Despite the rain, we had a good attendance at the February meeting on Friday, the 10th. We came to order at 7:51pm.
Chris Lujan said that he’d put together some notes for a future posting on sugar rockets since he has had some experience with a classic in amateur rocketry. Look for that in the coming months.
Larry Hoffing and John Mariano have started an alpha rocket build event with GALA starting this month. The USC RPL will be assisting in the instruction and the event should culminate in the launch event at the MTA on March 18th.
Vera Mulyani who was on travel called into the meeting to give her presentation on Mars City Design. USC hosted a very successful 2016 GALA event that included Buzz Aldrin as a speaker. She’s been working to solicit donors to help start prototype building of some of the first 3-D printed concrete structures. There will be a fundraising dinner on May 25th as a benefit to the organization. Ultimately, the RRS will house a few of these exotic structures that will give us a cool extra shelter or two. According to the regolith samples taken from the site tour, the dry lake bed environment regolith materials should work very well.
After Vera’s presentation, we discussed more of the RRS Symposium. We’re considering having a small static fire demonstration at the event with Steve Majdali. Possibly a black powder or sugar rocket? Still considering the details of how we could do this.
Also, we’ll need to get to work on the full scale mockup of the SuperDosa rocket. Osvaldo can make most if not all of the pieces, but maybe we’ll need help in getting everything ready before the symposium in April.
The RRS will formally begin the history project as we are one year before our 75th anniversary. We plan to interview many of our older and current members to recall what they can of their experiences with the RRS over the seven and a half decades of our society’s history. Our upcoming symposium will be a good opportunity for members new and past to get together. We’ll also use this opportunity to interview some and at least update contact information for members who would like to meet with us later.
Richard Garcia has been in discussions with an owner of a set of propellant tanks and a vertical test stand. The owner may consider donating a substantial amount of hardware to the RRS.
The RRS has agreed to support UCLA in an undergraduate design class by supplying some of our alpha and beta rockets. I have invited UCLA to come take a tour of the MTA. There was to be a launch event with UCLA on Saturday, May 20th.
Richard Garcia and myself were invited to UCLA’s Critical Design Review on Saturday, February 11th for their hybrid rocket project at the next IREC launch in June.
We’ve been having weekly teleconferences to help track assignments and note progress. The symposium is picking up a lot of momentum as we have confirmed several speakers from private industry and universities. We still need a lot of help from our members and others who would like to support the RRS.
Our meeting adjourned as the Ken Nakaoka Community Center closed at 9:00pm.
If there is anything I missed or misstated, please let me know. Our next meeting will be Friday, March 10th.