Launch at Mill Springs CANCELLED!

From Jorge:
“Right now it’s raining hard in Roswell enough that I can’t load my vehicle without getting everything soaked. The forecast shows that the rain is supposed to stop from 10 to noon and then pick up again. I’m not going to ask anyone to set up the range in the rain…and then to pull it down again in two hours….

This Launch is CANCELLED! Build, Paint, Design!

Be ready for Dawsonville.

Other announcements:

  • The launch on November 14 will be held at the Bert Adams Scout Reservation. The field is larger than Mill Springs and the east side SoAR members catch a break.
  • We will be back at Lilly/Byromville on November 28th. Fly them high and walk off your Thanksgiving dinner!
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Report from Lilly

We had a super day at the Lilly launch on September 19. The weather was temperate, lower in humidity and even the gnats behaved. However, the breeze was not so compliant. Twenty-nine flyers popped off 128 flights over the course of the day.

The stats are as follows:

  • ½A – 1
  • A – 5
  • B – 8
  • C – 22
  • D – 13
  • E – 21
  • F – 15
  • G – 19
  • H – 18
  • I – 5
  • J – 4
  • K – 1

In that mix were three clusters and three staged rockets. If anybody knows which motors were used in the box of crayons, we can update the stats accordingly.

There was an interesting variety of rockets in the mix. Among the multiple drag races during the day was an eclectic match between Glenn Harper’s 24” Wocket saucer and March Briner’s upscale Applewhite Stealth powered by a J244 and an H123 respectively. Perhaps the most interesting drag race of the day was Dan Sitz’s Box of Crayons. It was a launcher filled with six crayon rockets and painted to look like, you guessed it, a crayon box. The relay in the launcher almost did the trick, igniting five of the six crayons.

Congratulations go to Tim Johnson and his Level 2 flight with his “Ready Freddy” under J240 power.

But luck was not with all flyers. The I150 in Glenn’s Superbird featured “bonus” delay that led to a less than optimal recovery. Patrick Adams discovered that an Odd’l Rockets Up Cup does not play well with a CHAD-staged C6-0/A8 combo. March’s Jupiter C because a Jupiter “2A” when the central C of the A10/C6/A10 cluster did not ignite. Tom Kinard flew, rather ignited, the only ½ A of the day. His competition-style rocket glider hung on the pad when a gust of
wind torqued the wing.

Throughout the day, Mario Panebianco operated a booth promoting breast cancer awareness. As he solicited donations to his cause, he hawked “Dudes for Boobs” t-shirts and collected signatures on his honking big Pink Journey bird. The Journey posted a thrilling flight with a K375NW motor. If you see him at a future launch, please contribute to his worthy cause.

After the launch, a small group of hungry SoAR members invaded the Sonny’s BBQ in Perry for mass consumption, plenty of gab, and eclectic humor. No surprise there.

—report from William Bercini, filling in for Jeff Coons.

Monica Helms’ video of the launch:

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Pictures From Lilly

While we wait for a full report from Saturday’s launch at Lilly, here are Kevin Boyd’s photos.

And some new ones here.

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September 12th Mill Springs Launch Report


Moderate temperatures and mild northwesterly winds pushed away morning clouds to make for a very delightful day for our September 12th Mill Springs launch event.  We had sixteen participants loading the pads at a leisurely pace to launch sixty-two rockets.  Motor selection included five 1/2A, sixteen A, nineteen B, fourteen C, six D, four E, and a single G.  The B6-4 was the most prevalent selection.

Of special interest was Gabriel’s New Way Sky Spike shaped like a railway spike but actually flew straight and true on a C6-3.  There was Joel Downs Estes MIRV with a spectacular flight starting with a B6-0 booster stage igniting three MIRV rockets each on A3-4T separating into their own trajectories.  Glenn Harper tempted fate with his One Big Rush on a G74 which was recovered successfully with a little help from the SoAR tree recovery team (a.k.a. Jorge with a long stick), and we had a few CATOs that provided some ground-level drama.   Kevin Scholberg launched an Estes Ascender on an E15-4W and completed a dozen other flights while Marcus had an excellent flight with his Sky Dart II glider as well as his Space Shuttle.

So a moderate-size turnout making for a very comfortable and relaxing day to participate and to be a spectator on a late summer afternoon.

Photo coverage provided by Kevin Boyd: Mill Springs September 12th photos

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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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Launch Event Report for August 8th


The launch event at Herb Belins’ field in Ball Ground was held against a scenic backdrop of rolling hills and a blue sky peppered with cumulus clouds and with calm to moderate winds. This large field attracted seventy-eight participants who achieved a total of one hundred and eighty-five launches. This made for a very busy day with many extraordinary rockets streaking skyward to sight-challenging altitudes.

Although some recoveries required good stamina to navigate the hilly terrain the large open area provided excellent recovery results. Including the many multi-stage and cluster motor flights, the total engine ignition count was as follows: A – seventeen, B – twenty-eight, C – fifty, D – twenty-five, E – forty-five, F – eighteen, G – thirteen.

The most popular motor choice was the C6-5 followed by the E9-4. The many mid-powered flights, beautiful scale models, high-lofted gliders and Ron Stancil’s R/C boost gliders made this event a spectator bonanza and an enjoyable day for all those who came out.

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July 11th Launch Report


The July 11th Mill Springs Launch was held on a warm… ok… hot and sunny day with moderate winds helping to keep things a bit more comfortable, but sometimes complicating some of the recoveries. The forecasted ninety plus temperatures did not deter the fifty-eight participants who filled the skies with one hundred and forty five launches during a very busy morning and early afternoon. Cub Scouts helped to bolster the number of participants at the start of the day, but by late morning we settled into a steady flow of launches which resulted in the following motor selection counts: nine 1/2A motors, twenty-seven A motors, forty B, fifty-seven C, five D, four E, two F. The most common motor used was the C6-5.

Herb launched an Art Applewhite Saucer on an F16-6 and Steve Bellio sent his PML Small Endeavor skyward on a F42-4T. There were other remarkable launches including Kevin Boyd’s Estes Executioner powered by E motors and LK’s scratch built Sputnik lofted by an A10-3T motor. There were four two stage launches all using B6-0s in their booster stage.

With lots of shade and plenty of hydration the day was enjoyable by all those in attendance. Some of my favorite rockets names for this event were “More Sharks Flying”, “Super Kitty Eleven”, “Claptrap”, and “Red Neck Rocket”… who comes up with this stuff?

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Pictures from Southern Thunder

18822041319_84a95c856b_qKevin Boyd’s photos from this past weekend’s Southern Thunder launch in Manchester, TN can be found here and here. Enjoy!

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Sport Rocketry!

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Dale’s Bucket O’Rockets Still Here!

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!

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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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