Rocketry Club Ready for Blastoff this Weekend

TUCSON, Arizona USA — On March 23 & 24, hundreds of rockets will soar into the sky at Desert Heat 2013 in Tucson. Rocket enthusiasts from around the Southwest will gather for the 9th Annual Winter Rocket Launch of the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA).

This entertainment is not just for rocketeers. Spectators and students will experience watching homemade rockets reach the speed of sound as they soar skyward. The Arizona Rocketry Team will be launching two projects. A 9-foot tall 16-inch diameter upscale Estes Mosquito and a 35-foot tall 6 in diameter upscale Estes Mean Machine!


Sign-Up to Help at Desert Heat 2013

Registration: Processes the paperwork to register fliers and issue wrist bands.

Cashier: Assists with the registration process, collecting range fees and selling raffle tickets.

Rent-a-Roc: Operates the rental rocket desk, helping fliers with minimal or no model rocket experience to prepare the rockets for flight. May need to repair rockets that incur minor damage from use.

RSO (Range Safety Officer): Responsible for the overall safety of the range, supervising pre-flight inspection of rockets and monitoring range operations. This position requires a TRA (Tripoli Rocketry Assoc.) level 2 certified member.

Safety Officer: This is a safety critical position, performing pre-flight inspection of rockets under the direction of the RSO. This requires medium to high experience with all levels of sport rocketry with a skill level commensurate with the complexity of models offered for launch.

LCO (Launch Control Officer): Operates the range, assigning pads according to rod/rail size, and safety requirements for the model and motor size and launching when safe. Should be a NAR or TRA level 1 certified member.

LCO 2: Assists the LCO, assigning pads according to rod/rail size, and safety requirements for the model and motor size.

Desert Heat 2013 Vendors

Desert Heat is only a few weeks away! We are happy to announce that both Discount Rocketry and What's Up Hobbies will be on-site again this year to provide attendees with all thier rocketry needs!

We also have commitments from several food vendors to keep everyone well fed, including El Saguarito, The Chill Shack, Isabella's Ice Cream, and Darrell Dewoody.

Renew Your SARA Membership for 2013!

Your membership in the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association this year has supported our mission of promoting the safe enjoyment of model and high power rocketry; encouraging interest by youth in science and engineering; increasing awareness of the hobby among the general public; and enjoying the sheer fun if it.

We saw many accomplishments in 2012. Members donated countless hours working with youth groups, many highlighted on our Web site, and participated in educational science events. The launch range received numerous improvements for safety and functionality. Please take a few minutes right now to renew your membership for 2013, or you can renew at the next launch.

You will save the $5 range fee at every club launch, as well as receiving a $5 discount on Desert Heat range fees. Your membership pays for itself if you attend less than half of our launches in 2013!



2013 Board of Directors Elected

SARA held a general membership meeting after the December 15, 2012 launch to elect officers to its Board of Directors for 2013.

This Board assumed office on January 1, 2013.

President Sean Keane
Secretary/Treasurer John Grove
Vice President Craig Brewer
Member at Large Ken Weaver
Tripoli Prefect Art Just
NAR Sr. Section Advisor Steve Lubliner

Committees for 2013:

Safety and Outreach Ken Weaver
Communications and PR Craig Brewer
Range Operations Sean Keane


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