June 2020 Meeting – *Virtual Only*

by Dave Nordling, Reaction Research Society

written by permission from the RRS Secretary


Our June meeting was held by teleconference on June 12th starting at 7:30pm as planned.  Some people did not seem to get the email link with the information to call-in. As always, members are responsible for keeping their contact information current including their emails. Please contact the RRS treasurer with your updated contact information so that all active members can be on distribution.

treasurer@rrs.org

We had over a dozen people calling in which is a fairly good turn-out under these quarantine circumstances. Some of our members actually appreciated being able to call-in rather than travel all the way to Gardena.

RRS members from around the city call into the June 2020 monthly meeting.

Chris Lujan, our treasurer, was able to set this meeting up for us.  Based on the success of the last two meetings, the RRS will make teleconferences a regular part of our meetings even when we return to in-person meetings.  It allows more of us to connect around our local area.  Many of us miss the face to face interaction which we hope will return some day soon.

The RRS has it’s second monthly meeting by teleconference due to COVID-19 concerns.

Dave Nordling and Larry Hoffing gave an update on the next flight of the hybrid rocket. A new rocket body is being made and a better means of ignition will be attempted that should more reliably sever the nitrous fill line.

New rocket body still in build. Hybrid motor was fitted, but recovery system needs to be installed.

Wolfram is still working on subsystem tests of his Gas Guzzler ramjet. He has rebuilt damaged parts and is conducting burner tests to verify important aspects of his design. He may not return to testing at the MTA until October 2020 when the weather is likely to be cooler.

Wolfram Blume’s Gas Guzzler two-stage ramjet prototype sits on display.

John Krell has built a pair of custom avionics chips that can record altitude and accelerations at rapid data rates (1 kHz).  They are small enough to fit in a standard alpha payload tube.  Integration activities are underway. Frank has many of the recovered alphas in storage which often have their payload tubes intact for re-use after some clean up.

A recovered alpha payload tube ready for re-use with another alpha propellant tube.

Keith Yoerg recently retired his latest rocket after 10 flights and achieving certification with it.  He may start a new build but that remains open.

Next MTA launch date was tentatively set for July 25th. We hope to fly some alphas including one with a longer propellant tube (4-feet) in order to compare the results from John’s avionics.

Bill Inman has decided to rejoin the RRS after being away for many years. He was the builder of the Scalded Cat steam rocket and is working on a new design iteration to fly soon at the RRS MTA. A reprinting of his March 2001 article on the Scalded Cat will soon post to our website for those wanted to see this work in detail.

Bill Inman (right) at the RRS MTA working on his launch rail.

The next monthly meeting of the RRS will be July 10th. We are presuming this to be another teleconference only unless LA County lifts the quarantine restrictions and the Ken Nakaoka Community Center re-opens.

Contact the RRS secretary with questions.

secretary@rrs.org


ADDENDUM

Waldo Stakes will be holding a memorial service for Mad Mike Hughes at 12 noon, July 18, 2020, at the 247 Cafe in Lucerne Valley, CA.  Mad Mike was killed in the last flight of his steam-powered manned rocket flight outside of Amboy, CA, on February 22, 2020.

Mad Mike Hughes (left) and Waldo Stakes (right) in front of the “Juan Pollo” manned steam rocket at the 2019 RRS symposium in Gardena, California.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/us/science-channel-mike-hughes-dead/index.html

Mad Mike wasn’t a member of the RRS but he was one of our exhibitors at the 2019 Symposium last year.  He had his rocket, the Juan Pollo, on display and many people had the chance to meet him. He will be missed by his family and friends including some of our membership.


May 2020 Meeting – *Virtual Only*

by Andrew Cortopassi, Secretary, Reaction Research Society

The RRS executive council will host a virtual meeting on May 8th at 7:30pm.  The RRS plans to maintain our regular monthly meeting schedule and provide meeting updates on RRS.ORG as time progresses.  The RRS monthly meetings have always been and shall always be on the 2nd Friday of each calendar month. Any guests interested in participating in the upcoming virtual meeting should contact the RRS VP by email.

vicepresident@rrs.org

Testing at the RRS MTA will continue during this time if this can be done in small groups.  All testing at the RRS MTA is done by appointment and scheduled with the RRS president which is the same policy we have always had.  Please contact the RRS president for questions about the use of the RRS MTA.

president@rrs.org

We wish everyone to be well as the world moves through these extraordinary challenges.  Be safe, be well, and look after each other.

April 2020 Meeting – *Cancelled*

by Andrew Cortopassi, Secretary, Reaction Research Society

The RRS executive council cancelled the April 10th meeting out of general concerns surrounding COVID-19.  The RRS plans to maintain our regular monthly meeting schedule and provide notice of meeting cancellations one at a time on RRS.ORG as time progresses.  The RRS monthly meetings have always been and shall always be on the 2nd Friday of each calendar month.  We will also continue to meet at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center at 7:30 pm unless prior change notification is posted on RRS.ORG.

The Ken Nakaoka Community Center has given the RRS notice that they will be closed for all events out to April 30, 2020, for concerns regarding COVID-19.  This includes our monthly meeting, April 10th, 2020.  At this time, according to our next monthly meeting will be May 8th, 2020.

Given the closure of the Ken Nakaoka Community Center, the 2020 RRS symposium scheduled for April 18th is also cancelled.  Our symposium coordinator and society VP, Frank Miuccio, is working on rescheduling sometime in September or October with a new date to be announced as soon as we can.

Testing at the RRS MTA will continue during this time if this can be done in small groups.  All testing at the RRS MTA is done by appointment and scheduled with the RRS president which is the same policy we have always had.  Please contact the RRS president for questions about the use of the RRS MTA.

president@rrs.org

We wish everyone to be well as the world moves through these extraordinary challenges.  Be safe, be well, and look after each other.