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Archive for March, 2009


Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Due to the recent shootings in Samson we will not hold the club launch this weekend on March 14th and research launch on March 15th. We all agreed that with Samson in a state of shock and morning that it would not be appropriate to “play” in their backyard this weekend.

We will move the regular SEARS launch for March to Saturday the 21st. There will be no research launch on the 22nd.  This
should give the USLI teams time to work out problems and fly rockets.

Please keep the kind people of Samson in your thoughts and Prayers.

John Hansel
SEARS 572 Treasurer
NAR 83131
TRA 10910

March 14th S.E.A.R.S. Monthly Launch

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The next SEARS monthly launch is March 14th in Samson, AL.  The events are:

General: Maiden Flight Day, first flight of any rocket.

Youth:  Decorate A Rocket Contest

Challenge: Kit Bash, build a rocket using parts from two or more commercial kits.

Advanced: Fly a Rocket on a hybrid motor.

All event flights are on a green flight cards and will be used to draw a winner for a prize pool pick.  

Note on hybrids: the club has the nitrous oxide tank and Kendall has the hybrid launch controller. The hybrid gear has been under used lately. Lets change that this launch. Kendall is willing to share his hybrid expertise and assist on your launch. I have a complete set of SkyRipper 38mm cases and several fuel loads. I am willing to lend a case out to anyone wanting to get hybrid experience (let me know before the launch). One advantage of hybrid launches is that there are no ATF regulations for the oxidizer or the fuel. Remember you must have electronics for recovery deployment with hybrids.

SEARS welcome beginners and their families to watch or launch rockets. You do not have to be a member to launch. There is a porta-potty provided. Bring your lunch, sunscreen, and camera. Fliers 19 and older pay a $10 range fee. Do not drive off the road and onto the sod except where the parking signs indicate. See this page for directions.


SEARS President

Hybrid Launch

Hybrid Launch

Alabama Aerospace Week Wrap Up

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

The Alabama Aerospace Week rocketry demos at Landmark Park near Dothan were enjoyed by several hundred enthusiastic students over the course of four days. Each student got an introductory lesson in rocket science through a talk about forces and watching actual model rocket launches. We hope some will pursue careers in science and engineering. There were many home schoolers among them. Several parents expressed interest in having their children get involved with rocketry to get a feel for engineering before they head for college. Thanks to SEARS members making this possible including Randy Wiggins, Marty Wiggins and Tom MacPherson. The R/C folks put on an excellent show as always. Ft. Rucker flew in a helicopter. This is always a rewarding event. We look forward to next year. You can see more pictures at

Greg Lane S.E.A.R.S. President

Wednesday's Launch