February 2000 meeting minutes (2/8/2000)
On February 7, MASA members gathered at the Science Museum in St.
Paul for our monthly meeting. About 18 people were in
attendance, and Russ ("gimpy") Durkee started up the
meeting about 7 pm.
- The February launch will be held on the 26th at Sunrise Park
Middle School in White Bear Lake.
- The topic for the March meeting will be "reloadable
motors". Several people have requested this topic, so
we will discuss pros-and-cons, assembly methods, economics, tips
and tricks, and whatever else comes up. If you're
interested in adding reloadable motors to your rocket
activities, be sure to attend. If you've already entered
the world of reloads, you might learn something new.
- Reminder to continuing members - your dues for 2000 are now
- Let Russ know if are carrying NAR insurance for this year.
- Work on the newsletter is "gimping" forward thanks
to Art and Joe.
The "topic" for the meeting was "Saturn rockets -
bring yours!". A number of examples, both in stock form
and highly modified, made an appearance.
Mike Kutzke brought his beefed-up Saturn V. It has a 29mm
motor mount, slightly larger fins, plywood centering rings, an
Aerotech ejection baffle, and an internal launch lug. It has
flown once (last October) on a G35-4.
Art Gibbens had his 2-stage (D to D) Saturn V. He built it
from an old, partially-started kit which someone gave to him.
He has launched it twice.
Damian Kostron brought several rockets. He had a stock
Saturn V, a big Saturn 1B that he plans to kit (some day...) as a
Kosrox model, and a smaller Saturn 1B that was modified from an old
Estes kit into a 2-stage rocket. The upper stage has
"fins" that hide in the body tube and flip-out when the
booster drops away. Damian also had a Saturn V Skylab which he
is in the process of modifying for 2-stage flight. It will use
an electronic timer to ignite the upper stage motor, and it will
also have flip-out fins on the upper stage.
Carl Persson brought his sci-fi "Saturn 7". This
is the rocket that looks simply incredible when it launches on a
cluster of seven (yes, 7) D12's. Also, although it wasn't a
Saturn, we made Carl talk about the new rocket that he brought
along. It's a sorta-Nike/military 2-stager that will have
seven (yes, 7) C motors in the booster and a D motor in the
sustainer. [Carl seems to have a thing for the number 7.]
Ted Cochran brought along his (very nicely done) Saturn V.
Ted's has an internal launch lug, and it was modified so that it can
fly with the molded plastic F1 rocket nozzles in place. It has
flown once on an E18.