The next RocketTalk meeting is this Thursday, March 13, from 7-10pm at the Tuxford Subdivision Clubhouse, 10800 Windham Way, which is just off of Kimball Bridge Road, midway between North Point Parkway and Old Milton/State Bridge Roads in Alpharetta.
The RocketTalk meeting is where we bring projects to show and techniques to share, and just talk rockets. We cover everything: build questions and techniques; motors; recovery; new and old models; high and low power (someone needs to bring in some of those cool micros!!!!); model rocket history; real rockets: etc., etc. etc. If it has anything to do with rockets, we love it!!!! You are guaranteed 15 minutes of floor time… so bring your latest projects, questions, ideas, finds, complaints, recipes, clean jokes, ocarina improvisations, etc.
You can bet there will probably be a lot of talk about the recent GRITS WinterNationals launch, and a little bit about NARCON that was held near Kennedy Space Center a week agoLast updated on
It’s that time of year again. Please renew your memberships before March 1. Do it online, by mail, or pay Kevin Scholberg directly at a launch or meeting. Please update your contact information, cert level, and family members.
We are going back to our standard policy of charging flight fees to anyone that does not have a currently paid membership and is wearing their badge.
Kevin will be making newly designed SoAR membership name badges for everyone that is paid-up as of March 1, 2014. You will be required to wear your new name badge if you want to fly for free. If you forget your badge it’s 50 cents a flight.
If you pay after Feb. 28, Kevin may not get around to making you a new badge for several months (it’s a pain) and you will have to pay for every flight. Hah!
Now, go back to getting ready for GRITS, but don’t forget about updating your memberships… P-L-E-A-S-E!!!!!Last updated on
The smoke has cleared, the vendors have packed away their wares and the port-o-potties have been hauled away. This can only mean that the 2014 GRITS Winternationals launch has come to a close. The rainy weather attempted to grab the biggest headlines of the weekend but some monstrously huge flights on Saturday nipped Mother Nature in the bud. She would have her revenge, however, by moving in earlier than expected on Sunday to rain out the final day entirely.
Friday started out rainy as well but cleared up in time for us to get a few flights in starting around 3pm. The low ceiling kept the flights low, but that just meant we got to see the rockets better.
Saturday, however, was spectacular! Bright sunshine and high, thin cirrostratus clouds were the order of the day and everyone with a rocket were clamoring to get them on the pads. As well, a large crowd of local spectators showed up and it was estimated that as many as 300 people were on the field during the busiest part fo the day.
The big projects were unleashed shortly after noon including Burl Finkelstein’s “Big” V2. This 500lb. behemoth flew perfectly and all appeared well until the three large cargo parachutes opened. The stress of slowing down that much mass was apparently too much for the shock cord and the lower section of the rocket came crashing down to the ground. All told, we had 233 flights on Saturday. We hope to have a breakdown soon of the motors used but I believe it’s safe to say that about half of the flights were high power (H and above).
The field owner, and the local community, as well, was extremely happy with the launch and was eager to start talking about next year. Suffice to say that there WILL be a 2015 installment of the GRITS Winternationals!
Before we start plans for next year, however, SoAR and TARA would like to thank Doug Gaskins, the field owner, for allowing us the use of his property as well as Mark DiBois, our “man on the ground” there in Berrien County, for his tireless groundwork in helping make this launch successful. Also, we need to thank all the vendors that came to support the launch and who helped make sure we all had just the perfect motor or parachute or ignitor. Lastly, a HUGE THANK YOU to all the GRITS Board of Directors and SoAR / TARA members that contributed many hours to ensure the success of GRITS. We, quite literally, couldn’t have done it without you!
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Due to weather, SoAR hasn’t had a launch of any type for nearly three months, so it was some relief that we finally had a good day for flying at the Mill Springs Academy this past Saturday. It wasn’t well attended, but plenty of rockets took to the air, and Kevin Boyd provides some photographic evidence here.Last updated on
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!
In the six+ years that we’ve been doing this, only a couple of rockets Read moreLast updated on
(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.Last updated on