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Last updated: Oct. 10, 2002
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October 2002 Meeting Minutes (10/10/2002)

The October 2002 MASA meeting was held on the 8th at the Science Museum. 

Upcoming events:

  • The November meeting is scheduled for Monday the 4th (our normal date, Tuesday the 5th, is election day).  No topic has been set at this time.  Official club business will include opening the nominations for 2003 MASA officers.

  • The next launch is scheduled for October 26 at Blaine.  There will be a "missile" drag race.  The theme is clusters.  This launch will be run as a "hybrid misfire alley".  A 4 or 8 pad system will be provided; everyone is encourage to bring their own launch pad and controller.


  • The submissions deadline for the next issue of the Planet is October 15.

  • A teacher and group of students from North High School in North St. Paul joined us for the meeting.  They will be participating in the Team America Rocket Challenge.  They are looking for one or more experienced rocketeers to act as mentors to their group.  If you're interested, contact Alan.  More information will be sent out to MASA members soon.

  • Anyone willing to lead a topic at the November meeting, or just with a good idea, please speak up!

  • Alan has designed new MASA flight cards.  They will be made available on the web site soon.

  • Details about the MASA officer positions and how to nominate someone will be sent out via email.

  • Ken Hoyme has graciously volunteered to host the club's December holiday party at his home in Plymouth.  The date will be Saturday, December 14.


Ellison & Stuart Lenz organized a Junkyard Rocket building challenge as the meeting's activity.  Ellison had been collecting "junk" rockets and parts all year, and he had a large storage container full.  MASA members and the visiting high school students broke up into four teams of 3 people.  Using only parts from the "junkyard", each team had to build a rocket that would carry and eject a "standard payload with streamer" while using motors that would stay under a specified total impulse limit.  All construction had to be completed by meeting's end, and all of the rockets were then impounded by the judges.  The teams will fly their rockets at the October launch and compete for prizes.  Some very interesting creations resulted from this challenge.

There were lots of parts left over, so Ellison hopes that this becomes an annual event.  Big thanks to Ellison and Stuart; it was lots of fun!




photos by Stuart Lenz & Alan Estenson

(Alan Estenson)

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