Rocketry goals review for May 2016

Flying has begun, though building is still largely on hold.

  • Dual deployment: (Again:) Nothing so far. It’s looking unlikely for this year, too much else going on.
  • Enter at least three club contests, putting some effort into improving my knowledge and skills in those three rocketry areas: Launched, crippled, and started to redesign/repair the B3S2. Won the 2-stage Spot Landing, came in 2nd (I think) on the B Streamer Spot Landing.
  • NARTREK Gold: Au-198 is in primer. Acquired altimeters.
  • Complete all rockets in progress or in the build pile as of 1 Jan 2016 (see first 6 entries in table below): Second primer on the Blenders and Mini Max, first primer on the Scion and R13. Bought two more Baby Bertha kits so Nike-G is buildable.
  • Adhere to a budget: I actually am not sure exactly how much I spent on motors last weekend, but I think once that’s accounted for I’ll be fairly close to budget, maybe a little over; but after this I think I’ll spend little if any of the remaining $100 motor money.
  • Publish five issues of the club newsletter: Second issue in progress.
  • Attend NARCON, NYPower, CNYRTC, URRF, and all SRC launches: Attended NYPower. I’m not sure what I’ll do about URRF. Partly for financial reasons and partly because June is so damn busy, I’m sure I won’t spend three days there; maybe not even two. It’s possible I’ll just drive down for the day and if so, it’ll be to watch — not paying $45 (or $50 on site) for one day’s flying.
  • Fly lots of stuff: Yes, club launch and NYPower.
  • Have fun: Definitely.

2016 build/repair progress:

Rocket Status as of 1 Jun 2016 Notes
In progress as of 1 Jan:
Estes Blenders 2nd primer on One for me, one for my son.
Estes Scion 1st primer on
Excelsior Pink Mini Max 2nd primer on
In build pile as of 1 Jan:
Excelsior Nike-G Build pile Have decals and Baby Bertha kit, need fin stock.
LOC Precision Norad Build pile
(scratch) R13 1st primer on Launch lugs need mounting, and “nose cone” needs some work.
Acquired or planning to acquire in 2016 (for goals):
Lindberg Mars Probe Build pile For Sep contest.
PMC #2 Wish list For Sep contest. To be chosen.
(scratch) Au-198 1st primer on NARTREK Gold rocket.
(scratch) B2S3 Assembled (and flown and crippled and redesigned and under repair) For unvarying May–Oct contest.
(scratch) B streamer spot landing rocket #2 Wish list For unvarying May–Oct contest. Design to be determined,
(scratch) Nymph Build pile For Jul contest.
(scratch) unnamed flexwing boost glider Assembly in progress For Jul contest. One glider built (should make 1 or 2 more), booster assembly in progress.
Acquired or considering acquiring in 2016 (other):
ASP V-2 (18 mm) Build pile
Semroc Blue Bird Zero Build pile
(scratch) C6-3 burner Wish list Working on design.
(scratch) Flake Wish list Working on design.
(scratch) Flat Boy 2nd primer on
Semroc Point Build pile
New Way Square in the Air Build pile
New Way Too Square Build pile
Estes Mars Snooper Build pile or resell?
Planning to repair in 2016 (for goals):
LOC Precision Fantom EXL Repair pile For dual deploy goal. Needs e-bay refit, some repainting.
Considering repairing in 2016 (other):
Binder Design Excel Repair pile Needs (partial) repainting, vinyl decor.
Estes Ventris Repair pile Needs fin fillet paint.
Glencoe Jupiter C Repair pile Needs satellite/4th stage replacement.
Sandman Decals (Excelsior) Honest Goon Repair pile Fix launch rod rubbing on nose cone.
(scratch) Test to Destruction Repair pile Needs fin paint and trim tape stripe.
3D Rocketry Lunar Eclipse Jr. Repair pile Launch lugs replaced, need painting.
Estes Xarconian Cruiser Repair pile Replace lost dowel.
Shrockets Sea Sting Repair pile Reattach fin piece.

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