November Meeting Minutes (11/7/2009)
The November 2009 MASA meeting was held on the 5th
at the Science Museum
Turnout was very light with only 3 people attending the
Next Launch: The next regular launch will be
November 21 (one week earlier than normal) at the VFW soccer fields
near Elk River. This will be misfire alley - no community pads
will be set up.
Next Meeting: The next regular meeting will be
on January 7 (location TBD). Suggestions for a topic
are needed! The election will be held for 2010 MASA officers.
Holiday Party: The MASA holiday party
will be held on Saturday, December 12 at the Chaska Community
Center. See the holiday
party page for all the info.
2010 MASA Officer Nominations
Nominations for 2010 MASA officers opened at the
meeting. Nominations will remain open through the date of
the next MASA launch, November 21. During that period, nominees
are asked to either officially accept their nomination and
become a candidate, or decline their nomination and have their
name withdrawn. Nominees must be MASA
members and senior NAR members. If, at the end of the nomination
period, there is not a minimum of one candidate per office, then
nominations will remain open for one additional week to allow
time for arm-twisting. You may nominate someone for an
office by sending Alan an email directly, or by posting to the
masarocketry mailing list. You may nominate yourself.
A description of the officer's
duties is located here. If you have any questions,
The election will be held at the January 2010
The nominees thus far are:
Jeff Taylor [withdrawn]
Neal Higgins [Candidate]
The October launch was a success with a lot of
flights and nice weather. The "high power smackdown" drag
races were a lot of fun!
As always, contributions to the Planet
newsletter are welcomed by Jeff!
Cub Scout outreach
build & fly went well.
Show & Tell
Alan Estenson brought along an Estes E2 Launch
Controller that he recently bought on ebay (NOS & NIB). He
also showed off some LED lamps that are a direct substitution
for the incandescent bulbs in the Estes Electron Beam launch
controller. He may be selling these LED lamps at Hub Hobby
in the future.
Ted Cochran showed the nifty padside box that he
built. It provides continuity check and pad power
Most of us have a stash of rocket kits that we intend to
build "some day". I'm issuing a challenge to start at this
meeting. Pick out one of those kits. One that you've been
really wanting to build but just haven't gotten around to it.
Bring it with you to the meeting to show it off. Then, actually
build it over the winter, and fly it at the April 2010 MASA
We'll have a drawing for prizes amongst those who complete the
- Rick Vatsaas: Semroc SST Shuttle
- Alan Estenson: Pemberton "Bucky Jones Space Cadet"
- Ted Cochran: Kosrox Saturn 1B
Let's see some more people participating!