January 2001 meeting minutes (1/4/2001)
A group of about 16 gathered at the Science Museum
on Tuesday, January 2 for the first MASA meeting of the new
year. The first order of business was to conduct the voting
for new MASA officers. Because email ballots were still being
accepted, the winners of the election were not announced during the
meeting. That information would be made public a couple days
While Russ is retiring from the Presidential
position, he will remain our liaison with the Science Museum and
continue to arrange the classroom space for our meetings.
The next club launch will be on the 27th at Sunrise
Park Middle School in White Bear Lake. The February meeting
will be on the 6th. A topic, subject, or event is still needed
for this meeting (and all following meetings this year!) If
you have an idea, please pass it along. The most popular ideas
for the next meeting were to have some sort of kit building or
The date of the March meeting may be changed; there
is a MN Wild game that same night, and we'd really rather avoid that
Once the new Secretary/Treasurer becomes official,
your club dues for 2001 will be payable. The dollar amount of
the dues will stay the same as last year.
Art Gibbens is working on the next issue of the MASA
Planet. He hopes to have it out very soon. As always,
contributions to the newsletter are solicited! Art also
mentioned that he is looking into the possibility of arranging a
club tour of a local plant that makes solid rocket fuel. He
hopes to have more to report about that at a future meeting.
Alan Estenson brought up the subject, recently
discussed on the Net, about certain F & G motors requiring a
level 1 high power certification. This is now covered on the
web site's Launch FAQ's page.
A few show-n-tell items were present. Glen
Overby showed his pad modifications to replace the entire head on
the 4-legged PVC pads with something much sturdier. Glen plans
to write up the idea either for the newsletter or the web
site. Ed Ryan brought along part of a rocket that he's
building using a zipperless recovery technique. Jeff Hove
brought along some of his MicroMaxx-powered rockets including the
(award winning) Bic pen rocket.
Robb gave an informative presentation on the use of composites for
reinforcing rockets. He brought samples of fiberglass, Kevlar,
and carbon fiber materials. He also showed us the methods and
equipment that he uses to vacuum-bag composite parts. Also,
Steve had along his Swinger II and a 29mm Big Daddy that he had
reinforced with composites.
The next day, Steve sent out the following email:
After the discussion that we had last evening at the meeting
about fiberglassing rockets and composite materials, I thought I'd
compile a list of resources that you can check out if you want
some more information on different fabrics, tools and techniques.
The Composites Store - http://www.cstsales.com
Shadow Composites - http://www.shadowaero.com
Fibre Glast - http://www.fibreglast.com
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty - http://www.aircraftspruce.com
AeroSpace Composite Products - http://www.acp-composites.com
The Composites Corner - http://www.advmat.com
(lots of good links to other suppliers)
There is also an excellent write up on Rocketry Online in the
InfoCentral section that talks about fiberglassing techniques.
Have fun! (and wear that respirator <g>) - Steve Robb