Buder Park Launch for Saturday August 16 is Postponed to August 23 Due To Rain

August 16, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Unfortunately the rain this morning is forcing us to postpone the launch until next week. The time will be the same with a setup at 8:00 am and flying from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Proposed list of events for October Fly, refined and a question for NAR members in the club

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Proposed Events for October Fly

October 11-12, 2014

Event, weighting factor

C ELA Altimeter, 19

B HD, 21

B SRD, 14

1/2A BG, 17

A SD MR, 12

Translation:  C Eggloft altitude with ALTIMETERS, B helicopter duration, B Superroc duration, 1/2A Boost glide,  A streamer duration multi round

This slate of 5 events is proposed for the October regional.  The key question I have for NAR mebers of SLRA, is are you interested in flying an altimeter based event?  Note that in the past we have generally not flown altitude events, but the debut of altimeters in competition opens this up as a possibility.  This event will require you to purchase an altimeter that is on the NAR approved list.



I am willing to take suggestions on events but this looks to be a reasonable slate that we would be able to move easily to Buder park if we have issues with field access.

If you want to look at the list of possible events look here:


John Buckley

The Buder Park Launch This Saturday August 16th Is Go

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

During our meeting this evening it was determined that we have enough club members to have a rocket launch on Saturday morning at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

You do not have to be a NAR member to fly at this launch and we welcome everyone to come and meet the club, bring a rocket or two, and have fun. The details are available at this link.  Since the weather is somewhat unpredictable, as with any launch, please check this web site before you leave on Saturday morning to make sure that the launch is still on.

October Fly Oct 11-12 possible events

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

C ela altimeter

b or c rg

1/2 a bg

b or c hd

perdicted duration?


Tuesday August 12, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

August 11, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, August 12th, at our  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. 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 June meeting will be available here: Meeting Minutes Page, The meeting minutes will be the basis of our “old business” discussion.

We’ll be discussing the possible August park launch, upcoming Argonia launch, and the status of our corporation and checking account.


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

Moonlight Ramble Anyone

August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Anyone interested in having an SLRA contingent at the Moonlight Ramble this weekend.  Online late registration is this Thursday.  Let me know if you are interested.  This ride is lots of fun.  We can either do a 10 or 18 mile length and then go our for an early morning breakfast at Uncle Bills on Kingshighway..  For information on the event, ;click on the following link:  http://www.moonlightramble.com/register.html

Happy Biking


LDRS 33 Launch Report

July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

I attended LDRS 33, one of the annual Tripoli Rocketry Association launches, hosted by Tripoli Wisconsin and Quad Cities Rocketry Society at the Bong State Recreation Area near Kenosha, Wisconsin. I had two main goals for this launch. The first was to complete my level 2 certification with a flight of my new rocket “Home Alone” on a J motor, and the second was to make my first flight of more than a mile in altitude. Everything went very smoothly for me and I achieved both of these goals.

Day 1 – Friday, July 18
The event began on Thursday, but to save a vacation day and a hotel night, I drove up to Kenosha on Thursday afternoon and didn’t go to the range until Friday. The predicted weather was very similar throughout the event: mid- to upper 70s, clear and calm. A breeze might have made it a little more comfortable, but all things considered, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions to fly rockets.

I prepped Home Alone according the detailed checklist I had been obsessing over for the past several weeks and loaded up my certification motor, a Cesaroni J430. This was the smallest motor I was comfortable flying; being a fast-burning 2-grain motor, it would only lift the 9-pound rocket to around 3000 feet. At that altitude I expected that my certification observer and I would both be able to see the rocket’s entire trajectory and make sure everything worked properly.

I admit my hands were shaking as I hooked the rocket up on the launch pad. My jitters soon subsided, though, as the fast-moving launch crew started my countdown almost before I could get back to the spectator area and start my camera. Home Alone flew perfectly straight up to its predicted altitude of 3000 feet, remaining just under the scattered clouds, and arced over towards the spectator area as its apogee event fired and it deployed its streamer. Descending under streamer, the rocket continued to drift over the spectators and towards the parking area, causing the LCO (launch control officer) to call for a “heads up.” When I could no longer see the rocket, I packed up my camera and radio tracker and headed back towards the parking area as the LCO (also my certification observer) congratulated me on a successful certification flight.

