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Sunday June 12th Launch is a GO!

 

Launch Procedures Our next Launch will be June 12th from 9:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Leonard. This is our first “Beat the Heat” Launch of the year.  Setup will be at 8:30 am and if you can lend a hand join us early..  You can prepare your flight cards ahead of time by getting the flight card form.

 

Meeting Information: Our next club meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th 2016 at 7:00pm  will be at Hardesty Regional Library, located at 8316 E 93rd St in Tulsa. Google maps link here. We will be discussing all things rockets so make sure to bring any show and tell you would like to share with the group

 

May 2016 Meeting Recap

Good afternoon,

We had a well attended meeting last night. We discussed motors for RocketScience and the Nike-ASP project, moving forward with our letter of determination from the IRS, updates on our ongoing projects, and had a great presentation on the history of the Nike rocket program.

Tulsa Rocketry will need to buy 3 large motors this year and the board discussed options for purchasing and getting the best price. Some additional information was requested and the final decision moved to the June meeting.

We also discussed moving forward with getting our letter of determination from the IRS. The letter of determination is what gives us formal 501(c)(3) non profit status and enables us to write tax receipts for donations. It also helps us with discounts on postage and free or reduced price products and services. Overall this is very much in our interest to do, with the biggest obstacle being the $400 that the IRS wants as a filing fee.

The board of directors would like your help in raising donations towards the filing fee. If you would like to donate, go to http://www.tulsarocketry.org/donate/ and select the general donation button or contact me to arrange the donation. Any amount that you can contribute would be appreciated and we should be able to write you a receipt upon getting our letter.

We also updated everyone on our ongoing projects. With the Prefecture Improvement funds we have purchased new wire and connectors to make longer leads for the low power pads and to make a backup remote for the wireless launch system. At our monthly work sessions we have fabricated a new section of airframe for the RocketScience rocket, built the internals for a new avionics bay, and slotted the airframe for the ASP so the completed fin canister can be glued in place.

Hal Ellis did a brief presentation on the history and development of the Nike rocket and why the booster is featured in so many rockets. It was a great presentation and answered a number of questions about the program and why that era saw such a explosion of the number of rockets we still model today.

One last note. Gmail has been rejecting my updates so I’m going to have to look for an alternate way to send these out. Stay tuned.

That’s all for today.
Paul

May 2016 Launch Recap

Good afternoon,

What a great day Sunday turned out to be! The clouds stayed well above our waiver for most of the day, the winds were light, and the temperature was just right. We put up 58 flights for the day with 7 A, 12 B, 11 C, 5 D, 2 E, 5 F, 5 G, 5 H, 4 I, and 2 J motors used.

Charles Rhine from Springdale, AR got his level 1 certification flying a Madcow Super DX3 rocket on an H242. Let’s all welcome Charles to High Power!

Other highlights from the day are:

Randy Luhmen flying a scratch build Viper-4 in a I218
Hal Ellis and his scratch built Eagle on a J357
Nathan Reed with his Escape Velocity on a H295
Les Tolbert and David Bar both flying Aerotech Mustangs
Mike Eavey flying Experienced on an H128
Brian Wood with his Purple Crayon on an I566
Dwayne Shmel and his scratch built Lets Get Kraken on an I211
Paul Reed flying a Dark Star on a J760

It was also good to see both Les Tolbert and Jim Danforth on Sunday. Both are original Tulsa Rocketry members.

The monthly meeting is this Thursday at 7 PM at the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa. Hope to see you at the meeting.

Have a good day.

Paul Reed

April 2016 Meeting Recap

Good afternoon,

We had a great meeting last night.

We have received our Prefecture Improvement Plan funds and are using them to build longer leads for the low power pads and for a backup remote for the launch system.

Randy Luhman has come up with artwork for High Frontier 13 and it is fantastic. I can’t wait to see it on a shirt.Great job Randy.

We have two upcoming events.

Thursday April 28 is a static display at Sequoyah Middle School from 6 to 8 PM. Sequoyah is located at 2701 S Elm in Broken Arrow. Bring some rockets and rocket related stuff and join us.

