February Launch Report

The SARA launch on Saturday, February 25 began with clear blue skies, pleasant temperatures, and a slight wind. It was the kind of day that reminds us why we love the Tucson climate (at least until June rolls around). Fears that the winds would increase as the morning wore on, as they often do, were unfounded this day. In fact, the winds slowly decreased throughout the morning, providing perfect conditions for flying rockets large and small.

photo by Dianne Brewer134 flights were launched, with 120 model rockets and 14 rockets using high power motors. While every flight is special to the builder of the rocket, a few launches particularly stood out. Steve Lubliner launched two different rockets that used helicopter recovery; both flew beautifully and landed as light as a feather, drawing applause from the assembled crowd. An usual high-drag design made from a plastic champagne glass flew well on its maiden flight. Rent-a-rocs were also popular, helping to introduce new fliers to this exciting hobby.

The breakdown of motors flown includes some clusters and two-stage rockets, which is why the total number of motors is higher than the total number of flights:

1/2A – 2; A – 28; B – 14; C – 41; D – 17; E – 8; F – 9; G – 6; H – 3; I – 7; J – 3


Science In The City - Downtown Tucson

SARA will be participating in the Science in the City event presented by 2nd Saturdays Downtown (yes, we know this is the 3rd Saturday) and the Arizona SCITECH festival on February 18, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. We will be in the "Interactive Park" on Congress between Scott & Stone, and there is no admission cost.

Arizona SCITECH festivalDon't miss this opportunity to discover the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation and education happening in our Tucson community.

Bring the family and participate in an afternoon of interactive science and technology activities.

•engage in exciting discussions and see fascinating demonstrations hosted by Downtown merchants and Tucson education and technology organizations.

•connect with schools, colleges, and educational organizations and see innovative K-12 science, engineering & technology student projects and school programs.

•meet some of Arizona's amazing science and technology innovators working at the cutting edge of science and technology and get immersed in interactive science and technology activities such as Zero Gravity, rocketry, and the Mathematics Road Show.


Arizona Daily Star Launch Photos

The Arizona Daily Star posted a collection of photos of the January SARA club launch on their azstarnet.com Web site. The photos were taken by Arizona Daily Star photographer Alfredo Araiza.Ashlyn and brother Cayden get help from father Brad Ptashkin 280x201

The photo collection is featured in the Galleries and multimedia section of the Web site. Many SARA members and spectators are included in his coverage, including Andrea Byrne, Kris Chang, John Comiskey, Steve Lubliner, Jesse Mains, Juliet Mains, Mariah Mains, David Peters, Eddie Peters, Steve Peters, Steven Peugh, Ashlyn Ptashkin, Brad Ptashkin, and Cayden Ptashkin.


School Stirs Up Interest in Science

Science fair projects are a rite of passage for many elementary school students here.

Butterfield Elementary School in the Marana school district marked the beginning of the science fair season last week with Science Day.BESF Jerry King fires a rocket 300x224

"This is the kickoff for our science fair. This is to motivate our kids to prepare for the science fair coming up in February," sixth-grade teacher Tim Curtis said at the Jan. 12 event.

Butterfield has hosted some form of a Science Day for at least the last 10 years, Curtis said. "This is a great way to get kids excited about science," he said.

Presenters from the University of Arizona, Raytheon, Honeywell, the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association, Northwest Fire/Rescue District and the International Wildlife Museum shared their expertise with the Butterfield student body.


Register Online for Desert Heat 2012

DesertHeat 2012SARA will host its 8th annual winter rocket launch, Desert Heat 2012, the weekend of March 24-25, 2012 from 9AM until 5PM on Saturday the 24th with a night launch from dusk until 9PM and from 9AM until 1PM on Sunday the 25th.

A new feature this year is online registration!

Avoid long lines on Saturday morning and start launching your rockets sooner! Just click on the link below to register or RSVP.

Register for Desert Heat 2012 Now!

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