ROCC is flying D Streamer Duration in the contest next month, and I've been asked to provide some tips for winning the event. As a rule of thumb, for any duration event, you want to build the lightest, minimum diameter bird you can, and then put the largest possible recovery device in the rocket. Most often, these goals will conflict, so it will be up to you to make design choices that will gain you optimal performance.
To help folks get ready for the April contests here's some links to competition designs from the NAR website. I've also got some links from Bob B. with some streamer info that I'll post tomorrow. Links to jpegs and a single pdf on the next page.
As discussed at the launch on Sunday, and working around Kip's planting and barley harvest growth, we're moving the April launch up a week to the 14th & 15th. The thought is that even though the barley was only 4" high on Sunday as soon as a few warm days hit the fertilizer that Kip put down the growth is expected to shoot through the roof. Remember that we're having the contest in April so check out the NAR site (NAR.org)...see link below.... for competition designs!
Ralph spoke to Kip Williams and like times before when it had been wet prior to a launch, we should drive along the sides of the runway where we park and not everybody drive down the middle. If there is any standing water on the runway, we should then park closer to the house until after the water has drained off, then go down the sides. Watch for loose dirt tilled up in front of the house. But we think we will be safe. The last rain passed on through the area early in the afternoon today (Friday) and should be well drained away by tomorrow. But lets do drive along the sides avoiding the middle of the runway and keep our driving down to a minimum. Thanks Ralph, ROCC Prez. Roy, ROCC Sec.
Launch is on March 17th and 18th. A Green St Patricks Launch. Saturday 11:00-7:30 Sounds like we can expect some winds for the first half the day, then it's suppose to gradually decrease through the remainder of the day. It frequently gets calmer as the day progress out there at the farm. Sunday 11:00-7:30 Is projected to be a really great day, knock on wood, to keep it that way. Confirmed Vendors on site (Marsh 17th and 18th) Performance Hobbies - Ken Allen Giant Leap - Tim Durbin Hobbytown USA - Brent Johnson (Contact all prior to the weekend to expedite orders)
Hi everybody... Sorry about being delayed in getting Roy's launch reports up. Also I wanted to remind everyone that there is a launch coming up this weekend, the 17th & 18th. It's St. Patrick's Day on Saturday so I have no idea if they'll be "little green men" out and about, but hopefully we'll have great weather and lots of flyers! See you there!
Welcome, Welcome all you Rocket Geeks to the Post Rocket Launch for our February 24th make-up Saturday launch. (Besides being in a computer or chess club, this is one of the only organizations where everyone is proud to be a Nerd or Geek.) It�s great when we can have a second chance to fly because the weather gods chose our regular scheduled weekend to drop rain and blow strong winds.
Welcome to the 17 February post-Launch Rocket report, the short version. The Short Version, because, due to the projected high winds, we only had a one day Saturday launch.