Saturday April 30 is a static display and launch demonstration at the Scout-o-rama at the First United Methodist Church, 1615 OK-88 in Claremore. The event runs from 9 to 4:30. The scouts will be providing some Estes rockets for us to launch and probably wouldn’t mind if you brought along a few to launch as well. We will be setting up our equipment and putting on a static display. Come and join us if you have some time.

We counted votes for the bylaws last night and 76% of members cast ballots. The vote was unanimously in favor of approving the bylaws and everyone agreed to donate the equipment from the old Tulsa Rocketry to the new corporation. Thanks to everyone for voting and we are now official.

We also took up dues and high power launch fees which are not specified in the bylaws. Dues and HPR launch fees will remain the same.

We had some great show and tell with Hal Ellis showing a simple way to increase the amount of ejection charge that can be put in a CTI 38 mm reload for larger rockets, Mark Piersall demonstrating his new Eggtimer wi-fi remote switch and Eggtimer GPS transmitter, and Chris Jones showing off a Black Star Voyager rocket he has been working on.

Mark Piersall also showed off the rocket scientist kit he is donating as a grand prize at High Frontier. It includes everything the young rocket scientist needs. Thanks for donating this Mark.

That’s all for now and have a great weekend.

Paul

 

March 2016 Meeting Recap

Good morning,
We had a full meeting last night that covered a bunch of upcoming events in April and a full agenda by the new Board of Directors. We even had a few green rockets and a visit by a former prefect which made it all the more interesting.

Educational outreach is one of the things that has defined Tulsa Rocketry for many years. It is part of our mission as a nonprofit and a lot of fun. We have three events in April where we have been been asked to participate. All of these events need members of Tulsa Rocketry to come out and help.

On Monday, April 11, we have been asked by Ms. Fore to participate in the Union Science Fair and put on a static display. Ms Fore’s class participated in RocketScience last year and is in Jeff Chaplins documentary Velocity. This is a large science fair and is a great opportunity to educate kids and their parents about rocketry and what we do. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Union 6th and 7th Grade Center on 61st Street just west of Highway 169.

On Monday, April 28, we have been asked by Ms Lee from Sequoyah Middle School in Broken Arrow to put on a static display. The event runs from 6 to 8 PM. Sequoyah is located at 2701 S Elm Pl in Broken Arrow.

Saturday, April 30, we have been asked by the scouts in Broken Arrow to put on a static display and launch model rockets that they have provided as part of their scouting event. The event runs from 9:30 to 4:30 in Claremore. We did this event in 2007 and there were over 450 scouts there. I’ll provide an address as we get closer. If you have some time, please come out and lend a hand.

Other events in April include a work session on April 9, a scheduled launch on April 10, and our next meeting on April 21.

The Board of Directors held its first meeting last night. The first item up was approval of the bylaws and sending them to members for approval. I will be sending paid members as of March 17 a copy of the bylaws and a ballot to approve or reject the bylaws. 2/3 of the members need to approve the bylaws for them to be ratified and take full effect. The ballot also contains a release to transfer all assets of the old Tulsa Rocketry to the new corporation Tulsa Rocketry Inc.

We created three officer positions (denoted with an *) in addition to the ones specified in the bylaws and elected the following people to the officer positions:

President and Prefect – Paul Reed
Vice President – Hall Ellis
Secretary and Treasurer – Chris Jones
Assistant Treasurer* – Mark Piersall
FAA Liaison* – Glen Thomason
Webmaster* – Jeff Chaplin

We created one additional committee called Outreach in addition to the Executive and Finance committees specified in the Bylaws. The Outreach committee will be responsible for our interaction with the public which includes coordinating events like the static displays mentioned above, RocketScience, High Frontier, creating educational and promotional materials, our website, social media, etc.

The executive committee consists of myself and Hal Ellis and will have operational oversight. The finance committee will have financial oversight and consists of Chris Jones and Glen Thomason. The Outreach committee consists of myself, Jeff Chaplin, Hal Ellis, Brien Wood, and Jon Kerfoot. If you would like to participate in the Outreach committee, let me know.

