Who wants to go look at a real Saturn V? How about a real one lying down where you can see it up close, and a detailed mockup standing tall outside. And how about all that, and about 25 other real rockets and a full Space Shuttle Stack? The only place you can do that is in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and SoAR is getting up a road trip for either June 1 or June 15. Go to the sign-up sheet and click on the “RoadTrip Huntsville” tab at the bottom and add your name to the list.Last updated on
Creekview High School’s TARC team made a successful, qualified flight in Saturday’s Team America Rocketry Contest, but did not make the flyoff, and finished 66th overall. The flyoff cutoff score was 27.76, and Creekview’s score was 62.48 (target score is 0.0). The winner was Georgetown 4-H, of Georgetown, TX with a combined two-flight score of 29.24.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 have come close: a young girl landed her rocket about four feet away three years ago, and a few weeks later, David Klinkman’s rocket draped its shock cord across the bucket, but after consultations it was determined that it didn’t count. You have to get a piece of the rocket physically into the bucket. Dropped stages count; dropped motors do not.
The current list of prizes (as of June 25, 2012):
- Roachwerks Saturn IB kit (limited edition)
- Estes SpaceShipOne
- ASP WAC Corporal
- Estes Scissor-Wing Transport (the latest re-issue)
- NOVA ASP
- FlisKits Drake!
(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