JPChan Photography: Blog en-us (C) JPChan Photography (JPChan Photography) Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:51:00 GMT Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:51:00 GMT JPChan Photography: Blog 96 120 AIRFEST19: Recap Launch Report, by Roy P.

Day 0: Thursday, 08.29.2013
Jay, Greg and Roy arrived on the field Thursday afternoon and began to set up the prep area. The Just Boys from Tucson got in and we pulled them in next to us. We had the chance to see some old friends. The Wildman started cooking up some killer steak sandwiches.


Day 1: Friday, 08.30.2013
Friday rolled in and we finished up setting everything up and started some prep on the Alpha and caught up with some more old friends. The rest of the team arrived in Argonia as well; young'uns from the north and rest of the AZ gang. 


Day 2: Saturday, 08.31.2013
We finished up prepping the Alpha, got it out to the pad and upright. It was getting hot and muggy out.

After we sent Bondo Boy to set the electronics and un-hook the support straps we were ready to press the button. We were also pressed for time to get the bird off the ground to be able to make the RSO duties. We opted not to get a group picture. 

JPC_0086JPC_0086 Post launch picture   

The up was beautiful, but due to some fin flutter and massive size of the fins, they ended up schredding on ascent. The nosecone and fin can made it back down on Susan's Blue cutes without any issue. It was safe and no one was hurt! We learned a few things so we are ok with the outcome. In reality, we had planned on scrapping everything but the fin can after the launch anyways and we got that and the expensive parts back.

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After the Alpha flew, several of us help out on range duty for a few hours. We were able to catch the Venus Probe launch that happened shortly after lunch.

Venus Probe Drag Race

Then it was time to disassemble the Alpha, yes there was some to take apart then we started prepping the N'osquito and then Scrambler.


Day 3: Sunday, 09.01.2013
We got out to the field early and were trying to beat the weather that was rolling in. The hard part was finding Troj and having him verify and sign the payload!!!


We got both of them out to the pads and set up next to each other as it was starting to rain. After a few real quick pictures (which we did not get with the Alpha) it was time to put these in the sky.

The first of the two was the N'osquito which had a great flight to about 1800' with parachutes coming out at the top and almost stuck the landing, dang uneven farm fields!

Since this was his first N motor, Roy was real happy with the flight. =)

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As soon as the N'osquito landed (since it floated right over the pads) we lofted a 4 pound ostrich egg in the Scrambler to an altitude of 2552' and landed it nice and soft without damage to the rocket, the egg or Roy.

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After all that, Greg and Kris helped the Just Boys get there 10" Thor off. Roy provided a wimpy red K939 for their 4"Thor was kicked it up there good. According to the preliminary data it went about 7,500' and broke Mach.

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With the time and the weather we have opted not to fly the Mean Machine so we could have today to watch a few flights. The Purdue kids had to leave early to return back to school, so all that was left was the build AZ build team to enjoy some BRAUMS!

JPCSD_0012JPCSD_0012After a day of successful flights, it was time for some BRAUMS!

Day 4: Monday, 09.02.2013
This was the final day of the launch. It was spent saying farewells and planning for next year. Roy and Jay had to roll out earlier to make the trek back to AZ, so what was left was the three stooges.

JPCSD_0015JPCSD_0015Then there were 3...
Enjoying a last night of good food and laughs at Granite City Food & Brewery.

Thank you KLOUDBUSTERS!! See you again next year!

]]> (JPChan Photography) airfest alpha argonia azrt blog kansas mosquito rockets scrambler updates Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT
SARA: DH2013 Recap Desert Heat 2013 was a success for both AZRT projects!

Saw many great flights.


Mean Machine flew flawlessly after a some in flight drama.

Had some great Night launches, Terry G's Glow Light Express met it's final retirement flight.

Mini Mosquito flew straight and landed perfectly back on its fins in a tail stand (2nd time that's been done!)
First time was for my L2 certification!

<Full report to come later this week>

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Vendor Updates A message from my vendor:
In order to help offset a fraction of our increased costs, we (vendor) felt it necessary to increase our prices slightly. 


