July 2012 Launch Report

The question at a July rocket launch in Tucson isn't "Will it be hot?", but "How hot will it be?" This year wasn't too bad. The morning broke to mid-level clouds, relieving rocketeers from the direct rays of the sun, at least for a little while. Even after the sun came out, the temperatures weren't as bad as one would expect. The result was a great day of flying.

The motor breakdown was as follows:
July2012Launch 200x245 3001/2A: 5
A: 15
B: 19
C: 18
D: 9
E: 11
F: 5
G: 9
H: 3
I: 2
J: 1
K: 1
L: 1
Those are quite respectable numbers for a summer launch!


No "Sparky" Motors at June Launch

Due to the dry conditions at the launch site creating a high fire danger, "sparky" type motors can not be used at the June club launch.

Also, we will not have a food vendor at the June club launch, so be sure to bring lots of water in addition to your hat and sunscreen!

Model Rocketry On TV Tonight!

Tonight's Auction Hunters TV Show? It is About the Thrill of Model Rockets!SpikeRedesign AH

Check out the "Auction Hunters" TV show on the Spike cable network on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm MST (check here for local listings). The episode is called "Little Ton Jones."

"What is this about?", you ask.

{from Tim Van Milligan (a.k.a. "Mr. Rocket") of Apogee Components}


Hot Dogs and Rockets!

If they're combined, does it make it a Rocketdog? Not necessarily, but SARA member Darrell Dewoody is not only launching rockets at our monthly gatherings, but is also offering good eats at his newly launched concession stand, which he hopes will take off and become a regularly scheduled service at the club..Dewoody Concession Stand

In February, Dewoody offered up delicious grilled hot dogs, with all the trimmings, potato chips, water, soda and other goodies that soothed the appetites of rocketeers, young and old. At this weekend's club launch, the menu will expand to include hamburgers.


Desert Heat 2012 Wrap-Up

As dawn broke over the TIMPA site on the morning of Saturday, March 24, the tents and RVs slowly disgorged sleepy-eyed campers into a beautiful, calm morning. The launch pads were ready, the PA system crackled to life, and two critical elements to the success of any rocket launch began preparation: large pots of strong coffee, and rocket motors.Desert Heat 2012 Group Photo (by Dianne Brewer)

Thus began the start of Desert Heat 2012, the annual two-day rocketry celebration hosted by Tucson's own Southern Arizona Rocketry Association. Volunteers took their places at the registration table, safety check-in, LCO desk, and Rent-a-Rock stations. Carloads of fliers, family supporters, and onlookers joined the campers who had arrived the previous evening. The steady stream of cars continued throughout the morning and early afternoon, providing a crowd estimated at close to a thousand people during its peak. Rockets were assigned pads, and the flying began in earnest. Before the event ended on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 774 rockets would be launched, a record for a SARA event.

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