CENJARS September 2021 launch report

CENJARS September 2021 Launch Report

We were expecting gentle winds from the southwest and that would have allowed us to stay in the corner of the lower field. Mother Nature kicked up the wind a notch or two and sent us to the upper field (Again!). Not a big deal. We had a lot of wonderful people help get all the equipment and all the food up since this was our annual picnic.

We also were joined by Scout Troop 50, and they had a great time launching some of their new builds. Even with the brisk winds, several of them didn’t stop at the standard A8-3 motors and went with some B6-4s. That is one adventurous Scout Troop. Might be because one of their leaders is a member of CENJARS (Steve K.)

We had several memorable flights including several gliders, one of them radio controlled. Not sure if that one ever came back from its flight to the woods. We had a few Skywriters in honor of back to school, a cluster of 3 motors, and a couple of multi-stage flights. Peter had a lesson in picking the right size motor for the rocket. Brian tried very hard to fly a G motor but after 6 attempts, he decided it wasn’t his day. Eat-Mor-Chicken returned from being lost in the woods last month for a much easier recovery this month.

After some good food, good people, good launches, and all the equipment packed up, Mother Nature sent some rain to tell us to go home. A really good day. Thank you all for being part of this community.

There was a total of 78 flights and 83 motors burned. Here are the motor totals:

29 – A motors
23 – B motors
16 – C motors
8 – D motors
6 – E motors
1 – F motor
Almost 1 – G Motor

We have Wall Kid’s Day America coming up on September 25th. This is a chance for us to support Wall Township and thank them for letting us use the field. We will be doing demo launches. We are not doing builds this year.

Our next launch is scheduled for October 3rd. We will be celebrating Halloween. Will Charlie ever get that skeleton to launch? Will Brian bring back the witch? What’s in your rocket cauldron?

CENJARS September Launch

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our September launch. The theme for this launch is Back to School. To help celebrate that, we will be having our annual picnic. Hopefully it will be better than the school lunches that I remember. The club will be providing individually wrapped subs, chips, and soda from Wegman’s. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how much food to get.

The weather reports look good for Sunday and we may be near the parking lot this time. Keep your fingers crossed

Also, we will be participating in the Wall Township Kids Day America on September 25th. This has always been a good time and a way for us to give back to Wall Township for allowing the use of the field. Please let me know if you can help us fly and demo some rockets. We won’t be doing builds this year due to the increase in COVID cases. The event is from 10 am to 2 pm at the Wall Municipal complex just around the corner from the field.


Happy flying,

Charlie

CENJARS July 2021 launch report

CENJARS July 2021 Launch Report

On Sunday, July 11 a great group of rocketeers gathered at our launch site to take advantage of some unusually cool summer weather. Partly cloudy skies even made pop-up canopies optional- a rarity for our summer launches. This was nice because winds out of the southeast meant we had to carry our equipment to the back of the field.

Once we were set up, there were plenty of awesome rockets that made great flights at this month’s launch, such as Eric’s “Eat Mor Chikin” rocket. Eric decided to have a little fun with his Estes Big Daddy kit and paint it in a cow motif and give it Chick-fil-A decals- it was quite the sight on the pad and it flew great on a D12-3. Another beautiful rocket to take to the skies on a D12-3 was Mark’s scratch-built V2 which was finished in a camouflage paint scheme.

Besides the day’s regular flights, Charlie surprised everyone with his “blind” drag race contest. All club members were invited to make a guess as to the outcome of a drag race between two mystery rockets to win some cool prizes. There were lots of oohs and aahs as Charlie pulled two vintage Estes Star Trek kits out of his box for the contest! Both the Enterprise and the Klingon Battle Cruiser flew perfectly and two lucky CENJARS rocketeers left the field with nice prizes.

The most powerful flights of the day belonged to Jenny and Brian. Jenny made a big boom with her Loc Precison Cool Spool on a Aerotech G78 Mojave Green, and Brian flew his Cherokee-H on a G54. Brian’s flight would end up landing in the canopy of some of the tallest trees around, but after a few days (yes days) of effort and with help from some fellow CENJARS members, Brian was able to recover the rocket and electronics.

In all, we burned 44 motors in 43 flights. Here’s the breakdown:

A- 0
B- 13
C- 14
D- 9
E- 4
F- 2
G- 2

See you at our next launch on Sunday, August 1st!

Godspeed,
John

CENJARS July 2021 launch 7/11

Hello Rocketeers,

This Sunday is our July launch. The weather reports are a little iffy, but we are hoping for the best. We will be holding 2 special events. The first one is the delayed Drag Race contest. I will be drag racing 2 of my rockets. You will have to predict the winner based on standard drag race scoring.

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. I will have entry cards for you to fill in. 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.

This will be the first flight for both rockets and both will launch on a C motor. If one rocket fails to launch for whatever reason, we will make a decision about trying a second launch. Lots of “ifs” with this contest.

The second event will be a garage sale. I have accumulated a number of donations to the club and it’s time to move them on to new home. All club owned items will be “best offer” as in make me an offer and I will accept it. If you have some items that you want to move on to its next home, you are free to join in. You set your own price for any items. Anything you bring has to go to someone else or go back home with you. NO DONATIONS TO THE CLUB!

Looking to the future, next month will be our annual picnic. Comments and requests for food items are welcome.

Happy flying,

Charlie

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