(Harmon flying field, Aurora, OH. – June 12, 2010)

Artemis missions 17 and 18 launched, and were flawless – despite the winds being on the high side.

Artemis booster #2 was flown initially test flown on an Estes D12-5 for a low altitude flight to confirm that the wind speeds were still within the safety margin for the Artemis vehicles.  We called that mission ALS017A.  After that, we performed a full power flight on Booster 2 using the Estes E9-6.  Flight and recovery was perfect on both flights.

Booster #2 - liftoff of mission ALS017B

ALS017B mission conclusion...

Artemis booster #4, the newest and last one added to the fleet made its maiden voyage (ALS018A) on the Estes E9-6, and its lighter construction weight allowed it to make it to 1000 feet or so.   Recovery was perfect — in fact the booster landed about 50 feet away from the launch pad.  On a windy day like today, that was quite amazing!

Booster #4 - liftoff of mission ALS018A

We aimed for a bonus flight after that on booster #4– mission ALS018B.  Winds aloft were much higher as a cold front was moving through.  Liftoff was perfect, and so was recovery, though it landed quite a way north — landing just short of the dreaded tree line – where several other rockets were lost today.

Another view of ALS018A as Booster #4 soars into the sky...

Up and away!!! - ALS018A at around 500 feet -- half way to apogee. This is an extremely zoomed in and cropped photo...

A great day for the Artemis project.

We are looking ahead to the next scheduled mission in July, though there is a  slight chance we may try to fit in another launch this weekend (June 19) in Amherst on higher power engines.   We haven’t decided yet — and a lot depends on what we find in the post flight vehicle analysis.

More to come soon!

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