Returning to In-Person Monthly Meetings, Sept. 9, 2022

by Dave Nordling, President, RRS.ORG


It is with great pleasure that the RRS executive council has decided to restart in-person monthly meetings starting Friday, September 9, 2022. It has been over two and a half years since we last met on February 2020.

We will meet at a NEW LOCATION which is the front office of the Compton/Woodley Airport at 901 West Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA, 90220. Meeting starts at 7:30pm, please arrive early.

Compton/Woodley Airport is between Central and Wilmington Avenues.

There is plenty of parking in front of the building and on the street. Members can also park inside the airport if desired. Only the left gate is operational.

Front office for the Compton/Woodley Airport.

This will be our regular meeting location for the next three months as we determine if it is sufficient for a permanent location,

All monthly meetings are on the 2nd Friday of every month.

COVID-19 has prevented in-person meetings until now, but the threat of contagion is still with us. We expect all attendees to comply with local mask mandates if they return.

The teleconference feature will remain as a permanent featuree for those wishing to attend from afar,

Contact the RRS secretary to join us,

secretary@rrs.org


August 2022 monthly meeting

by Keith Yoerg, Secretary, Reaction Research Society


The RRS held its monthly meeting on Friday, August 12, 2022, by teleconference starting 7:30pm. The agenda was below.

  1. Review of recent MTA/rocket events, reports are posted on the website
    • 7/9 & 7/16: Work parties at MTA to install bathroom container (video Keith made of the delivery with the drone)
    • 7/21: Aerospace Ccorporation intern launch event
    • 7/25-7/31: Michigan liquid engine hot fire test campaign
  2. Upcoming MTA events
    • Bathroom work to continue in September
    • Other planned events are
      • USC RPL pad work
      • USC propellant sample testing
      • and a USC RPL static fire
      • Bill Claybaugh is preparing a new pad for launching heavier rockets from the MTA
      • Bill Ca;ybaugh will launch his six-inch rocket from a new rail launcher
  3. Social media milestone reached: 1,000 Instagram followers
  4. Preferences for future monthly meetings:
    • Monthly in-person (w/ zoom option) is something desired by many
    • In-person 4x per year (zoom other months), some supported the idea, other thought it may be confusing
    • Other ideas included meeting at a new location at the Compton Airport front office
  5. Other items addressed by the Executive Council this month:
    • Looking into society workshop/workspace at the Compton airport
    • Addition of more/semi-permanent high power launch pads
    • RRS membership has surpassed 2021 levels
    • Progress still being made on website update, hope to show something next month

Our next meeting will be September 9th. Contact the RRS secretary for details.

The Reaction Research Society reaches a milestone in our social media campaign.

July 2022 monthly meeting


Our monthly meeting took place on July 8th by teleconference.

We reviewed the recent MTA and other rocket events

ROC LDRS launch at Lucerne Valley from June 9 to 12th which was well attended by many amateur rocketry groups including a contingent from the RRS. The event was excellent.

Charlie Horse flies again!

The septic tank installation at the MTA was a success. Many thanks to Osvaldo and Larry Hoffing for overseeing the operation.

Repairs of the hydraulic loader went well. With the new seals, it will continue being of great service to our site. The society is making investments in our existing equipment and making upgrades such as the new gantry crane soon to arrive to the MTA.

The backhoe and loader making itself useful at the MTA.

The society has also bought a new asset – a drone! Drone cameras offer excellent footage and surveillance of our site from the air.

Upcoming events:

On July 9th and 10th, we’ll have a work party at MTA to deploy the bathroom container and begin the installation process. Dimitri brought his trailer up!

Temporary quarters at the RRS MTA

The next weekend, 7/16/2022, we will have a follow-up work party to continue bathroom installation The roof segment will be completed snd the water tanks placed.

On 7/21/2022, the RRS will host Aerospace Corporation for a private event. Larry Hoffing will be the pyro-op in charge.

On the week of 7/25-7/31/2022, the University of Michigan will be working on their liquid engine for a hot fire test campaign.

Other things:

Other items of discussion included the purchase of a pair of industrial shelving for the 40-foot container. The society is carefully reorganizing our storage space. We have plans for the IBC tank and the black non-potable water tank in the 40-foot container for fire-fighting equipment to be stationed at the MTA.

We are planning for the launch of a large solid motor from our site in October which requires an altitude waiver above our standard waiver from the FAA. Preparations are being made now including the pouring of a new concrete launching pad which brings more capacity to our site.

We finished the meeting a little early and had some time for our attendees to catch up a little before adjourning,

Our next meeting will be August 12th. We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month. Contact the RRS secretary if you’d like to attend.

secretary@rrs.org