March 2002 Meeting Minutes (3/21/2002)
The March 2002 MASA meeting was held on the 19th at
the Science Museum. This meeting was held two weeks later than
normal, and, for an added change of scenery, we were in a different
room. Club President Alan Estenson got things rolling at the
customary time of 10 minutes past 7pm. Another good group (two
dozen or so) was on hand for the evening's fun.
The next meeting will be on April 2. We
will be reviewing the Minnesota
Rocket League entries.
The next launch is scheduled for March 23 at the
White Bear Lake field. Setup at 8:30, launching starts at
9am and ends by noon.
New MASA badges have been mailed out to everyone
who has renewed for 2002. Thanks to Dave Fergus for doing
the printing and mailing; thanks to Rick Vatsaas for this year's
design. If you've renewed or joined just recently, your
badges will be mailed to you.
New badgeholders are available for your spiffy
new badges. You can get one from any MASA officer.
Remember, members are encouraged to wear their badges to club
The first issue of the MASA Planet newsletter is
available on the web site, and it has been mailed out to those
needing a paper copy. Kudos to Ted Cochran for his first
issue as editor.
Ted reminds everybody that the deadline for
submissions for the next issue is April 15. He really,
really wants to see you contribute!
If you're receiving a paper copy in the mail
and you don't really need one (if you're downloading the
file also), please let us know. Each printed copy of
the newsletter that gets mailed out costs the club $1.
MASA's NAR section renewal is in place - keeping
us legal into 2003.
MASA has agreed to potentially host some flights
for the Team
America competition next fall or winter.
Jeff Hove reported on the flights of "found
parts" rockets at the February launch.
Ellison Lenz reported that he donated the
Handbook of Model Rocketry received at the January meeting to
the Roseville Area High School Library.
Mark Thell brought in his NCR Bomarc. He
reports that it was a 3-year project, and that he didn't enjoy
the vacuuform bits at all.
David Fergus had his X-File
(kitbashed Estes Gemini DC) that is his entry into RMR DesCon
X. He also brought along his 2X upscale Big Bertha.
Built from PML parts, Dave plans to use it for his level 1 high
Art Gibbens brought along a rocket that was
given to him by one of his fellow bus-riders. Art also
brought along his Toblerone rocket.
Philip Gibbens showed us his Estes Menace
rocket that he has been building. Philip won this kit at
the 2001 MASA picnic. Looks good, Philip!
John Carlson brought in two different Redstone's
that he is scratchbuilding .
Ellison Lenz had his new LOC Norad, and talked
about putting an H motor in it.
Leland Cheng showed us some nice craftsmanship
with his Estes Mercury Redstone and Maxi Honest John.
Rick Vatsaas "unboxed" his newest
sci-fi creation - created around a plastic toy bowling
pin. [It had one of Rick's infamous long, complicated
names which I didn't attempt to write down.]
For the meeting's topic, Alan talked about the
volunteer range officers (RSO and LCO) at MASA launches. Their
duties and responsibilities were discussed, as well as how members
can help the club by volunteering for these vital positions.
A PDF version of Alan's RSO/LCO checklists may be
downloaded from the Tech page.
[If you weren't at the meeting, I encourage you to download and read
these checklists - Alan]
Reminder, it's time to pay your 2002 dues!
You can pay them at a meeting or launch, or mail them in. Click
here for more info.