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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!
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.
Our third time launching rockets with Big Walnut Cub Scout Pack 701 was the best yet! We hope to see these scouts and their families at future launches.
We used the following motors:
30 – A
9 – B
4 – C
The scouts brought a wide variety of rockets, and they performed extremely well. We had several igniter failures; we’re planning additional study. The modern Estes igniters seem to occasionally burn, but fail to start the motor. A recent Sport Rocketry magazine article had a suggestion that we plan to try at our next launch.
We used the new launch rail that Chuck built – it worked and looked great! He has a few finishing touches to apply; it should be finished for our October launch.
David Nulter shot these photos: