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  (2) pieces Baltic Birch 1/2"x 30"x60" for sale
Posted by: driedel - 04-08-2009, 10:47 AM - Forum: Buy and Sell - Replies (1)

I bought the wrong thickness of wood and need to buy 3/8". I have two pieces of Baltic Birch ply from Bristol Hardwoods that are 1/2"x30"x60". I am asking for $30.00 each to cover most of the cost. Let me know at David.Riedel@xerox.com or starwrek@rochester.rr.com or by cell 585-739-6354. I can bring it to the April meeting.


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  L3 Projects
Posted by: mdutch - 04-08-2009, 07:57 AM - Forum: Your Projects - Replies (3)

So somewhere on this site I saw the information that four to five members were working on their L3 Certifications for possibly this year. I'm currently work with Dan Sheerer and possibly Chris Colby as their L3CC. Other than John Dermiggio who I think is doing a TRA Cert, who else is working on their L3 Project and who is the L3CC or TAP helping you/them?

Courious minds would like to know and this could help gerenate interest for launch participation for those who would like to live vicariously through them when they make their attempt.

Mike Dutch

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Posted by: mdutch - 04-08-2009, 07:48 AM - Forum: Launches - Replies (30)

So yesterday there was a NYPOWER 14 link on the front page which directed you to a seperate site and gave you a bunch of information. Unfortunately today the link is gone. But while it was up there was a notice that MARS members should register for NYPOWER on the MARS website instead of at the NYPOWER site.
Can any one give me/us anymore information on NYPOWER 14?


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  Wonderful day for a TARC launch
Posted by: bclune - 04-07-2009, 11:43 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Hi All, Marybeth and I had great experience as the senior NAR witnesses for a team here in Amherst. They were three girls from Sacred Heart academy Team leader was Abigail Spohn and her father Ron was their advisor. What a great day we had on the 28th, the sun was shining and by mid morning it was really a great day. the wind was even cooperating in the end.
The Rocket they built was named eggbert, it is amazingly well built and designed, from the boat tail to the placement of the altimeter this was a really neat rocket. We had 4 launches, a couple of practice and 2 for "real".
The first launch went straight up 999 feet really kewl but as we know that flight overshot by quite a bit. the nomex protector on that flight unfortunately slid up the shock cord and ripped the shoot up real bad and eggbert came down hard. eggbert survived but the egg did not do fair so well.

Flight number 2 they decided to skip the nomex which seemed like a good choice as they knew what they were doing with the TP heat shield. This flight they tipped it into the wind a little bit, between rod angle and weather cocking there altitude was 850 with a duration of 55 seconds. once again the egg was not happy with the idea of facing g-forces and did not do so well. but they were zeroing in on it.

Flight number 3, they tipped it the full amount allowable into the wind, their advisor even brought a home made rod angling tool with him to make sure they didn't go over. and boy they were dialed in. 751 feet, I measured with my stop watch 52 seconds that was really close, although their altimeter data had the duration a bit longer than my stopwatch. I felt so sorry for them when we realized that their egg had once again not survived. They still had one engine to go and although they seemed dialed in their egg survival rate was not good. so we called it a day and decided to save their last official attempt for another day. give them some time the upgrade there lofting bay.

We met again last week to give them their last flight, hopes were certainly high. the weather though was a bit different much colder and the wind was not as reliable as Saturday. final flight made it to 933 feet and to make matters worse their parachute refused to deploy, boy do i know that feeling!!

Any way I think great fun was had by all, not only are some young rocketeers learning about physics and all this other rocket science stuff, i think we have another BAR on our hands.

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  Proposal...A Club build???
Posted by: dozzermancp@aol.com - 03-18-2009, 12:08 PM - Forum: Your Projects - Replies (22)

[glow=red,2,300] SO it is just in the planning phase at this point but here is what I am thinking... [/glow]

Mars has an incredible and diversley talented group of members, so why not put that talent to good use and build something extra-ordinay.

I am thinking 18" or even larger after the end of this season.  As big as we have field to launch it! It could be the Mars 40th anniversary project that we launch at Nypower of 2010.

[shadow=red,left]Here is my logic;[/shadow]

I can provide a good portion at almost no cost. Like the centering rings, fins, body tubes, epoxy, atleast some of the fiberglass mat, paint, parachute and I have one of the largest 98 mm AMW cases made, that I think will take an N motor. And some cheap labor along with the usual comic relief (although I dont want to infringe on Bill Clune's job) ;D

I believe that Nat and Michelle were just bragging about their nice, new insulated, big rocket shop. That is conveiniently located practically next to the launch field! :Smile

I know this really, really smart guy who builds these really cool, state of the art altimeters that we could probably get on the cheap. He also happens to be really good at building nosecones. ;D

I also know this (eye) Dr. chick who has been instigating this whole thing. She's no stranger to really big rockets (and making really big motors to test fly, too) :o

This can also serve as a great teaching aid to one and all mod rock builders.. that there really is nothing to building large scale, high power rockets (hahaha) and how to cope with catostrophic failure!!! :o

So I think that you get the idea here.
Post your thoughts... ideas?  tell me if your interested

PS- Of course projects like these make great web site content, not to mention, they always make the cover of rocket magazines and make for great advertisement for our club and NYPOWER for free (they will actually pay us for the article)[/color]

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  The Gamma Star
Posted by: nkinsey - 03-10-2009, 08:29 AM - Forum: Your Projects - Replies (9)

Been working on covering the Gamma star.  Those of you who made it to the last meeting saw it naked.  If not, there is a complete build thread over at http://www.rocketryplanet.com in the mid-power forum.

Here's a couple shots from the past few days.


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  April MARS Meeting
Posted by: jderimig - 03-03-2009, 04:09 PM - Forum: Club Events - Replies (4)

RIT CAST Building, Room 1103
Park in J Lot

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  March Club Meeting
Posted by: jderimig - 03-03-2009, 04:08 PM - Forum: Club Events - Replies (2)

March 16 7-8:30PM
RIT CAST (Golisano Building) Room 1103
Park in J lot

(Map and info on website, go to Membership->Meetings Info

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  TARC witnesses needed
Posted by: jderimig - 03-02-2009, 09:23 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (6)

I have been contacted by a TARC team in the Buffalo area who needs a pair of witnesses for their TARC qualification flight. I do not know when it is going to be yet.

If you are interested in helping out please send me a PM.


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  Welcome to the New MARS Forum
Posted by: jderimig - 03-02-2009, 07:19 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (9)

Here is our new forum.  It is a different package then we used before but you should get used to it quickly.  We are sure you are going to like it. The editor is easy to use and being powerful. You can adjust the font size, color and style but please do not go too [glow=blue,2,300]crazy[/glow].

Also this forum is tightly integrated with our website. Log into the website and you will be automatically logged into the forum. Currently only MARS members can post to this forum but anybody can read it.

Please do not be shy and try to contribute to the forum.  That's what makes this club so vibrant.

If anyone has any problems logging into the site please send an email to webmaster at marsclub dot org.

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