[NRVR-Members] Next launch is Sept 28

Weeks, Thomas t.weeks at vt.edu
Fri Sep 20 13:36:11 CDT 2019

Yeah all.. also.. I won't be there to help setup/breakdown (juggling kids for my wife's bday).. so anyone who can lend a hand is appreciated.


From: nrvr-members-bounces at server2.nrvr.org <nrvr-members-bounces at server2.nrvr.org> on behalf of Bob Schoner <bob.schoner at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2019 10:18 AM
To: NRV Rocketry Members <nrvr-members at server2.nrvr.org>
Subject: [NRVR-Members] Next launch is Sept 28

Our next launch is just over 1 week away.  We hope to see many familiar faces and some new faces at this launch.  Here are a few things to note:

  *   Conditions across Virginia are between dry and very dry.  Sparky motors may be banned unless we get some rain or a way to wet down areas around the pads.
  *   We will not have a rocket motor vendor at this launch
  *   Set up begins at 9:00 and all help is welcomed
  *   If you or someone you know is bring a group of more than 4 (except the Hoovers) please let us know in advance at officers(at)nrvr.org<http://nrvr.org/>
  *   If you plan to certify with TRA or NAR, please notify officers(at)nrvr.org<http://nrvr.org/>
  *   If you are planning to fly K impulse or higher, please give us a heads up on your flight at officers(at)nrvr.org<http://nrvr.org/>

We have not decided if we are going to hold a meeting on Thursday Sept. 26.  If you are interested in presenting or attending, let the officers know.

Thinking ahead to October I have been thinking about some kind of fun competition I’m calling OMG launch (oh my gourd). Simple closest to the target competition.

     4” diameter and up must launch with a mini pumpkin.  The mini pumpkin must recover with a parachute. Non-deployment or loss of chute is disqualified. Gourd does not need to deploy at apogee.

      Smaller diameter rockets must carry a Candy Corn pumpkin which must be recovered with a streamer.

      Smallest model rockets will carry a Candy Corn which must be recovered with a streamer.

Prizes are still TBD, but at a minimum will be a rocket or something cool. Let me know if you have any ideas or donations.

Also considering a night launch in October.  Sunset is 6:30 on the date of our October launch 10/26.

TARC teams – the clock is ticking.  If you are interested in TARC competition you should be finishing up your rocket design and doing test flights to see how your simulations compare to actual altitudes.  Many teams don’t launch before Thanksgiving and then hope to launch in January, February or March.  Even in April the weather is unpredictable and your launch opportunities could be limited.  If you need help getting started, let one of us know.  There are many experienced people who would be happy to help answer your questions and give advice.

Keep the pointy end up and the fiery end down.

Hope to see you at a launch soon.

Bob Schoner


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