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Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA) announces its 6th Annual Winter Rocket Launch. Desert Heat 2010 is a two-day rocket extravaganza with fun, raffles, prizes and events for the whole family.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 9am – 4pm; Night Launch 6 – 8pm!
Sunday, March 28, 2010 9am – 1pm

Located on N. Reservation Road, between Manville Road and Mile Wide Road in Tucson at the Tucson International Modelplex Park Association, the launch facility includes a hanger, a paved runway and a permanent ramada with water. GPS coordinates are +32° 15' 53.06", -111° 16' 25.90.

The club has an FAA waiver allowing High Power Rockets flying to an altitude of 4500' Above Ground Level (AGL), with call in windows to 6500' AGL.

50 rocket mass launches Saturday at 11:00am and Sunday at 1:00pm.

Rocket rentals are available for $2 per launch (includes motor!)

Food and rocket vendors will be onsite to supply you and your rockets with everything you need.

RV parking is available, no hookups.

Launch fees are $10.00 Saturday, $5 Sunday and kids under 18 fly free.
Spectators are welcome and always free.

http://www.sararocketry.org outlines information about all of our activities including our monthly launches and detailed directions to the launch site.
 

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Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA) announces its 6th Annual Winter Rocket Launch. Desert Heat 2010 is a two-day rocket extravaganza with fun, raffles, prizes and events for the whole family.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 9am – 4pm; Night Launch 6 – 8pm!
Sunday, March 28, 2010 9am – 1pm

Located on N. Reservation Road, between Manville Road and Mile Wide Road in Tucson at the Tucson International Modelplex Park Association, the launch facility includes a hanger, a paved runway and a permanent ramada with water. GPS coordinates are +32° 15' 53.06", -111° 16' 25.90.

The club has an FAA waiver allowing High Power Rockets flying to an altitude of 4500' Above Ground Level (AGL), with call in windows to 6500' AGL.

50 rocket mass launches Saturday at 11:00am and Sunday at 1:00pm.

Rocket rentals are available for $2 per launch (includes motor!)

Food and rocket vendors will be onsite to supply you and your rockets with everything you need.

RV parking is available, no hookups.

Launch fees are $10.00 Saturday, $5 Sunday and kids under 18 fly free.
Spectators are welcome and always free.

http://www.sararocketry.org outlines information about all of our activities including our monthly launches and detailed directions to the launch site.

Which vendors will be on site?

I'm thinking of coming down from Phoenix and picking up my son who is attending colleng in Tucson for this launch.

Do we provide our own pads and launch controlers (HPR) or is this something SARA provides? Oh, and what is the largest motor the field will support?
 

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Which vendors will be on site?

I'm thinking of coming down from Phoenix and picking up my son who is attending colleng in Tucson for this launch.

Do we provide our own pads and launch controlers (HPR) or is this something SARA provides? Oh, and what is the largest motor the field will support?
Both What's Up Hobbies and Discount Rocketry are confirmed vendors for Desert Heat 2010. Between the two of them, you can get just about anything you might want for both model and high power rocketry. Motors from 1/2A through M will be available.

The club will be providing ground support equipment including basic HPR.

M motor limit for day launch, K motor limit for night launch (Approval required).
 

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I took a few hundred pictures on Saturday, of which all but 100 were immediate throwaways. I posted the okay ones here. If anybody has any additional information on them, let me know.

Some of the highlights...

Some sort of upscale snitch on a long-burn J motor... It power-pranged without damage.


My own little viking with intentionally canted fins does a nice corkscrew on a B6-4


A 50-rocket mass launch


Kids could collect the rockets for a goodie bag. There was no shortage of volunteers


My nephews at their first rocket launch ever, drag racing their chromedomes with their grandfather.


As far as I know, only one rocket was sacrified to the tree-gods


One rocket died on the pad, victim to a skidmark gone awry


Another, more successful skidmark


A beautiful air-start dual-deploy beastie, went off without a hitch


My own V-2 rocket on an E9-6 decided being a cruise missile was more fun than being a ballistic missile.


Post-mortem...


