Our May launch was a great success! It was pretty breezy, so we could not launch anything very high. And we only launched 26 times. But I think everyone who was there would agree, that it was a fantastic day. Several of the High Point Elementary students that we met with on their Super Saturday came and had great questions, and marveled at each rocket launched. We handed out rocket kits to Ryan, Walter, Nora, Eli, Tyler, Wes, and Elias. We still have more of the Balsa Machining Service “School Rocket” kits for any of the students who were able to attend our May launch.
- 1 – 1/2 A
- 12 – A
- 12 – B
- 1 – C
No rockets were lost, despite the ~15 mph winds. The one C motor that flew was in a saucer style rocket that doesn’t go very high or drift very far.
Thanks to everyone who attended! Especially to our new visitors, but also to my fellow CORSA members who helped make it a wonderful day!
Of course, the weather is beyond our control – all that we can do is to try to work around it. We knew that bad weather was coming, but early on, it looked like it would hold off until 2:00. As we were setting up, though, the forecast and radar showed storms arriving near noon. We have a lightning detector which shows how far away the strikes are, which gives warning before we can even see the lightning – if we see lightning, we clear the field immediately.
So we launched as soon as we could, and kept a close eye on the approaching storm. I haven’t counted yet, but I think we launched about 24 times. We heard some thunder, and decided it was time to quit. Perhaps we should have quit a little earlier, because even though we were rapidly closing up our launch operation, it started raining before we had everything stowed in our vehicles. We got drenched! But it was a good day anyway.
Well, it was windier than we like, but within the requirements of the NAR model rocket safety code – so we launched…
And it was a great day! We launched 88 times – our busiest launch day yet. And what a fabulous bunch of kids to fly rockets with! They had great questions, and great rockets. Check out the photos in our gallery – and if you have some to add, let us know.
That wrapped up our home launch schedule for 2021 – but we’ll be back at Freedom Park next year!
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Our April launch was a great success. We had 63 launches: 1x 1/2 A, 10 x A, 29 x B, 17 x C, 3 X D and 4 x E motors. One of those was a two motor cluster of A8-3s.
Our altitude contest was loads of fun, and had keen participation. Alex somehow squeezed 526 feet out of a B6-4, and won the prize. Bob came in second, with 490 feet. The first attempt was Ed’s – and his try was marred by a shift in CG, followed by a flight directly into the woods, never to be seen again!
Our March launch was fantastic! The weather was near perfect – winds aloft were negligible when we started, but picked up a little as the day continued. We had a great turnout, with many visitors, and we had a great time!
Motor Impulse used:
There were a few interesting payloads, including Moana, some altimeters, and some cameras. The cameras were the new Estes AstroCam. Unfortunately, my luck with camera payloads continues, as my camera launches failed to record. I’m hoping that John’s video came out…
CORSA member Brennan has started a great rocketry podcast:
Check it out!
For the foreseeable future, our meetings will be held online. Please email us if you want to participate!
For the time being, our launches will be controlled events. Public participation is not being invited, and if visitors attend, they will be asked to remain away from the prep/launch activity areas. There should still be adequate accommodations to watch some launches though!
Participants will be required to wear face masks when in proximity to each other, and good sanitation procedures will be practiced.
The September CORSA launch forecast was pretty good. But as soon as we got the launch site set up, the skies opened with rain. We took shelter in our tent, talked rockets, and watched the skies. After about an hour, our hopes were fading. But the rain did ease, and we thought we might at least get a few launches off before we succumbed. We quickly prepped and flew a few rockets during what looked like it would be a brief lull. But the rain didn’t start again. We didn’t have a huge turnout, but we had a great day.
Our next launch was a special launch. Cub Scout Pack 701 joined us on a day whose forecast was pretty marginal. We hoped for the best, and set up our launch site. We got rained on a few times – but we protected out gear and rocket fleets. The Scouts and their families had a great spirit, undamped by the rain, and patiently waited out a few interruptions. It paid off big time; we launched 65 times!
Thank you Pack 701 – we had a great day working with you!
This comic summarizes CORSA’s mission:
The 1960s Space Race to the moon inspired me, and the other CORSA members old enough to have seen those amazing missions, to pursue science and engineering, at least as hobbies. Every rocket launch that we attend brings back at least a touch of that thrill that we got watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. How can that be 50 years ago?!