Last Launch Of 2016 This Saturday

This Saturday at Mill Springs Academy is the last launch of 2016, from Noon to 5PM. This is a low to mid power launch; try not to go much over 1000 ft for best chance of recovery. We recommend no more power than D impulse unless your name is Steve Bellio, or you otherwise know what you’re doing!

The good news about the weather is that it should be sunny and very little wind. The bad news is that it will probably be really cold, with highs around 47 degrees (though that is about seven degrees better than we thought at the first of the week!).

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Kevin Boyd’s Photos From Tifton Turkey Launch

30504521724_af091ec05d_zWhile we’re waiting for a report from this past weekend’s launch in Tifton, enjoy Kevin Boyd’s 470(!) photos from both Saturday and Sunday on Flickr!

And here are some more photos from Freddy Willems.

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Bert Adams Launch Report

bert-adams-launchTwo hundred and five rockets filled the skies at the Bert Adams Scout Reservation November 12th launch event where one hundred and ten participants and their families came out to enjoy a sunny and mild afternoon.  A slow start quickly ramped up to a steady pace of launches where B6-4s and C6-5s ruled the day.  Keith Frazier arrived to provide rocket supplies and refreshments. The spacious field helped ensure recoveries as did the high energy of those doing the retrieving.  Joe Burley’s scratch built and innovative Laughing Cow (spool) saw its first flight on a C6-3 and Chris Frye flew a two-stage Quest UFO to a respectable altitude on a D12-0/C6-0 combination.  Kevin Boyd brought out his Mega Mosquito boosted by a D12-3 and had an atypical CATO with his Solar Warrior with a C11-5.  Ken Frye launched an interesting group of rockets with assorted cargos descending on their own parachutes.  Even Jorge got in on the action with a couple of spools of different configurations and flight characteristics.  A very busy but successful outing that brought a lot of excitement to many families.

Motor Ignition Counts:

  • 1/4A – 2
  • 1/2A – 5
  • A – 44
  • B – 82
  • C – 63
  • D – 9
  • E – 2

Photos provided by Kevin Boyd

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TARC 2017 Rules Released

The 2016 Team America Rocketry Contest ended just last week, and today the NAR and AIA have made the rules for next year’s contest available. Boiled down, the rocket must weigh less than 650 grams, have two body sections of different body diameters; the lower section must be 1.65″ (Estes BT-60) or smaller, and the upper should be large enough to enclose one large hen’s egg. Both tube sections must measure at least 150mm long, while the rocket in total must measure at least 650mm long. The rocket must be painted or decorated (i.e. it can’t be left the natural color of the materials). A maximum of 80 newton seconds power may be used (generally, a single “F” motor). The two pieces of the rocket must be recovered separately; the egg section must be recovered by a parachute. The target duration of the egg section is 41-43 seconds, the target altitude is 775 feet.

TARC is open to teams of students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 (public, private, or home schooled), sponsored by a school or non-profit youth/educational organization. Applications may be made from September 1 to December 2, 2016. See the TARC website ( for more information.

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Sport Rocketry!

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Where Do I Fly My Rocket?

(minor updates, Nov ’14) A dilemma faced by many: “I, or my son or daughter, received a model rocket for Christmas (or birthday, or graduation, or other occasion). Where do we go to launch it?”  So here is a short guide to flying a model rocket in the metro Atlanta area.

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