Test flight, new aerial photos

I recently had a successful test flight of my newest and most sophisticated rocket to date. This is a 2.6" rocket with a 54mm motor
mount, designed for two-stage flights. Its fins are made from 1/8" honeycomb composite from Giant Leap.
The interstage coupler has thin carbon fiber rods that slide into channels between the second stage's motor mount tube and airframe. A PerfectFlite mini-timer is built into the coupler, along with a locator siren to assist in recovery of the booster.
The second stage uses a PerfectFlite altimeter for deployment, in a unique ducted electronics bay which permits use of motor ejection as a backup. The power switch and ejection charge connections are on the outside the bay's access panel. A separate, smaller panel provides access for install the ejection charges. The whole setup is intended to make prep fast and easy.
The 35mm camera payload is controlled by a custom electronic timer and also contains a locator siren.
A smaller rocket was launched alongside the large rocket in hopes of getting pics of it in flight.
The flight of the two-stager went very well, with only two small problems. First, the interstage coupler drag-separated where it joins the booster. Ignition of the second stage motor occurred at about the same time, before the igniter could be pulled out of the motor. However, the drag-separation did cause the second stage to angle over a bit. On the plus side, the second stage was rock-steady, with no spin at all.
The second problem occurred at ejection when the motor retention failed, resulting in the loss of a brand new casing.
Altitude was 5602 feet. All components except for the lost motor were quickly and safely recovered. I then spent the next several hours searching fruitlessly for the motor, in temps that reached 115 degrees, before calling it a day. The photos from both flights turned out great, and can be seen here:
http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumIndex?u009006&a0098271&f=0
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On 25 Jul 2005 15:55:28 -0700, " snipped-for-privacy@aol.com"

Sweet shots, Ray! Thanks for posting.
Eldred
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Eldred Pickett wrote:

Thanks Eldred! I have some even better stuff planned for my annual Nevada camping and rocketry trip coming up next week.
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