SARA held its first overnight at its new Agua Blanca launch site, in Ironwood Forest National Monument, under permit from the Bureau of Land Management. Attended by a handful of fliers, it was a class 1 launch, since we are still in the process of applying for our class 2 FAA waiver for this location. That means we were flying model rockets weighing less than 1500 grams (3.3 pounds) pad weight, with less than 125 grams of propellant. We flew a variety of low and mid power flights Friday evening and Saturday morning, with our largest flight of the day being James Cramton's H195 powered, 3 inch diameter rocket with a GoPro Fusion 360 video camera on top. The flight captured a great interactive video (click the image to view video) showing the boost phase, as well as the descent with the parachute bundled in a JollyLogic Chute Release until 500 ft above ground level. This device minimizes drift, yet still allows a slow, safe landing under parachute. A trained eye will spot the unintended release of the altimeter pod from the payload bay at apogee, but the payload and main rocket body recovered within 30 ft of each other, on the slopes of the nearby "Hill of Repression," as it is known in Google.
The overnight camping portion of the event was a nice way to avoid the approaching summer heat in Southern Arizona, enjoy a friendly camp out, and get our flying in before the morning heats up. Although the site has no water and no facilities, it has outstanding conditions for rocket camping, with dark skies, only wild or bovine neighbors, and an early start to flying in the morning. Keep your eyes on SARA's event calendar for more launches at this great launch site, which can support motors into the M, N, and O range once we secure an FAA waiver.
In the interactive 360 flight video, the nose cone looks like it's split in 2 because the camera has 2 lenses offset slightly. One of the great things about working with GoPro's 360 camera line is that the post-processing software does a great job of automatically leveling the horizon and providing a stable and interactive video that you can watch like you're along for the ride; you can drag the video in real time to look around. James 3D prints the nose cone with the GoPro mount built in, and the camera is secured with Kevlar line that provides a secure connection to the rest of the rocket and the parachute. Without that Kevlar, this flight would have ejected the GoPro with the nose cone, without the parachute! The camera would not have landed as safely as the altimeter bundle!
Steve Fraser also shot photos from the launch site and environs. It's an interesting location!
Desert Heat 2022 is ready to go in 3 weeks! Friday through Sunday April 1 through 3 is the date, and if you register by March 27, you'll save $5 per day of the regular registration fees! Members save $5 per day on registration fees.
We have a full weekend of flying planned, with a volunteer thank-you launch and pot luck dinner Friday afternoon and evening, a full day of flying Saturday, followed by a night launch Saturday evening, and more flying Sunday morning. RV and tent camping is available on site; just sign up and pay the $25 camping fee for the weekend during registration.
Also, you can pre-order your Desert Heat 2022 T-shirts on the registration form to ensure we order enough shirts in your size. We'll order extras you can purchase at the launch, but we may run out of some sizes before the end of the launch.
Our FAA waiver for class 2 high power rockets will be 5,000 ft above ground level (3,000 ft after dark), with flights from 1/4A up to M power.
You can find plenty more details available at SARA's Desert Heat page!
Or, you can jump right in to register now!
Just a reminder.
vNarcon 2022 is ongoing this weekend.
Fri, Jan 28, 2022 at 6:00 AM - Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM (MST)
vNARCON 2022 (accelevents.com)
It can be interesting and useful.
And checkout SARA's own James Cramton's presentation!
Level 1 Certification Build session
Saturday 29 Jan 12:00 PM (MST)
The club owes you all a big thanks and debt.
This has been an extraordinary effort by 20 people, spending over 170 personnel hours on the field, for the club to be able to have the possibility of flying the TIMPA field again!
Thanks to all of You!
Bob Brown- TIMPA tractor driver
Eric Burch - Personal tractor and driver
This does not take into account all the hours of behind the scenes effort, spent by other members to take care of the many other items that allow everyone to fly rockets.
Please remember to thank them the next time you see them and please help the in any way you can. The club only works if we all pitch in and help wherever we can.
SARA vice president
NAR section # 545
Tripoli Prefecture # 93
SARA is pleased to announce launch policy updates in response to recently changed CDC public health guidance and revised regulatory mandates from state, county, and city authorities.
SARA's website (https://www.sarerockery.org) is now hosted on the Wild Apricot platform, which provides streamlined member and event management capabilities, as well as online dues and event fee payment and an online store for SARA merchandise that we will stock soon. All SARA events will require pre-registration so we can limit attendance and better staff resources to keep lines short and the events running smoothly.
If you find any information missing that you used regularly, please email email@example.com so we can bring it back from the archives. We've taken the opportunity to reorganize some site content, and we want to make sure the SARA website is useful to you. So let us know what you think!
SARA is in the final stages of migrating to its new member management software, hosted by Wild Apricot. This software makes membership and event registration easier, and will ultimately host the club website and an online store for merchandise and garage sale items to raise money for SARA. The new website is still bare bones, but we'll flesh it out in the next month or so. So far, testing has gone well, but we are still learning. For example, the software does not handle the idea of splitting a launch into 2 separate launches, so we probably won't attempt that again, but it does do a great job of managing registrations, volunteer sign ups, and membership signup and renewal.
We'll make a full announcement when we are migrated over to the new platform.
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