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

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