Unofficial, informal launches (4/4/2000)
We realize that MASA members really like to launch rockets, and
the official monthly MASA launch isn't really enough to satisfy all
the pent-up longing that is out there. The new NAR insurance
means that the official club launches will continue without
interruption. However, we know that there is a lot of
enthusiasm out there and we don't want to discourage it. We
would like to encourage people to continue having "informal and
unofficial" launches. This can be a "win-win"
situation for everyone. The MASA mailing list through "Onelist"
is an ideal way to let your fellow rocketeers know that you're going
to be launching and that they are welcome to join you. If you
haven't signed up for the "masarocketry" mailing list yet,
what's stopping you? There have already been a couple of these
launches this year, and, if you're not on "Onelist",
you've missed them! These types of launches will NOT be
announced on the MASA web site.
At these "informal and unofficial" launches, everyone
brings their own launch equipment and supplies. Common sense
and the NAR safety code still apply, but otherwise these launches
are "on your own". The one pound limit will apply
unless someone makes a proper FAA notification. Everyone
launching should work together to keep things safe and orderly.
While MASA can't impose rules for these "informal and
unofficial" launches, we do have a few recommendations:
- Use public land - but make sure rocket launching is permitted
there. If you do use private property, make sure you have
explicit permission from the landowner. These type of
launches should NEVER take place at the Blaine sod farm or Elk
River MASA launch sites. The Sunset Park Middle School
location is perfectly OK, though.
- Currently, the conditions are quite dry so be aware of any
- Pick up your trash. Leave the field in at least as good
of condition as you found it.
Informal launches can be a lot of fun!
(Alan Estenson & Damian Kostron)