When the upper stage motor lit, it immediately ejected the forward closure and the entire upper stage propellent grain was off on it's own. Amazingly, the only damage was a broken fin. The rocket was flown again the next month.
Original photos courtesy of Chris Nilsen
TENTATIVE CLUB MEETING DATES
February 2, 2019
April 6, 2019
June 1, 2019
August 17, 2019 (Bowling Party)
October 5, 2019
December 7, 2019
Scale Nike-Hercules, with unexpectedly realistic flight and function. Scratch-built, based loosely on the Launch Pad Plan-Pak version. Larger tubing, battery, LED, safety switch in upper stage.
4 - Estes E12 motors in booster stage, 1 Estes E12 in sustainer stage.
Unexpected, but spectacular flight conclusion.
2019 LAUNCH CALENDAR
|October||20 - 21||Complete|
2018 LAUNCH CALENDAR
Launch Site Volunteers
We need members to set up and help out. The same 6 or 8 members keep showing up early and staying late to perform all the setup and takedown each month.
We have a dedicated member who performs as LCO each month, but we need a standby LCO to fill in as needed during the day in order to give him a break.
We need L-2/3 members to serve in the RSO/Check-in function. With all the L-2 and L-3 members we have, only 2 volunteered for the June launch. The RSO duty is set up in 2-hour blocks, and everyone seems to think that someone else will take over. This is unfair to the few volunteers we have, so starting in July, if we do not have a volunteer in the RSO position at a given time, we will stop all launch operations until someone comes up to help out. We will no longer just keep launching with the same individual serving another shift. If we have to sit around for 2 or more hours without launching, then that is what we will do.
See the Volunteers page for more information.
For the past 8 or 9 years, maintenance and upkeep of the "outhouse" has been accomplished by a couple of club members on a volunteer basis. This included supplying all the water used for the toilet. Unfortunately, this will no longer be possible. The upkeep will continue, but we will need our other members to begin supplying the water. If no one brings water, or only a few members, the facility will no longer be usable, and we will all have to make a trip into Plant City when we "feel the need". If everyone brings a couple of gallons, we can keep the facility running.
We have a problem with member email addresses. The last couple of times we have tried to send out notices to members, a lot of them came back as un-deliverable. At the next launch event, all members need to see Mike Nipper and verify that their contact information is correct.
The landowners have assured us that our
use of the launch area will continue.
The new fencing has resulted in a change to the
launch area traffic flow pattern. Follow the ranch
road out through the field as normal, turning as
indicated by the TTRA Launch Area sign.
When you reach the new gate, open it, proceed
through, and close the gate. Follow the indicated
route to the launch area. Stay between the fence
and the markers until reaching the parking area.
The landowners have also installed a small gate in
the fence near the outhouse. Since these gates are
primarily for our use, TTRA has offered to fund the
We MUST ensure that we close all gates that we open.
This includes the small outhouse gate.
The next launch is
December 15th, 2018.
Launch status is GREEN
PREFECT'S CORNER UPDATED 12/9/2018
Welcome to the TTRA website. You will find information about our rocket launch activities and how to join us. If you need or want more information, just contact one of the members listed on the contacts page.
There has been some interest from members about the use of ATV-type vehicles for rocket recovery. After discussing this with the landowners, it has been decided that the use of these vehicles is restricted to the one operated by the club, and a small one operated by the Boy Scouts during their annual visit in March of each year. The use of additional ATV's is not permitted by request of the landowners.
Memberships expire at the end of December.
Renewal will be required before
members may launch.
All waivers are also required to be re-accomplished.
Forms may be completed on the field, downloaded and completed in advance, or mailed to
TTRA, PO Box 984, Kathleen FL, 33849.
|March||16 - 17||Green|
|October||19 - 20||Green|
Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association