“State of NASA is Strong.”

NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, delivered a “State of NASA” address at Langley Research Center today. In that address, Administrator Bolden reflects of NASA’s accomplishments and shares our nation’s vision for the future. President Obama proposed a FY2017 budget would fund NASA at 19.3 billion dollar, an investment that will ensure the SLS, ISS, science, technology, and commercial programs stay the course on our human journey towards Mars. Check out the details of the NASA budget proposal.

 

New NSL Logo Infuses Space Heritage

The latest, and final revision of the NSL 2016 art infuses the heritage of several space and defense entities. Can you guess a few?

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Lets list them out.

  1. The NSL font is an infusion of the NASA worm and JPL fonts into a pseudo-palindrome, a word that reads the same forwards and backwards. Did you know that HARA’s logo is based on the NASA worm? NASA retired the worm insignia in 1992.
  2. The rocket and flames is an homage to the NAR logo, though the colors are different.
  3. The rocket is a Corporal missile, a rocket developed by the Army Ordinance Missile Laboratories at Redstone Arsenal. The Corporal eventually gave way to the Sergeant project, a rocket that would work in concert with the Redstone rocket to launch America’s first artificial satellite, Explorer 1.
  4. The combination of the rocket and blue planet are representative of the US Space and Rocket Center logo and pays homage to Alabama’s number one tourist attraction, and HARA’s home base.
  5. The three stars represent the clubs hosting NSL 2016. They are from left to right HARA, MC2, and SOAR.

 

2016 HARA Officers

Your 2016 HARA Officers are as follow:

President: Chuck Pierce

Vice President:  Daniel Cavender

Treasurer: Duane Mayer

NAR Advisor: Vince Huegele

Secretary (NAR and TRA): Elliot Laramie

TRA Prefect: Art Woodling

A message from the President:

As HARA has a lot things cooking this year, especially with NSL coming up in May, I agreed to serve another single-year term as president.   I greatly appreciate the others stepping up to (or continuing in) leadership positions.  This is a great group of core members of HARA that have a real zeal for rocketry and for our club.  I request that all HARA members please give these officers your support and to be willing help out in local outreach, equipment maintenance, and range support.

I think that you all know me pretty well. I’m a laid back, easy leader.  I believe firmly that hobbies are to be fun, and it is my goal to keep this hobby fun for everyone.  With the tragic model rocket accident that occurred late last year, there will probably be a bit more rigor in the RSO inspections, even for very small rockets.  Please bear with the RSO and know that he/she is helping to maintain the high standards of safety that model rocketry has shown since the 1950s.

NSL will be here before we know it and we’re going to need a lot of help from our members to pull this off. Daniel Cavender is our NSL Director.  He’ll soon be asking for help in filling jobs for NSL. Please be willing to help.  Don’t be afraid to take on a job, even you don’t have much experience in that role. You learn by doing and we’ll gladly give you all of the training/support that you need.

If there is anything that I can do to help your growth, or fun, in model rocketry, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Chuck

Club Meeting and Officer Elections on Thursday

2016 Meeting #1

December Club Meeting Synopsis

Hello HARA Members, and Happy Holidays. We find ourselves at the end of another fun, safe, and exciting year for our little rocketry club. And, there is more to be excited about next year with NASA Student Launch, and the National Sport Launch.  Our next club meeting will be on January 7th where we will hold 2016 officer elections, and continue our discussion of some pending bylaw amendments. All officer positions are up for grabs, and please, don’t be shy about stepping up for the big seat either ;-). But, without further delay, below is a summary of the meeting discussions from December 3rd.

HARA 2015 News Letter #12

NSL is coming to the Rocket City

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Well, close enough… HARA is going to host the National Sport Launch on 2016 at Manchester TN launch site Memorial Day weekend. Look for announcements on the HARA website and the NSL website in the near future.

An Active October Sky

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My October weekend calendar worked out quite miraculously to be totally full of rockets. The first Saturday had the club launch in Manchester scheduled but it was rained out and doesn’t really count. On the second Saturday I gave two talks on rocketry at the Space and Rocket Center for 4-H Space Day. In the 45 minute sessions I covered the origins of model rocketry, basic launching and egglofting with a pitch for TARC. Besides the 4-H families I was addressing I was also heard by incidental museum visitors who sat down for the show thinking it was part of their admission ticket. On the third weekend in one of the more exciting events of the year, HARA supported a UNA TARC workshop directed by Lee Brownell. This build and blast was an introduction to rocketry for 26 pending teams in north west Alabama. All the student rockets flew well. Bill Cooke gives details in his blog at http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/2015/10/tarc-session-at-university-of-north.html

On number four I was back to the SARC where I presented awards at the Reach For the Stars Ceremony as seen in the image above taken by Alan Lowrey, the Regional Director of AIAA. This chore is usually handled by Homer Hickam, but he was tied up on a book tour that day and asked me to cover this honor for him. The RFTS program brings the national winners of their model rocket contest to Huntsville every year for a memorable finale. Lastly, we had an impromptu Halloween launch on the fifth Saturday to burn off the final motors of the year. Bill covers the trick or treat action with spooky photos at http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-short-halloween-launch.html  Next month I’m back to having too much ‘life’ happening on weekends to do rocketry, but I was fortunate to get in a rare run for the end of the year.

Thank you WLRH!

For two years now, WLRH has allowed HARA to reach new audiences and people from across the Tennessee Valley have come to our meetings and launches as a result. Thank you WLRH for helping our club reach new heights.

We encourage members to make a donation (of any size) to show our support and appreciation here, and listen for our Public Service Announcement (PSA) on WLRH. I heard it again this morning.

NSL Kit Design Competiton

Hello fellow ROCKETEERS! We have been talking about building a club kit for years. Now is the time! Starting on November 5th, HARA is kicking off a NSL 2016 rocket kit design competition.

I made this video to tell you about the competition, the rules, and how it will be judged. There will be prizes for the winners. 1st place will also get to name the kit, and be credited on the packaging for the design.

Come to the Kick-Off meeting on November 5th!

Boy Scouts Rocket Academy

New Scouts that sign up in 2015 will receive their very own model rocket courtesy of the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center. All Scouts are invited to attend one of our six exciting Rocket Academies to “Blast Into Scouting”! Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in crafts and stations that will culminate in the launching of their model rocket! The best part about this event is that it is FREE for Scouts who joined in the Fall of 2015 and only $5 for any Scout that wants to attend. Come and join us for this half-day adventure and let your cadet take orbit! You may attend at any location. Event is from 8:30-12:00.

September 19th –

Camp Sequoyah (Anniston) & Camp Jackson (Scottsboro)

September 26th –

Camp Westmoreland (Florence)  & Camp Comer (Mentone)

October 3rd –

Huntsville Space and Rocket Center & Oak Mountain State Park

REGISTER by TEXT! Text blastoff to 24587

Or register online.