This has not been a good summer for our launch schedule! We monitor the forecast closely, and only scrub a launch if we don’t think we can make it safe and worthwhile to set up our launch site.
Fortunately, the forecast for this Saturday looks great! If that holds, we’re going to have a great day launching rockets. And the day will start off with a Space Balloon launch – the Civil Air Patrol Eddie Rickenbacker Squadron will be launching a weather balloon to the edge of space. Its payload includes cameras and homing devices that will allow them to track, and (hopefully!) recover it. Following that, we’ll be launching rockets – an hour earlier than usual – we’ll set up at 9:00, and launch beginning 10:00. Bring your own rockets if you have them (we might have some kits if you don’t) , and fly with us!
Unfortunately, Cub Scout Pack 701 had to cancel their launch on Sunday. But they (and you) are welcome to join us at our regular launches.
The Columbus Clippers celebrated National Space Weekend again this year, and again invited CORSA to participate. We had a great time, and talked to lots of people about hobby rocketry. Kids were fascinated, and grown-ups remembered their days building and launching rockets.
Hobbyland donated kits for giveaways Saturday and Sunday. Lance won on Saturday, and Logan won Sunday. Congratulations!
Logan was our prize winner Sunday
Our March launch was small, but Bob and Ed had fun. Just as we finished preparing our first launches, a few visitors stopped in and got to see a few nice flights.
The next day was a big day for Bob. He attended the WSR launch in Cedarville, and successfully completed his Level 2 High Power Rocketry certification. Congratulations Bob! We’ll post videos in a separate post.
Due to scheduling issues, we’ve canceled our November club launch. But instead, we plan to go to the November 11 Wright Stuff Rocketeers launch. Their launch site near Cedarville has a waiver to 10,000 feet. We hope to see some great high power launches there.
The weather was nearly perfect Saturday as we welcomed the Cub Scouts from Dublin Pack 116 to Freedom Park in Sunbury for a great day of rocket launches. The scouts were eager and attentive, and they did a great job of preparing and launching their rockets. Thanks to Lara and Eric, and the great Cub Scouts of Pack 116.
On August 14, Kevin, Curtis, and Ed had gone to Bailey Elementary in Dublin, to meet with the scouts. We discussed rocketry concepts and safety, and assisted them in the construction of Estes UP Aerospace Spaceloft kits. These are minimum diameter mini-motor (13mm diameter) kits with one-piece fin cans. The black body tubes were tricky to mark, but the scouts did a great job – as they did with all aspects of construction.
The Cub Scouts flew those on 1/2A3-4T motors, with excellent results in 42 launches. There were a few that had issues like shock cord separation, but generally they worked well. We were able to help repair most of the damaged rockets and fly them again. We had nagging problems with igniters; I believe that much of the cause was those tiny little mini-motors (and maybe to some extent, fidgety Cub Scouts!). Most of the failures were shorts at the motor nozzle – it was just difficult to keep the leads apart in that tiny opening.
Some of the scouts brought a few other rockets to launch, and club members and visitors had some too. After the scouts flew the rockets from their build session with us, we started launching the others. The winds were a bit tricky, and there were some searches in the weeds. I think they were mostly successful – it would be a shame to lose some of that great craftsmanship.
47 – 1/2A (including 42 build-session rockets)
3 – A
6 – B
6 – C
A special thanks goes to the CORSA club members who came to support the launch. Thanks for making our range operations so smooth and efficient!
And thanks to Hobbyland for bringing such a great group of people! I hope to see some of them at our meetings – there is clearly a lot we can learn about great finishing techniques. Hobbyland put some pictures on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hobbylandstores/
Someone took this great launch shot and gave it to me – I’d credit him, but didn’t catch his name.
In two years, it will have been 50 years since Neil Armstrong, representing all people of Earth, took a small step onto the surface of the moon. As a nine-year old, I was transfixed, glued to the TV, and hanging on every word about the mission that I could find to read. To this day, that experience affects my life.
We should commemorate that giant leap for humankind event as a club. We should all build models of the Saturn V, as many as we can muster. There are a variety of Saturn V models available, in a range of scales and detail. Find one (or several!) to suit your modeling skills, and get started.
The club owns a classic Estes Saturn V kit (Estes #1236 – kit K-36). Perhaps the best use of this would be as a club construction project? I’m open to suggestions.
I’ve started on my Dr. Zooch ant-scale Saturn V, have started planing my Estes Saturn V (#2157) construction, and have ordered an Apogee 1/70th scale Saturn V kit. Should keep me busy – think I’d have time to try the Sirius kit too?
We had a great couple of days at the Sunbury Community Library working with the summer program in a rocketry class. We built Semroc My Boid and Quest Payloader One kits, and discussed rocket science, safety, and construction techniques. It’s always encouraging to see the enthusiasm and curiosity of today’s youth!
Our launch on 7/14 had to be postponed due to wet conditions, but was fine for the rain date on 7/21. We had a great day, the kids and their families had a great time. One rocket that didn’t go together well failed our swing test, but that was a great learning experience. The other rockets all flew well, and recovered well.
We put a Quest How High altimeter into a payload section and flew it on a few of the Payloader Ones, with a variety of motors. We had the crowd guess what altitude would be achieved with each flight, and there were some pretty good guesses. On an A6-4, it got to 131 ft; on a B6-4, to 359 ft; and on a C6-5, it flew to 675 ft.
Club members flew some of our own rockets too. Below is a great photo of Curtis’s Maxi Alpha III lifting off. Thanks to all of the members who helped with the class!
photo by Curtis
To celebrate National Space Day, and to honor John Glenn, the Columbus Clippers celebrated Space Weekend at their games on May 6 and 7. They invited CORSA to set up a display, along with COSI, OSU and NASA. Curtis, Bob, Chuck, Michael, and Ed were there to show attendees what model rocketry is about, and to answer their questions.
Girls and boys of all ages were curious about our exhibit, and eager to learn more. We encouraged them to get started with entry level kits, and to visit our website, and NAR’s. This was a very successful project that inspired lots of visitors, and we enjoyed it too!
Curtis, Michael, Ed, and Bob staff the exhibit
Chuck and Bob talk rockets with interested visitor
We had a great meeting, planning for our upcoming launches and summer programs.
We spent a fair bit of time looking at the features of OpenRocket, especially the idea of minimal designs with just enough detail to get a good simulation.
Curtis and Erich showed off their projects underway.
And we installed Curtis Cox as our new Deputy Director.