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Re: #Launch is GO #Launch

Greg Smith
 

No reason to apologize! People come and go from our launches all the time and there’s no obligation on anyone to stay from beginning to end. Feel free to stay as long as you’re having fun and leave if you have other obligations, have used up all your motors, or just aren’t “feeling it” anymore. We’re happy for getting to know people during the time they can afford to share with us.

 

- GDS

 

 

 

From: cia-rocketry@groups.io [mailto:cia-rocketry@groups.io] On Behalf Of Joe Rice
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:03 PM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: Re: [cia-rocketry] #Launch is GO

 

I apologize for leaving early. I got wet feet crossing the drainage ditch to recover my Punisher. Gotta get boots 


Re: #Launch is GO #Launch

Joe Rice
 

I apologize for leaving early. I got wet feet crossing the drainage ditch to recover my Punisher. Gotta get boots 


On Feb 23, 2020, at 8:51 AM, Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:

At 8:00 AM, it was 39°F in Decatur, with a few clouds at 6,000', and a SSW wind at 13 mph.

Conditions are not perfect, but are within our flying limits, so we will meet at the Forsyth field as planned at 10:00 AM to begin setup for our launch.

- GDS

(re-sending with proper hashtag)


Re: #Launch is GO #Launch

Gary Slater
 

Only about five flights other than the student launch. 

The students took most of the day prepping ejection charges, shock cords, etc.  They flew on a K1050 to about 3650 feet ( Mark that was it ? ). Their OR prediction was about 4400. 

The flight up and the charges etc all went very well. There was damage to the apparatus designed to house and release the drone which was a near total loss however. The drogue also suffered a minor issue with one of the  cords being torn out. 

I think we were all pleased with the student flight in general. 

Anyone that cares to add or correct anything incorrectly stated please feel free. Also add and photos available. 

On Feb 23, 2020, at 5:33 PM, steven dramstad <sdramstad@...> wrote:

 How did it go today?


On Feb 23, 2020, at 8:51 AM, Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:

At 8:00 AM, it was 39°F in Decatur, with a few clouds at 6,000', and a SSW wind at 13 mph.

Conditions are not perfect, but are within our flying limits, so we will meet at the Forsyth field as planned at 10:00 AM to begin setup for our launch.

- GDS

(re-sending with proper hashtag)


Re: #Launch is GO #Launch

steven dramstad
 

How did it go today?


On Feb 23, 2020, at 8:51 AM, Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:

At 8:00 AM, it was 39°F in Decatur, with a few clouds at 6,000', and a SSW wind at 13 mph.

Conditions are not perfect, but are within our flying limits, so we will meet at the Forsyth field as planned at 10:00 AM to begin setup for our launch.

- GDS

(re-sending with proper hashtag)


#Launch is GO #Launch

Greg Smith
 

At 8:00 AM, it was 39°F in Decatur, with a few clouds at 6,000', and a SSW wind at 13 mph.

Conditions are not perfect, but are within our flying limits, so we will meet at the Forsyth field as planned at 10:00 AM to begin setup for our launch.

- GDS

(re-sending with proper hashtag)


Launch is GO

Greg Smith
 

At 8:00 AM, it was 39°F in Decatur, with a few clouds at 6,000’, and a SSW wind at 13 mph.

 

Conditions are not perfect, but are within our flying limits, so we will meet at the Forsyth field as planned at 10:00 AM to begin setup for our launch.

 

- GDS

 

 


Outlook for Sunday #Launch

Greg Smith
 

We'll try to fly again tomorrow, Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the Forsyth farm field. We will again meet earlier than usual to give the student team plenty of time to prep their complex test flight.

For directions to this launch site, see http://www.ciarocketry.org/maps.html#forsyth

Setup will begin at 10:00 AM, along Schellabarger Road where it runs through the middle of the field. Flying can continue until sundown about 5:30 PM. Our waiver allows flying up to 10,000' MSL (about 9,250' from ground level).

The forecast (NWS for Decatur) is decent, although the wind gusts may require a few holds at times:

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Sunday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 17 mph.

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We'll look at the wind speed tomorrow before deciding whether we can fly, but I'm fairly optimistic it will work out. As always, I'll look at the actual conditions and short term forecasts and post the final decision about the launch here about 8:00 AM tomorrow (an hour earlier than usual due to the long travel time to the launch site). You can call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

Our next regular club launch will be Saturday, March 14, also at the Forsyth site.

