August 2000 meeting minutes (8/7/2000)
The monthly meeting started about 7 pm on Monday, August 7.
A summer-weight turnout of 9 people attended.
The next launch will be on Saturday, August 26th. The
location has not been determined, yet. If the location ends up
being Elk River or White Bear Lake, the launch will be shifted to
Sunday, August 27th. Watch the web site for the official word.
A discussion went around for a while on the subject of changes
and improvements to the MASA launch procedures and equipment.
This was based upon the recent discussion on the egroups
masarocketry mailing list. No big changes will be implemented
in the near future. Some suggestions that will be implemented
will be to restrict each person to signing up for only one pad per
rack. We will also encourage members to bring along their
Estes porta-pads (or equivalent) so that we can have one large and
one small pad at each station. This will help minimize the
time-consuming process of changing launch rods. A column will
also be added to the pad sign-up sheets where the RSO can initial
At next month's meeting, Alan Estenson, Ted Cochran, and Glen
Overby will describe their recent experiences at NARAM 42 in
Colorado. (Lots of photos and such, so be sure to attend!)
For the evening's presentation, Art Gibbens first showed us
various altitude measurement devices (such as the Estes AltiTrak and
another theodolite-style device) and the old Estes flight
"computer". He then discussed the location of
altitude tracking stations and led the group through the basic math
involved in reducing angle and distance measurements to an altitude
reading. Thanks, Art!