We also took care of some other getting organized business and approved our submission to Tripoli for a prefecture improvement grant. Tripoli is giving prefectures up to $250 this towards improving their equipment and other qualified expense. We will be submitting our project to create longer low power leads and building an additional remote unit for the launch system.

Nonprofits are only as strong as the volunteers that support them. If you want to be involved, let me know and I will find a way to get you involved. If you have a talent that you think can make us better, let me know and I will look for a way to harness your talent. If you’ve already volunteered, thank you.

Have a great day and a great weekend.

Paul

February 2016 Meeting Update

Good Morning,

We had a very interesting meeting last night discussing the future direction of the club. We looked at remaining an unincorporated association, forming a for profit corporation, and forming a 501(c)(3) non profit charitable and educational corporation. After much discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, we decided to proceed with forming a 501(c)(3) non profit.

We also discussed the various projects that we have in progress. The RocketScience rocket is in the process of being rebuilt with much to get accomplished before October. We also have much to get done on the Nike-ASP two stage project before Airfest and we need to work on protecting the electronics. The next club work session is scheduled for March 12 and we can use all the help we can get.

The launch for this weekend is questionable. The smoke was thick in the air last night and unless something drastically changes I don’t see the fire danger diminishing to the point where we can safely launch. The final decision on this will be made Saturday morning.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30. The scouts have asked us to come to Claremore for a scout gathering and show off our rockets and to launch some small Estes rockets for them. The event runs from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I will send out more details when I get them.

That’s it for now.

Paul

January 2016 Meeting Update

Good Morning,

We had a great meeting last night to start off the new year.

The first order of business was election of officers. Officers for 2016 are:

Prefect – Paul Reed
Secretary/Treasurer – Chris Jones
FAA Liaison – Glen Thomason
Web Master – Jeff Chaplin

I’d like to thank Hal Ellis and Mark Piersall for their many years of service to the club in their roles as prefect and secretary/treasurer.

Next up was setting the launch schedule for 2016 which is as follows:

2/21 – Noon to 4 PM
3/13 – 1 to 5 PM
4/10 – 1 to 5 PM
5/15 – 1 to 5 PM
6/12 – 9 AM to 1 PM
7/10 – 9 AM to 1 PM
8/14 – 9 AM to 1 PM
9/24-25 – High Frontier at Pawhuska
10/9 – Rocket Science 1 to 5 PM
11/13 – Noon to 4 PM

The launch controllers have been fixed over the winter break and are ready for the upcoming season. New clips have been added to all of the high power leads. In the process of going through the launch equipment, it was discovered that most of the bubbles on the bubble pack the controllers were stored in were gone. It was decided to build a wood structure inside the storage box with padding to properly store the equipment. This project will be tackled at our regular work sessions.

One of the projects from the High Frontier post action review was to get 60 ft leads built for the low power pads and we be moving ahead with that for pads 1 – 6. Another set will need to be built for pads 7 – 12 before High Frontier. Thanks Brien Wood for taking this on.

At the last work session, it was discovered that the tubing we have to build a new dual deploy AV-bay module for the Rocket Science rocket is 10” OD and the existing airframe is 10” ID. After going through our options, it was decided to expand a section of the smaller tube to make it fit the existing airframe and nosecone. The expanded tube will be covered in fiberglass which will hide the expansion and make it strong.

The Nike-ASP project has progressed to the point where the Nike needs to be retrieved from Hobbytown. The two dates proposed are 1/17 or 2/3 at around 7 PM. Hal is checking with Hobbytown to see which works better for them. This is a big rocket and we will need as many hands as we can get to retrieve it.

As a reminder, its time to renew your membership. The fee is $15 and can be done through the website.

The next scheduled work session is 2/13 at Hal Ellis’s house from 2 to 5 PM. There is plenty to do, so stop by if you can.

Wildman Rocketry Oklahoma will be placing a motor order to replenish their stock on 1/25. If you have something you would like them to order or would like to be on their mailing list, e-mail them at wildmanrocksok@gmail.com.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend.

Paul Reed