-Whiz Deluxe to be 5449 feet. Recovery was done using dual deployment and a Rocketman R9C parachute as the main parachute. The rocket did find the trees at Whitakers but was close enough to the ground to be retreived without too much effort.

 

Launch Date: October 12, 2001

 

Rocket: 4 inch AMRAAM

 

Motor: K550

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: This was the second flight on a K550. Apogee estimated to be near 6000 feet. Recovered about 1 mile from the pads due to early parachute deployment.

 

 

 

 

Launch Date: October 12, 2001

 

Rocket: 4 inch IRIS

 

Motor: K185

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: Great flight to over 4000 feet on the long burn K185. Dual deployment recovery worked great using the G-Whiz Deluxe. The rocket was recovered about 100 yards from the pad.

 

Launch Date: July 28, 2002

 

Rocket: 5.38 inch Forte'

 

Motor: J350

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: This was a flight test for the blacksky Advanced Recovery Retention Device (ARRD) and the recovery system design that is to be used in the two-stage Standard Missile. Post flight inspection showed that the ARRD did not release because of you MUST use two e-matches so that the hole is plugged and no gas pressure escapes. I only used one match! This is a hard and pricey lesson. I did phone the manufacturer and recommended that the techical documentation be updated. I built the Forte with a removeable electronics bay and decided to use PML plastic rivets to secure the payload bay to the airframe. During the hard landing, the payload bay slid. My blacksky ALTAAC was mounted through the airframe and payload bay and was cracked into two pieces when the bay slid. Simulations of the flight predicted an apogee of 780 feet.

 

Launch Date: August 11, 2002

 

Rocket: 5.38 inch Forte

 

Motor: J415

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: This flight was a fully successful test flight using the ARRD for recovery. Apogee was by the new ALTAAC 2C to be 1832 feet. Dual deployment recovery using the ARRD worked perfectly and the rocket was recovered without any damage.

 

Launch Date: March 15, 2003

 

Rocket: 5.38 inch Forte'

 

Motor: K600

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: Great flight to 3974 feet on the Animal Motor Works K600 White Wolf motor. Dual deployment recovery using the ARRD was a success.

 

Launch Date: August 8, 2004

 

Rocket: 5.38" Forte'

 

Motor: J-415

 

Cert Level: Level 2 (J-K)

 

Flight Details: This was a test flight of my Defy Gravity Tether unit. The Forte' is my testbed rocket for my other big projects. I have been using ARRDs and have had multiple apogee releases. The Tether was being tested as a replacement. The flight was perfect! The Aerotech J-415 pushed the Forte' to 1650 feet and dual deployment recovery using a blacksky ALTAAC2C worked as planned. My ARRDs are now retired!

 

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