Buder Park Launch Reminder – This Saturday June 21, 2014

The weather currently looks good although it might be a bit warm. The launch is scheduled for 9:00 am with setup starting at 8:00 am. We always need help with setup and tear down so please  consider helping if you can. The detailed information for the launch is available at this link: The launch setup will be most likely at the north part of the park near the soccer fields depending on the wind. All are welcome to fly whether you're a member or not so please come out for a morning of model rocketry. Attached is an image of the park with an approximate location of the launch setup. buderpark

High Power Help Needed for Science Center Rocket Camps on July 18th and 31st

Aaron Walker from the St. Louis Science Center is seeking the assistance from an SLRA High Power rocketeer to give a presentation on High Power model rocketry to a Summer Camp group of 5th/6th graders and high schoolers. The dates Aaron would love to have our help are July 18th at around 1pm (for our high school group) and July 31st around 9am (for the 5th/6th grade group). The students will be building an flying low power rockets as part of the camp activity. Aaron want us to give a high power presentation to show just how advanced and challenging model rockets are when you start getting into high power launching. Let me know if you can help Aaron out and I will pass your contact information on to him.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar

Notes from Tuesday 6/10/2014 SLRA Meeting – Buder Park Launch Details

1. We are planning to have summer launches - the first on Saturday 21 June 2014 at Buder Park. Additional launches are planned for the third Saturday of July, August, and September. With our recent work with the Science Center, we may have access to a much better field than Buder Park so stay tuned to the web site for additional details.

The launch on 21 June will have setup starting at 8:00 am with the launch starting at 9:00 am. We plan to fly to around 1:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend and fly rockets at Buder park. You do not have to be a club member or a member of the NAR or Tripoli and kids are always welcome with adult supervision.  This is a perfect place to get acquainted with the club, the national organizations (NAR or Tripoli) and learn the safe way to fly rockets. The park is not large which limits the size and power of models flown with the ultimate limit being a 3.3 lb rocket. We encourage much smaller models though because of the proximity to the Meramac river and the need to avoid landing on the R/C field which we share access. Flights over 1000 feet are allowed, but unlikely to be recoved safely if any wind is present at all so please ask if you have concerns about loosing your rocket.

Everyone who flies with us must also realize that the St. Louis County Parks requires organizations that fly there to have some form of insurance and we will be covered by NAR insurance which will protect our club and members and the property at Buder park as an NAR sanctioned launch. However, anyone flying without being members of NAR or Tripoli will not be insured directly and must fly under supervision of an SLRA member who is a member of either NAR or Tripoli. We will need to make sure all launches occur under the NAR safety code and must supervise the prep of the rockets for anyone not a member of NAR or Tripoli.  We are glad to do that - so feel welcome. It is to your benefit to eventually join either of the national organizations which will then cover your rocketry activity under their insurance - even at other locations. We  want you to try out the hobby first and to have fun flying with your family in a safe environment - as long as all the safety rules are followed. Members of the Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts and their leaders are covered by Tripoli insurance as long as the NAR safety rules are followed. If you have any questions please ask - you can comment on this post or email the club at admin@stlouisrocketry.com.

2. We had a lessons learned session with Dave Kovar after the very successful Apollo 11 45th Anniversary event with the Science Center and Missouri STEM organization. Dave Kovar (who organized the event) handed out Gene Kranz signed "Foundations of Mission Control" certificates to the club volunteers who helped out. Dave provided the following info on the history of the "Foundation of Mission Control":

"After the Apollo 1 fire, he (Gene Kranz) and others developed a charter, "Foundations of Mission Control." It was a contract or code of conduct, which in the NASA human spaceflight world was the closest thing to the Ten Commandments. Foundations very clearly spelled out the values, expectations and responsibilities that each and every employee in Mission Control was expected to understand, believe and live as a member of the NASA team.

As is the case with many others at NASA, I have a copy of Foundations on my bulletin board at United Space Alliance, where I am almost 10 years into my leadership role with the company. Foundations serves as a constant reminder of the traits of a competent and respected leader … one ultimately responsible for the outcome of their decisions. This is the kind of leader I aspire to be."

The event was very successful and hope to have similar events in the future to support science education and STEM. Thanks Dave Kovar for organizing the event.

3. We have not yet set up a fall launch schedule for Elsberry and high power rockets. We anticipate flying at Elsberry in October and John Buckley will hold another "October Fly" contest. Look for more details on the web site in the coming months. We also plan to continue having flier surveys to gauge interest for scheduling purposes.

4. If you need to pay for t-shirts, hats or club membership - you can always send money through PayPal at the email address: admin@stlouisrocketry.com.

As always, feel free to comment on this post or email admin@stlouisrocketry.com if you have any questions.

Heino Pull
SLRA Secretary


Tuesday June 10, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, June 10th, 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 May meeting will be available here: Meeting Minutes Page,

We'll be discussing any potential park launches this summer.


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

Dave Kovar’s Saturn 5 – Boy Scout/Cub Scout Launch Video With Gene Kranz – May 17, 2014

Some video from our Forest Park Central Field launch demo of Dave Kovar's Saturn 5 model with scale launch tower. Some interesting remarks from Gene Kranz about launch Saturn V's and landing on the moon during Apollo 11.  Gene also had some remarks about engine out on the Saturn 5 2nd stage that is quite interesting.

The video is at this link.

Club Volunteers Still Needed this Weekend to Staff SLRA Booth

Fellow SLRAers,

I am still in need of additional club volunteers to help with the staffing of an SLRA booth at the Midwest Airport Fun Days event coming up this weekend. So far Mike Fischer and I are committed for both days and Ken Gianino and Heino plan to help on Saturday morning. The event runs both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 until 5:00 pm. The event is being held at the St Louis Downtown Airport, across the the river in Cahokia, IL. It would be nice to have at least one more person for the following shifts:

Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am  to 1:00pm and 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Let me know if you can help out. It would be greatly appreciated.

I am also in need of some cool high power rockets for our static display. If you can provide the rockets, We can plan on meeting sometime this week to make the exchange. I'll return your rocket(s) next Tuesday, June 10th, at the club meeting

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar