Spaceport Rocketry Association

Premier rocketry organization serving the Florida Space Coast for over 40 years


March 2018 Newsletter


We had a great day, even with the panic move of the launch day up a week. We moved it for three reasons. First, NEFAR could not use the sod farm due to chemicals being put on the ground, opening the day for us. Second, the Powered Parachute group was having a Fly-in on our normal launch date and the sky would be full of them. Thirdly, the Free Flight Group is to have a big event on the forth Saturday and we would have had to move back to the Old Launch site.

The day was nice, the temperature was in the low 70's, the winds were cooperating with speeds in the 5-10 mph range, and dying at the end of the day. The cloud cover was overcast above 12,000 feet with a few fluffy clouds at 3,500 feet.

Brian “The Motor Man” was there with a supply of AeroTech motors. Bernie Lalime had truck trouble otherwise he said that he would have attended.

The B Super-Roc competition is postponed, due to only one person showing up who had a rocket ready and we decided to move it to next month when there could have more rockets to compete.

One of the high lights of the day was when Alex P. launched his F-Bomb II (a scratch built, all carbon fiber) rocket on a L990 motor to an altitude of 11,467 feet at a reported max speed of 2,629 mph (to be checked with the data plot).

We also hosted the University of Florida NASA USLI Rocket Team, making a successful re-flight of their full scale “Big Blue” rocket on a K660.


NEW SRA ALTITUDE RECORD

Congratulations toAlex for setting a new SRA L Class Altitude record. Alex flew his F-Bomb II rocket boosted on a  Cesaroni L990 motor to an altitude of 11,467 feet.


SRA MARCH COMPETITION RESULTS

This month's competitions included B Class Streamer and we postponed the Super-ROC Duration to next month. See this month's launch report for the standings and all of the scores.


SRA APRIL COMPETITION NOTICE

SRA is planning a A Class Streamer Duration, B Clsss Super-Roc Duration and D Class Egg Loft Duration Events competition events for April. Details are posted on the Competition page of the web site.


GOOD LUCK ROCKETRY PROVIDES ONSITE VENDOR SUPPORT

Bernie Lalime (Good Luck Rocketry) has supported SRA for many years, however he has announced that he will no longer be providing on-site support. Bernie will continue to be a supplier for SRA and he will fulfill orders via e-mail. No shipping or Haz-Mat fees will be incurred. Bernie will transfer ordered items to one of the SRA members who see him on a regular basis at the NEFAR launch (second Saturday) and they will deliver the items at the SRA launch the following week. Payment arrangements will be worked out between Bernie and the purchaser. 


NEXT SCHEDULED LAUNCH

The next SRA launch is scheduled for Saturday April 21st, 2018. Equipment set-up begins at 10:00 and volunteers are always welcome to help. Launches begin after the flyers briefing at 11:00 and run until 4:00. The launch status is kept up-to-date on the Launch Status page of the web site.


MARCH 2017 LAUNCH REPORT

There were 18 fliers that made a total of 37 recorded flights. The total impulse for the flights was equivalent to a single N motor or 8006 single A motors.

 

FLYER NAME ROCKET NAME MOTOR(S) NOTES
Stephen S Ricochet C6-5
Tom K Super Chief D12-0/C6-5 Two stage
Tom M White #4 B6-4 Streamer Duration Comp
Stephen S Mongoose C6-5
Stephen S Ricochet C6-5
Scott B Gir's Wild Ride G64
Kathrina V Allan's Psychoanalytic Breakfast G151 Smokey
Tom M Orange #1 B6-6 Streamer Duration Comp
Carlos M Omega 123 BT20 C6-0/B6-0/B6-4 3 stage
Tom K Fun Jet E15-PW R/C Glider
Adam Lang Sprinkles are for Wimps H131-7
Kathrina V Ckippy the Clipper F85 White Lightning
Scott B Gir's Wild Ride G76 Green
Bill S Argent G83
Wallace Bailey SS-2 Yellabird G53-7FJ
John H Monarch B6-4 Streamer Duration Comp
John H Monarch B6-4 Streamer Duration Comp
John H X-2 Invader/Marvin the Martian B6-4
Carlos M Ceres B E9-4 CATO
Tom M Star Traveler/Duck Dodgers B6-4
Kathrina V Trajector E30-4
Tom M Bigger Mosquito D12-5
Steve Extremely Small Snitch B6-2
UF Rocket Team Big Blue K660 NASA USLI Full Scale Re-flight/5280'
Gary D LOC Vulcanite H132
Greg H Taranis V H365/H143 Two stage
Greg H Taranis V G125/10
David K Naked Wildman J335 Red 6,426'
Jesse N Mjolnier H135
Gary D Quantum Leap 6 L1350 4665', 428 mph
Gary H Code Red H400
David K Bolt I165
Matt B LOC Vulcanite H123
Alex P F-Bomb II L990 11467', 2629 mph*
Steve P Maxi-Mars Lander J401 OH! OH! OOOOH! Ahhh!
Gary H Code Red H565
Matt B LOC Lil Nuke G104

             03-10-2018 Competition Standings
B Streamer Duration
C Division
Place	Contestant      Flight   Flight 2	Total   Points
1	Hames, John    	  15	     21	         36	  25
2	McKeown, Tom       4	      7	         11	  20
 

SPACEPORT ROCKETRY ASSOCIATION 2018 COMPETITION SCORE SHEET
COMPETITOR Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
TOM MCKEOWN 25 25 20








70
DALE ELLISON 20 20









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JOHN HAMES 17
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