Of course a weekend full of rockets is cool, but this year’s two day launchfest had unseasonable low temperatures keeping flyers very comfortable for June. The previous week saw the passage of tropical entity Cindy dumping rain all over Tennessee and threatening the schedule, but Saturday was clear enough to set up the range on the soggy sod.
Got a few things to discuss:
- Southern Thunder 2017 recap
- Status of Manchester field; field search
- Equipment status; Rail and cart purchases
- Upcoming July events, including MOU event at USSRC
- Upcoming TARC season (Workshop set for September 16 at ETF)
And a starter set giveaway!
See ya’ll at 7:30 pm!
There is an annual event that draws sport rocketeers from all over to come fly their best rockets. You are invited to come to that event and be one of those rocketeers.
THE SOUTHERN THUNDER REGIONAL ROCKET LAUNCH
June 24-25, 2017, Manchester, TN
Meet some of the masters of the craft, shop for great deals and see amazing rockets. It’s a celebration of rocketry in low, medium and high power. Come out for a day or two, bring rockets to fly or just be there to watch, but don’t miss the flying circus that is Southern Thunder.
Moved because of weather scrub on May 6
The May 6 launch in Manchester is scrubbed due to very poor weather prospects.
Russellville, Alabama will again be at the TARC finals, this time represented by a team from Russellville First United Methodist Church, shown here receiving an award from Lee Brownell at the UNA Regional Launch. The FUMC team was the only one in north Alabama to make the cut of the top hundred and be invited to the championship in Manassas, VA. The Russellville City School Lions team was ranked 106th in the alternates with the RCS Bears team listed at 120th. Sheffield HS’s team one was 108th with Liberty Middle School of Madison ranked 115th and Buckhorn Middle school of New Market was 117th. Two teams from Lincoln, Alabama will also represent the state in the TARC national event. Alabama had more teams in the 100-120 range than any other state. Read more
HARA was well represented at NARCON this year by three members, Art, Bill and Vince. For a nicely detailed report see http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/2017/02/bills-narcon-adventure.html
Bart Merkley demonstrates laminating fiberglass onto a cardboard tube to add strength.
Some display items were brought to the motel.
Part of HARA’s mission is to educate people in STEM fields through rocketry. We have a section of the website dedicated to getting people in touch with the tools to bring rocketry home and in to classrooms.
If you have ideas that you would like to see featured in our section, please submit them to us. Thanks!
We had a few new faces around the HARA meeting hall. There were over twenty people in all. So, thank you to all you new folk for coming, and we hope you come back. Both Vince and Bill gave great Tech Talks. Vince share his story behind the flight of his scale NASA Ares I rocket, commissioned by NASA for gaining public interest in the program through rocketry. Bill delivered an energizing talk about to upcoming ‘Great American Solar Eclipse’ to occur on August 21, 2017. And we are within driving distance of it. Bill regaled us with tales of the 1979 eclipse he witnessed, and gave tips to would-be watcher. Thank you gentlemen for your presentations. Vince’s is available on the HARA website at the link above. Bill’s presentation will be available soon.