April 2002 Meeting Minutes (4/4/2002)
The April 2002 MASA meeting was held on the 2nd at
the Science Museum. Arriving only two weeks after the (delayed)
March meeting, a smaller crowd was on hand.
The deadline for submissions for the next issue
of the MASA Planet is April 15. Editor Ted Cochran
welcomes all of your contributions. If he doesn't have
room for them in this issue, he'll save them for the next one!
If you have anything that you'd like to list on
the web site's Swap -n- Sell page, just send it to Alan
The March launch was a success with 92 flights
taking to the skies.
Photos from the February & March launches
are now on the web site.
Discover Aviation Days at the Anoka County
airport has been canceled for this year. This raises the
possibility of moving the May launch forward a week, so it isn't
on Memorial Day weekend.
We may change the May meeting topic. The
planned topic of building rockets to fulfill the Minnesota
Rocket League challenge is probably too much for our meeting
Ted Cochran brought along "Streaming
Broadband" - a rocket where the body tube is also the
recovery streamer. A plan for it will be appearing in the
Stuart Lenz had a scratchbuilt rocket with
tubular fins and lots of transitions. It has 3 24mm motor
Ellison Lenz had a scratchbuilt rocket made from
"found parts" with a 24mm motor mount and tubular
David Fergus had two rockets built for the
Minnesota Rocket League challenge.
Ted Cochran convened the meeting attendees as a
Design Review Board. He distributed the design packets sent in
by teams competing in the Minnesota Rocket League. MASA
members looked through the packets, writing down praise and
suggestions for the teams.