October 1999 Meeting Minutes (10/7/1999)
The October MASA meeting started at 7pm at Russ and Brenda's
place in Minneapolis. Russ started the meeting by
reminding us that the next launch will be on October 23rd. The
site hasn't been determined yet, but if all else fails, it will be
in White Bear Lake.
We are still looking for good launch sites! If you know of
any possibilities, please contact Russ! Currently, one new
site is being investigated that is out between Elk River and
Rogers. The property is owned by the local VFW; it is a fairly
good-sized field (covered with soccer fields, of course...) with a
parking lot and (most important) porta-potties. It looks as if
we may be able to use this site, but it isn't yet locked-in.
The November launch will be held on the 3rd Saturday, the 20th,
as the normal 4th Saturday is on the weekend after the Thanksgiving
The location of the November meeting hasn't been determined
yet. Watch your email for an announcement.
Ted Cochran brought along several custom rockets that he has
built for the MicroMaxx motors. They included a tiny version
of his level 2 Tethys, an itsy-bitsy Viking sounding rocket, and a
Titan 3a that he's currently building. Ted also showed us his
altimeter bay with provision for dual-deployment that he retrofitted
to meet the new NAR specs for level 3 projects. Russ showed us
a couple different altimeters. Several newly built rockets
were passed around for inspection by those present.
Our feature for the night was a demonstration of the RockSim
program by Robert Rech. Rob showed everyone how easy it is to
create, analyze, and simulate a rocket in this program. He
also illustrated the flexibility of the program by showing us
various rocket designs of his own creation. [Thanks Rob!]