2019 Launch Schedule

At last night's meeting, we discussed the launch schedule for this year. With the heavy rain and now snow this winter, we do not expect either of our fields to be dry enough for a high-power launch in January or February. It is possible that we could have a scaled-back launch in Elsberry by flying off the gravel road, but this has some limitations and is kind of a last choice if we have no other options before crops go in.

We set dates for our Buder Park model rocket launches, but will replace either the March or April date with a high-power launch if the weather cooperates and field conditions allow. Of course, if we get a good high-power weekend at any time we can put a launch together.

The 2019 Buder Park dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, March 30
  • Sunday, April 28
  • Saturday, June 1
  • Sunday, June 30
  • Saturday, July 27
  • Sunday, August 25
  • Saturday, September 28

Also, as John Buckley mentioned in an earlier post, we are planning a two-day event in cooperation with Tripoli MO-Kan at the Walnut Grove site near Springfield, MO. This is planned for May 18-19. This will be a NAR competition launch and will also have a high-power sport range with a waiver to 15,000 feet MSL (about 13,750 feet AGL).

Finally, many SLRA members are attending LDRS 38, the annual Tripoli national event, which is being held at the Kloudbusters Rocket Pasture near Argonia, KS over Labor Day weekend (the usual time and place of AirFest). We encourage all St. Louis-area high power flyers to make the trip and enjoy their 50,000 foot MSL waiver.

The calendar on the website has been updated with these dates, but as always, please watch the site or subscribe to the mailing list for changes. If you have any questions, please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 General Membership Meeting Announcement

SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, January 22nd, at our regular meeting location:

Fallon's Bar & Grill 9200 Olive Blvd. #116 Olivette, Missouri, 63132

If you are the winning bidder on items from our auction which is ending today, please plan to attend the meeting to pick up your kits! If you can't, please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com to make alternate arrangements.

Another note: we will be talking about the 2019 launch schedule at this meeting, so if you want input on that, please plan to attend.

The room will be available at 6:00 PM and the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM.

If you're a member of SLRA and are registered on the website, you can view minutes of previous meetings here: Meeting Minutes Page, The meeting minutes will be the basis of our "old business" discussion.

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

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

Please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com if you have new business for the meeting.

Two quick reminders from SLRA

  • Our membership forms are now updated for the new year - if you're a current member and would like to renew, or if you'd like to join for the first time, please head to our website (http://stlouisrocketry.com) and select "Join SLRA."
  • Our online auction closes in just a few more days! There are some interesting items up for bid, so take a look at https://www.auctria.com/auction/slra2019.

If you have questions about either of these, please email me at admin@stlouisrocketry.com.

Dan Crank
Secretary, St. Louis Rocketry Association

Joint Launch with Tripoli MO KAN (Springfield, NARAM 58 field)

I had a conversation with Gary Cole from the Springfield Club about running a joint Launch this year again (Heavy Metal IV?) Anyway, we discussed 2 possible events. First event would be a launch in May 18-19 with a NRC competition. Third Saturday is the normal monthly launch for them. The second event would be a two day Apollo 11 celebration/launch. I am not sure they want to run 2 2 day launches.

So who would be willing to travel for a two day combination contest and high power launch? I assume we have a plan to work with the SLSC on an Apollo 11 event on July 20-21.

John B.

Auction up and running

Just a quick reminder that bids are now open in our fundraising auction (https://www.auctria.com/auction/slra2019). I'm seeing the first few bids coming in, so it looks as if everything is working as it should, but if you encounter any problems please email me at admin@stlouisrocketry.com. The auction will close at noon on Sunday, January 20 and items should be available for pickup at the club meeting Tuesday, January 22.