March 9th LAUNCH IS GO/No GO. Launch Procedures
Our next club launch at Leonard is March 9, 2014. Our launch time is Sunday afternoon 1pm – 5pm. Hope to see everyone at the launch!
The GO/NoGO notification time for the launches that are scheduled for Sunday afternoon is 10:30am Sunday morning. This should give us a better idea of how the weather will be that afternoon. On ”Beat the Heat” Launch days when the launch starts at 9am, the GO/NoGO call will be made by Noon on Saturday. Please check back on the website for launch status and updates.
Our next club meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, 2013 at 7:00pm at Hobby Town. We will have our usual rocket talk and we’ll also have our usual show and tell at the end of the meeting. Hobby Town is located in the shopping center on the southwest corner of 71st and Memorial in Tulsa. You can find a map here.
You can prepare your flight cards ahead of time by getting the flight card form.
We had a great time at Leonard Sunday afternoon. The weather was fantastic, with warm temps and nearly windless conditions all afternoon. We had several flights up to 6000 -7000’ and even at those altitudes, there was hardly any wind.
In total we put up 36 flights, 22 of which were High Power. This was historic, as it was the first Leonard launch *ever* where the High Power flights outnumbered Low Power. I think this accurately reflects the changing mix of fliers in the Club, with a growing number L2 fliers and even several active L3 candidates.
Some of the highlights included:
- Jerry Stultz of Tulsa with an extended LOC Expediter on an K185
- Stuart Ohler of Norman with Old Yeller Fred on a K550
- Andrew Lathrop of B’ville with a scratch Lance Beta on a K550
- Dan Littmann of Broken Arrow with a LOC Magnum on a K550
- Shea Fehrenbach and the OSU aerospace students with their scratch Cowboy 1 on a K1275
- Tracy Dungan of Midwest City with an Estes ProLine Yellow Max on an H180
- Jaunice Wright of Tulsa with a scratch Nike Tomahawk on a CTI I470
Overall, it was just an outstanding day for flying rockets and we definitely took full advantage of it. We’ll have pictures posted to the website soon.
We had a great time Sunday morning. It was warm and humid, with a mixture of clouds and sun, and windless all morning. Many flights were dropping right back at the pads. We put up a total of 40 flights, 9 of which were High Power. Here are some of the highlights:
- Paul Woods from Owasso with a Mad Cow Black Brant on an AT H238T, for his Level 1 certification. Welcome (back) to High Power!
- Paul Reed from Jenks with I Hope on an AT I600R
- A couple of good Minnie Magg flights by Paul Reed and Dwayne Shmel of Bentonville, AR
- Terry Huff from Stroud with an Asteroid Hunter on a C6-3
- Prentice Shew of Tulsa with a LOC Norad on an AT G40
- Dueling Astron Sprint XL flights by Dave Towers of Claremore and myself
- Paul Woods scratch Wicked on an AT G40
- Bill Gilder of Muskogee with a D-Region Tomahawk on an Estes E9
- Jerry Stultz of Tulsa with an Arreaux on an AT G80
- Andrew Lathrop of Bartlesville with a 4″ Lance Beta on a K550W
We’ve had a great summer of launches at Leonard, but now we’re transitioning into the Fall launch season. Our next launch will be High Frontier 10 at Pawhuska on September 28-29, so we will not return to Leonard until October.
Commemorative High Frontier Rocket Mail covers will be flown at the HF10 rocket launch in Pawhuska, OK, on September 28, 2013. Net proceeds from this promotion will be donated to the Pawhuska Ministerial Alliance Food Bank
To purchase the Commemorative High Frontier Rocket Mail cover and have it mailed to you please click here.
This year for High Frontier 10 we will be having a night launch on Saturday September 28th 2013 after the sun goes down. The launch will be for mid-power and below. Stay tuned for more information.
A reusable suborbital rocket launched by UP Aerospace soared aloft from Spaceport America in New Mexico, carrying multiple technology payloads for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program. The SpaceLoft 7 suborbital flight June 21 provided about four minutes of micro gravity for testing of seven technology experiments in a space-relevant environment. It set a new altitude record of 73.9 miles. More information can be found on NASA’s website here.
Grasshopper completes highest leap to date!
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely. For more information go here.
Here’s a video of SpaceX’s Grasshopper test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. For more information goto http://www.spacex.com/updates.php
I have added a video page to post links to our videos.
We had an outstanding launch in Pawhuska this past weekend, with good weather both days and a large turnout of flyers from around the state and the region. We put up 120 flights on Saturday and 97 more on Sunday, for a total of 217 flights during the meet. 46 of those flights were High Power flights.
We also held several contests and here is a list of the winners:
Closest to the Buffalo – Saturday
1st – Matthew Volkman, Hominy – 60′
2nd – Amber DeWeese, Jenks – 67′ 9″
3rd – Jeff McCormick, Bartlesville – 68′ 8″
Closest to the Buffalo – Sunday
1st – Kaleb Childress, Bartlesville – 13′ 6″
2nd – Carson Buice, Bartlesville – 22′
3rd – Bryce Quillin, Pawhuska – 37′ 8″
Warloc Drag Race – AT Class
Steve White, Baldwin, KS
Warloc Drag Race – CTI Class
Hal Ellis, Tulsa
Mini-Magg Drag Race
Randy Luhman, Tulsa
We also gave away 29 rocket kits, courtesy of HobbyTown USA and various Pawhuska merchants plus 6 Estes motor packs, courtesy of Tony Eccles of Ponca City.
Here’s a breakdown by impulse class of the motors flown:
1/2 A – 7
A – 41
B – 42
C – 54
D – 9
E – 6
F – 3
G – 16
H – 11
I – 18
J – 10
K – 5
L – 0
M – 2
Make plans to join Tulsa Rocketry in Pawhuska, Oklahoma for High Frontier 9. The launch will take place September 22 through 23, 2012. The Pawhuska Municipal Airport will again be the location. Lots to see and do, it will be fun for the whole family. Same as last year, there will be on site camping allowed, but there will be no hook-ups. Checkout www.pawhuskachamber.com for area details and lodging.
For youth fliers under age 18, there will be a “Closest to the Buffalo” contest each day. We will also have a drawing for door prizes and Rocket Kits
For the adult fliers there will be the following contests:
Rules for the above races can be found here.
We will also be launching small items in payload canisters. Payload flights will take place Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The items should be small lightweight and inexpensive. They will also need to fit in the payload canisters which measures 4 inches in diameter and 7-1/2 inches long. A couple of examples of items to launch are business cards and small trinkets. Cost to have an item launched is $5. All proceeds to be donated to the Pawhuska Ministerial Alliance Food Bank.
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