I apologize for this is unfortunate news, but I hope you can understand the need to adjust prices to reflect real world changes.
Thank you for your continued support and business.

]]> (JPChan Photography) blog rockets updates Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:05:30 GMT
5 weddings, 1 Bachelorette Party, 3 Baby Showers later... Been a crazy 6 months celebrating:

  • pre-wedding party
  • weddings (x5)
  • sprinkle AIRFEST18 in the mix...
  • baby showers (x3)

Which equates to tons of eating, travelling and pictures...
I wouldn't change a thing because it's been a lot of fun seeing all my friends and celebrating!!


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Past ZF Updates My past updates


  • Desert Heat 2014: Mar. 29-30, 2014
    Home from SARA'S annual launch in Tucson.
    Pretty hectic this year: was prepping and launching my L3 attempt most of Saturday; AZRT launched the scrambler & initiator.





  • NOV. 2014: Family Sessions
    Christensen Family: Had a great time photographing your family at your reunion!
    Chen Family: Thank for the fun portrait session!

  • 2015: HAPPY NEW YEAR & Holidays from JPChan Photography!
    Had a crazy personal travel season towards the end of the year.


  • AZRT Build: Jan. 10 & 17, 2015
    • The team reconvened, did some planning. Roy showed off his new Christmas present: GPS Egg Finder.
    • Worked on piston concept design & figuring out the best motor combination




  • AZRT Build: Mar. 14, 2015:

    Happy PIE Day! AZRT celebrated with pie at lunch and then added some finishing touches to the Satelight Killer, before loading it into Jay's truck and prepping for Springfest! Joyce got her final weights for her project and also packed it up.
    Stay tuned for updates from this weekend!


  • SPRINGFEST: Mar. 21-22, 2015

  • Back from Jean. It was quite an eventful weekend! 3 successful L3 certs: Mark Rose, Mike Philo, & Joyce (ME!!) Saw lots of other successful launches!
  • AZRT's Satellite Killer did not fair as well. Only 1/3 motors lit on take off, 2nd one lit as the rocket left the rail causing it to spiral into the ground. We're determined to do a rebuilt of the project.


  • SARA: Desert Heat: Mar. 28-29, 2015
  • Back from Tucson. It was a toasty, but good launch! Always great seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Thank you SARA! 
    Pix to be uploaded throughout the week, stay tuned!



  • AIRFEST 21: Sept. 4-7, 2015
  • UPDATE: Finally HOME after 24hrs of transit, 4 airports & 4hrs of sleep = 2 very exhausted rocketeers!

    Huge thank you to the KloudBusters club for hosting another great AIRFEST!
    It was great seeing all of you again and meeting new people!
    Saw lots of great launches; unfortunately, for AZRT, things did not go as expected...

    Photos from the overall launch: (photos to be uploaded through out the week!)


  • SARA Launch: Sept. 20, 2015


  • AIRFEST 21: Sept. 4-7, 2015
  • UPDATE: Finally HOME after 24hrs of transit, 4 airports & 4hrs of sleep = 2 very exhausted rocketeers!
  • Huge thank you to the KloudBusters club for hosting another great AIRFEST!
    It was great seeing all of you again and meeting new people!
    Saw lots of great launches; unfortunately, for AZRT, things did not go as expected...
  • Photos from the overall launch:


  • SARA Desert Heat: Mar. 28-29, 2015
  • Back from Tucson. It was a toasty, but good launch!
    Always great seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Thank you SARA!
  • SARA Launch: April. 9, 2015
  • Been a while and lots have changed; good to see some of the old faces!
    Really missed attending the annual Desert Heat launch though...
  • Oct - Dec 2015
  • AZRT is taking a hiatus from Rocketry to pursue some other activities.
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!!


  • Feb 2016
  • Getting back into rockets! See you guys out there!
    AZRT is back in the shop and working on SK73 v2.0!



