Date   

Anniversary

Greg Smith
 

Sixty years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft. It is rumored that JFK and LBJ were not amused.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- GDS

 

 


#Launch CANCELED #Launch

Greg Smith
 

No surprise here, folks. At 10:00 AM, it was 63°F in Champaign, with overcast skies and a SE wind at 12 mph. It's dry at the moment, but more rain and wind is coming this afternoon, with thunderstorms expected around 3:00 PM.

Therefore, today's launch is canceled.

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Greg Smith  N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@...  217-840-1678


CORRECTED Outlook for Saturday #Launch

Greg Smith
 

Oops! Copied and pasted and didn't change the date from the last version! Let's try again.

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We have a rocket launch scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, April 10, at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

Setup will begin at 12:00 noon, probably at the southwest corner of the airfield near the hay barn (but see the forecasts below - the wind direction may require us to relocate to the east side). Our waiver allows flying up to 10,000' MSL (9,263' from ground level). The waiver expires at sunset at 7:25 PM.

The forecast is ugly:

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Saturday - Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 66. Breezy, with an east wind 13 to 20 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. (NWS)

A steady rain in the morning. Windy with showers continuing in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 64F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%. (TWC)

April showers bring May flowers. (GDS)

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Between the rain and wind, it doesn't seem at all likely that we'll be able to fly tomorrow. Just to be sure, I'll check the conditions and post the final decision about the launch here shortly after 10:00 AM tomorrow. You can also call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

Our next scheduled launch will be Saturday, April 24, again at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

We will be enforcing our physical distancing and masking requirements at tomorrow's launch.

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Greg Smith N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@... 217-840-1678


Outlook for Saturday #Launch

Greg Smith
 

We have a rocket launch scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, March 27, at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

Setup will begin at 12:00 noon, probably at the southwest corner of the airfield near the hay barn (but see the forecasts below - the wind direction may require us to relocate to the east side). Our waiver allows flying up to 10,000' MSL (9,263' from ground level). The waiver expires at sunset at 7:25 PM.

The forecast is ugly:

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Saturday - Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 66. Breezy, with an east wind 13 to 20 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. (NWS)

A steady rain in the morning. Windy with showers continuing in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 64F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%. (TWC)

April showers bring May flowers. (GDS)

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Between the rain and wind, it doesn't seem at all likely that we'll be able to fly tomorrow. Just to be sure, I'll check the conditions and post the final decision about the launch here shortly after 10:00 AM tomorrow. You can also call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

Our next scheduled launch will be Saturday, April 24, again at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

We will be enforcing our physical distancing and masking requirements at tomorrow's launch.

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Greg Smith N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@... 217-840-1678


Tuesday 4/6/21 CIA meeting on Zoom #Meeting #VirtualEvent

Mark Joseph
 

Here is the Zoom invitation for tomorrow's CIA regular meeting.

Note that participants will enter via a waiting room.

Please let me know if you have questions, and I'll do my best to get you going.

Mark

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Mark Joseph is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Central Illinois Aerospace - April 2021 General Meeting
Time: Apr 6, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 822 1996 0304
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Re: Build & Fly

Robert Brunner
 

On Apr 2, 2021, at 5:03 PM, Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:

Wow, I can’t believe how high they let the grass grow in the park back then!

That may be the back of Robert in the second picture, helping at the launch pad.
I do have an outfit that matches, and it does look like my back, but I have no recollection of Chuck and I doing a build-and-fly. That does not mean I was not there, though. Perhaps I was not there for the build, only the fly.

Robert


Zoom meeting on Tuesday # Meeting #VirtualEvent

Jonathan Sivier
 

Our April club meeting will be held on Zoom again this coming Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. We will be sending out the details on how to join in the meeting in another message in the next day or so.

Everyone is invited to join in the meeting. We don't have any particular topic for the meeting, but if you have something you would like to see discussed, or questions about any rocketry related items, please let us know.

We don't know when we'll be able to hold in-person meetings again, so in the meantime we hope you will join us virtually.

Jonathan


Re: Build & Fly

Greg Smith
 

Wow, I can’t believe how high they let the grass grow in the park back then!

 

That may be the back of Robert in the second picture, helping at the launch pad.

