Launch Weather

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!

Clippers Space Weekend 2018

Clippers Space Weekend 2018

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

Cub Scout Pack 701 Launch

Cub Scout Pack 701 Launch

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:

Saturn V Challenge

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?

Sunbury Community Library Rocketry Class

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

March 2017 Meeting

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.

 

Freedom Park Spring Launch – rescheduled!

With a pretty miserable weather forecast for 3/18, we’ve rescheduled our launch for the following weekend.

You’re invited to our model rocket launch at Freedom Park in Sunbury on Saturday, March 25. We’ll start at 11:00 AM, and will plan to finish around 2:00 PM.

Bring a rocket or a few; we will have plenty of launch pads, no need to bring yours. It’s not a very large field, but with little or no wind, most ‘C’ motor flights should recover nicely. Or just com and watch – feel free to ask questions!

We’re hoping that the weather is like some of the warm, sunny spring days we’ve seen already. We’ll brave some chilly temperatures, but wind or precipitation might change our plans. Check our website for updates as we watch the weather forecast, and email us if you have any questions!

See the event page: Spring Launch