  • SARA Desert Heat: April 2, 2016 

  • Back from Tucson. Always great seeing old friends and meeting new ones! 
    Thank you SARA! 
]]> (JPChan Photography) azrt blog rockets updates Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:54:00 GMT
SARA: Night Launch - 2012.10.14 Couldn't have asked for a better weekend, weather-wise in Tucson, AZ to get back into rockets after about a month hiatus from the field.  Highs were in 80's and lows dipped into the 55F range after sunset with minimal wind. There was a high attendance of little kids with their families. Flights started a little after 6PM. I got out to the field around 6:30PM and got a chance to catch up with Eric B (LCO). The night launch regulars were in attendance - Terry G with his Glowlight Express, Dan P with this Aurora, and Stephen W with his SubZero & FireBall. There were some new faces on the LPR pads which was pretty cool. Since this was close to Halloween season, there were lots of rockets adorned with glowsticks and super bright LEDs. Many of the Ups were good, but one of my favorite shots of the night was from one that came spiraling back down after deployment.

Rest of the images from the night:

Favorite shot of the night


]]> (JPChan Photography) Night Launch SARA rockets Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:26:00 GMT
LDRS29 – 2010 This was my first time going out to LDRS (Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships)/ROC event.  We returned back late Sunday evening. Overall, it was great experience to see the large/crazy projects and meeting new people. Definitely not complaining about the weather that was out there (aside from the windy conditions). =D



The 1st day we were there was still really windy with a few brave fliers. It was the first time in LDRS history that no flying was done on the first day of LDRS, due to 50+ mph wind gusts (we felt it driving into CA that night). We just wandered around looking at people's projects that were laid out. A Cal Poly Architecture class was out attempting to finish their final projects - successfully complete 2 flights & recover their architecture models (Dubai Tower, Taipei 101, Russian Tower, etc).

Photo by: Nahcpj Photography
Never knew Taipei 101 could fly!

We decided not to go back for the night launch, since the RSO had mentioned that the odds of the range opening again were slim (later heard that only a couple of small ones went off and the PRS team decided to play around with light painting).


Most of the fun & large projects went on this day. The 29 Mass Squat launch at 7AM, was pretty nuts with squats flying everywhere. One panel ended up not firing, so there was a take two for them. Too bad not everyone went with skids, that would have been fun. There was a drag race between seven N10,000 Skidmarks which proved to be quite a sight (it had been postponed from Friday due to high winds and rail button issues). We saw Kari Byron from the Mythbusters show on the Discovery Channel throughout the weekend. There was another mass launch (Sweet Sixteen Drag Race, on J1999N motors) that ended CATO-ing right above Kari while she was filming. She didn't seem phased at all.

29 Mass Squat Launch
Kari Byron, Photo Credit: Tasty Chicken
7 N10,000
7 N10,000

Arizona Rocketry Team had another great performance with their Patriot battery.

1/2 Scale Patriot Battery
1/2 Scale Patriot Battery

Punk Rocket Scientists team with their Interceptor had a great up and suffered repairable damage on the way down.

PRS Interceptor
PRS Interceptor

Delta 2 team had an unfortunate accident due to the triggering of the staging circuitry causing the separation charge to discharge and lighting the 2nd stage motor. 3 people were injured (2 of which were spectators), causing the range to be shutdown and two had to be air evac'd. Last I heard, they were OK and were due to be released Monday. Range was later re-opened, but spirits were dampened.

Delta 2 Team
Delta 2 Team

The night launches were somewhat conservative and limited, but still cool to watch. I think many of the rocketeers were at the LDRS banquet that was also taking place at the same time. I don't blame people for not wanting to navigate through the trenches in the middle of the night looking for their rockets. 

Night Launch
Night Launch


Much of the weekend crowd dwindled when we were prepping to leave. Galactica flew in the morning. Jack (Whats up hobbies) had a N10,000 Drag race with another person with a Patriot. We caught the main event for Sunday, Wildman project on an O Skidmark before having to leave to return to reality on Monday.


Wildman Darkstar - O Motor


]]> (JPChan Photography) azrt ldrs rockets Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:36:00 GMT
Blogging Attempt I haven't really been much of a blogger, but usually there's always a back story to things... 

So here's to my attempt at capturing that.
Wish me luck! ^_^


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