September MASA meeting – Hennepin County
The September, 2013 MASA meeting was held at
the Hennepin County Brookdale Library on September 5. 10
people were in attendance. MASA VP Jeff Taylor led the
The next regular club launch is
scheduled for Saturday, September 28.
The next meeting is planned for
Thursday, October 3.
MASA could use more rockets for the Fly-It,
Take-It box. FITI rockets are kept on hand at MASA
launches. Visiting kids may pick out a rocket, are
provided with an engine, get to fly it and take it home.
If you would like to build and donate any FITI rockets, please
keep them fairly simple and make sure that they can fly on an
The annual outreach event to help Cub
Scouts in Lino Lakes build and fly rockets will be coming up in
October. More details will be sent out on the email list.
Alan Estenson will be coordinating this outreach.
Air Horn Etiquette. MASA has
purchased a small handheld air horn for use by the range safety
personnel at launches. Please remember that it should only
be blown in circumstances where there is a strong risk of injury
to people. Blowing it every 17 seconds will just result in
everyone ignoring it!
If a "Heads up!" is called, everyone who
can see the rocket should point to it. That will help others in
the area locate the rocket and take appropriate action.
The NAR Board of Trustees has adopted a policy that, on NAR
ranges, the default launch guide angle shall be 5 degrees
(approximately one inch per foot of launch guide) away from
spectators. For local conditions and specific rockets, this
angle may be reset at the discretion of the RSO. MASA will
be following this policy.
NARAM 56 will be held July 26 to August 1, 2014 in Pueblo
Gary Stroick reminded us of a big Cub Scout event coming up
in central Minnesota on October 5. More help with this big
outreach event is needed!
The 2nd annual Harvest Regional Contest is planned to
coincide with the MASA September launch. Jon Stenberg will
be the Contest Director. More details will be published on
the MASA web site ASAP. Planned events are: A SD,
1/2A BG D, B RG D, A HD MR, and random duration.
Show -n- Tell:
Jeff Taylor gave a
presentation and demonstration of the
Silhouette Cameo. This electronic cutting machine
is often used for scapbooking purposes, but Jeff uses it for
things like cutting paint masks for rockets. Jeff gave a
demonstration of cutting out flame shaped paint masks on frisket
film. The machine can cut things like paper, cardstock,
vinyl, and fabric. The machine and accessories is
available from many sources, including
Chris Feld gave a presentation
on fire extinguishers and fire suppression.