No Elsberry High-Power Launch this weekend (April 12-13)

April 9, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

The club has been in contact with the landowner of the Elsberry field and was informed that it is too muddy, following the rain earlier this week, for us to use the roads. Therefore, there is officially no launch this weekend.

We also wish to make clear that this does not mean there will be another high-power launch on a later weekend. There may be only a few weekends left before the fields resume their “day job” of growing corn and soybeans. We are watching this on a week-to-week basis, and if it becomes possible for us to have another launch we will put it on the calendar here ASAP. Thanks again to those of you who filled out the RSVP form to let us know you have rockets to fly.

Tuesday April 8, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

April 7, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, April 8th, at our new meeting location: Google Map Link

Bandana’s Bbq Sunset Hills
11750 Gravois Road
Sunset Hills, Missouri, 63127

We are continuing to meet at  Bandana’s BBQ Sunset Hills. Lets us know what you think about meeting at this location. Even though Bandana’s Sunset Hills doesn’t have a minimum food purchase, we are encouraging members to purchase something to support the use of the room. We have the room from 6:30 to 9:00 and we’ll need to leave promptly since 9 pm is the closing time.

 

The room will be available at 6:30 PM and  the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM. We’ll need to be out of the room by 9:00 PM (closing).

If you’re a member of SLRA, the meeting minutes from the March meeting will be available here: Meeting Minutes Page,

The standard agenda for all meetings is as follows:

1. Treasury Status.

2. Recognition of Achievements

3. Recognition of Contributions

4. Members expenses.

5. Old Business – please review minutes for last month’s meeting for topics

6. New Business

On line and paper membership forms with payments received by mail  to be processed by treasurer and president.

Please comment on this post or email me at heyno@heino.com if you have new business for the meeting.

Heino Pull
SLRA Secretary

Wednesday May 14th Welcome Dinner for Gene and Marta Kranz

April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 Last Friday, I met with the Moonrise Hotel Banquet Coordinator Wendy Walker.  We are now set for our Welcome Dinner for Gene and Marta Kranz.  The event will be held in the Apollo 11 Room.  This room provides us with an awesome location to have our dinner; with privacy, plenty of space, round tables that accommodate up to 10 people, and wet-bar for purchase of beverages (soda, tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages).

The cost to attend this even is $35.  The dinner selections are as follows:

1.  Mahi Mahi with Brown Rice Pilaf and Grilled Asparagus
2.  Roasted Chicken with Potato Gouda Gratin and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapes
3.  Pork Loin with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Amandine

All three dinners come with a garden salad for starters.

Here is a listing of the following club members who will be attending:  Dan Crank, Don Hanson, Heino and Janna Pull, John and Jackie Buckley, Ken Gianino, and myself.
If possible, I would like to collect everyone’s dinner selection and money tomorrow at our meeting.

I am planning on having scale model rockets for the table center pieces.  The scale theme is famous NASA and Science Center rockets.  If you have a rocket you would like to show off, let me know.  John Buckley’s Thor-Able comes to mind as a perfect centerpiece for the table that John Lakey will be seated at.
We have the room reserved from 3:30 – 8:00 pm.

3:30-5:00 Room Set-up
5:00 -6:00 Happy Hour/Meet and Greet
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Take-Down

See you all at the meeting tomorrow night!
Happy Rocketeering!
Dave Kovar

Agenda for May Apollo 11 Event

April 7, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

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Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Commemoration Update

April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

The activity level in organizing the Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Commemoration has stepped up significantly over the past several weeks.  I spoke with John Lakey (SLSC Planetarium Director) today.  He informed me that 160 students have signed up to participate in the Friday May 16th Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Commemoration Education and Outreach Event.  That leaves only 90 spaces left.  All Fourty-four rocket kits have been picked by the local area Boy Scout troops who have signed up for the Precision Duration Model Rocket Competition that is going to be held Saturday May 17th at the SLSC Archery Field,  Nearly all of the scouts will be participating in the May 3rd pre-launch activity at Buder Park.  Lots of volunteer help is still needed for the May 3rd Buder Park and the May 17th SLSC activities.

The Welcome Dinner with Gene Kranz is still on for Wednesday May 15th at the Moonrise Hotel.  I will be going to the hotel on Friday to meet with the Banquet Director to discuss detail for this event.  I am hoping to send out the cost information for attendance to this event on Friday.  One change, the dinner is going to be held in the Apollo 8 room.  Earl Mullins, President of the Bon Terre Space Museum, is providing a $200 donation for pay for rental of the Apollo 8 room.

