2010 MASA Holiday Party
On Saturday evening,
December 4, about 30 MASA members gathered at the Chaska Community
Center in the “Community Room” for the annual club holiday party.
There was plenty of food to eat and holiday treats to enjoy, plus a
couple of rocket “beauty” contests, and rockets and other mementos
to look at. The party started around 6:30 pm and ended around 9:30
Thanks to Lyle Merdan
for arranging the use of the room, and to everyone who helped with
planning, set up, and clean up! Thanks to everyone who attended!
Thanks to Todd Carpenter
for again bringing the liquid nitrogen and keeping the crowd
entertained! Everyone had a great time freezing marshmallows,
graham crackers, flowers, and pennies
Thanks to Jeff Taylor
for the MASA holiday greeting cards. Party attendees signed these
cards to be sent to various friends of MASA.
The annual MASA gift
exchange game was once again a popular activity with nearly all the
MASA Year in Review
MASA's 12th Year
meetings plus the summer picnic and winter holiday party.
Thanks to all the meeting topic presenters! (Caleb Boe, Alan
Estenson, Carol Marple, Buzz McDermott, Glen Overby, Dwayne
Shmel, Todd Schweim, Jeff Taylor, and the many club members who
participated in the “hardware and reload show-n-tell” at the
15 club launches in 2010, including a 2-day regional contest:
910+ flights, 1,014+ engines burned, 29,962 N-s of total
impulse, nearly $6,000 worth of engines used! The total number
of MASA flights to date is about 11,000! We had 44 high power
flights; that's the most ever in one year! We had very few
scheduled launches that had rocket-friendly weather; luckily, we
were nearly always able to reschedule.
MASA donated 50 rockets to NARAM 52 for the "Fly-It / Take-It".
Thanks to all who built and donated rockets: Kevin, Hunter, and
Levi Anderson; Steve Brown; Todd Carpenter; Mike Erpelding; Alan
Estenson; Art and Philip Gibbens; Andy Heren; Neal Higgins;
Carol Marple; Buzz McDermott; Bob Moyle; Dwayne Shmel; Jeff
Taylor; Mark Thell; David Whitaker.
The LAC trophy for best NAR section newsletter was awarded to
the MASA Planet for the 3rd consecutive year! Thanks to all the
newsletter contributors: Todd Carpenter, Jason Colt, Mike
Erpelding, Alan Estenson, Art Gibbens, Neal Higgins, Ken Hoyme,
Ken Jarosch, Ray King, Carol Marple, Tim Melody, Glen Overby,
Todd Schweim, Alyssa Taylor, Jeff Taylor, and David Whitaker.
had a large number of members successfully complete their L1 and
L2 high power certifications. As a comparison, in the first 10
years of MASA, approximately 25 members completed their L1 or L2
HPR certification. In 2010 alone, we had 12 members complete
their L1 and L2 certifications (6 of each)!!
received two NAR Safety Grants, totaling approximately $400.
This money was used to purchase additional safety equipment
including a “smokechaser,” an additional set of speakers, and
additional stakes and rope. Some money remains to purchase an
updated first aid kit and an air horn.
supported many outreach events, including long-standing events
like Westwood and new events with some boy scout and girl scout
MASA held its second regional contest. Planning is already
underway for our 3rd annual regional contest next
least a few MASA members attended NARCON 2010 on the East coast.
About 10 members traveled to Pueblo, CO for NARAM 52 (and some
are already making plans for NARAM 53 in Cincinnati, OH).
Caleb Boe, Todd Schweim, and Don Boe traveled to Serbia to
compete in the WSMC.
Thanks to Neal Higgins for his service as MASA Vice President,
and for ‘acquiring’ what is probably the coolest equipment
Thanks to Jason Colt for his service as MASA
Thanks to Jeff Taylor for his service as editor of the (multiple
award winning) MASA Planet newsletter.
Thanks to Mike Erpelding for serving as director of MASA's
regional contest (first, second, third, and counting).
Thanks to Alan Estenson for serving as the MASA Webmaster,
flight statistician, and Section Advisor.
Thanks to Ted Cochran for his service as NAR Vice President, and
for serving on the NFPA Committee.
Congratulations to those with successful Level 1 certification
flights this year: Steve Brown, Art Gibbens, Caleb Griswold, Ken
Hoyme, Bob Moyle, and Dave Schaffhausen.
Congratulations to those with successful Level 2 certification
flights this year: Caleb Boe, Todd Carpenter, David Gensler,
Neal Higgins, Carol Marple, and Dwayne Shmel.
to all those who volunteered their time to serve RSO/LCO shifts this
Todd Carpenter, Mike Erpelding, Alan Estenson, Art Gibbens,
Neal Higgins, Buzz McDermott, Glen Overby, Dwayne Shmel, Jeff
Taylor, Rick Vatsaas, and David Whitaker. Our launches run
smoothly and safely because of all of you!
Congratulations to MASA's FAI Internats crew: competitors Caleb
Boe and Todd Schweim, and flight tracker extraordinaire Don Boe.
2010 MASSY Awards
MASA tradition, club president Carol Marple presented a few special
Forward Award", presented to Mike Erpelding and Buzz McDermott.
single-handedly ran two major outreach events this year, including a
launch at the Stearns County Fair and the 2-day Boy Scouts “Star
Camp,” which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Boy
For this event, Mike built and wired several new multi-rocket launch
pads in order to handle the high number of flights. The Scouts
built paper pyramid rockets and flew them on Quest B6-2’s.
Approximately 11,500 Scouts attended the event; of those
approximately 700 Scouts built and flew rockets.
