June 2001 Meeting Minutes (6/7/2001)
On Tuesday June 5th, rocket enthusiasts trekked to
the Science Museum for the monthly MASA meeting. There were
about 15 people in attendance. Club President Alan Estenson
started the meeting a bit after 7 pm.
On Tuesday June 12, Jeff Hove has arranged for an
exclusive MASA tour of the Minnesota Air National Guard
Museum. The tour will be from 7pm until 9 pm, but it's best if
you're there a little early. The museum is not normally open
at this time, so we'll have the place to ourselves. Jeff also
says that they should have the cockpits of the A-12 Blackbird and a
F-4 Phantom open for us! If you can't make this date, MASA
members are also invited to the museum on Saturday June 30 from 10am
until noon. Bring your cameras! Thanks Jeff!
The next club launch will be on the 23rd at
Blaine. Setup will begin at 9am with the launch starting at
10. The theme is staged rockets, and the contest is A boost
glider. The 1/2A streamer duration contest has been postponed
(again) until the July launch.
An organizer was sought for the July club picnic
with the threat of cancellation if someone didn't step
forward. [Art Gibbens has volunteered. The picnic will
be on July 21 - more details to come. Thanks Art!]
Thanks to Art, a new issue of the Planet newsletter
has just come out. The deadline for submissions for the next
issue is at the end of June. Please consider contributing
MASA member Ted Cochran has an article in the new
issue of Sport Rocketry. It considers the proper place to
attach a parachute to your rocket and is based on Ted's R&D
report from NARAM 42.
Meeting topics are desperately needed for the August
through November meetings. If you can volunteer to do
something, or you have a good idea, please step forward.
The idea of procuring MASA t-shirts was
discussed. Various options were thrown around, and it was
decided to start collecting potential artwork and pondering ideas
until next month. If you have an artistic bent, we'd like to
collect different ideas & concepts for a t-shirt design.
The idea of resuming occasional summer evening club
launches was discussed. These will typically be announced 48
hours ahead of time and held at the Blaine site. Thursday
evening has been the traditional time for them, but they could be
held on other days. If the weather forecast looks great for a
particular evening, 2 days away, don't be afraid to suggest the idea
of holding an evening launch! Evening launches will be held in
a "misfire alley" configuration where everyone must bring
their own launch pad and controller; the club equipment will not be
brought out for these. More info on misfire alley will be
forthcoming, but you can get an idea of how it works by reading the NIRA
Alan Estenson still has rail buttons for sale, 4 for
$1.00, that fit the standard blacksky rail. Alan also passed
along information on the new Estes black powder E engines and new
kits for them (available in August).
people brought along items to show. Steve Robb brought along
the payload section for his Comanche-3 equipped with a Rocketronics
altimeter. Steve also brought the tiny Rocketronics timer and
small Perfectflite altimeter. Jeff Hove had a large 4-legged
PVC launch pad of recent construction. He has continued to
improve on the pad design seen at many MASA launches. Jeff
also had one of the magnetic apogee detection kits. Seth
Cochran brought along a clustered MicroMaxx rocket and a glider that
he would like to make rocket-boosted. Lee Grimm showed a
piston launcher that he built from a kit.
the evening's presentation, Alan Estenson talked about tubular fin
rockets. He brought along a bunch of examples, discussed the
pros & cons of this design, talked about ways to simulate tube
fins using VCP or RockSim, and handed out some information about
tube fin designs. [This handout may be downloaded from the Tech
There will not be a regular meeting in July.
Instead, we will have the summer picnic.