The Next Scheduled Launch is CATO 204
CATO Annual Meeting
The CATO Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday Dec 15, 2013 at 2 PM at the Westfield Volunteer Firehouse, 653 East St, Middletown, CT 06457.
Do you enjoy flying rockets with CATO? Have ideas? Complaints? Want to make our launches even better? Just want to see what CATO is up to?
Then come on down to the annual meeting! We are actively looking to get more of our members involved in running CATO and our launches. But to do that, we need you to come down and let us know what interests you.
At our annual meetings we will:
- Elect 2014 officers
- Review our finances and our dues/fees for 2014
- Schedule next year's launches
- Talk about major rocket launches
- Discuss important issues such as our launch field, high power rules, our launch control system, outreach, etc
- And, of course, talk about rockets!
Yes, there were winners, and there were looooosers at our annual Punkin Chunkin contest!
Rick Comshaw must have decided that the Durham Fairgrounds need a pumpkin patch, 'cuz he PLANTED his pumpkin (and the rocket that was carrying it). Al Gloer never found his pumpkin at all. Eric Henderson turned his pumpkin into pumpkin pie filling on impact.
But, on to the winners ...
- Rich Crooks got the best 'pumpkin aloft' time of 3:13 with his rocket called USPS Pumpkin Delivery. It was a LONG walk to get that pumpkin back!
- Christian Mauasoiu was in first place most of the day (until Rich's final flight). His rocket 'Killer Pumpkin' had a time of 2:01. Christian gets bragging rights because it took Rich three attempts to beat that time!
- Karen Gloer (showing husband Al how it is supposed to be done) had a good third place time of 1:24.
- Dave Cannell had a time of 0:31
- Ray DiPaola - 0:16
- Honey Badgers TARC team - 0:05. I sure hope their TARC rocket flies better!
With the recent drainage work done to our field in Durham, we now can place launch pads in a location that satisfies all requirements for high power launches. Because of the relatively small size of the field, high power flights will be required to adhere to the following limits:
- Maximum loaded impulse : < 640Ns (that's one I motor)
- Exception to above : A J motor may be used in a 'draggy odd rock' (stealth, saucer, etc)
- Maximum altitude : 2000 ft (single deploy) and 2500 ft (dual deploy)
- ALL high power flights must have PRINTED simulation results
- ALL high power flights will be RSO'ed by a Level 2 or 3 CATO Board member
- No high power Sparkys (due to fire hazard and noise)
We are going to start requiring that a high power flier stay out by the pad (safe distance of course) with a clear line of sight to watch the launch. This serves the dual purposes of quickly responding to a fire at the pad, and also warning non-fliers away from the launch area.
- President: Al Gloer
- Vice President: Brad Oestreicher
- Treasurer: Ray DiPaola
- Secretary: Eric Henderson
- TRA Prefect: Rick Comshaw
- NAR Section Advisor: Patrick McConnell
- Director at Large: Ross Tracey
- Director at Large: Dave Cannell