Dawsonville Launch Saturday

SoAR has been seriously bitten by the weather odds the past couple of months, with Mill Springs launches for December and January both called for bitter cold. We may catch a break for this Saturday’s launch in Dawsonville, where the forecast is for overcast and the rain should hold off until after the launch window, which is from Noon to 5pm.

So it looks for now that the launch is GO! But keep checking back here for the go/no go status of the launch.

This is SoAR’s mid power field where rockets up to G power are welcome.

As always, all are welcome to fly their rockets or just watch!

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Georgia TARC 2018 Teams Need NAR Mentors

The following teams that have signed up for the 2018 Team America Rocketry Challenge need a NAR mentor to help them with rocketry issues.
Mentors are adult (age 21 and above) members of the NAR who volunteer to serve as technical advisors and instructors or coaches to TARC teams. This is in addition to their advisor, who may or may not have rocketry experience.  Mentors help the team get over the initial learning of basic rocketry skills. They do not help them design their rockets. They also may serve as “qualification flight observers.”

See the Team America page at the NAR site for more information.

School City Teacher Email Phone
South Paulding High School Douglasville Tema Hoskins thoskins@paulding.k12.ga.us or temahoskins@gmail.com 404-583-5446
Monroe Area High School AFJROTC Monroe Art Rozier arthur.rozier@walton.k12.ga.us 770-855-6789
Irwin County Middle School Ocilla Dawn Giddens dgiddens@irwin.k12.ga.us or mdavis@irwin.k12.ga.us 229-425-0020
Etowah High School Woodstock Cari Cain cari.cain@cherokee.k12.ga.us or EtowahRocketry@yahoo.com 770-841-9248
Woodstock High School Woodstock Sam Parker sam.parker@cherokee.k12.ga.us or samlaseter@gmail.com 706-936-8641
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December 16th Civil Air Patrol Cadet Launch Report

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Launch event at Chattahoochee Pointe Park in Suwanee had twenty-six participants launch sixty-five rockets on a very comfortable December afternoon. The field dimensions were good for low-power, but a bit challenging for mid-power flights even with mild winds. Adjacent fields and many other open areas with smaller trees allowed some flexibility for recoveries.

Club members arrived early to try out the field and were soon joined by the Civil Air Patrol Cadets who had good success in launching their Alpha IIIs with B6-4s. David Cain got everyone’s attention by launching his Estes Mega Der Red Max on a G53-5J Smoke and Lee Childers sent up his Estes Goblin on an E9-8 then later on an E15-7 with streamer recovery and flew some of his helicopter recovery creations that are fun to watch. Kevin Scholberg’s Orange Web flown with an F15-0 performed very well as did his Estes Mammoth on a E16-4. Keith Frazier got all creative with a scratch-built No Name rocket that he flew multiple test flights, then loaded it with a cluster of B6-4 and two A10-0T motors.

The event wrapped up at 5:00 and the Cadets helped take down and pack-up the launch equipment.  A few event photos here.

Motor Ignition Counts:

  • A – 17
  • B – 31
  • C – 13
  • D – 2
  • E – 4
  • F – 1
  • G – 1
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November 11th Mill Springs Launch Report

Before the Noon launch event began, Jorge setup and supported a special morning event for Cub Scout Pack 135, Roswell Georgia. The Pack launched seventy-four rockets into a chilly morning sky. By Noon as the Cub Scouts were wrapping up, our regular club members began arriving at the field and preparing their rockets. The day warmed up and the winds became varied from light to moderate and kept mostly directed down the length of the field. During the afternoon fourteen participants launched fifty-three rockets, spools, and spinners.

Lee Childers flew a unique Apogee Gyro Chaser that performed very well on multiple A10-3T flights and had a sleek scratch-built Mach1 that saw two launches on a C11-3 and one on a D12-5 all launched from a special built rail guide. Roy Green loaded-up the pads with very unique looking designs including Odd’l Rockets Pigasus, New Way’s Geometric, and FlisKits Praetor all powered by B4-2s. Dave dusted-off his Estes Vega from the 1970s and sent it up on a beautiful flight with a B6-4. Hunter successfully flew and retrieved a two stage Estes Solar Flare on a B6-0 booster and a A3-4T sustainer.  Event Photos

Engine ignition counts (does not include Cub Scout launches):

1/2A – 3
A – 18
B – 20
C – 6
D – 4
E – 6

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October 14th Mill Springs Launch Event Report

On a very comfortable Fall day there were thirty-four participants who came out to launch 109 rockets at the SoAR October 14th Mill Springs Launch Event. There was a steady pace of rockets being placed on the pads throughout the event and a very interesting variety of scale and sport models both large and teeny tiny as well as new and old.

Those who came out to watch the action got thrilled by Steve Bellio’s Estes Partizon roaring off the pad on a F44-4W and John Phelps Estes Mammoth powered by a E20-4. Kevin Scholberg’s Art Applewhite 10” Saucer on a F15-0 was another crowd pleaser as was the return of his 7.5 foot tall Estes Dude that went somewhat skyward somewhat sideward on a D12-3.

On a smaller note we had Justin Moore’s Estes Mosquito doing a disappearing act on a 1/2A3-4T, and even smaller were the tiny Micromax rockets that Kevin showcased. Ron Stancil brought out and flew a very nice selection of small scale models like the Edmonds Gemini, Mercury Redstone, and one beautiful flight of his scratch-built Little Joe on a B6-4. Ron also successfully flew and recovered an Estes Mini Comanche 3 on an A10-0T/A10-0T/A3-4T three stage boost. Another standout was John Lawrence’s Thrustline Arapahoe E that he flew on a C11-5.

The event also included a contest held by Coyote Rocketry (participants predicting altitudes for two launches of an Estes Photon Disruptor flown on a D21-4T).

Check out some of the action in these event photos.

Motor Ignition Count:

  • Micromax – 1
  • 1/4A – 2
  • 1/2A – 2
  • A – 22
  • B – 30
  • C – 33
  • D – 11
  • E – 11
  • F – 3
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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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