June 2004 Meeting Minutes (6/4/2004)
The June 2004 MASA meeting was held on the 3rd at
the Science Museum. A total of 8 people were present.
There is no regular meeting in July.
The next launch is scheduled for June 26th at
Elk River. MASA's first official section contest will be
held at this launch! See details below and in upcoming
The May launch was cancelled due to poor
The July picnic was discussed. Scheduling,
date, other issues. Most of it will be worked out soon and
announced on the web site and via email. It looks like
there will be a combined picnic and launch on Saturday, July 24.
Stuart Lenz brought his newly finished NCR Big
Lee Frisvold showed off a Thrustline Gyroc
David Gensler had a whole flock of rockets: a
LOC Aura and lil' Nuke, Edmonds Geminee and Deltie and Ecee, and
a PML Tiny Pterodactyl.
MASA's first official section contest will be held
at the June 26th launch. All MASA members are encouraged to
compete! The events are:
Prez Mike Erpelding passed along some advice on
types of rockets, recovery devices, etc.
A BG: an easy-to-build and nice flying entry
would be an Edmonds Deltie. Other kit options are available.
A SD: various competition kits are available
from companies such as ASP, QCR, and Fliskits. Or you can
scratchbuild something simple. Or you can compete with
something like an Estes Yankee or Wizard! Tracing paper
streamers work the best, but are fragile. Mylar streamers work
well and are tougher, but are also heavier.
B PD: again, competition kits are available.
You could compete using the same rocket as in A SD, just switch it
from streamer to parachute. Use the lightest, largest
parachute that you can get into the rocket without packing it so
tight that it can't deploy! Lightweight plastic or mylar
chutes work well.
Remember, everyone is encouraged to enter the
contest and compete! You don't need a bunch of fancy,
purpose-built rockets. You could enter all 3 events with just
a Deltie and an Alpha! (You may not win, but you'll have fun!)