SRC launch: Singularity

Yesterday’s weather was just about perfect for flying rockets. Could’ve been five degrees cooler but that’s about it. I was the launch director, though, so I did a lot of pushing the button for other people’s rockets. I brought only one rocket of my own, and launched it early — actually it was the first…

Secret Last Hurrah

Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it was Walt’s Secret Santa day at Walt’s HobbyTown. Inside, things were pretty much as usual for the Syracuse Rocket Club: Rockets on dispay,motors and casings and electronics,videos, and books. What was unusual was outside. 70°F at the airport, it says here; clear skies and dead calm… in the morning. Mid…

SRC launch: Fire in the hole

Seems I haven’t entirely shaken my launch jinx. Saturday was the Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch, our big launch event. My flights started off well enough with the Bohica’s Dead Ringer on a B6-4. It flew as it always does on that motor, straight up, down under a streamer. Camera problems resulted in…

Insomniac checkin

Sorry about the radio silence. There’s been stuff happening and stuff not happening and all that. What hasn’t been happening is actual building. I do have fins cut for the flexwing but attempts to talk myself into airfoiling them have been countered with procrastination. I’ve been messing around with figuring out how to handle the…

Reward for a job well done

Another thing that happened at last week’s club meeting was, sort of, elections. (Technically our bylaws say “elections” happen in January, but since there’s never more than one nominee per office, they effectively happen as soon as the nominees are decided upon.) Mark Riffle’s departure for Plymouth, MA left two vacancies: he was the club…

Last ones up

Today was the annual Walt’s Secret Santa event at Walt’s HobbyTown. Walt’s celebrating his business’s 40th anniversary. There’s one more Syracuse Rocket Club event this year, the December meeting, but this is the last time our club launches rockets for the year — a few demo launches of very low power birds in the small…

Hunt the squirrel

I’ll say this about today’s weather: It wasn’t as windy as the September 2014 launch. Wind there was, though, hovering around the 15 MPH mark most of the day. Some rain came in, too: a few minutes of fairly hard rain, and then lingering sprinkles. Nothing bad enough to close the range down, though people…

Bargains

Remember me? Okay, been busy. Also been hit with various life. I’ll deal. Anyway, rocket club meeting tonight, and two vehicles came loaded with rocket stuff seeking new homes. A former club member decided a while ago to get out of the hobby and another member bought up his extra kits, motors, and other stuff…

Everything but rockets

The first Syracuse Rocket Club launch of 2015 is in six days! It’s a little too early to be particularly confident of the forecast but if it’s right the weather should be great. Be nice if some of these winter rockets were done, wouldn’t it? We had some fine painting weather this past week. And…