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October 2001 Meeting Minutes (10/4/2001)

On Tuesday October 2, Alan Estenson called together the monthly MASA meeting at the Science Museum.  Art Gibbens reminded us that the MASA Planet submissions deadline is October 26.  Your contributions are both welcomed and encouraged!  Steve Robb told us that he plans to replace a bunch of the alligator clips on the launch system.

The regular September launch having been rained-out, a make-up launch was held on the following weekend.  A small contingent of MASA members were present, and they were joined by a group of Scouts.  About 50 flights took to the skies.

The next club launch will be on the 27th at Blaine (hopefully).  The situation with the FAA and model rockets appears to have been sorted-out.  The launch has a theme of cluster-engine rockets (rockets that have more than one motor burning at a time.).  There will also be Big Daddy and Fat Boy drag races.  The contest will be A-engine altitude using the timed descent of a standard marking streamer.  Rick Vatsaas will be the contest director.

A topic is still needed for the November meeting.  If you can volunteer to do something, or you have a good idea, please step forward.

It's time to start thinking about the club's December holiday party.  Alan is looking for a person or persons to assist in organizing this event!

Alan Estenson talked about current rocket news and new products.  He showed the new Estes E9 black powder engine and a Top Flite X-form nylon parachute.  Ted Cochran brought along his modified Big Daddy.  He added four 13mm motor mounts around the central 24mm mount.  He also mounted a tube inside the nose cone so that he can vary the amount of nose weight.

Alan also passed around the "MASA Patriot SS" rocket that he scratchbuilt.  He's having MASA members sign it.  (SS = sorta scale)

For the evening's topic, Alan gave a presentation on reloadable rocket motors.  He discussed types, sizing, economics, tools, prep, cleanup, and various tips.  For those of you who couldn't make it, his handouts will be available soon for download from the web site..

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6. The topic is not set yet.  The major bit of club business will be 2002 club officer nominations.

(Alan Estenson)

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