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HARA Newsletter 2/2/2017

Meeting Notes
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.

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A Look Back at 2016

It was an eventful year of rocketry with HARA. Here are a few photos to remember how it was.zuna16dsc_0872

The TARC Regional in March hosted by UNA attracted many teams.

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Halloween Rockets

dsc_0957cTis the season to be scary, so what does your imagination bring up that will fly? Take a simple model, paint it with seasonal colors, add a few spooky stickers and you’re set. Pass through the Halloween decorations aisle at any store and you will see (with your rocketeer’s eyes) possible structural elements to add to an airframe. It’s a trick to get the weight distribution and surface area balanced for stable flight, but what a treat when it comes together.dsc_0953cdsc_0955cdsc_0967c100_0036c

Launch in the October Sky

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HARA night at Biergarten!

new-31Come to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration on August 4th from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m for authentic German cuisine. http://rocketcenter.com/Biergarten

Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring HARA as a nonprofit organization. A portion of food sales that evening will be donated HARA, so everyone come with a friend or your family and spend some money for dinner to build up the treasury. Bratwurst, fried potatoes, pretzels and mustard, and black forest cake are just a few of the offerings, so come on and eat. We’ll get a chance to introduce visitors to HARA.

The monthly HARA meeting will also be held this evening. The August launch will be Saturday the 6th at Manchester.

July Meeting

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Ben Nye the science guy and Schmitty the weather dog will not be attending the monthly HARA meeting Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 pm. But you can, so come hear about what the club is doing and has planned for the rest of the year. We’ll show and tell our rockets and what’s on our workbenches. Get ready for our next launch on Saturday the 9th. Find out what’s going on and new in the rocketry world. As for Ben and Schmitty, this photo shows them at the April 2016 NSTA convention with a rocket from the NAR booth in the background. Why they would attract more attention than a ten foot tall rocket is unknown.

Next HARA Meeting June 2

The monthly HARA meeting is this Thursday, June 2, 7:30 pm at the Space and Rocket Center. Come hear the stories about the fantastic National Sport Launch https://www.facebook.com/events/1454507068190196/permalink/1543705859270316/   we just hosted or come to tell your own. We’ll have a slide show of images and videos.  NSL T-shirts and kits are still available, now discounted.  pDSC_0714s

We’ll also discuss TARC and Geezer TARC, other launches coming this summer and the HARA Biergarten Night at the Davidson Center on August 4th.

As always, what’s on your workbench? Bring something to show and tell.

The NAR National Sport Launch is here

NSL SR ad NSL is here in time and space. Time, as in soon. Space, as in physically on our field. HARA, with help from MC2 and SOAR, is hosting the sport rocketry world for a three day fun launch. It’s not specifically an education launch like TARC or SLI and in no way a competition like NARAM. It’s just the celebration of rocketry in low, medium and high power. Come out for a day or all three, but don’t miss the flying circus that is the NSL. http://www.nar.org/site/nsl2016/

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TARC Teams March On

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HARA gambled with the forecast on the Saturday morning TARC launch, March 12, and won, but had few takers. Two teams made one practice flight each at Bragg’s farm in calm air beating the rain that came later that afternoon. The HOPE Rising team from HOPE Christian Academy and the Falcon Rocketeers from St.John Paul ll Catholic High School were each represented by a single student who burned a motor to fly eggs. Duane Mayer burned several motors although the chuffing performance of a bad F threw his bird lamely into the air off the rail and then on to the ground where it fizzled until it popped. He had better luck on another flight with his Jolly Logic Chute Release which worked well.

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HARA’s launching looked better Monday March 7 at the Columbia Elementary demonstration. Elliot and Vince fired about a dozen small rockets before a crowd of about 700 students, which was the entire school population short of the kindergarten. The flights generally went well except for the one that drifted onto the school roof. The children were sufficiently hyped by the rocket countdowns to be useless in class for the rest of the day, but spring break is pending anyway.