Cherokee-L Launch






Maiden and final flight of the Cherokee-L. The Cherokee-L was an 8:1 scale up of the Estes Cherokee-D making it 12 foot 4 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter. It weighed in at 46 pounds. It was designed and built by Brian and Mike Tripp.

The motor was a re-loadable ISP-L952 rated with an impulse of 5120 N-sec.

The rocket was scratch built using components from CCA (California Consumer Aeronautics); a premier supplier of Hi-Power components of the day.

Failure of the ejection system sent this rocket into the impact zone. The resulting tooth pics filled about three garbage bags.

The launch was at the old Tripoli Prefecture #5 Coyote Wells Test site near Ocotillo, CA.