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Old 04-08-2019, 12:06 PM
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CTI G78-B CATO on first flight.
Damage to sustainer when it hit the ground.

Photo courtesy Kevin Harnack.
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Ugh.
Major bummer.
Shoulda used Aerotech....
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On the pad.



In the air. (credit to Kevin Harnack)

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Old 06-04-2019, 01:59 PM
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CTI G78-B CATO on first flight.
Damage to sustainer when it hit the ground.

Photo courtesy Kevin Harnack.


I've been reading a lot about CTI catos. They supposedly sent out a bulletin about a fix to their distributors. After some of the stuff I've read, I don't think I'll ever use their stuff.

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Old 06-04-2019, 03:10 PM
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The photo above was a replacement CTI Pro38 1G G78 blue streak. It staged to a CTI Pro24 1G E22 Smokey Sam.

I like the starter pellets in the CTI motors - especially for sustainers. They light easily with an ematch - well within the capabilities of LiPo powered altimeters.

I still have at least one motor - a G115 White Thunder - that has a starter pellet from the faulty batch. I'll cut it in half as instructed and carry on.

I'll criticize CTI for not doing their own quality control on vendor supplies parts/materials. This is the second time in my few years of flying (it looks like I'm 6 years a BAR) that CTI has been bitten by trusting their suppliers. They're not alone - it's happened to SpaceX, too - but still...
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UTE-TOMAHAWK and PAIUTE-TOMAHAWK info . . .
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I'll criticize CTI for not doing their own quality control on vendor supplies parts/materials. This is the second time in my few years of flying (it looks like I'm 6 years a BAR) that CTI has been bitten by trusting their suppliers. They're not alone - it's happened to SpaceX, too - but still...


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