 

- GDS

 

 

 

From: cia-rocketry@groups.io [mailto:cia-rocketry@groups.io] On Behalf Of Shaun L. Bill
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 4:51 PM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: Re: [cia-rocketry] Build & Fly

 

Do these help at all?
I have more pics, most are liftoffs

On 04/02/2021 4:38 PM Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:

 

 

I don’t see any club members in the pictures except Chuck. Did we ever send him out alone to do one of these workshops? Maybe he’ll see this and remember.

 

- GDS

 

 

 

From: cia-rocketry@groups.io [mailto:cia-rocketry@groups.io] On Behalf Of Shaun L. Bill
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 11:57 AM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: [cia-rocketry] Build & Fly

 

1998?

 


Re: Build & Fly

Shaun L. Bill
 

Do these help at all?
I have more pics, most are liftoffs

On 04/02/2021 4:38 PM Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:
 
 

I don’t see any club members in the pictures except Chuck. Did we ever send him out alone to do one of these workshops? Maybe he’ll see this and remember.

 

- GDS

 

 

 

From: cia-rocketry@groups.io [mailto:cia-rocketry@groups.io] On Behalf Of Shaun L. Bill
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 11:57 AM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: [cia-rocketry] Build & Fly

 

1998?

 


Re: Build & Fly

Greg Smith
 

I don’t see any club members in the pictures except Chuck. Did we ever send him out alone to do one of these workshops? Maybe he’ll see this and remember.

 

- GDS

 

 

 

From: cia-rocketry@groups.io [mailto:cia-rocketry@groups.io] On Behalf Of Shaun L. Bill
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 11:57 AM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: [cia-rocketry] Build & Fly

 

1998?


Re: Build & Fly

Christopher Deem
 

None of my pictures go back that far, the earliest are around 2003-2004. I don’t have any memories of that particular building session, but I do remember Chuck.

 

Christopher Brian Deem NAR 12308 TRA 2256 level 2                                               Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Shaun L. Bill
Sent: Friday, April 2, 2021 1:19 PM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: Re: [cia-rocketry] Build & Fly

 

The kid I took thinks 96 or 97.

On 04/02/2021 12:31 PM Jonathan Sivier <jsivier@...> wrote:

 

 

It was certainly quite a while back. Chuck Greenwood has been in Florida for many years now. It would appear to be the old Leonhard Center and it has been several years since we did any workshops there. I don't recall us ever doing the build in the gym there, we were always in the smaller multi-purpose room as far as I can recall. Perhaps I wasn't there on this particular occasion. Does anyone else remember a year when we set up the build session in the gym of the Leonhard Center? That might make it possible to narrow down the year.

Jonathan

On 4/2/2021 11:57 AM, Shaun L. Bill wrote:

1998?

 


Re: Build & Fly

Shaun L. Bill
 

The kid I took thinks 96 or 97.

On 04/02/2021 12:31 PM Jonathan Sivier <jsivier@...> wrote:
 
 
It was certainly quite a while back. Chuck Greenwood has been in Florida for many years now. It would appear to be the old Leonhard Center and it has been several years since we did any workshops there. I don't recall us ever doing the build in the gym there, we were always in the smaller multi-purpose room as far as I can recall. Perhaps I wasn't there on this particular occasion. Does anyone else remember a year when we set up the build session in the gym of the Leonhard Center? That might make it possible to narrow down the year.

Jonathan

On 4/2/2021 11:57 AM, Shaun L. Bill wrote:
1998?


Re: Build & Fly

Jonathan Sivier
 

It was certainly quite a while back. Chuck Greenwood has been in Florida for many years now. It would appear to be the old Leonhard Center and it has been several years since we did any workshops there. I don't recall us ever doing the build in the gym there, we were always in the smaller multi-purpose room as far as I can recall. Perhaps I wasn't there on this particular occasion. Does anyone else remember a year when we set up the build session in the gym of the Leonhard Center? That might make it possible to narrow down the year.

Jonathan


On 4/2/2021 11:57 AM, Shaun L. Bill wrote:
1998?


Build & Fly

Shaun L. Bill
 

1998?


loading black powder charges

Gary Slater
 

There is a TRF thread on when to load black powder charges.  Or not.  Often times like this, those who speak up on such topics rarely if ever quote reliable sources for their information or why they do what they do.  BTW, that is one thing that keeps me from getting (or attempting) L3.  I don't understand enough and for me, having real info that is scientifically based rather than based on opinion from someone who has never done it or does what they do because that's the way they have always done something.  
 
