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The Launch Report : April 14, 2012

For our launch on April 14th the temperature was in the upper 60’s most of the day. It was overcast and we did have a brief shower for about 30 minutes right around noon. The winds were fairly light around 5 mph to 10 mph.

We had a great turnout. We had 15 different people launch rockets. We had a total of 51 launches for a total of 1699.75 Newtons. The most prolific rocketeers for the day were John Olevich with 7 launches, while Paul Parkes used the most Newtons for the day with 633 Newtons. We also had the TARC team from Neuqua Valley High School come out and do some practice flights before they head to Virginia in May for the national finals. They were one of the top 100 teams, their qualifying score was 3 with a perfect score being 0. Let’s all hope they can do as well in Virginia! We had many great flights. Among them Bill Stearns with his Aerotech “Warthog” on an Aerotech G76-7 motor. The rocket left the pad very quickly. Paul Parkes had his usual interesting array of rockets and launches. We also have a new member who joined the club, Brian Toone, and we had a few guests launching with us – Bill Piva and also Jen, Caleb, and Cody King and last but not least Tricia Noblett, the TARC team’s teacher at Neuqua Valley High School.

For further details on what everyone launched please go check out the 2012 Launch Logs.

We also had quite a few spectators including some cub scouts from the area. They are planning to come out to our next launch and might launch a few rockets with us. Our first attempt at a club raffle went very well. We raised $66 from the raffle. The mystery rockets that were raffled off were an Estes “Big Daddy” and an Estes X-Prize “Space Ship One”. They were won by a nice young man who will hopefully build them and come out and launch them with us soon.

Our next launch will be May 12th from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm. Hopefully we’ll have good weather and can launch a lot more rockets. Thanks to everyone who came out to the April launch. I hope everyone had a good day.

Dennis McAuliff -President

Published: April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0

The Launch Report : June 18, 2011

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We finally got some decent weather and we were able to have a nice launch. For the launch on June 18th, we had a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the 80’s. The winds were very light in the 5 to 10 mph range.

We had a very nice turnout with 10 different people launching and we had about another 8 to 10 people watching. For the day we had 53 launches for a total of 1712.25 Newtons. The most prolific rocketeers for the day were Don Kennedy with 11 launches and Bill Wojtyla with 10 launches. Don Kennedy used 525 Newtons followed by Paul Parkes with 496 Newtons. For further details on what everyone launched please go check out the 2011 Launch Logs.

The launch was attended by Michael Seibert, Bill Stearns, Don Kennedy, Bill Wojtyla, Dennis McAuliff, Paul Parkes, Sean Butler, Julika and Marika Potter, Gary Kawabata, and Jim Finks. We also had many spectators for the launch.

For the day Paul Parkes had some very nice launches with his Wildman “DarkStar Mini” and his Loc Precision “Onyx Extended”. Paul also had one very fine pinpoint landing when his ejection charge failed to eject his Wildman “Dark Star Mini” nose cone. Thanks to all of the rain we have had and the soft ground – even with his rocket being buried close to 2 feet in to the ground – there was no damage to the rocket. Don Kennedy and Gary Kawabata also had some nice looking flights and Michael Seibert had some very nice looking rockets that he launched. There were some pictures taken, so please go and check out the pictures from the launch in the photo gallery.

I think our new launch location at 119th Street and Book Road is going to work out very well for now. I hope everyone had a fun day and will be able to make out next launch on July 9th from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Dennis McAuliff -President

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Published: June 18, 2011 | Comments: 0