I met with Anna Green today (SLSC Education Director), to discuss the presentations by Gene Kranz that will be given during he Friday and Saturday events.  She is going to start putting together the PowerPoint presentations so that we can get them sent off to Gene for his approval prior to the event.

Construction of my Apollo 11 Saturn V is continuing.  I have completed putting on all the wraps and am now working on the engine shrouds and fins.  I can’t wait to put it on the pad.

I am still looking to someone with a truck to haul the club trailer around on May 3rd, 16th, and 17th.  Let me know if you can help me out on this one.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar

 

RSVP form for possible second Spring High-Power launch now available

March 26, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Our first Spring 2014 launch on March 22 was a great success – thank you to all who participated! We may be able to have a second high-power launch in Elsberry this season, but this is not guaranteed. Several factors may prevent us from holding another launch, including the landowner’s planting schedule, weather, and lack of flyers with projects to fly.

We have posted a new RSVP form to gauge interest for a possible second high-power launch. If you would like to attend, please fill out the form to let us know when you can come and what you would like to do at the launch. We will use the data to help us choose the best days to schedule a launch since our group is small, and we are so dependent on volunteers to make the launches successful. If we receive poor response, we will likely cancel any scheduled launches so this is the best way to avoid that situation. We can operate under regular commercial launch rules, or research rules and it is very important that potential research fliers fill in their preferences so that we can insure the launch is setup for research rules (and that we have the right people available for research fliers!). Spectators are always welcome at our launches and do not have to be members. If you are a spectator, it would be a good idea to fill out a form so that we can contact you directly if the launch must be canceled.

Please fill out the new form covering the new dates even if you submitted a previous form for the first spring launch.

The form is available at this link.

Thanks for filling a form out!

NAR Section renewal

March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Guys,

 

It is time to send in the section renewal form (no money needed).   Do we need an insurance certifcate for the farmer in Elsberry?  If so I need contact info.

John Buckley

Elsberry High Power Launch #1 scheduled for March 22

March 20, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Since the weather conditions continue to be favorable (i.e., we have not had any significant rain this week), we are planning to hold a high-power launch at the Elsberry launch site on Saturday, March 22. I have been informed that the waiver will be open at 10:00 am, but if you would like to arrive slightly earlier to help set up equipment, I am sure your help would be welcomed.

If I get any additional details about a specific setup time or a pre-launch breakfast get-together, I will add them to this post, but I wanted to get the word out that we are planning for Saturday.

As always: please check this website for updates, up to and including the morning of the launch.

UPDATE: A few of us are planning to get to the site around 8:30 to start setting up and possibly get breakfast*.

(* – Breakfast not guaranteed, your mileage may vary, offer void in Maryland.)

Reminder: RSVP Form For March/April 2014 SLRA Launches Is Now Available

March 18, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

A second RSVP form for Elsberry spring launch dates was published on March 13 (see previous post), since we ran through all of the dates on the first form without getting a launch in. If you are planning to join us for an upcoming Elsberry launch, please fill out the new form, even if you filled out the first (February/March) form. We have current RSVPs from Dan Adcock, Larry Terneus, Dan Welling, Mike Walsh, and me – thank you for the information! There were several other people who responded on the February/March form, from whom we haven’t heard from on the new form, and it helps us with planning to know how many people want to fly and which days they can attend.

Please respond, ESPECIALLY if you are able to fly this weekend. At this point, the weather situation looks promising. We are hopeful that we are going to run a launch this weekend but have not yet determined whether it will be Saturday or Sunday. As always, please watch this website for updates.

P.S.: I have neglected to update the calendar on this website as we’ve been moving the launch date. I apologize if this has caused confusion. To clarify: we have not had suitable weather conditions for a high-power launch so far this year, and our next potential launch dates are March 22 OR March 23 (not both).

RSVP Form For March/April 2014 SLRA Launches Is Now Available

March 13, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

The RSVP form for Spring 2014 launches has been re-published with dates in March and April. If you plan to attend one of our high-power launches, please fill out the form to let us know when you can come and what you would like to do at the launch. We will use the data to help us choose the best days to schedule a launch since our group is small, and we are so dependent on volunteers to make the launches successful. If we receive poor response, we will likely cancel any scheduled launches so this is the best way to avoid that situation. We can operate under regular commercial launch rules, or research rules and it is very important that potential research fliers fill in their preferences so that we can insure the launch is setup for research rules (and that we have the right people available for research fliers!). Spectators are always welcome at our launches and do not have to be members. If you are a spectator, it would be a good idea to fill out a form so that we can contact you directly if the launch must be canceled.

Please fill out the new form covering the new dates even if you submitted the previous form with the February/March dates.

The form is available at this link.

Thanks for filling a form out!