Well, not exactly, yet. But we have photos, thanks to Kevin Boyd. Hopefully someone who was there for the whole day will write down a report that we can post here, so check back. From Kevin’s photos, there are obviously some good stories!Last updated on
The April 11th Launch Event at Mill Springs was held on a picture perfect day. Blue skies prevailed while the winds remained mostly light to calm, and what did come along was frequently down the length of the field. Many rockets landed very close to the launch pads, including some that were reaching well over 500 feet in altitude. All of this favorable weather led to a busy day with forty-two participants launching an impressive total of 152 rockets. Motor selections included one micro, one ¼ A, five ½ A, forty-three A, fifty-three B, twenty-nine C, nine D, fourteen E, two F, and one G40 by Glenn Harper on his Leviathan’s last spectacular voyage.
The most remarkable launch was of an Estes Condor by Matt Boyd that lofted twin gliders. One of the gliders circled down in a gentle downward spiral, but the second glider seem to defy gravity and appeared to keep a constant altitude as it circled down the field for what seemed like a few minutes, finally landing gently on the grass at the far end of the field. A really amazing flight. Also of note were the numerous mid-powered flights with almost all of these successfully recovered. Most impressive was a launch of a LOC Ariel by Steve Bellio on a cluster of three E16-4 motors. Wow. There were other low power cluster launches (B & D) and two low power two-stage launches (A & B). Best Triathlon contest 250 foot flight was by Joel Downs who reached 255 feet. Lots of variety and lots of action provided a thrilling day for all spectators who came out to enjoy the event.Last updated on
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.Last updated on
Teams from Creekview High School (last year’s National winner) and Forsyth County High School have made it into this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge Finals, to be held in May in The Plains, VA.
Three other teams, all from Creekview, were tagged as Alternates.
Good luck to Creekview and FCHS!Last updated on
The March 28th launch event at Mill Springs was held on a blue sky but cool and windy day. We had twenty-eight participants launching a total of eighty-seven rockets, saucers, cones, and spools. There were a good number of multi-stage and cluster engine configurations resulting in the follow total motor ignition count: One 1/4A, two 1/2A, nineteen A, thirty-six B, sixteen C, nine D, twelve E, and two F. The winds blowing cross-field proved to be a challenge throughout the day; however, the number of rockets failing to reach the ground was not significant considering the altitudes being obtained.
Herb Howe put up a generous assortment of oddities with thrilling power selections for boost. David Fields brought out his Mercury and Gemini scale subjects that flew very well, and also an amazingly indestructible (well almost) cone shaped thing he called F-14 that provided four heads-up flight performances. Steve Bellio got top billing with mid-power launches including an interesting E30-4T on center with two C11-5s on his Heavy Duty Beauty. A Radio Shack Flashlight was launched straight and true by Joel Downs, although its reintroduction to earth was a bit abrupt. Roy dug out an old B6-2 that he had for twenty-four years and launched in an Estes Black Diamond. The engine worked good as new. Glenn Harper won the A Super-Roc contest with a 76cm rocket reaching an altitude of 328 feet. Overall it was an active day with many participants and family enjoying the afternoon.Last updated on
On Saturday March 21st, fourteen SoAR members put on a hugely fun, tremendously successful launch for around 400 Cub Scouts at the Foothills District Family Campout at the Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, Ga.
The weather was perfect!
The location was picture postcard! The Scouts….excited!
This is paying is forward in a big way. The Scouts built their rockets, went to a diversionary activity for around a half hour, then came to the launch site for their flights.
Each launch was greeted with the Ohhhhh Coooool, wow, and the occasional Ahhhhhh, it’s going to hit me…no, no one get hit…or even got close to being hit…anyway,
For over eight hours SoAR members performed range safety (and adjustment), loaded motors, and helped Scouts put 400+ rockets onto the Club pads. 5-4-3-2-1 and launch….
soon it was raining rockets.
After the launch several of us were invited over to one of the Scout pavilions for dinner. You think, how did that go??? It turns out that the Scout parent running the food is a chef….the fajitas were unbelievable (of course we were hungry).
Please take a moment to check out the pictures (which will be up shortly). Thanks to Jeff Koons and Jorge Blanco for the shots.Last updated on
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.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 eight+ years that we’ve been doing this, only a couple of rockets Read moreLast updated on
(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.Last updated on