[NRVR-Members] Need Help Planning for the BFSL (July 20-21)

Weeks, Thomas t.weeks at vt.edu
Wed Jul 3 11:23:59 CDT 2019

At the meeting last night we did bring up your newly expressed concern and discussed maybe voting on a new name for next year, but it's a little late to change three weeks before an event we've been planning and communicating on since Feb.  At this point it's been advertised in more places than I can even recall (clubs, forums, mail lists all over the east coast, as well as social media).
I think someone is even making "BFSL 2019" rocket stickers.

I think Bob is toying with some tie in with "Hokies over Blacskbrug" or the like.. but in the future, please bring up issues like this sooner in the planning stages than later.

Thanks man,


From: Eric Paterson <egpaterson at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 11:25 AM
To: Weeks, Thomas
Cc: NRV Rocketry Members; NRVR; Thomas Tweeks Weeks
Subject: Re: [NRVR-Members] Need Help Planning for the BFSL (July 20-21)

I guess I need to have to be careful expressing ideas!  But seriously, we could come up with something else that reflects some local character and might have more “marketing value.”


P.S.  constellation of student satellites from VT, UVA, and ODU were launched off the international space station this morning!

On Jul 2, 2019, at 2:04 PM, Weeks, Thomas <t.weeks at vt.edu<mailto:t.weeks at vt.edu>> wrote:

Sorry you can't make it Eric. You'll be missed sir!

But what's wrong with the BFSL name?  Yeah, it's a little edgy (for those in the know), but if I recall, it was YOUR idea! hehe..
I remember, you brought it up at the Jan 2017 meeting.. and we all liked it so much, we instantly adopted it! 😉
When people asked Space-X what BFR stood for, their standard response was "Big Falcon Rocket".

Only people in the know catch the reference.. to space-X, Doom/Quake (BFG), etc.
hehe.. I think it's cool.

For the record.. I've been advertising as the "NRVR Big Fine Summer Launch". :)

But if you all want to consider a new name.. we can vote on next year's summer launch name...
Although I have noticed vendors and other clubs seem to like it (and associate it with us now ;)

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Subject: Re: [NRVR-Members] Need Help Planning for the BFSL (July 20-21)

Guys, since I will be in London during the BFSL (we really need to change the name to something less obnoxious), I will not be participating in the planning / preparation.


On Jul 2, 2019, at 9:59 AM, William Noble <wnoble at nr.edu<mailto:wnoble at nr.edu>> wrote:

I will be there,
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Subject: Re: [NRVR-Members] Need Help Planning for the BFSL (July 20-21)

BFSL Planning Dinner.. Tue night 6:30 @Amelias.
I think Bob, Kevin, Bill and I will be there.

Here's some of the to-do details that we need help with over the next three weeks and on the launch day:

Tasks   priority        responsible     due by  status  notes

Launch Day To-Dos                                       (TIP: hit ALT-ENTER for a new line)
Deliver Wireless Launch System Fully Charged            Tweeks  7/20    doing   At Tweeks' house now.. will be delivered fully charged
Deliver small 12V and Lg 12V deep cycle cells fully charged             ???     7/20
Run Registration Clip-board (fees) & "NRVR Store"               ???     7/20
Oversee LP & HP RSO and LCO Volunteers (work with registration)
        ???     7/20

Need to Purchase / Make / Fix
LAUNCH - Stakes & Rope (for tent)               ???                     from last year.. still needed?
MAKE - Flight / Launch Cards            ???
PURCHASE/MAKE - HP FLyer Lanyards & Cards ?             Tweeks  7/20
PURCHASE/MAKE - "Property of" rocket stickers ?         ???
PURCHASE - NRVR hats (?priority?)               Tweeks                  ~$200
PURCHASE - NRVR bumper stickers ?               Tweeks                  ~$200
TAILER - Pay Tax, xfer Title, and REgisty               Tweeks  7/17    DONE    ~$178

Questions/unknowns or tasks
VT - Contact Longshop VFD               bob?
VT - Field layout ?             bob / tweeks
VT - Can we get the field mowed?                kevin   7/15
VT - Walk the field by XXX              ???     7/17
MIXING WORKSHOP - Arrange & get signups to Ben & Elaine
        Tweeks  6/30    DONE
MIXING WORKSHOP - Friday open doors & help Ben get going
        ???     7/17
DOCS - "While At This Launch"           ???
DOCS - Flyer Frequency Chart            tweeks
DOCS - TRA Launch Checkin / Waiver              tweeks
DOCS - Make a pretty "RSO Regs" sheet           ???
DOCS - Clipboard Registration sheet             tweeks          working..
DOCS - Clipboard Volunteer sheet                tweeks          working..
PREP - Is NC TRA (Paul) bringing the trailer-pad & Grill??              tweeks          YES     Paul has committed...
PREP - Document all Cert/Research/>6k flights           ???     July 17th
PREP - Last Call for motor orders               tweeks  June 20th       DONE
PREP - PR/Coverage for BFSL (NTD, Eric, Jacob/RTimes)           tweeks  June 20th       working..       contacted Roanoke Times

Hope to see some of you at Amelias later tonight..


On Sunday, June 30, 2019 11:55pm, "Thomas Tweeks Weeks" <tom at theweeks.org<mailto:tom at theweeks.org>> said:

Hey all..

So Bob and I have been knocking out a few of our to-do items to prepare for our "Big Fine Summer Launch".  I have finally paid the taxes, title and registration done on the trailer (custom plates on their way!), Bob is getting a final trailer logo quote for us, we're printing various things for the launch between us, ironing out the parking and field layout.. etc, but there's still 1-2 dozen other things that need doing that we could use a hand with for anyone who's available to assist. Things like helping us (and Adrien) prioritize our spend priorities (trailer graphics vs hats vs  shirts, bumper stickers, etc).. working with local fire department, printing HP and LP flyer cards, printing flyer lanyards, some RSO documentation and volunteer signups, someone to run registration & "store", oversee HP flight line parking, vendor parking/needs, etc.

We had mentioned having a couple of planning meetings to facilitate folks wanting to help out.. so this is it. It's go time.

We're looking at probably two dinner planning meetings.  One this week, and one more the week of the launch.   These planning meeting usually work best as a dinner meeting (members only, but wives are not excluded if that's better for you).

For the FIRST Planning Meeting (this week), here's the nights I can be there (T, W, Th, Fri nights)..
This Week - https://doodle.com/poll/zfembusx7vwihqvb

Please pick all nights that COULD work for you, and only exclude those which are a hard no. (there's a maybe, or "only if" option too).

For the SECOND Planning Meeting (week of the launch), I think we're looking at Mon-Thur, since that Friday is the motor mixing workshop (on the to-dos):
Week of BFSL -  https://doodle.com/poll/bsqv8dk8b95k976k

If interested, willing and able.. please sign up ASAP so we can tie up all these loose ends.

Once you sign up, we'll send you the full list of the to-dos and you can pick out whatever you think you can best assist with.

Thanks all!

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