Due to numerous scheduling conflicts, no SoAR launches will be taking place this weekend. We do have the December edition of the RocketTalk meeting this Thursday at 7PM Tuxford Community Center in Alpharetta, so bring your latest products to show.Last updated on
It looks like we have the Lost Mountain field again for January 11, 2014. We’re going to run the same events – with one very minor change. Of course, you can fly without competing – just bring low-powered or high-drag rockets. This is a “B” and below field.
- 1/2A Helicopter – because it was technical and really fun (I mean REALLY fun!)
- 1/2A Streamer Duration – because it was popular
- A Altimeter Altitude – with improved rules, and so we can all ask Santa for a small altimeter for Christmas.
- A Lifting Body Duration – not drag race style this time. The things are only up there for about 10 seconds anyway.
We had a great launch last time – lots of participation, and that was a Sunday (January 11 is a Saturday). We also proved that there is a lot of rocketry under 10Ns. I think the highest impulse launched may have been a “B”. No rockets were lost, we had a bunch of great contest flights, and everyone seemed to have a really great time. Heck, we even had spectators in the bleachers! Added bonus, the field is next to a pretty nice play-scape for the young-uns.
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There was a very light turnout to Saturday’s launch at the Mill Springs Academy field, possibly because of the forecast of cold temperatures, or possibly because of confusion over start times (we delayed the start until noon to let the temperatures rise), or maybe people were waiting for the Dragway launch in three weeks. But the weather turned out quite nice for the afternoon, with temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 degrees and generally mild winds that kept us Read moreLast updated on
William Bercini reports from Lilly:
“At first, it seemed like today’s launch was going to have a very light turnout. But people trickled in to join the scouts, providing a nice variety of rockets. Yes, it was much cooler that the last time we infested this field, and the gnats were nowhere around..but…it was quite gusty. Amazingly, IIRC, there was only one loss as a result of drift. BUT, it was a demolition derby out there today! The scouts crashed every single Big Daddy. We had two L2 cert attempts. They didn’t just crash, they Read moreLast updated on
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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