Feedback from Gene Kranz

Fellow SLRAers,

Here is some feedback that I received from Gene on or Apollo 11 celebration:

DAVE,
THE APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION WAS TRULY A GREAT AFFAIR AND WAS THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE... I THINK THAT ONCE AGAIN YOU HAVE SET A NEW MARKER FOR PERFORMANCE. DID YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR SATURN LAUNCH... GLAD THAT IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS MOSTLY REPAIRABLE.

SAVE THE TIME AND TROUBLE ON THE OVERSIZE CHECK.. I DONT KNOW WHAT THEY WOULD DO WITH IT. USE THE FOAM CORE TO BUILD A NEW ROCKET...
CHEERS

Gene Kranz
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DAVE,
REFERENCE THE AIRLINE COSTS.... I DO NOT EXPECT TO BE REIMBURSED... HOW ABOUT USING IT AS SEED $ FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT OR CONSIDER IT A DONATION TO THE PLANETARIUM... EITHER WAY IS OK WITH ME.
CHEERS

Gene Kranz

The fact that Gene does not want to be reimbursed for his airline travel speaks volumes for his enthusiastic support of our STEM education and outreach effort. I spoke with John Lakey regarding this generous donation by Gene, He is considering using the money to pay for much needed equipment for the planetarium. Once again, job well done everyone!

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave

Volunteers Needed for June 7th and 8th Event at the Greater Stl Air and Space Museum

With success comes popularity.  Fresh off the heels of a very memorable Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Celebration, it is time to turn our attention to supporting the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum's Fun Days coming up on June 7th and 8th.  The event runs from 9:00 until roughly 5:00 both days.  Let me know if you can help out on SaturdaySunday, or both Days.  Depending on the amount of support, I figure we can do a very awesome Static display, a Paper Helicopter Competition, and an Apollo 11 launch Reenactment like we did last Friday (ignite the pre-ignition motors but not launch).  Carmelo thought our launch reenactment was really cool and wants us to do it at his event.  My thought is that we could have the reenactment a couple of time each day, maybe at 11:00 and 3:00.  We will need Low to high power rockets to display.  Let me know if you can donate some rockets as well.  For this event I will need 3 leads, one for organizing the static display, another for the paper helicopter competition, and I can handle the Apollo 11 Launch Reenactment.

Let me know if you can help out. http://www.airandspacemuseum.org/fun-days.php

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave

Last Picture of Gene Kranz Before He Left For Texas on Saturday

Dave Kovar presented Gene with an SLRA hat and Carmelo Turdo from The Aero Experience https://www.facebook.com/TheAeroExperience and http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/ got a picture of Heino Pull, Dave Kovar, and Gene in front of the St. Louis Science Center Planetarium. It was a great four days having Gene Kranz in St. Louis. Thanks Dave for organizing the visit and events!

Gene Kranz Receives an SLRA hat

Gene Kranz Receives an SLRA hat

A Few Photos From Our Saturday May 17th, 2014 Cub Scout/Boy Scout Contest with Guest Gene Kranz

Gene Kranz giving insider Saturn V memories at our Cub Scout/Boy Scout contest at the main field in Forest Park on Saturday. Janna was helping with sound as Gene talked to the kids, parents and scout leaders. A really fun event and Gene signed a few kid's rockets while he was there. Later the top 3 Cub Scouts were given certificates signed by Gene and a clear crystal plaque with a piece of foil which flew to the moon on Apollo 11 donated by the Bonne Terre Space Museum. Gene really lit up when he saw the kids flying rockets. What a great day.

Speaking at our contest. Janna Pull assisting with sound

Speaking at our contest. Janna Pull assisting with sound

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Dave Kovar's beautiful scale Saturn V lifts off

 

Parents, scouts, and scout leaders listen to Gene Kranz's insights.

Some Rough Cut Video from Tonights STEM Event and Dinner With Marta and Gene Kranz

For those members who couldn't attend tonight, an 8 minute video that I shot and did a very rough cut. Dave Kovar's remarks, the mission vest ceremony and a short story from Gene about mission vests. More video to  come and I plan to film the launch events on Friday and Saturday. Thanks to Dave Kovar for the great job organizing the event. Gene Kranz is a personal hero of mine and it is surreal to spend some time in the same room with him. Look for Lowell Grissom - brother of Gus Grissom (Gemini and Apollo 1 astronaut) and the owner of the Moonrise.  The Moonrise was a perfect venue for the event and there is quite a bit of memorabilia in the lobby. Much work to due on Friday and Saturday for the launches.

 

Tuesday May 13, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, May 13th, 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 April meeting will be available here: Meeting Minutes Page,

Final plans will be discussed for the 3 events this week:

1. Volunteer dinner at the Moonrise with Gene Kranz

2. Friday May 16th demonstration launch for middle-school students at the Science Center

3. Saturday May 17 precision duration contest with the Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts at the Science Center (Forest Park Central Field location for the contest)

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

Change of Launch Location for Saturday May 17th Apollo 11 Boy Scout Launch at the Science Center

This message was sent by Dave Kovar to the volunteers who will be helping on Saturday. I wanted to expand this to the entire club membership and interested parties since there have been post in the pasts listing the event occurring in the archery field. I've heard word of some spectators who are interested in attending (but not participating in the contest) and want the change of venue notice available on the club web site.

Thanks,

Heino Pull - SLRA Secretary

From David Kovar:

Hello Everyone!

For the SLRA Precision Duration Model Rocket Competition this Saturday May 17th, we decided to change the rules a little bit. Instead of each scout getting to launch only once, they will be able to launch their rocket twice. We will take the better of the flight time that comes closest to 30 seconds as their official time. Both engines will be provided at no cost, compliments of the Missouri Space Grant Consortium.

The venue site for the launch and awards ceremony has changed as well. The launch will take place at the Forest Park Central Field which is located north of the Science Center on the opposite side of the golf course (see attached map). This field gives us a much bigger launch area for recovery. The awards ceremony will take place in the Planetarium Lobby, or possibly just outside the entrance to the planetarium

The times have not changed. the competition will take place from 9:30 - 12:45 and the awards ceremony will be from 2:00 - 2:30.

For the team competition; Achievement Certificates, signed by Gene Kranz, will be presented to the members of the top three finishing teams.

For the individual competition, plaques will be awarded the the top three scouts achieving a flight duration time closest to 30 seconds. The plaque going to the top finisher contains a foil fragment actually flown aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The plaques and foil fragment are being provided by the Bonne Terre Space Museum.

Official sponsors of this event include the St. Louis Rocketry Association, the Science Center, Missouri Space Grant Consortium, and the Bonne Terre Space Museum.

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar

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