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Archive for September, 2007

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is Underway

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

We have prepared a the following pages TARC 2008 ,  Taking on the TARC 2008 Challenge and Getting a Good Start on TARC. for interested teachers, leaders and students. Jack Kale is mentoring a Midland City, AL Civil Air Patrol (CAP) group for TARC. I encourage all SEARS members to use your contacts with teachers, students, and youth groups including scouts and 4-H to see if more teams can be formed before the November 30th deadline. Invite them to the October and November launches in Samson if possible.Thanks for your support!Greg LaneSEARS President

SEARS Magazine is Launched!

Saturday, September 29th, 2007


Enjoy the SEARS Magazine.  There is a link on the right sidebar of the SEARS home page. 

I encourage SEARS Members to share your rocket tips, equipment reviews, or rocket projects here.  You can also build a home page. Just request a user name from me via email and give it a try.  Of course we will gladly consider articles from non-members.


Tripoli Research Launches at SEARS

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

We will likely begin Tripoli Research Launches in the near future when launch dates are approved.  Chris Short, the TRA 38 Prefect, is the Research Launch coordinator.  Research launches will not be on the same date as a regular SEARS Launch. All reseach launch activities shall comply with the Tripoli Research Code. Otherwise, the TRA insurance would not apply.  TRA members Level 2 or above are allowed to fly. They can also fly commercial motors. SEARS non-TRA members are welcome to observe from the flight line.  Do not bring non-members to the research launches unless coordinated with Chris.  Of course regular SEARS launches are open to everyone and newcomers are welcome. Kendall Brent makes his own research motors and and can fill you in. SEARS does not recommend making motors unless you are TRA Level 2 and consult TRA members participating in reseach launches. There are classes available. As with any of our activities we must do them safely and not do anything to damage the farm or get a negative response from the owner of the sod farm!

Note: John Hansel will handle the FAA waivers for research launches.  There will be minimal launch equipment and the porta-a-potty will not be serviced.

Greg Lane

SEARS President

Estes X15 Recall

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

This recall applies to the Estes X15.  The Estes info is here. They will exchange it for a Space Ship One.  Here is an alternative idea.


Don’t miss the October 6th Launch

Friday, September 21st, 2007

The next SEARS Launch is October 6th 2007 in Samson, AL. We expect cooler weather!

Event #1 Odd Roc Day. Odd Roc is a slang term for a strange-looking rocket. Odd Rocs are often made in the shape of non-rocketry-related items. Fly any Odd Roc on a green flight card and you will be entered to pick a prize from the prize pool.  This event will end at 3PM.

Event #2 Snitch Invasion. We will have a mass launch of up to 24 Snitch Rockets at 1 PM. (They are odd enough). So bring your Snitch. I will have a few Snitches for sale at $5 each. If you buy a Snitch from Greg, Your $5 will go to the TARC Fund.


NASA Space Place

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

A Missile in Your Eye

by Patrick L. Barry

Sometimes technology developed to study nature on a macrocosmic scale is equally useful on a microscopic scale. Take spectrometry, for example. Who would have thought that a technology for analyzing the composition of missile exhaust would help to diagnose eye disease? Read about this aerospace technology-medical spin-off.


SEARS Sept 8th Launch Report

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

SEARS 572 held its monthly launch on Sept 8, 2007.
The temperatures were warm. They climbed into the low 90s, but the humidity was not too bad. The winds were higher than forecast. They peaked out between 10 and 15 mph.

The event was cluster and drag race day. We had several entries and John Stein won the prize drawing.
It was great to see he and Sherry back at a launch.


Team America Rocketry Challenge applications are available

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the largest model rocket contest on the planet! Over 7000 students participated last year. Teams of 7th to 12th graders can apply. The rules and application for the 2008 Challenge are available on the TARC web site. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2007. (more…)

The SEARS Sept 8th Launch in Samson is a GO

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

The no burn alert for Geneva County is lifted. So the SEARS Samson launch can go ahead. Thanks to John Hansel and Marty Wiggins for checking into this.

The event for Sept 8th will be combined Cluster and Drag Race Day. Fly a cluster or drag race a friend (use a green flight card) and be entered to pick a prize from the prize pool. The event ends at 3PM. Equipment setup is at 8:30 and waiver opens at 9:00.


The SEARS web site is being reorganized

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Standby! In a while we will have the content filled out.