October 2002 Meeting Minutes (10/10/2002)
The October 2002 MASA meeting was held on the 8th at
the Science Museum.
The November meeting is scheduled for Monday
the 4th (our normal date, Tuesday the 5th, is election
day). No topic has been set at this time. Official
club business will include opening the nominations for 2003 MASA
The next launch is scheduled for October 26 at
Blaine. There will be a "missile" drag
race. The theme is clusters. This launch will be run
as a "hybrid misfire alley". A 4 or 8 pad system
will be provided; everyone is encourage to bring their own
launch pad and controller.
The submissions deadline for the next issue of
the Planet is October 15.
A teacher and group of students from North High
School in North St. Paul joined us for the meeting. They
will be participating in the Team America Rocket
Challenge. They are looking for one or more experienced
rocketeers to act as mentors to their group. If you're
interested, contact Alan. More information will be sent
out to MASA members soon.
Anyone willing to lead a topic at the November
meeting, or just with a good idea, please speak up!
Alan has designed new MASA flight cards.
They will be made available on the web site soon.
Details about the MASA officer positions and how
to nominate someone will be sent out via email.
Ken Hoyme has graciously volunteered to host the
club's December holiday party at his home in Plymouth. The
date will be Saturday, December 14.
Ellison & Stuart Lenz organized a Junkyard
Rocket building challenge as the meeting's activity. Ellison
had been collecting "junk" rockets and parts all year, and
he had a large storage container full. MASA members and the
visiting high school students broke up into four teams of 3
people. Using only parts from the "junkyard", each
team had to build a rocket that would carry and eject a
"standard payload with streamer" while using motors that
would stay under a specified total impulse limit. All
construction had to be completed by meeting's end, and all of the
rockets were then impounded by the judges. The teams will fly
their rockets at the October launch and compete for prizes.
Some very interesting creations resulted from this challenge.
There were lots of parts left over, so Ellison hopes
that this becomes an annual event. Big thanks to Ellison and
Stuart; it was lots of fun!
photos by Stuart Lenz & Alan Estenson