The June 2002 MASA meeting was held on the 4th at
the Science Museum. A good-sized group (more than 14) was on
July picnic. After some discussion, those
present voted to hold the club picnic at the VFW soccer fields /
launch site up near Elk River. We will be able to launch
rockets before & after the picnic. It was decided not
to have a raffle this year. Details will be posted on the
web site. Volunteers will be needed!
The deadline for the next issue of the Planet is
June 15. Ted welcomes all submissions for this and future
The May launch was a success with 181 flights.
On behalf of MASA, Alan Estenson presented sod
farm owner Steve Fricke with a "thank you" plaque.
Similarly, Dave Fergus presented Tom Nichols of
the VFW with a "thank you" plaque.
The web site welcomes any submissions for the Swap
-n- Sell page.
No one has submitted any nominations yet for the
2002 Prang Awards!
Jeff Hove donated a (MASA purchased) copy of the
Handbook of Model Rocketry to science teacher Sue Fornier at
Cleveland Quality Middle School in St. Paul. Jeff is also
helping her class launch rockets.
Seth Cochran took possession of another (MASA
purchased) copy of the Handbook with promises to donate it
Ted Cochran showed the nice trophy that MASA
purchased / donated for the Minnesota Rocket League competition.
Ellison Lenz reminded everyone that he is
accepting "junkyard rockets" donations in preparation
for the October meeting.
A Scout group in the Eden Prairie area is
looking for assistance in building and launching
rockets. If you would be willing to volunteer some time to
help them, please contact Alan.
Ted Cochran spoke about the different ways of
measuring altitude without having an onboard electronic
altimeter. He spoke of tracking from the ground with
theodolites. (The Estes Altitrak is a simple example.)
By knowing baselines and measuring azimuth and elevation angles, you
can pretty accurately determine the altitude of a rocket
flight. [A PDF version of Ted's presentation is available for
download from the Tech page.]