Kevin Boyd’s Photos From Saturday’s Launch

Haven’t heard any reports from anyone about yesterday’s launch at Lilly, but here are Kevin Boyd’s photos.  Enjoy!

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Jeff Coons’ July Mill Springs Launch Report

The Mill Springs July 12th launch event experienced calm to light winds and partly cloudy skies that provided a perfect backdrop for the 78 launches that were completed by 14 participants and their supporting family members. Herb launched a virtual saucer invasion with a dozen launches on B, C, and D engines. For others the calm wind enticed as many as 13 C6-5 launches with successful recoveries for all but a few. For top honors Steve B. brought out his EZI-65 which raced skyward on a G78-4G for an impressive flight and successful recovery. We also had a good number of 2 and 3 cluster motor launches with good results. Even a lucky (?) grasshopper was awarded a payload designation on one flight of a Quest Payloader by Lucas and an egg payload recovery was attempted by Herb with much less than perfect results… oh well. Spinning parachutes on Chevis’s scratch built rockets were very nice to watch against patches of blue sky. Boost gliders launched by Marcus performed really well and another interesting recovery option was done via “nose blow”… (OK, I’ll need Roy’s explanation for that one). Overall this was a fun and very successful launch event.

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SoAR Represented at Southern Thunder

A number of SoAR members made the trip to Manchester, TN for this year’s version of Southern Thunder. Jorge had the old club banner displayed prominently and had the big club tent set up as a common area. Members present included Jim Philips, David Tripp, Kevin Scholberg, Monica Helms, Mario Panebianco, and at least three or four others.

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June 14th Mill Springs Launch

The June 14th launch at Mill Springs began with very light and favorable winds that held throughout the day and attributed to a very good turnout. There were at least 148 rockets launched by over 40 participants with many family and friends providing range support. The day saw 24 first flights with many interesting designs. There were only a few final flights as calm winds, a few updrafts, and a wind favoring the length of the field kept most recoveries only a short walk.

The most popular motor choice was the A8-3 while B6-4s and C6-5s were also frequently ignited. Remarkable launches included a Mega Der Red Max launched twice (G76W & G53F), some really good drag races throughout the day, an R/C boost glider piloted by David Fields who also launched a 3 cluster rocket, some really really old and rare rockets, some beautiful scale models, a Starbucks up cup, a Funky Chunky, and a workhorse of a rocket named Bob.

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Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Championship

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A Creekview High School (Canton, GA) team won the National Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) on Saturday and now is headed to international competition.

The winning team led by student Captain Amanda Semler is made up of Austin Bralick, Nick Dimos, Bailey Robertson and Andrew White. The students are part of Creekview High School’s Aeronautics Team program sponsored by teachers Todd Sharrock and Tim Smyrl.

In addition to the team’s cash prize of $10,500 plus $1,000 for the school, the team will travel to London in July as the guests of the Raytheon Company to compete against top students teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan at the Farnborough Air Show — the biggest aerospace show and exhibition in the world.

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2014 NAR Membership Survey

Those of you who are members of the National Association of Rocketry are asked to participate in the triennial Member Survey going on now. The NAR uses the results of the survey to adjust the Association’s multiyear strategy; the more input, the better!

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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?

(Updated 9/7/12, see below) 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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