Tifton Launch This Weekend

The GRITS field in Nashville, GA near Tifton will once again be the site for two days of rocket flying, from 10AM to 5PM each day. Waiver is to 19750 ft. above ground level. All motors from 1/8A to N, NAR rules. Flight fees (payable at the field) are $10 per person to help pay for the porta potty.  We may have a couple of NASA Student Launch Initiative teams from up north make the trip down to test fly their rockets.

Saturday should be mostly sunny, slight chance of isolated showers with high around 75, with winds up to 13 mph from the west-northwest. Sunday will be cooler (high of 65) and clear with winds out of the north at 7 mph or less.

The GRITS web site will be the place for the most up to date info. And join in the discussion on the Discuss page.

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February 11th Mill Springs Launch Report

On a mild but cloudy and sometimes breezy February afternoon thirty-seven participants accomplished a total of 123 flights at the Mill Springs launch.  With the wind direction holding steady down the length of the field many were not discouraged in attempting maximum low power altitudes even if it meant a bit of a walk to recover.  Those who came to observe were not disappointed.  Once again, Steve Bellio provided some mid-power excitement with his LOC EZI-65 authoritatively launched with a G74-6W and was also successful in launching his LOC Heavy Duty Beauty (mothership) with a cluster consisting of an E15-4 supplemented with six C11s (two staged) – it worked beautifully, but not sure how.  The crowd applauded.  Future aerospace tycoon Oliver Long sent his Estes Argent up on an E16-4 and Kevin Scholberg launched an Estes Nike Smoke on an E16-4 – a fun to watch scale model.  There were many other excellent flights and breath-holding moments.  The day of launches went smoothly and at a steady pace with many families providing encouragement and emotional support for the few rockets that will be staying behind at the field.
Motor ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 10
  • A – 20
  • B – 49
  • C – 32
  • D – 10
  • E – 8
  • F – 3
  • G – 1

Event Photos provided by Kevin Boyd

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January 28 Dawsonville Launch Report

Despite the brisk January winds, we had fourteen participants launch twenty-seven rockets. It was a day well suited for streamers and tethered parachutes to help make recoveries less troublesome. And although all rockets were eventually retrieved the winds certainly carried a few that were riding down on parachutes far afield, especially for those who reached for higher altitudes. Still, there were some impressive flights like Tom Thurmond’s Estes Argent launched with a F42, Brody Patton’s Maxi Alpha on a F44-4W, Alan Luebs’ scratch-built Soft Iron lofted by a F15-7, and Frank Patton’s Aerotech Initiator on a F15-7. I was also amused by Jack Bentley’s Garbage Rocket (dishwashing soap bottle with fins?) on a C6-3. Due to the unrelenting winds, the event wrapped up early. A special note of appreciation to all of those who helped take down the launch equipment.

Motor ignition counts:

  • A – 2
  • B – 4
  • C – 8
  • D – 7
  • E – 2
  • F – 4

Additional Event Photos

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January 14th Mill Springs Launch Report

On a most incredibly warm and almost windless January afternoon forty participants and many supporting family members enjoyed a very active event where 108 rockets were launched. Throughout the day there was steady activity that included many first-time flights and first-time flyers. I particularly enjoyed a good number of scale models especially SpaceX Falcon 9 models by David Cain and Jose Morales – and on the same day that a full-scale SpaceX Falcon rocket successfully blasted off from California and successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean. Our slightly less sophisticated versions came down by parachute. Tom Thurmond stuck a perfect landing with his Semroc Mars Lander Phoenix although there was immense drama as the parachute ejection delayed until the last possible split second (see the video below). There were also many other interesting flights such as Roy Green’s Quest DC-X and Steve Bellio’s Pyramid of Ugly, Pyramid of Gloom, and his 9” Pyramid flown with authority on a G75-4M. It was a beautiful day with a large turnout and with plenty of action for all of those who made it out.

Motor Ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 2
  • A – 9
  • B – 44
  • C – 29
  • D – 18
  • E – 12
  • F – 1
  • G – 1

Additional Event Photos

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Kevin Boyd’s Photos From Tifton Turkey Launch

30504521724_af091ec05d_zWhile we’re still waiting for a report from November’s launch in Tifton, enjoy Kevin Boyd’s 470(!) photos from both Saturday and Sunday on Flickr!

And here are some more photos from Freddy Willems.

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Sport Rocketry!

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Time to Renew!

It’s the time of year when all of us (except those who joined in the later weeks of 2016) become ex-members of SoAR. What to do? Just go to the Join SoAR page and renew! Takes only a minute or two! Or if you must, you can send a check to Jeff through the mail.

To check your membership status, go to About/SoAR Members (Click Here for Member List) and note the renew column to the right of your name.  If “2017” is shown, your 2017 dues are now due.  If “2018” or greater is listed then your membership is up-to-date for this year.

Your membership dues go to maintaining one of the best launch setups in the country, keeping it available for all our launches, and many outreach launches besides.

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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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