Images from NARAM44
August 6, 2002
Excel-Plus with J350 Aerotech motor.
My level 1 and 2 certification rocket has had it's final flight. The ejection charge failed to fire and the vehicle impacted in a Texas pasture. The flight was on Monday but I was unable to find it that day. Tuesday morning I was out at daybreak and used a GPS to extend the probable impact zone. I also reasoned that first thing in the morning would be slightly cooler. I managed to find it after about 45 minutes of searching. The impact point was .47 miles from the launch pad.
After recovery the casing was found to be intact with a lot of other components. There were 2 cans of diet coke aboard that were destroyed on impact. I'm really amazed at the fragmentation effect as shown below.