I went back to my car and dropped off my camera and tripod, and debated whether I should take the tracker with me. I had just decided that I probably wouldn’t need it, and stowed it in the back of my car, when I turned around and saw my rocket lying on the ground next to another rocketeer’s EZ-up tent across the aisle. My first thought was that he must have found my rocket and brought it back to his tent already, but when I approached it became apparent that it had landed right where it was, with the shock cords and parachute strewn around three sides of the tent. My neighbor didn’t seem to be too put out by the near miss, and I had a very short walk back to my car.

Flight #1 launchFlight #1 apogeeFlight #1 landing

Weather conditions: Scattered clouds around 3000 ft, winds calm, 73 F, 59% RH

Wildman Dual Deploy “Home Alone” flight #1:
Motor: Cesaroni Pro54 821J430-18A White Thunder
Altitude: 3034 feet AGL
Max velocity: 318 MPH (Mach 0.42)
Motor burn time: 1.84 sec
Peak acceleration: 10.3 G
Descent rate: 59.47 ft/s (40 mph) under drogue streamer, 18.39 ft/s (13 mph) under main chute
Flight duration: 91.5 sec
Result: Landed in parking area; apogee and main recovery deployment nominal; successful recovery, no damage; certification attempt successful

Flight data file (viewable with the Featherweight Interface Program)

Day 2 – Saturday, July 19
My goal for my second flight was to exceed a mile in altitude. From my first flight I found that my actual altitude differed from my simulation by about 5%, which was about what I expected due to the extra drag of the camera shroud (which my simulator can’t simulate easily). I had originally planned to fly either a 4 grain sparky or a 4 grain smoky motor, either of which should have put me at around 6000 feet and met my goal with a little bit of a cushion. However, since the first flight had gone so well, I decided to push my luck a little more and reach for another (completely arbitrary) milestone – exceeding 500 mph. This would require a slightly higher-impulse motor, and after running some more simulations I settled on a 4 grain motor with Cesaroni’s red propellant, “Red Lightning.”

I purchased the motor at the Wildman Rocketry trailer and returned to my workspace to get things ready to go. While I was working, another SLRA member, Craig, stopped by. He and his wife had decided to come up for the weekend to spectate and take photos, and he helped me get the rocket hooked up at the pad.

Again, I barely had time to get back and start my camera before the LCO called for my countdown. Home Alone shot off the pad on the red motor and quickly disappeared from view completely. I was starting to worry about finding it, and was still scanning the sky overhead, when people to my left started shouting for a heads-up and I saw my rocket drifting down under parachute only about 150 feet up. It came down in the grass just across the road from the spectator area, about fifty feet from where I was standing with my camera and tripod. I wish I had caught sight of it earlier and been able to watch the deployment, because from the altimeter data and the on-board video, it appeared that the main parachute didn’t fully inflate until the rocket was at around 300 feet altitude (after the ejection which should have occurred at 800 feet), which meant it must have come out somewhat tangled.

Without actually seeing it, I think the way in which I folded the main chute may have led to the tangling. For future reference, I’ll note here that it was folded according to the Top Flight instructions (in half to form an L, then in half again to form a long rectangle with a point at the end, then in half lengthwise, then the point folded inwards, then rolled). The gores were then wound around the bundle per the instructions, but then, to make a more compact bundle, I folded the roll in half again before packing it in the tube. I think that folding it again after the gores were already rolled on the outside was a Bad Idea and caused the two halves to get tangled with each other. The next time I pack, I should try either folding the bundle in half before winding the gores around it (so they’re only going one direction) or coming up with another way to fold it so the gores are on the inside.

At any rate, it was a beautiful second flight and another very short recovery walk. Once I downloaded my altimeter data, I found that my altitude and speed had both exceeded my simulations, even without taking into account the 5% I expected to lose due to the camera. I have to assume that there is just that much variation in impulse between one motor and the next, and I happened to end up with an “overachiever.”

Flight #2 launchFlight #2 apogeeFlight #2 apogeeFlight #2 landing

Weather conditions: Scattered clouds around 5000 ft, winds calm, 73 F, 55% RH

Wildman Dual Deploy “Home Alone” flight #2:
Motor: Cesaroni Pro54 1596K500-18A Red Lightning
Altitude: 7394 feet AGL
Max velocity: 573 MPH (Mach 0.76)
Motor burn time: 2.44 sec
Peak acceleration: 13.8 G
Descent rate: 74.90 ft/s (51 mph) under drogue streamer, 21.81 ft/s (15 mph) under main chute
Flight duration: 133 sec
Result: Landed in field very close to spectator area; apogee and main recovery deployment nominal except main seemed to be tangled until ~300 feet AGL; successful recovery, no damage

Flight data file (viewable with the Featherweight Interface Program)

Buder Park Launch for July 19, 2014 Has Been Canceled

July 18, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Even though the weather is going to be great, we did not have enough club members to support the launch tomorrow morning and must cancel. Since these launches must follow the NAR safety code and we must supervise non NAR fliers, we have a minimum number of iinsured club members that must attend and we didn’t reach the threshold.

