EZI-65-Just prior to sunset launch2015-11-14 17:29:00Z
The rocket was launched just prior to sunset of the EZI-65 images from NEFAR. Low light = long exposure times, so most are blurry, but still cool.
Due to a previous CATO, rocket now has some spin (16 revolutions in 24 second ascent).
Rocket is equipped with two GPS units with a proven track record, so I knew worse case I could come and pick it up in the morning. Rocket is also equipped with two completely independent dual deployment systems and independent deployment pyro. Each pyro has dual e-matches for redundancy. In total there are 4 ejection charges, and 8 e-matches.
It was great seeing it go up like that with stratus clouds blocking out a good portion of the sunset light!
I used the greatest tilt of a high altitude launch yet of 4 degrees. Landing was fairly close due to tilt.
The first image is at apogee.
The second image is a shot of the field - At first I thought the odd pattern on the field was the smoke trail, but after watching the descent video, it is in-fact a chevron cloud pattern
The third is a shot of the east coast, you can see the ocean and a band of clouds over it.
The forth image is a shot of my backup main 'chute charge.Apogee was 9035 rather than 9500 due to wind.
Thank you Jeff Capehart for excellent ground footage!