April Meeting Minutes (4/15/2008)
The April 2008 MASA meeting was held on the 10th at
the Science Museum.
5 people braved the horrible weather to attend the meeting.
The April launch will be on the 26th. The
location is still to-be-determined. It will be at the Nowthen
sod farm if it has dried out enough. Otherwise, it will
probably be at the Elk River VFW soccer fields. Site will be
determined by the 20th and the web site will be updated accordingly.
The next meeting will be on May 1. The
scheduled topic is "hybrids".
- NARCON 2008 was a success and is now almost a month behind
- We will be planning something special for MASA's 10th
anniversary celebration for the club picnic in July. If
you have any ideas, please pass them along.
- If you are building one of the Semroc Golden Scout kits, we
encourage you to fly them in July at either the picnic or the
- If you have any ideas for how to make the regular club
launches more fun and interesting (themes, contests, special
events, etc), please let us know.
- The NARAM 50 organizers have planned a "Fly-it / Take-it"
event for kids (13 and younger) or first-time flyers of any age
to have an opportunity to fly an already-built rocket and then
keep the rocket. The organizers have requested that NAR sections
build between six and twelve rockets for donation to the event.
The only restriction is that the rocket(s) must fly on a single
18mm black powder motor. MASA will be supporting this event by
donating a minimum of 6 built rockets; we need your help
donating and/or building. If you would like to help out,
MASA Vice President Carol Marple will be collecting the donated
rockets at the April launch or the May meeting and then will
ship them to the NARAM 50 organizers.
The evening's topic was range safety, rocket safety, and RSO/LCO
training. With the small turnout, this mostly consisted of
discussion, Q&A, and going through the
A selection of related safety information has also been made
available in the Files section of the masarocketry mailing list.
Show -n- Tell
- Caleb Boe brought his compressed air pyro-free ejection
system - now installed in an airframe.
- Alan Estenson brought his vintage Estes Kadet (The first
rocket that I ever launched.) and a new Semroc Sky Hook
built with a 13mm motor mount.