CENJARS July launch date changed

Hello Rocketeers,

Due to various commitments and constraints of several members of CENJARS, we have decided to postpone July’s launch from July 4th to July 11th.

Due to the low turnout from the June launch due to the high temps, we postponed the Mystery Drag Race to July. You still have a chance to win a super cool rocket!

Stay tuned and stay cool,

Charlie

Scout demo launches this Saturday (6/12)

Hello Rocketeers,

The weather is looking good for this Saturday (6/12) for doing demo launches at the Quail Hill Scout Reservation. The event runs from 9 – 4 but we need to be there before 8:30 to check-in and set-up. There are no special questionnaires to fill out. There will be a screening before the start of the event. You might need to wear a mask when around the scouts.

We should be in the large field so we can launch something a little larger than an A motor if we want.

The address of the camp is: 56 La Valley Dr, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726

They will be serving us lunch. Woohoo, scout food!

Please let me know if you can help.

Thanks,

Charlie

CENJARS June 2021 launch and Scout event

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our June launch and the weather reports are looking good. Before I get into the launch any more, let’s talk about the Scout event.

The local scout council has invited us to their Family Day on Saturday June 12th from 10 am to 4 pm. They would like us to be there by 8:30. We may need to do some special registering before hand to keep the lawyers and doctors happy. I will let you know what needs to be done when I get more info. In the mean time, please let me know if you can help with this event. We will be doing rocket demo launches, basic A, B, C, planet probes and then a few WOW launches if we have access to the big field.

Now back to this Sunday’s launch. Usual time and location. Low winds, high temps, bring water. The theme for this month will be sci-fi since we didn’t get to celebrate Star Wars Day last month. In honor of this, we will be holding a special drag race contest. You will have to pick the score of the 2 contestants without knowing what the rockets are.

A drag race is a 3 point contest. One point is awarded for each of these flight events:

One point for the first entry to achieve first motion;
One point for the entry achieving the lower altitude; and
One point for the entry that touches the ground last. If the entry separates into two or more pieces, the first piece to touch the ground is counted.

For example, you might pick rocket A to launch first and touch the ground last. So the scoring would be “Rocket A 1,0,1 and rocket B 0,1,0. I hope that is simple enough. One entry per club member. Yes, you can pay your dues before the launch.

But how will you know which is rocket A and which is B? There will be a random secret selection after all contest entries are received. We plan to have the contest launch by 2:30 in the afternoon. Entries should be in by 2:00 pm. If there is a tie, we will draw one winning entry from a hat, or other suitable container.

Such a great contest deserves a great prize and that is an Aerotech ARCAS kit still in the box. This is a mid-power rocket that was donated to the club. We may even have a second place prize.

Looking forward to July, Red, White, and Blue of course, and a garage sale!

Happy flying,

Charlie

CENJARS April 2021 Launch Report

CENJARS April 2021 Launch Report

Our April 18th launch was an egg-ceptional success. If that pun wasn’t an obvious enough hint, we held our annual egg loft this month and everyone was scrambling to get their egg rockets to the pad. The goal was simple, loft your egg towards the heavens and recover it successfully. Prizes were awarded for the longest and shortest duration flights in which the eggs were recovered intact. In all, including flights by the TARC teams in attendance, there were 13 launches completed that were carrying a raw egg payload. While some of these flights saw their eggs return sunny side up, fun was had by all who participated and the winners left with another kit for the build pile.

Outside of the egg lofting, we had plenty of fantastic flights from a variety of color-themed rockets that took to the skies this month, such as Dylan’s Flying Skittles and Eric’s Pink Panther; both of which were launched on C6-5s. Lucas flew his Little Green Man, a fun rocket which his grandfather, John, built for him. This kit from Odd’l Rockets is actually a flying green alien! Keeping with the color motif, a trio “Der Red Max” rockets blasted off that afternoon. Franz flew his Der Red Rook Max on a Q-Jet C12 and I launched my Mega Der Red Max on an Aerotech F67. Joe Z also used an F67 to launch his Mega Der Blue Max. This twist on the classic looked great on the pad wearing custom vinyl decals from stickershock23.com, a legendary source for upscaled and reimagined decals in the model rocketry community. Joe had a camera strapped to the side of the Blue Max and got some awesome footage of the flight; you can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqgZ0rdV9eY

There were a total of 44 flights during the April launch. Here is the motor breakdown:

A- 3
B- 6
C- 15
D- 8
E- 9
F- 2
G- 1

Since April’s launch was delayed by both Easter and bad weather, we’ll be back out on the field in just a few days! Get those Mercury Redstones ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic flight for America at our launch on Sunday, May 2nd.

Godspeed,
John Falcone

CENJARS April 2021 launch postponed to 4/18

Hello Rocketeers,

Not hard to figure this one out. Due to the rain expected all day, we are postponing to next Sunday.

Stay safe,

Charlie