May 2001 Meeting Minutes (5/3/2001)
On Tuesday May 1st, MASA held its monthly meeting at
the Science Museum. There was a good-sized group of people
there [but I forgot to count them.] Alan started the meeting a
bit after 7pm with a few announcements.
The next launch will be on the 19th - one week
earlier than normal. [CORRECTION - THE LAUNCH HAS BEEN MOVED
TO THE 26TH] Hopefully, it will be at Blaine. The 1/2A
streamer duration competition has been rescheduled for this
launch. The theme will be staged rockets [more info will be
coming]. The June meeting will be on the 5th in classrooms 5
& 6 (different room than normal.) A topic is needed for
this meeting! Contact Alan if you'd like to volunteer to do
A volunteer is also needed to organize the July club
picnic. If you can perform this important job or if you want
to discuss it first, please contact Alan.
Alan had some blacksky-compatible rail buttons for
$0.25 each. Several club members purchased some; see him at a
launch or meeting if you're interested.
VP Steve Robb reported on the first use of his new
launch controller at the recent launch. Save for a few bugs,
it worked well [and is very shiny, too]. Art Gibbens reported
that Friday, May 18th is the deadline to submit material for the
next issue of the Planet.
Several people brought items for show and
tell. Lee and Mollie Frisvold had a LOC Graduator that they
had built together. Chuck and Brady Jerve had a Quest Navaho
2-stager and a LOC lil' Nuke. Alan Estenson had some carbon
fiber reinforced Edmonds gliders and a 2-stage stomp rocket.
evening's event was a RSO/LCO information and training
session. Steve Hum presented a number of slides as he
discussed the subject. [If you missed the meeting, Steve's
slides are available online, as a PDF, on the Tech
page.] A lot of good information came forth accompanied by
questions and some discussion.
To test everyone's abilities to perform a RSO
check-in / inspection of a
rocket, Steve and Ted Cochran brought in a dozen rockets. They
set these up as two racks of 6 each, using the MASA pad sign-up
sheets. Everyone had a opportunity to inspect all of the
rockets, try to find any problems with them, and decide whether or
not they should be allowed to fly. Then, Steve led a group
discussion covering each rocket. Yes, Steve and Ted had to
intentionally screw up a bunch of their rockets!
A big thanks to Steve Hum and Ted Cochran for all
their work with this presentation!