August 2002 Meeting Minutes (8/8/2002)
The August 2002 MASA meeting was held on the 6th at
the Science Museum. About 14 people attended.
The September meeting is on the 3rd. The
topic will be computer software for analyzing rocket stability
and predicting flight performance.
The next launch is scheduled for August 24 at
the sod farm in Blaine. The theme is multi-stage
rockets. The special events will be the 4th Annual Great
UFO Drag Race and also a Comanche-3 drag race, if there is
sufficient interest. For those working on their NARTREK
Bronze, this will be a great opportunity to make your 2-stage
flight. If someone volunteers to organize it, we could
also have a fun MicroMaxx duration contest.
Since the last meeting, the club has had four
successful launches and the summer picnic.
The submissions deadline for the next issue of
the Planet is August 15.
Lots of new photos on the web site. Also,
new swap -n- sell stuff.
Still looking for Prang award nominations from
club launches during the first half of this year.
MASA members Mike Erpelding and Glen Overby are
attending NARAM in Texas.
Despite current rumors, the sod farm in Blaine
has not been sold. We can all see the development moving
northward, and it's probably a question of when it will be
developed, not if.
A discussion was made of misfire alley launch
ranges and their benefits.
The November meeting date will probably change
to either the first or second Monday.
Alan Estenson showed his modified Holverson
Wicked Winnie with Rocketronics altimeter in the payload
bay. Alan also brought his Vaughn Brothers Extreme 29
minimum diameter rocket.
Ellison Lenz brought in his LOC Norad - freshly
retrieved from a tree.
Seth Cochran showed us his Edmonds Deltie
Airshow. It boosts 3 Deltie gliders at once.
Alan Estenson and Ted Cochran talked about the
basics of Quest MicroMaxx (MM) rockets and how to scratchbuild
rockets for those tiny engines using inexpensive stuff.
MicroMaxx starter sets, rockets, and engines may be
found at hobby stores, toy stores, and mass-merchandisers.