After three scrubbed launches in a row the earth and sky were finally dry enough for HARA to get out and fly. With them came a ton of people wanting to be certified to fly high power. There were plenty from the UAH Space Hardware Club, but the real blitz was added by a new sport rocketry club of employees at Huntsville’s Blue Origin plant. A likely headline for this story could be, “HARA certifies Blue Origin for HPR,” but that would be too cool. Twenty-two fliers got level 1 with two more achieving level 2 keeping the officers busy all day with paperwork. Sixty four rockets flew and most of them were high power. The light winds kept all the models landing nearby. Pictures by Pat, Doug and Vince.
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March Certification Madness
Spaceweek School Demo
For several years it’s been an annual tradition for HARA to launch rockets at Columbia Elementary for their Spaceweek. Vince, Duane and Duane’s friend Vinnie put on the show March 6 for the entire school firing a dozen models in the sports field. The Huntsville area is growing proven by the school’s enrollment that last year was 650 students and is now 800, all of which were out watching the launch. Vince had several small streamer models, Vinnie flew his helicopter bird twice and Duane took video from a rocket and finished with a familiar D powered school demo rocket. Duane’s firing system was perfect with no problems or misfires keeping the show right at the prescribed half hour long. One model was sacrificed to the school roof but the left over make it take rocket accepted its fate.
First 2023 Launch
HARA got out on the field on day one of 2023 with an impromptu small model launch unable to resist the unseasonable 70 degree sunny day. See more photos, videos and notes at the HARA facebook page-
The next launch is scheduled for 1/14/23 at Woodville.
The scheduled launch day on 11/12 was rained out by a hurricane, but by the next weekend the November air was mostly clear, calm, cold, but good enough to fly. There were 38 flights in a fairly even distribution of motors from ‘A’ to ‘J.’ Several ever present school teams brought their birds and other club members brought theirs. As the sky went overcast in the afternoon, the rocket flames showed even up brighter.
Nice October Sky
HARA’s launch season began well with a two day launch on October 15 and 16,2022. Weather was a little breezy on Saturday and lower winds on Sunday and clear skies both days. There were 62 recorded launches with a CTI K360 being the largest size flown. Sunday attendance was very light with only about two dozen flights. Models of all types tested the air landing in the freshly cut field.
HARA kicked off the TARC season with a workshop conducted by Duane and Bill Saturday Sept 17. After an overview of sim programs and data interpretation by Bill, Duane led the students in building a eggloft model. This was the first workshop since covid and it was fun to get back with the kids.
NAR Website Excellence
The winners of the 2022 NAR Section Website Excellence Awards were announced during the NARAM banquet in July and HARA’s website came in 4th Place. The judging was conducted by volunteer NAR members and of the scores received, this website ranked in 4th Place out of over 120 websites that were judged. There are 220 NAR sections. See details at https://www.nar.org/find-a-local-club/section-guidebook/communications/website-excellence-award/
HARA’s website won first place in 2014.
Congratulations to webmaster Bill Cooke!
Here’s a few notes and photos. Alabama was respectably represented at TARC with Tharptown coming in tenth and Muscle Shoals at twentieth. The Tharptown team is shown in the pink shirts, MS in red. HARA’s school outreach continues in the summer with a presentation and launch at Dutton Elementary.
Big rockets flew for three days at the NAR National Sport Launch in South Carolina.
Six Alabama TARC Teams Make Finals
For several years the state has consistently delivering a half dozen teams to the TARC finals. These teams from Alabama scored in the top hundred ranking nationally and will compete for the 2022 championship against teams from 26 states on May 14 at The Plains, Virginia as they vie for $100,000 in prizes and an all-expense paid trip to London for the International Finals.
The schools and cities are:
Tharptown High School*, Russellville
Lincoln High School*, Lincoln
Russellville High Schools*, Russellville
West Morgan Middle School, Trinity
Colbert County 4-H, Tuscumbia
Muscle Shoals High School, Muscle Shoals
*Were also at the finals last year. Russellville finished in fifth place.
Other Alabama teams selected as alternates are Phil Campbell High School, Phil Campbell, and Hackleburg High School, Hackleburg.
HARA would like to salute the seven Huntsville area teams for their efforts in building and flying this year:
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (2 rookie teams)
Civil Air Patrol – Redstone Squadron
St. John Paul II C.H.S. (2 teams)
Bob Jones High School
James Clemens High School.
Thanks to the rest of these Alabama schools for registering and participating in TARC.
Cullman Area Technology Academy, Cullman
Thompson High School, Alabaster
Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile
Hewitt Trussville High School (4 teams), Trussville
Student Launch Returns
It was only a month before the annual April launch of 2020 when covid came and NASA froze the Student Launch program and any flying. The next year the program was all virtual and this year it was still mostly remote, but half the registered teams decided to come and fly in Huntsville. The weather was great at Bragg’s farm on April 23 as high school and college teams revived the 22 year old tradition of launching level two motors on a NAR range. There was no rocket fair or NASA tours or awards banquet this time but the 27 flights encouraged everyone that the program was coming back.