And now for something completely different… Pirate flags are the first sign…
Team Numb comfortably launched a fat rocket on a P7000 motor to loft a full beer keg over a mile high straight up.
• Keg: 175 lbs of beer. Roots. From Oregon.
• Motor: 60 lbs of Alumaflame solid rocket propellant (looks like gray styrofoam, but burns in a violet flame). This home brew P motor is twice as big as what you can buy, and you can buy a cruise missile booster from Cesaroni Aerospace in Canada.
• Altitude: 6,100 ft. Perfect flight.
• Results: Beer shaken, not stirred, and tapped at the landing site.
The launch donut stayed on the nosecone for a surprisingly long time. The rear-deployed chute shredded under the strain, reducing but not eliminating its effectiveness. So, the keg returneth…. much like the Mars landing bounce:
Here is the team video, with a hearty roar:
I just love the voices… From the team videographer:
“OMG… it’s out dude. OMG. It worked!”
(such faith in the project. ;-) and the event LCO (Launch Control Officer):
And there was much rejoicing at the landing site.