March 1999 Meeting Minutes (3/2/1999)
The March 1999 MASA meeting convened at 7 pm on Monday, March 1
at the Science Museum in St. Paul. The most important
announcement regarded the March launch date. Due to
various conflicts, including NARCON, the March MASA launch will be
held on the 20th instead of the 27th. Details of the launch
pad building session discussed during the February meeting are still
being worked out, and a date has not yet been set.
Russ Durkee brought the members present up to date on the known
BATF situation with regards to larger rocket motors. Ted
Cochran briefly discussed his continuing adventures in acquiring a
LEUP and researching the pertinent state and local regulations.
The majority of the evening was spent in an informal rocket
building "kit bash". Everyone brought along
miscellaneous parts, components, and building supplies. Pieces
were then modified, traded, bought & sold, and
given-away. The scent of CA and kicker soon filled the
room. Mark Thell made a BT-20 based rocket with H-pattern
fins, reminiscent of a TIE fighter. Christopher Kvidera made a
3 foot rocket from BT-5 with three rakish fins. Ted Cochran
& company built an Estes Mini-Cobra 2 stager and worked on
constructing replacement Commanche-3 lower stages. Alan
Estenson concocted a sci-fi creation from an Estes SR-71 kit,
dubbing it the RQ-70 (because it's one step better...) Damian
Kostron constructed a recreation of an old Centuri kit and received
some friendly ribbing for working from photocopies of the original
instructions. [Instructions? We don't need no stinkin'
instructions.] Damian did then redeem himself by whipping up a
small rocket with some outlandish number of fins on it. Russ
Durkee created an interesting craft with an old Crusader nose cone
at the front and a joined, swept wing/tail at the rear.
[Reminiscent of designs the Navy has proposed for carrier-borne
reconn/patrol/AEW to replace planes like the A-6, if that helps...]
The next MASA meeting will be on Monday, April 5.