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First Rocket Launch of the Year

On Saturday, October 15th, the SSI rockets team set out on it’s 7th group rocket launch, located at the Tripoli Central California launch site. This was also the first time SSI did a night launch. While no primary projects were launching this weekend, we got a new member certified, flew an experiment camera setup, and had a lot of fun.

During the day, we had three new L1 certification attempters, Andrew Nguyen, Eldrick Millares, and Jake Hillard. Due to some complications involving a lost rocket and grease mixed in with the black powder ejection charge on one of the rockets, only Jake Hillard successfully got the certification.
 
Also, John Dean launched a 360 fly camera on a fiberglass 4” rocket with a clear polycarbonate notecone. The flight went well, however there were some issues with the camera before launch and it didn’t record the flight. The camera is still fully intact though, and we plan to get some cool videos next launch.
 
 
While at the launch site, we heard that they needed an “expendable” rocket with a 54mm motor mount. Some of the gentlemen running the launch had a brand new, semi-experimental Aerotech K2050 motor that they wanted to try out on a rocket that may not make it back in one piece. John bravely offered up his old Firestorm 54, the rocket that he got his L1 and L2 certifications on. It was the third ever flight of this motor, and the result was very entertaining. The motor suffered a Catastrophic failure At Lift Off (CATO), and the nozzle of the motor was blown out. Hopefully we will get pictures of the event from some of the folks at TCC in the near future.
 
Lastly, we had some great night flights from Marie Johnson and Logan Herrera, and thanks to Andrew we got some awesome long exposure pics.
 

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Rockets July 16th Launch

On July 16th, 4 Rockets team members drove to the Tripoli Central California launch site for SSI's 7th rocket launch of the year. After a long day in the 100° weather, we came back with 3 completely successful flights, a new L2 certification, and one exciting semi-successful flight.

First flight of the day: Logan Herrera's FFF

Demonstration of the consequences of incorrect motor assembly. However, recovery on this flight was flawless
Logan Herrera's recovey of the inagural flight of the Spectator III, a 5.5 inch rocket with many more lights yet to come
Sadly, one of the planned flights of the day was scrubbed due to an altimeter demonstraiting odd behavour just before it was planned to launch. That flight was going to attempt to capture 360° video through a clear nosecone from a 4k resolution camera, generously donated to us by 360 Fly. The camera is awesome, and we can't wait to fly it next month!

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