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