[NRVR-Members] Next launch is Sept 28

Eric Paterson egpaterson at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 10:25:54 CDT 2019


We don’t need anymore clubs.   We already have 4 or 5 amateur rocketry clubs Rocketry at VT, OLVT, inVenTs Rocketry, NASA SLI, ….    My preference would be to collapse all of them down to one club, and have separate “mission teams”, one of which would be to gain experience and certifications before moving on to bigger complex rockets.   

What I suggested was to focus the large enthusiasm in Rocketry at VT towards building/flying/certification within the framework of Rocketry at VT.     No new clubs, please.   

Dr. Paterson

> On Sep 23, 2019, at 11:21 AM, Rocketry at Virginia Tech <rocketry.vt at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Tweeks,
> Dr. Paterson has recommended we start an amateur rocketry club among our applicants this year to facilitate L1 certifications and we're pretty excited about the idea. We can send some people to a meeting to discuss on Thursday if it's at or after 7 PM. As for launch dates, October might be a little optimistic for members to have their rockets completed by, as our first general body meeting will be next week.
> Wade Foster
> On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 10:40 AM Eric Paterson <egpaterson at gmail.com <mailto:egpaterson at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Tweeks, Rocketry at VT and OLVT email lists are Cc:   So they should respond to you.
> One thing to be aware:   I am encouraging both groups (in addition to inVenTs rocketry) to get more students building, flying, and certifying.   Especially with the opening of the new Advanced Project Works (aka VT Rocket Shop).   There will be opportunities for NRVR to assist with teaching of experiential learning classes on basic and advanced rocket building skills.     Also, the November launch date is the 1st Saturday of Thanksgiving break which means that students will largely be gone.   There is also no date scheduled in December.
> Eric
>> On Sep 23, 2019, at 10:33 AM, Weeks, Thomas <t.weeks at vt.edu <mailto:t.weeks at vt.edu>> wrote:
>> Hey Eric!
>> You're the first to reply to the query of holding a meeting or not.  Please have your students contact me ASAP (I'll also poll them directly) and then we can get the ball rolling and reserve the room and make the announcement.
>> T.Weeks
>> Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks
>> Director, Technology Futures and Community Advocacy
>> Division of Information Technology, Virginia Tech
>> (w) 540-231-7893 (m) 210-264-1185
>> t.weeks at vt.edu <mailto:t.weeks at vt.edu> 
>> From: nrvr-members-bounces at server2.nrvr.org <mailto:nrvr-members-bounces at server2.nrvr.org> <nrvr-members-bounces at server2.nrvr.org <mailto:nrvr-members-bounces at server2.nrvr.org>> on behalf of Eric Paterson <egpaterson at gmail.com <mailto:egpaterson at gmail.com>>
>> Sent: Monday, September 23, 2019 10:21 AM
>> To: NRV Rocketry Members <nrvr-members at server2.nrvr.org <mailto:nrvr-members at server2.nrvr.org>>
>> Cc: OLVT <olvt at vt.edu <mailto:olvt at vt.edu>>; Rocketry at Virginia Tech <rocketry.vt at gmail.com <mailto:rocketry.vt at gmail.com>>
>> Subject: Re: [NRVR-Members] Next launch is Sept 28
>> Bob/Tweeks,
>> Please confirm time and location for NRVR meeting on Thursday.   Student groups (student members?) might be able to attend and give an overview of this years activities.  
>> Eric
>> P.S.  I will be in Arlington Thur/Fri and unavailable for the meeting.
>>> On Sep 20, 2019, at 10:18 AM, Bob Schoner <bob.schoner at gmail.com <mailto:bob.schoner at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> 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  
>>>  <https://www.google.com/maps/search/111+Franklin+Road+SE,+%0D%0A+Roanoke,+VA+24011?entry=gmail&source=g>	
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