Turkey and GRITS in Tifton

The weather is going to be nearly perfect for Turkey and GRITS 2017, a two-day, high power launch at the GRITS field in Tifton this weekend, November 25 and 26! Pack some leftover turkey sandwiches and come on down for a weekend of rocket flying!  Winds calm in the morning and only about seven MPH in the afternoon, coming from the west on Saturday and the north on Sunday. Both days will be sunny, with almost cloudless conditions Sunday.

Registration is now open. As always, the launch is open and free to all spectators!

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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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September 23rd Dawsonville Launch Event Report

At SoAR’s first 2017 Fall launch in Dawsonville we had thirty-seven participants launch 112 rockets. Light easterly winds, a few puffy clouds, and summertime temperatures made for ideal conditions to encourage many to reach for the highest altitudes at our mid-power field.  Bill provided and also setup a new sound system which proved to be very effective in keeping the participants and spectators well informed of all activities out on the pads.

Some of those soaring highest were Frank Patton’s Estes Ascender two stage flight powered by F15-0 to E8-7 combination, Kevin Scholberg’s Dee Dee Ramone launching with a D12-0 booster then sustained by a D12-7, Allison Cooksey launched a two stage Estes Flying Colors on a D12-0 to C6-7, and Bob Taylor also used this same combination for his Estes Firestorm.

From a craftsman perspective Monica flew her scratch-built and steampunked Steampipe successfully on a G77 and scratch built and battle-ready Suraco on a G79W. Lee Childers won a design contest with his outstanding recreation of the Estes Black Hole Space Probe that he flew on a C6-3. Joe Burley brought out a Mad Cow Cheese spool shaped vehicle and entertained us with a rare Estes Death Star that, by design, breaks apart at apogee.

Thanks to Coyote Rocketry who arrived to provide those most often needed supplies to keep rockets launching and rocketeers hydrated.  At the end of the event a few rumbles of thunder in the mountains to the north accompanied the take-down crew and put a fitting end to a very successful launch event.  Event Photos

Motor ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 1
  • A – 9
  • B – 9
  • C – 31
  • D – 14
  • E – 27
  • F – 16
  • G – 9
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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.

The location for NARCON 2018, the yearly convention, is Houston, TX, but dates and venue have not been announced.

 

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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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