March 2000 meeting minutes (3/7/2000)
MASA members and visitors gathered at the Science Museum on March
6th for the regular club meeting. 22 people were in
attendance, and Russ Durkee started the meeting at 7 pm.
Because there were several new faces in the crowd, we first took the
time to go around the room and have everybody introduce themselves.
- The next launch will be on the 25th. If the Blaine site
is dry enough, the launch will be held there. If the sod
is still too wet, the launch will be held at either White Bear
Lake or Elk River.
- A big thanks went out to Art & Joe for the production of
the first MASA Planet newsletter of the year. Everyone was
reminded that submissions of nearly any type are welcome for the
newsletter (and the website, too.)
- Russ announced that he will be establishing an email
"listserv" mailing list for the club. When it is
ready, he will email out the details of how to join and use the
listserv. (Instructions will also appear on the web
site.) Hopefully, this will facilitate more discussion and
correspondence between MASA members who have email.
- The current NAR insurance will officially be ending on April
5. After that date, there will be no further official MASA
launches until such a time as new insurance becomes
effective. If this situation persists for more than a few
weeks, we will probably fall back on having occasional,
"informal" member-organized launches that will be
arranged via email. These will probably be at the White
Bear Lake site because both the Blaine and Elk River sites are
private property, and we should not launch on private property
without NAR section insurance.
- Alan Estenson brought the group up to speed on the dwindling
selection of kits (and other rocketry products) from
Estes. Estes has published a fold-out pamphlet this year
instead of a real catalog. The free pamphlets should be
available at local hobby stores.
- Ted Cochran reminded everyone that he is looking for
volunteers for the Westwood Elementary school launch. If
you can help out, please contact him.
- In general, if you are willing to volunteer at local rocket
events involving schools, scouts, etc., please let Russ
know. This time of year, he gets a lot of requests for
assistance from teachers and group leaders.
topic for the evening was reloadable motors. Russ described
the basics of reloadable motors and then discussed the various size
casings and the different motor reloads available for them. As
an example of the procedure, he then assembled an E16 reload in the
29mm casing. Questions flew back-and-forth while tips and
tricks were dispensed by those with reload experience. Alan
Estenson then discussed the economics of reloads versus single use
and talked a bit about which motors represented the best deals.
The evening ended with a bit of show-and-tell. Ted Cochran
had brought his big, upscale Mars Lander which he built from the
Tango Papa kit. It was very impressive! Ted said that it
will be very heavy and will probably only go up about 700 feet on an
"I" motor. Art Gibbens showed us his unusual
triangular rocket that he constructed from (empty) Toblerone
boxes. Finally, Alan Estenson showed off his newly-constructed
rocket that has a siren whistle in the nose.
The next meeting will be on April 3rd.