September 10th Mill Springs Launch Report

img_1635At the September 10th Mill Springs launch event we had twenty-one participants launch ninety-one rockets at a steady pace into the warm sunny sky. Moderate breezes were mostly favorable and did not complicate most recoveries although unfortunately, a few models remained at high perch. Some very talented craftsmen brought their sleek creations for first flight and we also saw some rockets that had been stored for many decades back out on the pads. A 1974 vintage Estes Vega was launched by Dave on a B6-4 and Roy Green brought an Estes Juno-1 / Jupiter-C (late 1980s vintage) and installed a C6-3 for flight. Jose Morales Jr. came with his beautiful scale models that were viewed at the last club meeting on Thursday and all flown on C and D engines. We also saw David Tripp fly his Century Hustler on a F27-4R and Kevin Boyd launched his Estes Leviathan with a E20-4. Also of profound interest was Kevin Scholberg’s “The Dude” (7.5′ tall and uses a balloon for the body) launched twice with D12-3s, and his steampunk styled “Pot Metal” also flown on a D12-3. For more action, I was wowed by Kevin Boyd’s drag race of two Baby Bertha’s streaking skyward on C6-5s and Keith Frazier’s Alphas on B6-6s. It was a fun day!
Motor ignition counts were as follows:
1/2A – 4
A – 7
B – 27
C – 34
D – 14
E – 6
F – 1

Event photos provided by Kevin Boyd:


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August 13th Mill Springs Launch Event Report


The August 13 Launch Event at Mill Springs saw twenty participants launch a total of 107 rockets.  Activity picked up quickly with a varying moderate summer breeze and partly cloudy skies that provided some initial launch angle challenges, but as the day progressed the winds were fairly consistent directing recoveries down the length of the field.  The B6-4 provided most of the early-day boosting, but by afternoon there were many reaching for higher altitudes with C6-5s and D12-5s.  Of note there were a couple of Sputniks launching that were always fun to watch; simple design and easy recovery.  Jose Morales Jr. brought out his Redstone, his new nicely detailed Quest Future Launch Vehicle and a V2-like rocket with forward fins (see picture) that flew well but experienced a parachute ejection issue causing light damage.  Spectators also enjoyed Alex Swift’s Aerotech Initiator powered with an F15 and Herb Howe’s Art Applewhite Delta Saucer roaring off the pad on an F15-0.

Total motor ignition counts were as follows:

  • 1/4A – 1
  • 1/2A – 5
  • A – 26
  • B – 35
  • C – 24
  • D – 8
  • E – 10
  • F – 2

Special thanks to Keith Frazier who once again provided cool beverages and rocket supplies and Roy Green who provided LCO support and expert commentary throughout the hot afternoon.

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July 23rd Dawsonville Launch Event Report

IMG_1293Although the threat of rain and the rumble of thunder cut the event a few hours short, those who came out early enjoyed some great launches at the July 23rd Dawsonville Launch Event.  There were twenty-two participants who blasted-off a total of sixty-five rockets.  Spectators enjoyed a great variety of mid-powered rockets, cluster configurations, some well performing boost gliders, and unique helicopter recovery creations.  Remarkable mid-power flights included Kevin Boyd’s LOC IV on a G125-5 with a parachute deployment delay set for 400’ and his drag race of a Mega Red Max versus Mega Blue Max both powered by G53-5s.  Bob Nowak brought out his impressive Sirius Interrogator G and flew it on a G40-7W and Steve Bellio flew his Heavy Duty Beauty on a five cluster of one E30-7T, two D12-7s, and two C11-7s.  Kevin Scholberg launched scratch-built Whirl-A-While, Roto Crock, and Roto Moto for some very unique spinning recovery dynamics and performed two launches of his Edmunds Geminee Thunder twin boost gliders with very impressive long flights.  I also enjoyed John Chatham’s scratch-built Raven boost glider and the flight of Darrell Ritchie’s Shuttle.

Motor ignition counts were as follows:

  • 1/2A – 1
  • A – 5
  • B – 14
  • C – 21
  • D – 13
  • E – 10
  • F – 3
  • G – 6

Event Photos by Kevin Boyd:

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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 ( for more information.

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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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