Back to my question at issue.  
 
I almost always will load my charges at home before going to the launch field when I fly with motor ejection.  When I fly dual deploy with 4F, I will often load the charges the evening before in the hotel room or at home, including the e-match.  As noted in the thread, no wind, others talking around me or other kinds of interruptions and distractions makes it easier for me to get it right. 
 
Guess I have been taking a big chance based on opinion in this thread??
 
Since I am very electronically inept, your review and comments are very welcomed.  And please, no conjecture!  
 
 
 


#Launch CANCELED #Launch

Greg Smith
 

At 10:00 AM, it was 42°F in Decatur, with a cloud ceiling at 3200' and a WNW wind at 21 mph, gusting to 33 mph.

It's way too windy to fly today, so our scheduled launch is canceled.

We'll hope to see you all on April 10.

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Greg Smith N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@... 217-840-1678


Outlook for Sunday #launch (rain date) #Launch

Greg Smith
 

We will try again tomorrow, Sunday, March 28, to hold our postponed launch at the farm field site near Forsyth, IL. (For directions to the field, see http://www.ciarocketry.org/maps.html#forsyth)

Setup will begin at 12:00 noon, along Schellabarger Road, probably toward the west end of the field. Our waiver allows flying up to 10,000' MSL (9,325' from ground level). The waiver expires at sunset at 7:15 PM.

The forecast is not at all good:

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Sunday - Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. (NWS)

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Due to the predicted high wind, I think it is unlikely we'll be able to fly. As always, I'll try to stay optimistic, and will check the conditions and post the final decision about the launch here shortly after 10:00 AM tomorrow. You can also call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

Our next regularly scheduled launch will be Saturday, April 10 at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

We will be enforcing our physical distancing and masking requirements at tomorrow's launch.

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Greg Smith N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@... 217-840-1678


#Launch CANCELED #Launch

Greg Smith
 

At 10:00 AM, it was 56°F in Decatur, with scattered clouds at 12,000' and a SSE wind at 14 mph.

The wind and clouds are increasing, with gusts of 20-22 mph expected by 1:00 PM, and rain and thunderstorms beginning about 5:00 PM.

Although the conditions are barely acceptable right now, based on the forecast, they will not remain so for long. Therefore, today's launch is regretfully canceled.

We'll stay open to trying again tomorrow, but the forecast is for even higher winds (and cooler temperatures). I'll post an update on the outlook later this evening.

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Greg Smith  N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@...  217-840-1678


Outlook for Saturday #Launch

Greg Smith
 

We have a rocket launch scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, March 27, at our farm field site near Forsyth, IL. (For directions to the field, see http://www.ciarocketry.org/maps.html#forsyth)

Setup will begin at 12:00 noon, along Schellabarger Road, probably near the middle of the field. Our waiver allows flying up to 10,000' MSL (9,325' from ground level). The waiver expires at sunset at 7:15 PM.

The forecast is marginal:

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Saturday - A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 9 to 16 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. (NWS)

Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 71F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. (TWC)

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The two forecasts differ, but both predict fairly high winds and a chance of rain. I think the odds are against us, but it's possible that the weather might be acceptable for a while early in the afternoon. I'll check the conditions and post the final decision about the launch here shortly after 10:00 AM tomorrow. You can also call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

We have reserved Sunday (3/28) as a rain date in case we can't fly tomorrow. At the moment, it sounds like it's going to be even windier than on Saturday, though. I'll post another update tomorrow evening if we need to consider that option.

Our next scheduled launch will be Saturday, April 10 at the Rantoul Aviation Center.

We will be enforcing our physical distancing and masking requirements at tomorrow's launch.

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Greg Smith N9LHI
NAR 15881 * TRA 1974
Director of Operations, Central Illinois Aerospace
greg@... 217-840-1678


Forsyth Launch 13 March - Pictures

Adam Rouse
 

Hello all,

 

I have uploaded my pictures to my SmugMug here: 2021-03-13 Forsyth - Adam Rouse (smugmug.com)

 

Cheers!

-Adam

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