CMASS Hosting Three TARC Practice/Qualifying Launches - 2019

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  1. Feb 14, 2019 #1

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    The Central Massachusetts Spacemodeling Society will be hosting three special launches to give TARC teams a chance to do practice or qualifying flights or to hone their skills ahead of the deadline for submitting your scores. The dates are:
    23 February
    23 March and
    06 April.
    The launches will take place at the Woodsom Farm field in Amesbury, Massachusetts, between noon and 4 PM each of those days. Weather conditions may force a change in this schedule but we will make every effort to provide three opportunities before the submission deadline. Field conditions may have us alter the exact location of the launch on the farm but that will be determined at each event.

    CMASS will provide all the ground support equipment (launch pads, 1010 rails, launch system, etc.), timers and witnesses necessary; the teams just have to bring their rockets, motors, starters, altimeters and eggs along with any paperwork and tools required to perform your flights.

    If you're looking to fly with us on any of these days, please let us know through this thread or the subject forum post on the CMASS website.
     
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    Took a look at the field yesterday and there is no snow cover. Today's storm has only put a coating on the grass at my condo, so far. There's snow predicted later in the week but, as has happened most of this winter, it will change to rain and be followed by a couple of warm days. The 23rd of February is predicted to be clear and in the 40's. We have a few club members ready to volunteer, now all we need are some TARC teams to confirm their participation.
     
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    As there have been no replies regarding flights attempts for 23 February, we are cancelling that session.

    If any team makes a last-minute decision to attempt flights, there will be a launch that day in Berwick, ME, they can attend. MMMSC is hosting a launch for some college teams and will be able to handle the witnessing for any TARC teams. Directions to the Berwick field are available from the CMASS website. The launch window will be from 10 AM to 3 PM.

    Launch equipment will be provided; be sure to bring all the other materials you need to attempt your flights especially the paperwork if you're going for qualification flights.

    CMASS will keep the 23 March and 06 April TARC launches on the schedule and hope to have some teams utilize these opportunities.
     
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    If you are coming up to Berwick on the 23rd of February to help set up and you have a toboggan or some such device that will help drag equipment across a snowy field, please bring it along. The entrance is blocked by a snow pile and there is some accumulation of snow on the field so everything has to be toted in and out.

    If you need any supplies, contact Rick, the CT Wildman, cbrarick on TRF.

    Scott will have a generator and heaters set up where we park (across the street by the farm office) so folks can get warm as needed. The wind prediction is such that we should be able to set up near the road and not too far into the farm. Boots for snow/mud and warm clothing should be worn.

    See you there; we'll have a great time.
     
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    It wasn't a total loss of a day. UMass Amherst got their milestone USLI launch up and recovered and we had a great dinner afterwards (thanks Howard!).

    No, it's not the first picture from the Israeli moon probe (if you zoom in to cut out the trees), just the snow with a coating of a CTI L-impulse Smokey Sam. The blast deflector did its job but an L throws a lot of char. UMass Smokey Sama.jpg
     
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    Bumping this thread.
    Hoping for some teams to step up and utilize our services.
     
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    Bumping thread once again. Long range forecast for this Saturday (March 23) is for a decent day but windy. We will be there if needed. Is there really no area teams that need a place to launch and someone to observe this year?
     
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    Due to high winds predicted for Saturday, 23 March, that launch is rescheduled for Sunday, 24 March.

    If you're going to join us, please let us know.
     
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    We've got at least one TARC team and one college team coming to fly with us this Sunday, the 24th. We'll likely set up near our usual spot but closer to the road (the field may not support vehicle traffic). The Northeastern team wants to launch four times on G80's to about 2500'. Properly angled, they should be able to take advantage of the length of the field with the predicted wind.
     
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    The weather is looking agreeable for Saturday after the rain stops. Guy and I will be at The Morning Buzz at 9 AM if you'd like to join us.
    If the rain is still falling when we get to the field at 10:30, we can wait in the parking lot for it to stop and wear our galoshes while we set up.
    Right now, I know of two TARC teams and the Northeastern group that will be flying with us.

    If any other TARC teams need to do their qualifying flights this will be your last chance as entries are due on Monday.
     
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    Thanks to those who came out to help the few teams we had show up get their qualifying flights completed and documented.
    It was great we could accommodate a couple of college teams flying their mid-power rockets, as well.
     
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