CENJARS April 2020 launch cancelled

Hello Rocketeers,

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we are cancelling the April launch due to the COVID-19 virus conditions. I hope we will be back in May but that is looking iffy, at the moment. I hope you are all well and you are working on your build pile. Post some pictures to our Facebook page.

Stay well,

Charlie

CENJARS March 2020 launch

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our March launch. It looks like March will come in more like a lamb than a lion this year. Launch a flower or a tree, or something green. Celebrate the returning warmth of Spring.

Happy flying,

Charlie

CENJARS February 2020 launch report

CENJARS February 2020 Launch Report

After having to cancel our January launch due to inclement weather, we managed to sneak the February launch in just before some evening rain showers (and the big game). Charlie provided his signature hot chocolate to help all of the CENJARS rocketeers keep warm, and Brian brought along some delicious home-made peanut brittle to help keep everyone cheerful despite the dreary overcast sky.

While the wind was just strong enough to be a bit of a nuisance, that didn’t stop our brave rocketeers from getting some great flights in. Here are a few highlights…

Brian’s White Wolf got some serious altitude as it swiftly worked its way through the atmosphere powered by an Aerotech F50. Dan’s Lunar Patrol impressed everyone as it deployed two perfectly trimmed parasite gliders at apogee, both of which proceeded to get some serious hang time before landing softly in the field. In between taking photos and being the LCO, Charlie found time to launch a red Planet Probe to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Jeff’s oddly named odd-roc, the Khufu Pyramid, was an example of yet another awesome flight; the finless geometric shape flew perfectly, propelled by a mighty D12-3. Jimmy Z’s Big Daddy had everyone holding their breath as it managed a one-in-a-million landing, narrowly missing the pavement of the parking lot by wrapping itself around the fence.

While a few rockets did drift out of the field into the trees, it appeared that all were recovered, including Franz’s Nike Smoke, which he and Charlie wrestled from an unsuspecting rocket-eating tree. All in all, there were a total of 31 flights completed at Sunday’s launch during which we burned 33 motors. Here’s the breakdown:

A – 5
B – 9
C – 11
D – 5
E – 2
F – 1
G – 0

Be sure to join us for our next launch which will be Sunday, March 1st I’m counting on some warm spring-like weather as both Staten Island Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil have predicted an early spring!

See you around,
John Falcone

CENJARS February 2020 launch

Hello Rocketeers,
It’s time for our February launch and the weather reports are improving. It may be a tad on the windy side, but we should be setup near the parking lot and have full use of the field. 

Since it’s February, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Bring your soulmate, fly a red rocket, or if you want to tempt fate, fly a Super Bowl themed rocket. We will have you home before the pre-game show.

As you have probably read, there have been some issues with homemade or school made rockets. While we encourage everyone to be creative, all non-kit rockets will have to be checked by the RSO team. This will include any modified kits. I have a new rocket that I upgraded a bit. I don’t think weight will be an issue. Total impulse will be increased by a factor of 25. I hope the RSOs are lenient.

Happy flying,

Charlie

CENJARS Jaunuary launch cancelled

Hello Rocketeers,

Although the winds will die down a bit in the afternoon, the gusts will make it difficult to get many good launches today. We are cancelling for January and will try again in February.

Happy flying,

Charlie