Buder Park model rocket launch – Saturday, July 27th

Our next model rocket launch is scheduled for this coming Saturday, July 27th at Buder Park. The current Weather Underground forecast predicts sunny skies, 5-7 mile per hour winds and a temperature of 71 at 8:00am rising into the mid 80s by noon. Finally, we have some good luck with the weather! I checked the park today and found that there is still quite a bit of standing water in the southeast corner of the park, south of our launch site, but the rest of the field is dry, the grass is still in pretty good shape, and the road is open all the way around the park.

As always, please check the website for last-minute updates before heading to the field, or check your email if you are subscribed to the email list.

We'll start setup at 8:00 am and should have the range open by 8:30 if not earlier. The range will stay open for as long as people are flying, but we're typically done by 12:00 or 1:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com.

---The fine print---

Launch pads are usually set up in the southeast corner of the park, but this may change based on wind direction and other activities nearby.

Anyone who is a current, paid member of the National Association of Rocketry or Tripoli Rocketry Association is welcome to participate. Due to insurance regulations, those who are not a member of one of the two national organizations will need to have a NAR or Tripoli member inspect and fly their rockets for them. Non-members will also be asked to sign a liability release. If you wish to fly your own rockets, please be prepared to show your NAR or Tripoli membership card, or a receipt of payment if you are a new member who has not yet received a card.

Please note that these launches may be cancelled for a number of reasons, notably: weather conditions (rain, high wind), park conditions (mud, flooding), or scheduling conflicts (another group’s use of the park makes it impossible to safely launch, or not enough SLRA members are available to run the launch). Please check the “current launch status” on the front page of our website, http://stlouisrocketry.com, before making your way to the park.

Buder Park launches are conducted under the NAR safety code as “Class 1” rocket launches. Class 1 launches carry the following restrictions:

  • Rockets must weigh less than 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) at liftoff, including propellant.
  • Rockets must contain no more than 125 grams (4.4 ounces) of propellant – this includes most motors up through G class (although see the note below regarding high-altitude launches). Only certified, commercial motors are allowed.
  • Rockets must be made of wood, paper, or breakable plastic, and contain no substantial metal parts.
  • Rockets must employ a recovery system such as a parachute, streamer, helicopter, glide, tumble or featherweight recovery.

Decisions of the LCO (launch control officer) and RSO (range safety officer) are final with respect to these restrictions and safety in general. Our goal is safety for everyone involved.

The total size of Buder Park is approximately 2100 x 1200 feet, which according to the Model Rocket Safety Code is large enough to fly a G motor rocket. However, please keep in mind that we are usually not the only users of the park – we share it with radio control aircraft flyers, archers, sports teams, joggers, and many others. Also, the perimeter of the park is lined with very tall trees, and just beyond the north treeline you will find the Meramec River. Have some idea of how high your rocket is expected to go before you launch, keep the wind conditions in mind, and use common sense. Experienced SLRA members will be happy to advise you to make sure your rocket is safe and likely to be recoverable.

Finally, please remember to take adequate precautions in hot weather – use sunscreen and bring water or sports drinks to stay hydrated. One nice thing about Buder Park is that there is plenty of shade around the edges of the field, so please take shelter from the sun when you need to.

Election correction

SLRA's annual director / officer election will be held at tonight's meeting (see previous announcement). I re-read the election announcement I sent on Sunday and spotted an error - it should say that Jack Oney is not running for re-election as vice president. Hopefully that was clear from the context. My note about not running for secretary again was not a typo, though. 🙂

I have so far not received any requests for additional people asking to have their names included on the ballot, so we have two offices (vice president and secretary) with no candidates. If you are interested in finding a way to help keep the club running, this is your opportunity!

If you have any questions, please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com.

Dan Crank
Secretary, St. Louis Rocketry Association

Buder Park launch status and Tuesday, July 23, 2019 General Membership Meeting AND ELECTION Announcement

I'm combining a few announcements into one, so this post will be a bit longer than usual. Please read all the way to the end, as there is important information about our upcoming election.

But first off - SLRA has our regular model rocket launch scheduled for this Saturday, July 27th, at Buder Park. We've seen some recent photos from Buder that indicate that there is still some standing water on the field from the recent flooding, and this is also the opening day for NARAM and we will have some of our regular crew out of town. My plan is to go to Buder on Tuesday before our meeting to check on the field conditions, and then discuss at the meeting whether we want to go forward with a launch. Please stay tuned to the website and / or email list for an update.

Leading smoothly into: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, July 23rd, at our regular meeting location:

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

The room will be available at 6:00 PM and the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM. Please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com if you have new business for the meeting.

Finally: it is time once again for SLRA to hold its annual election for directors and officers. Per SLRA's bylaws, we have between three and nine directors with the tally always being an odd number (traditionally seven) and four officers selected from among the directors: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Also by tradition, the Tripoli prefect and NAR section head are among the directors, although our bylaws do not require this and they simply run as regular candidates for the director positions. To simplify the process, we will hold a single election wherein the membership present at the meeting cast a vote for each of the officer positions in conjunction with a director seat, and then vote for three additional directors.

Our incumbents are: David Kovar (president and director), Jack Oney (vice-president and director), Dan Crank (secretary and director), Don Hanson (treasurer and director), John Buckley (NAR section head and director), Dan Welling (Tripoli prefect and director) and Rodney Riederer (director).

Jack Oney is no longer active in the hobby, and will run as a candidate for vice president. I (Dan Crank) would also like to hand the secretary job over to someone new, so I do not plan to run as a candidate for secretary unless no other candidate can be found. So we do have a need for some new people to step up to fill these posts.

The duties of the president include acting as the spokesperson of the club to media, other organizations, and the public, and coordinating special events in which SLRA is involved. Incumbent David Kovar is running for re-election to the office of president.

The vice-president has the same duties as the president, acting to assist the president or in cases when the president is not available. We do not currently have any candidate for vice-president.

The secretary is responsible for preparing the agenda for and keeping the minutes of club meetings, handling the legal filing requirements for our nonprofit status (these are minor), and managing communication with the club and the public, which is mostly done via email, our website, Facebook and Twitter. We do not currently have any candidate for secretary.

The treasurer is responsible for managing the club's bank account, taking receipt of income and making payments where necessary. Don Hanson is running for re-election to the office of treasurer.

If you would like to contribute to the management of the club, please consider running for office. If you would like more detailed information about the requirements, or if you would like to run for an office and have your name printed on the ballot, please email admin@stlouisrocketry.com.