Rocketry goals review for Oct 2015

A month ago I said, “Any rockets I don’t finish in October probably won’t be finished until May next year or later. I’d hoped to get more of the rockets left from last year done by now; I’m pessimistic about finishing them all this month.” Well… did I?

  1. Level 1 certification Did that in June.
  2. Fly an I motor Did that in August.
  3. Put an entry (however pathetic) into at least four club launch contests and four club launch themes Did not fly a multi-stage rocket for the October theme — then again, neither did anyone else! (Due to weather, attendance and number of flights were both low, and multistage rockets were particularly not an attractive proposition.) Flew the Metalizer in the contest, though it DQed. This makes 6 contests, 5 themes entered.
  4. NARTREK Silver Not finished this month, maybe November.
  5. Complete all rockets in progress or in the build pile as of 1 Jan 2015 (see first 10 entries in table below) Completed MLAS, Fat Boy, and Micro Fat Boy. Made progress on Xarconian Cruiser, the last of the lot! I should be able to finish it in November, or December at worst, barring catastrophe.
  6. Adhere to a budget Still staying ahead.
  7. Fly lots of stuff 1 flight (1 motor; 8.82 N-s) in August; 38 flights (42 motors; 1040.80 N-s) for the year. Not exactly lots (due to weather and LCO duty).
  8. Have fun This month’s launch was better than expected. Decent meeting, and building went well.

Victories and notable activities other than the above:

  • Newsletter published
  • First time as LCO

2015 builds:

Rocket Status as of 1 Nov 2015  Notes
In progress as of 1 Jan 2015:
Starlight Saber Done
Shrockets Sea Sting Done
Quest MLAS Done
Estes D-Region Tomahawk Done
Estes Xarconian Cruiser 2nd color on
In build pile as of 1 Jan 2015:
Estes (clone) Fat Boy Done
(scratch) Micro Fat Boy Done
Estes Big Daddy Done
Estes (clone) Ranger Done
Excelsior Honest Goon Done
Acquired or plan to acquire in 2015 (for goals):
FlisKits Rose-a-Roc Done
Squirrel Works Callisto (modified) Done
Binder Design Excel Done
Acquired or thinking of acquiring in 2015 (other):
Art Applewhite Scimitar Done
ASP or Semroc V-2 (18 mm) Some parts in hand Have decals (for White Sands Round 3), need kit.
Estes Scion Assembly in progress
Estes The Dude Done
Excelsior Nike-G Some parts in hand Have decals and fin stock, need Baby Bertha kit
Excelsior Pink Mini Max 1st primer on
FlisKits Buck Shot Done
LOC Precision Norad Build pile Needs (at least) 1 centering ring
(scratch) Big Blinka Done
(scratch) C6-3 burner Some parts in hand Working on design, will presumably need to get parts
(scratch) Flake Working on design
(scratch) RX Build pile For August 2015 2016! launch theme
(scratch) Rxiiiab Done
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