Polar Bear Launch
A few HARA members braved the cold to start the new year flying rockets on January 1. Greg, Blake, Patrick, Vince and all the Aguilars convened at the Pegasus field for some low power fun. Even as a casual launch there were several interesting flights either on ascent or recovery.
HARA’s Holiday Party
Thanks to Doug and family for hosting a festive get together. The food was great with a house full of rocketeer celebrants. Bill Cooke was Santa Claus bearing wonderful gifts.
The monthly HARA launch for December was rained out. The next scheduled launch at Woodville is January 13.
ARC Registration Ends with Participation Up
At the close of registration 12/1 there were over 900 teams signed up nationally for the American Rocketry Challenge, the most in the program’s 22 year history. Alabama had 34 teams listed which was less than the 38 last year, but the Huntsville area number had grown to eleven from the 2023 eight teams.
Game on for this year-
Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (2 teams)
Civil Air Patrol – Redstone Squadron (SER-AL-119)
Columbia High School (2 teams)
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
St. John Paul II (4 teams)
Bob Jones High School
Note St. John Paul II came in third nationally last year.
Their official local qualification flights must be done by April 8 (solar eclipse day) to get flight scores that will earn one of the 100 spots at the National Finals on May 18 and a chance at the program’s $100,000 in prize money.