April 2000 meeting minutes (4/4/2000)
A good-sized crowd packed the room at the Science Museum on April
3rd for the regular club meeting; 23 people were in
attendance. Damian Kostron and Alan Estenson started the
meeting just after 7pm. MASA President Russ Durkee was not present;
due to other matters, he will not have an active role in the club
for the next month or so.
- Much of the discussion revolved around the impending demise of
the old NAR insurance, how to have an informal (non-MASA)
launch, and the fact that official MASA launches could not take
place without insurance. This discussion is now
irrelevant. While we were having our meeting, NAR
President Mark Bundick was announcing via the Net that the NAR
had acquired new insurance.
- Given that there will be no interruption in the MASA NAR
section insurance coverage, the next MASA launch will be on
April 22, as scheduled.
- Mike Martens and Mark Thell announced that they would be doing
a rocket demo for a high school ROTC group in a few weeks.
They will let us know how it goes.
- Ted Cochran reminded us that he has several large, school,
rocket launch events coming up this spring. He will be
looking for volunteers to help.
- Steve Hum brought along a very nice PML AMRAAM-2 for us to
admire. It was the first time that some people had closely
examined a rocket made from PML's Quantum Tube.
- Damian Kostron had a completely scratchbuilt replica of the
old Estes Mars Lander. He had downloaded the dimensions
for all the parts from the JimZ web site and then laser cut the
parts. Everyone present told him that, if he offered it as
a kit, he could sell a lot of them!
official topic for the evening was "egglofters". The
various kits available on the market were discussed. They
include the Custom Elite, Quest Courier, and several kits from QCR.
Several Estes egglofters have now been discontinued including the
Scrambler, the Omloid, and the Shellshocked (starter set
rocket). Alan Estenson sold over a dozen Estes Scrambler kits
to hopeful eggloft fliers. Hopefully, we can have an eggloft
competition at a launch later this summer.
some people took advantage of the time to begin construction on
their egglofters, others simply "talked rockets" until it
was time to go home.
The next MASA meeting will be on May 1.