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Last updated: Jan 9, 2003
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January 2003 Meeting Minutes (1/9/2003)

The January 2003 MASA meeting was held on the 7th at the Science Museum. 

Upcoming events:

  • The next meeting is scheduled for February 4th.  The topic will be "converting the Estes Electron Beam launch controller to use 12 volts".  Thanks to Mark Thell for letting himself be talked into leading this topic.

  • The next launch is scheduled for January 25th at White Bear Lake.  This launch may be misfire alley; details will be announced.


  • Again this year, MASA will have a rocket display at the state Lego robotics tournament on Jan 25.  Volunteers will be needed to run the display.  Yes, we know that this is on the same day as the launch.  An email has been sent out with the details.  Please let us know if you can help out.

  • The deadline for the next issue of the MASA Planet is February 15.

  • The February MASA launch may be moved down to Apple Valley High School, and Team America Rocket Challenge teams invited to make their qualification flights at that time.  Final word on this at the February meeting.

  • Ted Cochran discussed 2003 Minnesota Rocket League.  MASA will be reviewing / judging the entries at the April meeting.

  • Stuart & Ellison Lenz volunteered to give a short rocket talk to a Cub Scout pack in Little Canada on Monday.  Thanks guys!

  • Topics such as winter launch sites and alternate meeting locations were discussed.

  • A lively brainstorming session was held to think up meeting topics for the year.

2003 Officer Elections:

All paper and email ballots were tallied.  About 1/3 of eligible MASA members voted.

  • 2003 President - Glen Overby

  • 2003 Vice President - Mike Erpelding

  • 2003 Secretary / Treasurer - Lee Frisvold

  • Selection for 2003 MASA badge design - "Space Ferry"

Please give the new officers your support and assistance as they assume their duties and throughout the coming year.

Show'n Off:

  • Mark Thell brought his large "The Launch Pad" Nike Ajax.  This rocket flies on a 3-D cluster.

  • Rick Vatsaas brought his West Coast Hybrid "I" motor.

  • David Whitaker brought his scratchbuilt / cloned Astron Cobra.  He built it for the Nartrek Silver cluster flight requirement.

  • Stuart Lenz brought two scratchbuilt / cloned rockets - the Excalibur and Dragon Ship.  He also brought his neat homemade MicroMaxx launch pad.

  • Ted Cochran brought his MIRV Gryphon rocket.  It launches on 4 A10's and stages to 4 A10's separating into a total of 5 parts.

(Alan Estenson)

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