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Mark Howe

December 3, 2003

NAR# 69434

First foray into rocketry: 1965 thru 1979. I remember being in the 4th grade and a classmate did a science project that involved launching a rocket. I thought it was so cool that I had my parents take me out the very next day and purchased an Estes "Scout".

Second foray into rocketry: 1992 thru current. Dropped out of the hobby for a few (too many) years. Became a BAR in 1992 when my oldest son, who was 2 at the time, found some unfinished kits in the basement. Once I described what they were...and what we could do with them...he got this very serious look on his face and said, "Daddy, we HAVE to do this!" I finished the kits, he pushed the launch button, and I was hooked all over again!

Current Inventory: Over 135 rockets built and flight ready. I fly everything from "1/4A" to "I" powered birds (Estes Mosquito to a LOC Expediter). I have at least another 40 kits waiting to be built. The oldest flyable rocket in my stable is an Estes "Cherokee D" that I built back in 1973. I really enjoy the Mid & HPR kits from LOC, and have an affinity for Helicopter Recovery based rockets and Edmonds Aerospace gliders.... especially the "Thunder" series.

SPARC: Along with Kirk Mohrer, I'm one of the original members of the club. I have not held an "officer" position within the club, mainly because of the amount of time I spend on the road with my job. I'm ALWAYS willing to help set-up, run, and teardown the launch site. The things I like best about the club are 1) Safety oriented, 2) Kid involvement, 3) Knowledge transfer, and 4) Camaraderie of the members.

Goals & Projects: I certified for Level-1 HPR with the NAR in 1999. I would like to attain L2 certification just to say I did it. I'll probably accomplish that next year. I'm currently in the process of building altimeter canisters so I can experiment with my recently acquired Cambridge IA-X96 Integrated Accelerometer, which I hope to use for Dual Deployment, among other things.

Posted by terry at December 3, 2003 4:10 PM

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