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


IMPORTANT - #Launch POSTPONED #Launch

Greg Smith
 

Due to the illness of several important CIA team members, we will POSTPONE today's scheduled launch at the Forsyth field until tomorrow (Sunday, February 23). As today, we'll meet at 10:00 AM to begin setting up.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our members - but we really need the extra recovery time. At least five of us were hit with the "4-H plague" at the same time after our workshop on Monday.

As consolation, it's supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow as well.

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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, February 22, 2020, at the Forsyth farm field. We will meet earlier than usual to assist a U of I student group in making a required test flight, and still break early enough in the afternoon to attend the Insect Fear Film Festival tomorrow evening.

For directions to this launch site, see http://www.ciarocketry.org/maps.html#forsyth

Setup will begin at 10:00 AM, along Schellabarger Road where it runs through the middle of the field. Flying can continue until approximately 3:30 PM. Our waiver allows flying up to 10,000' MSL (about 9,250' from ground level).

The forecast (NWS for Decatur) is better than usual for February:

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Saturday - Sunny, with a high near 46. South southwest wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

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We'll need to take a close look at the wind speed tomorrow before deciding whether we can fly, but it should be possible if this forecast turns out to be accurate. As always, I'll look at the actual conditions and short term forecasts and post the final decision about the launch here about 8:00 AM tomorrow (an hour earlier than usual due to the long travel time to the launch site). You can call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

Our next regular club launch will be Saturday, March 14, also at the Forsyth site.

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


Saturday #launch moved to Forsyth #Launch

Greg Smith
 

In order to support a test flight of a big rocket by a U of I student group, we’re planning to move the launch this Saturday (2/22/2020) to the large farm field near Forsyth, IL.

 

We will also need to leave the site by about 4:00 PM in order for some of us to attend the Insect Fear Film Festival that evening. Therefore, we’re also changing the start time for setup to 10:00 AM.

 

The forecast, especially for the wind, is still looking a bit marginal for Saturday. I’ll post my usual weather outlook message tomorrow evening and will make the final call about the launch around 8:00 AM Saturday.

 

So – launch moved to Forsyth, 10:00 AM, 2/22/2020.


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

 

 


competition discussion at March 3 meeting

Jonathan Sivier
 

At the business meeting last night we discussed a variety of items. One item was to figure out a topic for the meeting at the Springer Center on March 3. We thought it would worth having a talk about NAR competition. For the most part we fly rocket just for fun. However, some people also enjoy competing, seeing who can fly the highest or keep their rocket or glider in the air the longest, and so on. In the past we held contest launches occasionally. A few years ago the NAR changed the way they handle competition and we haven't had any contest launch since then. So we thought we would talk about how the new contest rules work and decide if we want to try holding a contest launch from time to time. While some of the contest events are challenging, we always try to include a few that anyone can do, not matter what your level of experience is. That way everyone can participate. If you think this might be a fun thing to do plan to come to the meeting at the Springer Center on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

We will also be holding our annual elections for members of the CIA board of directors that evening. If anyone is interested in running for an office and getting involved in running the club, let me know.

Jonathan


Insect Fear Film Festival next Saturday

Jonathan Sivier
 

The Insect Fear Film Festival is taking place on Saturday, February 22. The theme this year is "Crustacean Fear Films." A group of club members will be attending and everyone is welcome to join us. We do have a launch scheduled for that day as well. Assuming the launch takes place, we'll probably pack up a bit earlier than we might normally so we can have dinner and then get to the evening event.

The IFFF is being held at the Foellinger Auditorium on the U of I campus. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the movies start at 7:30. Everyone is welcome to join us. There will be further announcements as we see what the launch possibilities are for Saturday and figure out where to meet for dinner, etc.

For more information see https://publish.illinois.edu/uiuc-egsa/ifff/

Jonathan


business meeting Tuesday #Meeting

Jonathan Sivier
 

Our February business meeting will be this coming Tuesday, February 18 at the Hickory River Smokehouse in Urbana. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. We'll be discussing various upcoming CIA activities and other aspects of keeping the club chugging along. All members are welcome to attend and give their input.

