The team conducted many flight tests out on the mesa. We launched with team Delta. This was our first launch of the rocket we built, the Pioneer. We only got off one launch that day and it was a test launch with no ballast. We went to 1032 feet. But this gave us good data to start with. We had intended on launching a few more times, but our lovely New Mexico winds kicked up and we had to scrap those plans.
Tuesday January 27th
We were rushing and probably shouldn't have been, but it was a school night and it gets dark fast in the winter. On Tuesday, January 27th we lost the Pioneer. We did not assemble the motor correctly, the ejection charge went off too soon at a high velocity, and ripped parachute. We lost her. RIP Pioneer.
The Final Flight of The Pioneer