September 11, 2004 Launch Report

The Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society held a launch on September 11th 2004 at Samson, AL. The weather conditions were mostly cloudy skies in the morning with some light rain mixed in. In the afternoon the sun came out for several hours. There were 27 flyers with 125 flights total. This makes this launch the biggest for SEARS 572 in terms of flyers and flights.

The Patriot's Day launch was observed with Red, White and Blue clothing and rockets. This launch was notable in having 24 high power flights. We had two vistors from HARA in Huntsvile, Max Gray and Lee Brock doing high power flights. Frank Jones brought his Miss Liberty which had a central K1275 redline with air start at 1.8 sec of two H 180s and air start at 2.8 sec of two H 238s. I believe this to be the most complex high power rocket flown at a SEARS launch.

Likewise, there were several Level 1 and Level 2 Certification Attempts. The following certs were attained:

John Hansel NAR Level 2 with a 1/2 Scale Patriot on a AMW K650

Chris Short TRA Level 2 with Loc Precision EZI 65 on a AMW J370 Green Gorilla

Greg Lane NAR Level 2 with a BSD Thor on a J350

Jasmine Bean TRA Level 1 with a Loc Precision Caliber ISP named KISS on a H180M

Tim McQueen NAR Level 1 with a Public Enemy Patriot 3in on a H123M

John Worley recertified TRA Level 1 and Level 2 on his "Support Our Troops" scratch rocket with an I211 and a J350


We were happy to see Christa Harris and the Pace High Students in attendance preparing for the Team America Rocketry Challenge. They have offered to sell concessions at the field and retrieving rockets for a donation! Their team will need funds for rocket materials and a trip to the finals.

Thanks for the high participation of flyers and spectators. Hope to see all at our next launch October 9th at Samson AL


Flight Card Info:
Flight Cards

Note: Our flight cards are now entered into a on-line database on the SEARS 572 website. You can go to this link and query by date or flyer.

Launch Day Weather Info:

Time Conditions Feels Like Wind
08:11:12 Mostly Cloudy 72 F 72 F  at 7 mph
09:04:23 Cloudy 73 F 73 F  at 8 mph
09:59:28 Light Rain 75 F 79 F EAST at 5 mph
10:34:19 Cloudy 77 F 81 F EAST at 8 mph
11:34:18 Light Rain Shower 73 F 73 F EAST at 6 mph
12:34:17 Mostly Cloudy 75 F 79 F EAST at 5 mph
13:04:17 Mostly Cloudy 81 F 86 F  at 8 mph
13:57:46 Mostly Cloudy 81 F 86 F  at 8 mph
14:34:15 Mostly Cloudy 82 F 88 F Variable at 1 mph
15:34:14 Light Rain Shower 86 F 93 F  at 6 mph
16:04:14 Partly Cloudy 84 F 92 F NorthEast at 9 mph
16:34:14 Light Rain with Thunder 75 F 78 F  at 8 mph