Yesterday’s HARA launch had the energy and tempo of southern thunder and student launch initiative packed into one very exciting day. The rocket gods smiled upon us, granting clear blue skies when we expected scattered showers just days earlier. Family and friends both new and familiar and a host of SLI team descended upon the sod farm for a launch quoted as “worth the price of admission”.
HARA’s newest family, the Zajonc, (sounds like science, but with a Z) got things started with Tim’s Saturn V. After a quick refit, Tim and the family were back lofting the Saturn V once again, along with a variety of low power rockets. Another new family dropped in to watch, but thanks to Vince, Bill, and Duane, they were flying rockets and having a great time. One of the great ideas to come out of HARA’s last meeting was to keep a store of low power kits and motors on hand at launches for just such an occasion, and thanks to our core team of lifers the club made quite an impact on a few exhilarated youngsters.
The low power pads were being torn up all day long by Bill Cooke, Chris Gill, Monica Helms, Vince Huegele, Shawn & Drew Parris, Mike Toole, and the Zajonc family. Checkout Bill’s blog post about the launch here: http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/2014/04/deuces-wild-onboard-video.html
April 12th’s launch felt more like a day at Southern Thunder than our typical April launch will nearly 60 people in attendance from a variety of university groups, club members and guest who just wanted to know what we are all about. Six NASA USLI teams were present to fly their full scale projects before their flight readiness reviews with NASA next week. MSU’s two stage rocket was undoubtedly the crowd pleaser, defying gravity with its two M-class motors as to thundered up to 16,000 feet for a perfect recovery. Well done MSU. Yellowhammer Rocketry from the Univ. of Alabama kicked it up a notch as well with their Hermes rocket on a CTI-M2150 and reaching just 10 feet below their predicted altitude of 14,000 feet. Auburn University did the Tigers proud lofting Nova to one mile on a Loki L-1482. Missouri S&T had some troubles on the pad and smartly declined to launch today to further investigate the anomaly. Go fever is hard to resist guys, so props on a tough call.
A couple of flyers were taking their hobby to another level, successfully completing a couple of HPR certs. HARA’s treasurer Duane Mayer and Mighty Mo got it done right on his L2 flight. New HARA member Nate Pahman made the transition into the realm of HPR with a good L1 flight. Other successful cert: Aaron Blacker (L2), Montie Cutlip (L1), Fernando Duarte (L2), Luke Humphrey (L2). Congrats again to all of you. Checkout Duane’s full video here: http://youtu.be/TRL13PRmDGY
The new range box kits worked great, and thank you to everyone who came to the clean up day at Chuck’s on April 5th. We need to replace some items and get some new and longer cables to connect the range boxes.
Also, checkout the new members area on the website. Jesse launch that part of the website just over a week ago and we are filling it with info daily. Its the best way to take full advantage of your club membership benefits.