Jeff’s February Mill Springs Report

Despite an accurate forecast of steady winds with gusts up to twenty MPH we had twenty-six participants come out to accomplish a total of fifty-six launches. The winds gusting down the length of the field at Mill Springs helped to keep most recoveries a minimal concern; although sometimes a bit of a walk for those whose rockets were reaching higher altitudes. Motor selection included nine A series, twenty-four B, twelve C, eight D, and three E motors. Of special note we had Steve Bellio complete an impressive launch of a Nike Smoke on an E30-4T and Eva flew a beautifully finished new Estes Conquest on a D12-3. Kevin Boyd had a number of artfully finished rockets and he also took many photographs during the event. We saw many new faces that came out to enjoy the sunny day and moderate temperatures for this middle of winter event.

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Launch Report from Roy

We did indeed have a launch at Mill Springs Academy on Saturday the 24th, with about a dozen people showing up to brave the temperature and the wind. The school that was going to be there did not come due to the wind, and we’ll reschedule them for a later launch, but those that did show up had a pretty decent day despite the wind.  By the time I left we had only one or two rockets that were lost due to wind, and one boost glider that splashed down in the drainage lake, but was retrieved.  Dan McMahill and family returned after being absent a year or so and flew a few odd rockets, including one that looked to me like Tom Servo from the old Mystery Science Theatre 3000 show.  We didn’t bother with flight cards or record keeping today, so I have no idea how many rockets were flown, but I’m thinking close to forty by the time I left at 3:30PM.

Next launch at Mill Springs is on Valentine’s Day.  Hope the weather starts to get warmer by then!

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Semroc Sold To eRockets

semroc-logoA little bit of non-club news that many will be interested in: Sheryl McLawhorn announced Friday that she has sold Semroc to Randy Boadway at . In a post at Ye Olde Rocket Forum, Sheryl said, “We have known (Randy) since the beginning of Semroc. He wants to keep the quality of service and parts Semroc is known for so Bruce and I will be helping him get it up and running again. Please give Randy the kindness, patience, and understanding you have given us through the years. We will truly miss each and every one of you.”

UPDATE : Randy Boadway’s statement

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Jeff’s Report From Saturday’s Launch

The January 10th launch event at Mill Springs was conducted under blue contrail crisscrossed skies with light and variable winds. There were twenty-five participants making a total of 69 launches. The motor selections were as follows: 1/2A – 4, A – 8, B – 31, C – 14, D – 5, E – 7. We saw many excellent flights including Gabriel’s Estes Astron Skydart II making two very nice flights, March Briner’s Applewhite saucer with great flight performance, and Oliver Long’s Estes Leviathan flown by Nathaniel on an E16-6 with impressive results. There were fifteen rockets being launched for their first flight. Steve Bellio hovered nearby with his new camera drone taking launch videos and snap shots with results to be viewed later (pictures must be copied from the memory card). All in all it was a beautiful day with lots of moments enjoyed by all participants and their family members who came along to support them.

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Time to Renew!

It’s the time of year when all of us (except those who joined in the later weeks of 2014) become ex-members of SoAR. What to do? Just go to the Join SoAR page and renew! Takes only a minute or two! Or if you must, you can send a check to Kevin through the mail.

Your membership dues go to maintaining one of the best launch setups in the country, keeping it available for all our launches, and many outreach launches besides.

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GRITS 2015 Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 GRITS WinterNationals, which will be held on Friday, February 27, through Sunday, March 1, near Tifton, GA sponsored by Tripoli Atlanta and SoAR. The fees remain the same, $10/day or $25 for all three days if you fly high power, or $5 a day for low power. You can buy the official GRITS T-shirt from the registration form, but remember that you’ll have to go separately to another site to actually reserve the shirts and select the size (the link is on the registration form).

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You Can Join Online Again

The online form for joining or renewing is back. If you have any trouble with it, use the Contact form link at your right to send us email. Thanks.

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SoAR Contest Schedule Announced

SoAR Contest Director Tom Kinard has announced a series of contests which will be held at SoAR Mill Springs launches (and one high power contest to be held at the GRITS WinterNationals) throughout 2015. These are not official NAR contests but some have similar rules and objectives. The schedule and rules may be found on the SoAR website’s Contest page.

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National Sport Launch 2015 In Orangeburg, SC

The National Association of Rocketry recently announced that the 2015 National Sport Launch (NSL 2015) will be held May 23-25 in Orangeburg, SC, at the SuperSod field where NSL 2008 and the yearly Freedom Launches are held.

The announcement was made at the closing banquet of the NAR’s Annual Meet, NARAM 56, at the end of July in Pueblo, Colorado.  Next year’s NARAM-57 will be held in Tucson, Arizona.

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Dale’s Bucket O’Rockets Still Here!

At each SoAR launch there is usually a bucket (white, about 12″ diameter), whose location on the field is chosen at random, that is designated as Dale Windsor’s Bucket O’Rockets. Land any part of your rocket in that bucket (after a safe flight and recovery!) and you’ll win a jackpot of rocket kits. If no one gets in the bucket at a launch, the prizes will roll over to the next launch, and another prize will (seldomly!) be added!

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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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