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Unofficial, informal launches (4/4/2000)

We realize that MASA members really like to launch rockets, and the official monthly MASA launch isn't really enough to satisfy all the pent-up longing that is out there.  The new NAR insurance means that the official club launches will continue without interruption.  However, we know that there is a lot of enthusiasm out there and we don't want to discourage it.  We would like to encourage people to continue having "informal and unofficial" launches.  This can be a "win-win" situation for everyone.  The MASA mailing list through "Onelist" is an ideal way to let your fellow rocketeers know that you're going to be launching and that they are welcome to join you.  If you haven't signed up for the "masarocketry" mailing list yet, what's stopping you?  There have already been a couple of these launches this year, and, if you're not on "Onelist", you've missed them!  These types of launches will NOT be announced on the MASA web site.

At these "informal and unofficial" launches, everyone brings their own launch equipment and supplies.  Common sense and the NAR safety code still apply, but otherwise these launches are "on your own".  The one pound limit will apply unless someone makes a proper FAA notification.  Everyone launching should work together to keep things safe and orderly.

While MASA can't impose rules for these "informal and unofficial" launches, we do have a few recommendations:

  • Use public land - but make sure rocket launching is permitted there.  If you do use private property, make sure you have explicit permission from the landowner.  These type of launches should NEVER take place at the Blaine sod farm or Elk River MASA launch sites.  The Sunset Park Middle School location is perfectly OK, though.
  • Currently, the conditions are quite dry so be aware of any fire danger.
  • Pick up your trash.  Leave the field in at least as good of condition as you found it.

Informal launches can be a lot of fun!

(Alan Estenson & Damian Kostron)

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