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Saucer Duration
The club challenge for 2013 was to build a flying saucer powered by black powder motors and keep it airborne for as long as possible.  The only limitation was that the total motor impulse had to be G or below.

As usual, there was a lot of innovation by club members.  In fact there was so much innovation that the SFR (successful flight ratio) was less than optimal.  Recycling played its part in this year's competition with parts of Wheatabix packets and lids from Costa Coffee cups being used.

When it comes to performance we all re-learned the lesson that simple is best.  On the other hand, complex can be far more entertaining!

Dave Bishop was the winner with a 14.66 second flight by his Wheatabix box saucer, with Dave Tranter as a close second with a saucer based on a Costa coffee lid.

It was decided to allow the time for Dave Bishop's rack saucer "Plumbers Mate", even thought it landed while still under power.  No time was subitted for Phil's "Scary Balsa Thing" as the timekeeper couldn't decide which bit of debris to track.
Position Name Saucer Name Motors Time Remarks
1 Dave Bishop Wheatabix D12-0 14.66 sec
2 Dave Tranter Costa C6-3 11.56 sec
3 Dave Bishop Texas Two-step C6-0, A8-3 8.06 sec Staged
4 Dave Bishop Plumbers Mate 4 x D12-0 7.97 sec Rack rocket
5 Dave Bishop Decaffetator 3 x D12-3, 1 x D12-0 in booster to D12-0 in sustainer 5.82 sec Clustered and staged
6 Dave Tranter Costa two C6-0 to C6-3 3.34 sec Staged
7 Phil Charlesworth ScaryBalsaThing D12-0, C6-0, 3xC6-3 Indeterminate Clustered and staged
Costa Repairs to Decaffitator.  There's not much in rocketry that can't be fixed with bodge tape. Decaffetator beforeits maiden flight Decaffetator after its maiden flight
Plumbers mate with a full load of D12-0 Plumbers mate after.  Most of it survived. Scary balsa thing.  I wonder where it landed. Texas Twostep.