New Officers Elected

At Thursday’s SoAR Business Meeting, three new officers were elected to the Board of Directors for 2018. Jorge Blanco and Jeff Coons remain as President and Treasurer, respectively, while David Tripp was elected Vice-President, Jonathan Phelps was elected Secretary, and Roy Green returned to Section Advisor.

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January Dawsonville Launch Report

Despite a weather forecast of afternoon rain, there were twelve eager participants who arrived at the launch site in Dawsonville to accomplish thirty-six launches. SoAR members were joined by a rocketry group from Atlanta Classical Academy who flew two-stage Dynastar AeroDactyl rockets on E16-0 / E16-6 combination with very impressive results. Other standouts included Kevin Scholberg’s scratch-built upscale Nike X powered by a two E12-4 cluster for a beautiful flight skyward and a salvaged Estes Photon Disruptor loaded with a D21-4T for a seemingly instantaneous apogee and then successfully recovered. Another multi-stage included Miles’ Estes Mini Comanche 3 on A10-0/A10-0/A10-3 and for impressive mid-power action Dan launched his LOC IRIS on a F37-6. Later in the afternoon, the increasing amount of precipitation falling from the sky (or was it the cows… it may have actually been the cows) brought the event to an early end.  Photos from the Launch

Motor Ignition Counts:

  • A – 3
  • B – 8
  • C – 9
  • D – 5
  • E – 13
  • F – 4


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It IS Rocket Science!

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NAR National Events for 2018

The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Board of Trustees has announced that the 2018 National Sport Launch (NSL) will be held in Geneseo, NY on Memorial Day weekend, and the 2018 Rocketry Festival with NARAM-60 will be held August 4-10 in Pueblo, CO.

NARCON 2018, the yearly convention, is February 23-25 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake, right next to the Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, TX.

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Where Do I Fly My Rocket?

(minor updates, April 2017) 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 very short guide to flying a model rocket in the metro Atlanta area.

First of all, know that most park systems in the metro area have rules against flying objects of all types. Sometimes you can go fly a rocket or two in your local park, but at some point a friendly policeman will come by and say you can’t do that. That said, there is one park where we have gotten assurances that model rockets are allowed: Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Rd near the Chattahoochee River. The entrance to the park is in front of the Johns Creek Environmental Campus; just follow the signs back to the park. Garrard Landing is suitable for the average Estes beginner rockets.

Schools, church athletic fields, and, of course, private property can sometimes be used if you approach the appropriate people first.

The best advice we can give is for you to wait and attend one of SoAR’s launches, where you don’t have to worry about permission, or even whether your launch equipment works, since we provide it, along with free recovery wadding! We try to have two launches a month, usually one in Alpharetta for smaller model rockets, and one at another location for all model rockets. And then we have our GRITS launch in south Georgia in late winter for rockets of all types.

And keep checking the web site. You never know when we’ll find other locations where we can fly.


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