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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 his approval.

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!

(Alan Estenson)

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