June 2016 Mills Springs Launch Report

The Mill Springs Launch event on June 11th was attended by twenty-seven participants and their supporting family members. The sunny weather with very mild winds directed down the length of the field helped make recoveries relatively easy throughout the day.  There was a steady morning pace which slowed down in the afternoon as temperatures reached the ninety-degree mark.  By the end of the event we had accomplished 107 total launches.  Steve Bellio launched numerous mid-power rockets and pyramids like his LOC Heavy Duty Beauty on a cluster of E30-4T with two C11-5s, his amazing 9” Pyramid of Doom on a G78-4G, and Ariel on three E16-4s.  There were also many of Herb Howe’s saucers, spools, and cones, some great scale models with realistic liftoffs like Tom Thurmond’s Estes Mercury Redstone on a C6-3 and Kris Bravo’s Space X Falcon 9s going up on D12-5s.

Motor ignition counts were as follows:

  • A – 23
  • B – 41
  • C – 26
  • D – 12
  • E – 8
  • F – 4
  • G – 1

Special thanks to Keith Frazier for keeping us all hydrated with cold beverages on a hot summer afternoon!

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TARC 2017 Rules Released

The 2016 Team America Rocketry Contest ended just last week, and today the NAR and AIA have made the rules for next year’s contest available. Boiled down, the rocket must weigh less than 650 grams, have two body sections of different body diameters; the lower section must be 1.65″ (Estes BT-60) or smaller, and the upper should be large enough to enclose one large hen’s egg. Both tube sections must measure at least 150mm long, while the rocket in total must measure at least 650mm long. The rocket must be painted or decorated (i.e. it can’t be left the natural color of the materials). A maximum of 80 newton seconds power may be used (generally, a single “F” motor). The two pieces of the rocket must be recovered separately; the egg section must be recovered by a parachute. The target duration of the egg section is 41-43 seconds, the target altitude is 775 feet.

TARC is open to teams of students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 (public, private, or home schooled), sponsored by a school or non-profit youth/educational organization. Applications may be made from September 1 to December 2, 2016. See the TARC website (http://rocketcontest.org) for more information.

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May 2016 Mill Springs Launch Report

Although gusty winds had to be factored in on launch angles and recovery planning we had twenty-three participants come out to enjoy a beautiful sunny blue-sky day and accomplished ninety-two launches.  To accommodate the winds there were many streamers and tumble recoveries put to good use.  There were also many unique rockets including a Russian theme that brought the return of Dan’s Sputnik Too and Lee Miller’s Ruskie.  Felton had great success with multiple flights and recovery of his two stage Estes Astron Ellipitic II and the ever marvelous Purple Murple.  Herb Howe launched his Saucer 29mm on a G53-5 that roared loudly skyward while Jeff Eshbaugh launched his three stage Fliskits Trifecta on three A10-0Ts and Kevin Scholberg Fliskits two stage Frick and Frack performed well as did his Aerotech Initiator on an E30-4T (later successfully recovered from a tree).  John Chatham launched his Deuces Wild with two B6-4s taking it quickly off the launch pad and Jim Cain had an awesome flight of his Estes Mean Machine lofted by a E9-6.  Also of note was David Cain’s scale model of the Little Joe II launched with a B6-4.  There were many great launches to enjoy at this event.

Find Event Photos here!

Motor ignition counts were as follows:

  • 1/4A – 1
  • 1/2A – 7
  • A – 33
  • B – 31
  • C – 14
  • D – 4
  • E – 7
  • F – 2
  • G – 1
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Report from the April 23rd Dawsonville Launch Event

The April 23rd SoAR launch at Dawsonville was held under sunny skies with steady winds and mild temperatures.  Against a scenic backdrop of rolling pasture lands and the north Georgia mountains more than forty-five participants launching 129 rockets into the blue skies.  We saw six cluster launches; one of these was Jeff Eshbaugh’s LOC Viper III that contained three E9-6s for a spectacular flight.  Other remarkable flights were Steve Bellio’s Pyramid Rocketry 9” Pyramid lofted by a G75-4M and his LOC EZI-65 powered by a G79-4W.  Glenn Harper launched an Aerotech Mirage on a F59.  I also enjoyed watching Marcus’ Estes Condor with two parasitic gliders, one gliding far afield and Ron Stancil up-scaled a Gyroc and flew it on a C6-3.  The most unique scratch-built rocket was “Hairy Situation” launched by Jay Hargis.  For this event the total engine ignition count was as follows:

  • A – 12
  • B – 18
  • C – 39
  • D – 25
  • E – 26
  • F – 18
  • G – 2

Link to some additional event photos here.

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Sport Rocketry!

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2016 Slate of NAR National Events Announced

NAR President Ted Cochran announced the dates and locations of NAR’s National Events for next year.

NARCON, the technical conference and convention will be held February 26-28 in Dayton, OH. There will probably be a tour of eRockets and Semroc’s new facility.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) Finals will be held May 14 at the Great Meadow in The Plains, VA.

Of most interest locally, the National Sport Launch will be held May 28-30 at the same place where Southern Thunder is held, in Manchester, TN.

Finally, NARAM-58, the NAR’s week-long Rocketry Festival and Annual Meet will be held July 23-29 in Walnut Grove, MO on a 3000 acre field! The competition events are:

  • Plastic Model Conversion
  • E Scale Altitude (altimeter)
  • G Streamer Duration
  • D Rocket Glider Multi-Round (per Rule 9.12 we are prohibiting use of Radio Control in the event , i.e. free flight only)
  • C Parachute Duration Multi-Round
  • A Helicopter Duration
  • ½ A Super-Roc Altitude (altimeter)
  • Open Spot Landing
  • Research & Development
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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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