January MASA meeting Hennepin County
The first MASA meeting of 2013 was held at
the Hennepin County Plymouth Library on January 3. A total
of 13 people attended the meeting.
The next regular club launch will be on Saturday,
January 26, at
Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake. Its currently planned for
10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., but the time might change due to the
weather. Be sure to watch the email list and our website for final
The next meeting is planned for Thursday,
February 7 at the Hennepin County Brookdale Library. Alan
Estenson will be making a presentation, "The Nike Ajax and
Nike Hercules Missiles, and their history in Minnesota"
2013 MASA Officers:
Since there was only one candidate for each office, MASA tradition
and precedent allowed those candidates to be placed directly into
office by a majority vote of those club members present at the
meeting. (motion was made and seconded to place the three
candidates directly into office)
The 2013 MASA officers are:
President Neal Higgins; Vice President Jeff Taylor;
Secretary/Treasurer Chris Feld.
Congratulations to everyone, and
thank you for serving!
Reminders & Discussion:
- 2013 dues for new and renewing members may be paid anytime.
Dues have now increased. The
PDF membership application has been updated for 2013 and is
available on the web site. Online / Paypal membership renewal
will be available soon after Alan gets it updated for 2013.
- Membership badges for 2013 were discussed. It was
decided that Chris Feld would come up with a new design, to be
submitted to the other officers for approval.
- Tripoli MN Prefect Steve Anderson had inquired whether we
would be interested in changing our launch weekend from the
fourth weekend of the month to the first or third weekend, so as
not to launch on the same day as Tripoli Southern MN. It was
decided that we would continue with launching on the fourth
weekend of the month.
- The question of whether to set up a MASA PayPal account, or
to continue using Neal's was discussed. It was decided that we
would continue to use Neals.
Show -n- Tell:
Ken Hoyme brought his in-progress
Madcow Torrent high power rocket. It will have an
electronics bay and be set up for dual deployment.
Rick Vatsaas brought one of his
scratchbuilt "cup rockets". He also had his in-progress
flying replica of the MASA logo rocket. Most parts of it
were made on a homebuilt 3D printer.
Jeff Taylor showed his Mars
Snooper scratchbuilt clone, and his in-progress ~2X upscale Mars
Ted Cochran brought his BIG nose
cone (10.5" diameter) for his Level 3 project. It is made
from Polecat parts, will be 10 feet tall, and is planned to fly
on a M2400 at the National Sport Launch this May.
Those present discussed possible
meeting topics, launch themes and launch contests for the year.
The 2013 schedule will be up on the web site in the near future.
A number of meeting topics were suggested:
- Safety Review
- Dual Deployment
- A presentation by Alan Estenson on the
Nike Hercules missile, and the various Hercules missile
launch sites in the metro area.
- A presentation on the benefits of
obtaining a HAM radio License.
- Fire extinguisher training
"MASA Fun Night" will be held at Alan's
house again. Date TBD.
It was decided that the safety review would
be split into two meetings, one to cover the RSO inspection
checklist, and the second to discuss the club's current
practices, and non flight safety issues, tentatively scheduled
for April and June. It was also decided that Alan's Nike
Hercules presentation would take place at the February meeting.
No other meeting topics were finalized.
Launch themes and fun contests were
discussed, it was decided that we need to get more people
involved in running the fun contests.
[Chris Feld and Alan Estenson]