The Arizona Rocketry Team had four half-scale patriots launched in sequence from their own half-scale patriot launcher, each flying on a K motor... It was awe inspiring


The last day-launch


And the first night-launch... Sean's "Clear as a Bell" on a skidmark
 

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A great launch despite the windy conditions. The patriot battery was amazing and the sky was full of patriots. One of the best team projects that I have ever seen. The winds calmed for the night launch, which was the best one that I have participated in. Night launching is coming of age and ingenuity rules. Overall a great event, kudos to all involved.
 
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A big thank you to SARA for hosting a great event. There were a lot rocketeers, spectators, and flights. It was calm in the morning with the wind building both days and tapering off towards evening.
 

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Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Desert Heat annual launch a great event! Highlights of the weekend included the Arizona Rocketry Team with their battery of four 1/2 Patriot rockets on K motors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtKpPnDIALU, as well as Eric Burch’s Mongoose rocket on a Cesaroni L3150 V-max from What’s Up Hobbies.

Special thanks go out to our sponsors and vendors, including Aerotech, Belleville Hobby, Discount Rocketry, Madcow Rocketry, Photos by Nadine, Polecat Aerospace, Public Missiles, Rockets Magazine, Rocket Motor Components, Tower Hobbies, uHostMe Internet, and What’s Up Hobbies.

If you were not able to make it out over the weekend, you can get a glimpse in a KOLD News 13 story about the launch and in photos by the Arizona Daily Star .

More photos are also being posted on the SARA Facebook page.
 

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I took a few hundred pictures on Saturday, of which all but 100 were immediate throwaways. I posted the okay ones here. If anybody has any additional information on them, let me know.
Excellent photos!
Would you consider posting a link to them on the SARA Facebook page? If you are not into Facebook, would it be okay for me to add the link?
Thanks for participating, hope to see you at our next monthly launch on April 18th.

View attachment SARA 2010 Q2 Launch Schedule v2x.pdf
 

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Excellent photos!
Would you consider posting a link to them on the SARA Facebook page? If you are not into Facebook, would it be okay for me to add the link?
Thanks for participating, hope to see you at our next monthly launch on April 18th.
I didn't realize SARA had a facebook group. I joined it, uploaded most of them, and provided a link to the flickr page. :)
 

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I didn't realize SARA had a facebook group. I joined it, uploaded most of them, and provided a link to the flickr page. :)
Thank you for uploading the pictures. You got all four of my rocket launches on Sunday including my Patriot on it's Level 1 cert flight and my Quasar Bio-Hazard on 3 E9-6's showing all 3 lit.

Mack
 

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Thank you for uploading the pictures. You got all four of my rocket launches on Sunday including my Patriot on it's Level 1 cert flight and my Quasar Bio-Hazard on 3 E9-6's showing all 3 lit.

Mack
I did? where? I can update the info on the pictures...
 

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I did? where? I can update the info on the pictures...
The numbers are from the SARA website.

73 of 218 is my 1/4 scale Patriot from PML on a H123 on a Level 1 Cert flight. I am not sure which day this picture is from. I tried both days and was successful on Sunday. Saturday the nose cone separated. The next picture after this one may be the Patriot in flight but I can't tell for sure.

118 is my Aerotech Arcas on a G64.

129 is my Estes 36D Squared on two D12-5's.

161 is my Quasar One Bio Hazard on 3 E9-6's.

Thanks again for posting the pictures.
Mack
 

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118 and 119 were my pictures, both are the same rocket, and they were on Saturday -- I updated both on my flickr page. here and here if you have any interest in larger versions. I actually have 8 frames (152-159) of that launch, though a couple have the rocket cut off... It's hard to track moving rockets! Those were 153 and 159 of my frames that day. The other two aren't my pictures.

Congrats on your L1 cert! I may go for it in May...
 

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Hi All,

DH2010 was a blast!
Sorry for the delay (been pretty hectic month), here's glimpse of some of mine. If you have the detailed rocket info, please let me know & I'll update on my albums.
Thanks! :)

Albums:
  1. Day 1
  2. Day 1: Night Launch
  3. Day 2
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