Please do not try to fly at Buder Park individually tomorrow. You will not be insured since there will be no NAR insurance, and the GSLMA leadership and parks department require insurance to fly at Buder. Park rangers do monitor the park and most likely will ask you to leave if you fly in any portion of Buder Park by yourself. The NAR insurance we use will not cover canceled events. Thanks for helping us out and maintaining the clubs relationship (and permission to fly) with GSLMA and St. Louis County Parks and we’re very sorry we need to cancel.

Our next scheduled launch will be August 16th and please watch the web site to make sure we have enough club participation and the weather is good.



Airfest XX in Argonia Kansas – SLRA and Friends of SLRA are Attending Aug 29- Sept 1 2014

July 9, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

As we discussed last night at our monthly club meeting, Airfest XX, a regional launch held in Argonia, KS will be Labor Day weekend.  Argonia has the best high power launch site in the midwest in my opinion.  I think we are to 4 for sure going from this area – Lou, Craig, Jack and I.  Others who have gone before include Larry Terneus, Rob Chapie and Rob Benton.  I do not know for sure if any of them will be making it this year.  Argonia is about an 8 hour drive from St. Louis and is located about 60 miles southwest of Wichita, KS.  Typically those of us from this area, including Larry from Coffeen, set up our base of operations – Camp Missouri as it is often referred to by the LCO – with those from Columbia (Mark Grant, Tom Ciolino, Derek Kewley, Justin) as well as some folks from SW MO (Corky and his crowd along with former St. Louisan, Marty Beck.  Marty is now in Oklahoma and he and his group set upo right next to us.  Having 20ft x 100ft of continuous sunshelter for our camp is not uncommon.  I’ll bring both of my cheap 10 x 20 ft shelters and we lash them all together as we build the camp.  (For those of you considering buying a pop up sun shelter, the ones with vertical legs are better than those with outswept legs.  The steel pop ups also hold up much better than the light aluminum ones.  Winds can get pretty brisk at times.  Anyway, as far as details, I know that I will be riding with Lou who will be pulling the club trailer.  There will be plenty of room for rockets and range boxes in the trailer.

While not as big as LDRS, this is one of the larger regional launches (and is typically an international launch – bring people from as far as Australia and the UK.

KLOUDBusters definitely hold the most organized and well run launches I have ever seen.  They have a 25K ft waiver with windows up to 50Kft available.  (Notify them as soon as possible if you plan to fly above 25K.)

There is camping in Argonia, the closest town to the launch site.  There are hotels (and restaurants) in nearby Anthony, Wellington and Harper.  Some people stay in Wichita (but it is an hour away, so not ideal).  There is no onsite camping except for RVs (no hook ups).  Their launches usually have plenty of vendors and rockets galore.  Hopefully there will be some big projects to watch.  The first P motor flight I saw was there – ini a museum quality 1/3 scale mercury redstone on a Pat Gordzelik dual propellant motor – Amarillo Blue and Polish Rojo.)

For those interested KLOUDBusters usually organizes a bus trip one evening to the Cosmosphere and Space center.  It has many unique exhibits.

To find out more about this launch go here:

Anyone interested in going please let me know and we’ll see if we can do any car pooling or at least transport of rockets and equipment.

Notes From Last Nights Membership Meeting (July 8 2014)

July 9, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

1. There will be a launch on July 19th at Buder Park. Set up time is 8:00 am with launch starting at 9:00 am. The launch is planned until 12:00 noon and can be extended if the weather is good and people would like to continue flying. Anyone is welcome to come fly with us. The details are at this link.

2. We have scheduled our first fall launch at Elsberry. It is scheduled for Saturday October 11th. We will be hosting both an NAR regional contest (October Fly) and a Tripoli research launch. We plan to have a total of 3 launches this fall and will announce the dates for the remaining two launches later this summer. The launch has rollover dates if weather forces a cancellation.

3. A number of SLRA members are planning to attend the Argonia launch in Kansas on labor day weekend. Look for a separate post on the web site giving more details of this large regional launch.

4. Based on a motion from the current board of directors (Heino Pull, Dan Welling, and Rob Chapie), we have added the following directors: Don Hanson, Rodney Riederer, David Kovar, John Buckley.