After reviewing ongoing Extreme Fire Danger Warnings and the fact that the Fire Potential Outlook for southern Arizona is "very dry" on Sunday, the SARA Board of Directors has decided conditions make it prudent for us to scrub the club launch on June 26th.
Although the launching of rockets is scrubbed, we would still like to invite everyone out to just get together, discuss rocketry and maybe someone can do a training session or some kind of "workshop" for an hour or so.
We will provide donuts for those hardy rocketeers who make it out to the field!
We regret having to cancel the launch, and appreciate your understanding. Air tanker drops are really cool to see, but we really don't want to have to pay for them!
The long-range weather forecast for Sunday at noon is for temperatures around 97° with wind gusts of about 17 MPH, very low relative humidity around 13% and 0% probability of precipitation. This means an Extreme Fire Danger Warning will likely still be in effect during our club launch hours.
The first priority of SARA is safety, and we meet and exceed the minimum standards for rocketry hobby fire safety at all our launches. Because of the extreme conditions expected, the SARA Board of Directors has implemented additional precautions for the Sunday, June 26th launch:
Last year, the club purchased six pole-mounted modular launch systems that were designed by Eric Burch. These have proved to be a great asset and have proved themselves over hundreds of launches including two Desert Heat events.
The club is planning to buy more of the pole-mounted modular launch systems for club use and we need your help.
First, what do you think would improve the system. Eric's design is certainly able to be improved and he would like to gather all the good ideas out there - it helps the club.
Once we get a summary together of proposed changes as well as an anticipated cost of a unit we will let you know.
Sure, a Space Shuttle is a bunch of technology. But the sum of Endeavor's parts adds to an extremely emotional experience; especially on launch. Multiple cameras, mic arrays and graphic overlays capture the energetic essence in symphonic glory.
Watch this spectacular video tribute as the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the STS-134 crew begin their journey to the International Space Station on May 16, 2011.
SARA's May launch opened to perfect conditions, with no winds and a clear blue sky. The gorgeous weather resulted in a great turnout, with everyone eager to fly rockets.
By the end of the launch at noon, 131 flights had been made. 118 of them used G-impulse or lower motors, while 13 flights used high power (i.e. H and up) motors. There were also a greater than usual number of two-stage and cluster flights; over a quarter of the B motors burned were used in rockets with two motors. The overall motor breakdown was as follows:
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