Jonathan


4-H rocket workshop in Bloomington, Feb 17

Jonathan Sivier
 

The club will be putting on a workshop called "Blast Off with Model Rocketry" as part of the 4-H Learn and Fun day on Monday, February 17. The event is being held at Trinity Lutheran School, 1102 W Hamilton Rd., Bloomington, IL. Our workshop will be from noon to 2:15. We will be giving some short presentations on aspects of model rocketry and then helping the kids build some simple rockets. If the weather cooperates we may fly a rocket or two outside as a demo. We have a few members who have volunteered to help out, but can always use more. If you would like to join us, bring some rockets to show and help with the workshop let me know.

Jonathan


#Launch CANCELED #Launch

Greg Smith
 

At 11:00 AM, it was 30°F in Champaign, with light snow, fog and mist, a west wind at 8 mph, and a cloud ceiling at 700 feet. Visibility is 2 miles.

Although the wind is modest for this time of year, the visibility and ceiling are below our limits for flying, so today's launch is canceled.

We'll try again in two weeks, on February 22.

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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, February 8, at Dodds Park in Champaign.

Setup will begin at 12:00 noon, probably in the south half of the soccer field parking lots. Flying can continue until sunset at 5:20 PM. Our waiver allows flying motors through "H" class up to 4,000' MSL (about 3,250' from ground level).

The forecast is pretty ambiguous:

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Saturday - Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 32. West wind 5 to 8 mph.

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What this general public forecast doesn't say, but the more detailed aviation forecast does, is that the clouds are expected to be only 600 feet above ground level at launch time. That is likely to prevent us from flying. There may also be an inch of new snow on the ground. But I'll hope for better, so I won't post the final decision about the launch here until shortly after 11:00 AM tomorrow. You can call me after that time at 217-840-1678 for an update.

Our next launch will be Saturday, February 22 at Dodds Park.

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


planetarium show on Friday

Jonathan Sivier
 

Some members of the CIA are planning to attend the lecture at the Parkland Planetarium on Friday, February 7. At 7 p.m. on Friday will be the February Kaler lecture "https://www.parkland.edu/Audience/Community-Business/Parkland-Presents/Planetarium/Events/Kaler-Lecture-Series". The topic will be Supermassive Black Holes. Admission is only $2. The program that follows at 8:00 is From the Earth to the Universe. I may skip that one, but others can decide to stay if they like.

We will be meeting for dinner at Dos Reales on Prospect at 5:30 and then heading to the planetarium for the lecture. If you are interested in joining us for dinner let me know so we know how large a table to get. If you just want to join us for the lecture you can meet us there a bit before 7.

Jonathan


tonight's meeting at Springer #Meeting

Jonathan Sivier
 

We may have some special guests at the meeting tonight, Tuesday, February 4, at the Springer Center at 7 p.m. Some U of I Aerospace Engineering students may be able to come and give us a look at the design and construction of their rocket for the NASA Student Launch competition. They flew the sub-scale model of this rocket at our launch last month at the Forsyth launch site and are working on the full scale rocket now. I suspect they made some changes to the design based on the results of their test flight. I think everyone will find this to be an informative example of the design and testing process.

Of course you can still bring your own designs and projects. We will all enjoying seeing what people are working on and learning about everyone's experiences in designing and building rockets.

I hope to see everyone there tonight.

Jonathan


meeting at Springer next Tuesday #Meeting

Jonathan Sivier
 

We have a meeting at the Springer Center in Champaign next Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. The topic for the evening will be a "Forum on rocket design and construction methods." Bring rockets you have designed, or projects you are currently building to show and tell about. Also bring any questions you might have about design or construction methods. As anyone who knows our group will tell you we are always happy to give you our opinion on just about anything. ;-) If you have any tricks or tips you use when building rockets, come and share those as well.

I hope to see everyone there.

Jonathan


Re: Rocket spoted on Bing maps

Greg Smith
 

Basically, take any V-2 kit and paint it in a fancy red and white color scheme. They are almost identical in size, shape and performance (although the Arrow was a two-stager that split in the middle).

 

- GDS

 

 

 

From: cia-rocketry@groups.io [mailto:cia-rocketry@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Suckow
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:23 PM
To: cia-rocketry@groups.io
Subject: Re: [cia-rocketry] Rocket spoted on Bing maps

 

Ahhh the Canadian Arrow.  I love that Estes model.

 

 

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