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SPARC Launch June 9th – Bringing East Coast Rocketry to Spokane

May 29, 2012

This year our launch site is much closer to Wild Rose than normal. We are 1500 ft. from the road so we can launch high power rockets, but our maximum altitude is 3,000 ft. since we are so close to the road. Therefore, our field is similar to the small fields that are used back east where they launch big, slow high power rockets to keep them on-site. We are limiting dual deployment flights to 3,000 ft. and single deployment (including models) to 2,000 ft. If the wind is from the south the launch directors reserve the right to further limit the altitude – a great chance to burn some of these smaller motors. So come out for a great day of flying rockets that can be seen all the way to apogee! Marty Weiser and Alan Roberts, co-launch directors

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2012 Launch schedule

May 28, 2012

Our 2012 launch schedule is coming along nicely with 4 launch dates remaining for the season. Friday June 8'th we will doing a community outreach effort by supporting Midway Elementary 5'th graders. Saturday June 9'th with Marty Weiser and Alan Roberts teaming up as co-launch directors Saturday Sept 29'th with David Powers doing LD duty. And finally, Saturday October 27'th for a Halloween themed launch and Joe Cooney performing Launch Director duties. Mark your calendars and make sure to check back here for any updates. President bob

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Joe Cooney Launch report

May 14, 2012

What a great day for flying and talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire. Congrats to Mark on pulling off an awesome launch. This despite the fact that our usual launch area was freshly plowed and planted. A little searching helped up find a patch of real estate to set up the launch area and a good thing too as this well could be the most attended SPARC Launch ever. I can remember launches with lots of vehicles, but I have never seen a launch where we had to form a line to organize the model pads, how great is that! Two separate but equally enthusiastic groups of kids converging upon a wheat field for a Mother's Day Launch. There was a group of Scouts from up on the South Hill, who invited me out to help them assemble both Baby Bertha's and Big Bertha's late last month and added to that was an Awana group flying Alpha III's. The unofficial, total vehicle count was just over 40, and you couldn't ask for any better weather for family fun and flying. Personally I think I only had 7 flights total, while a low number for me. I started the morning off helping the scouts get motors loaded and rockets prepped for their flights. Overall it was a blast for me to see so many kids flying rockets, I hope to see some of them again at future launches. I stated off with a three motor cluster up-scaled Big Bertha rocket and followed that up with my 4" diameter Baby Bertha on an I161, the second flight for that rocket with an easy recovery. I also managed to put the Pride of Cucamonga up on an E18-7 for a nice spirited flight. I also pulled out Bad Bertha and A to E Flat Jam, "E" motor modified Big Bertha and Baby Bertha rockets, nice high flights. The second best thing about having that many kids around was I didn't have to walk far to get any of my rockets, as one or two of them very enthusiastically retrieved all my rockets for me. Another highlight was I also put up my FIRST ever SNITCH flight on a C6-0. I only wish I could have stayed around a little longer, mostly to watch Mark launch his Noodle Rocket out of Bob's tower. That photo would have been priceless, but no joy on two attempts and I had to go pick up my daughter. But I did manage to get 40 photos of the rocket sitting in the tower. (I tried to send it but it is just large) Lastly, I would also like to thank the club for the check to reimburse my expenses on building a new launch controller, it is greatly appreciated and I truly enjoyed the experience of designing and building a launch controller. So, thank you for the opportunity for me to be of service. Joe

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Mark Vanderlip launch report

May 13, 2012

What a GREAT day!!! At first arrival, it was not looking so great—not because of the weather, which was perfect, but the big green tractor! Fortunately we found a suitable area and with permission, we were a go for one of the best turnouts ever! At the conclusion of the flyers meeting, Joe Cooney was presented with a check for his efforts in the launch controller. Thanks again Joe. (Now if you could just get the rookie LD flip the right switches!) We had one of the best turnouts ever. I was told earlier in the week we will have an Awana’s group coming to fly their model rockets. As Joe arrived at the site, he let me know of that a Cub Scout group was planning to attend. I think we set a record for the number of signed waivers! Everyone was great and very appreciative of the help the SPARC members gave. What a great experience for a first time launch director. Kudos to you! Here is the motor beak down: Single motor rockets- A – 7 B – 67 C – 28 D – 9 E – 5 F – 3 G – 7 H – 5 I – 3 J- 1 Multiple motor rockets- B6 to C6 – 2 C6 to C6 – 2 D12 to D12 – 1 D12 with 2 B6 pods – 1 D12 cluster (2 motors) – 1 E9 clusters (3 motors) – 1 E9 clusters (4 motors) – 2 Totaling 145 flights with 161 motors! A big hit with the kids was the self launch, for a total of 49 self launches- with 29 of them launching B motors, 2 even launching G motors. I had started the day of thinking I would make a few notes on the flight cards about some of the memorable flights, but that quickly was put aside as the large number of people showing up bright and early eager to fly. Perhaps a few of you can fill in some memorable flights. I want to thank everyone for helping with the setup and tear down. Many thanks to those of you who assisted with RSO and LCO duties, especially Mark Howe for coaching me and stepping up with model pad organization. Thanks Bob for the opportunity to be Launch Director—you tried to scare me off with a big crowd, but you will have to better next time, sign me up again for LD next May! (Oh and thanks Bob for the tower to send up a pool noodle hanger queen lawn dart!) Next launch is Friday, June 8, for Midway Elementary, I encourage you to volunteer and put a few rockets too! Mark Vanderlip May ’12 Launch Director

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May launch concluded

May 12, 2012

Wow, what a start to the day. Perfect weather and an early concern that we had nowhere to launch. For reasons that remain unknown, our expected launch site had been planted ...... yesterday. We located an unplanted spot, got ahold of the planter and confirmed foot traffic OK, and finally got around to setting up the range. A steady stream of cars heralded the beginning of our most well attended launch in years. Stay tuned for more launch reports and a flight card count. President Bob

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May Launch concluded

May 11, 2012

Wow, what a start to the day. Perfect weather and an early concern that we had nowhere to launch. For reasons that remain unknown, our expected launch site had been planted ...... yesterday. We located an unplanted spot, got ahold of the planter and confirmed foot traffic OK, and finally got around to setting up the range. A steady stream of cars heralded the beginning of our most well attended launch in years. Stay tuned for more launch reports and a flight card count. President Bob

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