No surprise, our January launch is cancelled due to weather.
Our regular launch schedule will continue to be the third Saturday of each month, and for the foreseeable future, face masks will be required on everyone in the launch prep, launch control, and launch pad areas.
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.
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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?!
It was hot! The breeze made the heat tolerable, but made the rocketry a little more challenging. We had pretty good luck though, and lost only one rocket to the wind.
Congratulations to Andrew on winning the Land The Eagle contest! And thanks to all the visitors who came to watch. I’ll try to get photos posted soon.
We had a very successful launch in June. The weather was good, surprisingly, but a little windy. And we had a lot of visitors! It was great to have them, and we hope to see them all again.
2x 1/8A (Micro Maxx)
Ohio weather has been unkind to us of late. I hope I’m not the only one who is frustrated with scrubbed launches – CORSA makes every effort to keep our launches safe!
We’ll scrub a launch if the weather would make it unsafe to be outdoors in a open field, though we do have and use a lightning detector, which gives advance warning of storms moving in. We won’t launch if the field is too muddy to set up without damaging the site.
We’ll also scrub if the weather would not comply with the NAR safety code. At Freedom Park, we don’t have a lot of room, so if winds are predicted to be consistently near the 20 MPH NAR limit, we’ll likely cancel the launch.
We can withstand a little rainfall or snowfall, but not steady precipitation.
Come out and launch with us!
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