August 2006 Meeting Minutes (8/5/2006)
The August 2006 MASA meeting was held on the 3rd at
the Science Museum.
7 people attended the meeting.
- The August launch is scheduled for the 25th at Nowthen.
Mike Erpelding cannot be present, so we will especially need
people to assist with the launch and equipment. Ted
Cochran is planning on bringing his 12-pad launch controller;
people may also set up their own pads & controllers in misfire
- Ted Cochran had just returned from NARAM 48 in Arizona, and
he gave us a brief description of events there.
- Deadline for submissions for the next MASA Planet is at the
end of August. Please consider sending something in!
Show -n- Tell
- Jeff Taylor brought several very sharp rockets. He had
an Estes Renegade with a really cool NWA paint scheme and custom
decals. Jeff has painted up a Big Bertha with
multi-colored "hot rod" flames - very sharp! Jeff also
brought a very spiffy rendition of an Estes Outlander.
- Andy Heren brought a cool "found parts" rocket that he built
- "Tooth Decay". He made it entirely from candy
containers, boxes, wrappers, etc.
- As part of the L1 cert topic, Alan Estenson brought his LOC
Cyclotron, Ted Cochran brought his trusty LOC IV, David Whitaker
brought a LOC Norad Pro Maxx, Carol Marple brought her PML Black
Brant VB, Jeff Taylor brought his LOC IV kit, and Caleb Boe
brought his PML Tethys (with really cool color-shifting paint!)
Level 1 High Power Certifications
- The topic of the meeting was to provide information and
answer questions about Level 1 high power certification.
Alan Estenson led the discussion and provided a handout packet
of relevant information. (A PDF version of this packet may
be downloaded through the masarocketry yahoo groups mailing
list. Because it contains some copyrighted information, it
will not be placed on the MASA web site.) With able input
from Dave & Ted, many questions were answered. Subjects
covered included rocket selection, upgrades, motors, motor
retention, recovery, and much more. Alan had tabulated all
the L1 cert flights at MASA launches over the years (16 known
attempts - 14 successes - 2 failures) and prepared tables of
suitable rocket kits from LOC & PML.
- Thanks to everyone who participated!