Buzz hosted a club build session, plus donated many rocket kits (and
rockets) for the NARAM 52 Fly-it / Take-it. In addition, he also
handled many outreach builds and launches, often times by himself
and on short notice, including one outreach event for a scout group
that was planned, coordinated, and done within 3 or 4 days.
"Frequent Flyer Award", presented to Alan Estenson for having
the highest number of flights during 2010, in addition to also
taking many shifts as LCO/RSO.
Distance Traveled to Fly Rockets Award”, presented to Caleb Boe,
Todd Schweim, and Don Boe for their trip to the WSMC in Serbia in
2010 Prang Awards
a number of notable prangs this year.
Worth a Mention:
Ken Jarosch’s "SpaceShipEarth" saucer was completely obliterated
when a D5-4 motor CATO'ed.
Lyle Merdan's "Wildman Jr" on a G46 had a motor failure, caught on
fire, and didn't leave the pad.
Ken Hoyme’s Leading Edge Rocketry Alien, with 39 separately soldered
and epoxied LEDs, on an E20-4W at the Solstice launch. Lawn darted
due to really long ejection delay.
Todd Carpenter's "Steam Boy" on a D24 had a late ejection and lawn
Mark Thell did loops with his "Colonial Viper" on a C6-3. The
comments say "unstable, mistook Bob for a Cylon".
David Gensler tried for his L2 cert with his Magnum on a J350.
Unfortunately, he suffered a motor CATO. The motor tore loose, flew
through the rocket, punched into the payload section, and propelled
it into the air while the bottom half of the rocket remained on the
Tim Barr exceeded the speed of balsa when he shredded his SLS
Laser-X on a G77.
Luke Brown launched the big and colorful "Bunny Storm" on 3 D12's.
The nose came off, but the chute never appeared and it core sampled.
of the Year Award:
Ken Hoyme’s Leading
Edge “Rocketry Alien" on an E20-4W.
Nomination - Ken bought this kit shortly before the Solstice
Launch, and spent many, many hours soldering and epoxying the 39
individual LEDs that come with this kit. It was an awesome rocket,
and we were all excited to see it fly. Ken waited until right after
sun down to launch it, to maximize LED visibility. Winds were
pretty calm when the button was pressed. It wasn’t completely
stable off the rod, but it stabilized as it picked up speed.
Unfortunately, it made a nice arc over the road and into the field
across the street, where it crashed. The nose cone was firmly
planted in the body tube, and many of the little parts were
completely shattered. We’re pretty sure the delay was longer than 4
seconds, and I’m sure it felt more like a 40-second delay to Ken.
Prizes for RSO/LCO volunteers and meeting presenters
(The names of everyone who had served RSO/LCO duty OR presented a
topic at a meeting during 2010 were placed in a "hat")
Todd Carpenter, Caleb Boe, and Alan Estenson’s names were selected,
but I didn’t write down who took which prize
(The following prizes were donated by Carol Marple)
Pack of Estes D12-5 motors
“Journey to the Moon” DVD
Semroc Aerobee-Hi rocket kit (NARCON 2008 commemorative kit)
Free Door Prizes
Prizes donated by MASA club
members (Thanks to Jeff Taylor, Dave Schaffhausen, Carol Marple, Ben
Ericksen, Alan Estenson, and Neal Higgins!)
Estes Paveway kit - Ken Hoyme
Estes Electron Beam Controller - Cheryl Anderson
Estes Guardian kit - Kevin Anderson
Custom Razor kit - Bob Moyle
IMAX "Space Station" DVD - Ethan Erpelding
IMAX "Destiny in Space" DVD - Don Boe
NASA license plate - Dave Schaffhausen
Paratrooper guy - Rick Vatsaas
Tripod launch pad - Dwayne Shmel
Keychain video camera - Susan Shmel
Prizes donated by MASA
Six Estes C6-5 engines w/ igniters - Austin
Estes Photon Disruptor kit - Kevin Day
FlisKits Long Overdue kit - Lyle Merdan
FlisKits Thing-a-ma-jig kit - Nancy Schaffhausen
Quest Totally Tubular kit - Jeff Taylor
Certificate for free 2011 club dues - Ted
water bottle - Ted Cochran
water bottle - Levi Anderson
5 minute epoxy - Rick Vatsaas
30 minute epoxy - Linda Boe
hobby knife set - Dave Schaffhausen
tool set - Cindy Whitaker
X-acto knife - Linda Boe
X-acto knife - Alyssa Taylor
Titebond glue - Cindy Whitaker
Estes B4-2 engines - Todd Carpenter
Estes B4-4 engines - Jeff Taylor
Estes B6-4 engines - Todd Carpenter
Estes B6-4 engines - Bob Moyle
Gorilla glue - Aimee Whitaker
CA glue - Cheryl Anderson
CA glue - Alyssa Taylor
Quest Q2G2 igniters - Levi Anderson
12" Top Flight nylon chute - Caleb Boe
Certificate for free 2011 club dues - Caleb Boe
FlisKits 24mm cluster mount - Aimee Whitaker
Prizes donated by Hub Hobby
Center, Little Canada
FlisKits Night Whisper kit - Neal Higgins
Quest Terrier-Orion kit - Alan Estenson
Semroc Golden Scout kit (#0579) - Hunter
BMS nose cone assortment - David Whitaker
Estes Spin Control rocket with engines - Craig
Estes Speed Freak rocket with engines - Mike
Prizes donated by Hub Hobby
Congratulations to the winners! (apologies for
any misspelled names)