The Next Scheduled Launch is CATO 236

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Saturday August 20, 2016

CATO Annual Picnic This Month!
More details below.

White's Field, Durham CT

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Launch Status Hotline: (641) 715-3900 Ext 51475#



2016 Annual CATO Picnic

The CATO Picnic will be held in conjunction with the August launch, and we hope to see everyone there, flying rockets and eating food. Hot dogs and burgers are provided by the club.

As in years past, we ask that you bring something to share. If you would, please click on this link and let us know what you will be bringing.



CATO News

Announcing the 2016 CATO Scratch Build Contest Challenge

Brian Goodrich came across a bunch of 3" X 24" tubes that were being thrown away. Well, what do we do when we find spare cardboard tubes? Turn them into rockets, of course!

Brian is running the 2016 CATO Scratch Build Contest Challenge. Participating is easy. Just get a tube from Brian and turn it into a rocket. All contest rockets will be flown at the July launch. Highest altitude (within our field restrictions) wins. We will also choose a winner in the 'Most Creative/Coolest' category.

Da Rulz

  • Rocket must be scratch built from one of Brian's 3" X 24" tubes
  • Rocket must stay within field restrictions (i.e., no high power flights over 2000ft)
  • Rocket must be returned, in flyable condition, to the RSO table after flight
  • Rocket must fly with some kind of altimeter for proof of altitude

Brian will have the required tubes at upcoming launches. Contact Brian at briangoodrich7402@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

CATO Announces 2016 Officers
  • President: Brad Oestreicher
  • Vice President: Eric Henderson
  • Treasurer: Ray DiPaola
  • Secretary: Karen Gloer
  • TRA Prefect: Sean Hogan
  • NAR Section Advisor: Al Gloer
  • Director at Large: Ross Tracey
  • Director at Large: Dave Cannell
Congratulations to Jack Sweeney On His L1 Cert!
Jack successfully flew his rocket named 'J Bar 1' on an H123W motor to earn his Level 1 certification. Being a particularly brave soul, Jack participated in the Punkin Chunkin contest by flying a pumpkin in his L1 flight!
Ready for L1   There is goes!
Picture of the Month for September 2015
Dan Nocera rejoined CATO after a several year hiatus and brought along some extra help.
Ready to fly
Dan and his daughter flew this beautiful Mega Der Red Max on a G80T.
Der Red Max
Picture of the Month for June 2015
Congratulations to Karen Gloer on a successful L2 certification flight! On May 23, Karen flew a 5 inch Jart on a J350W motor at the National Sport Launch in Orangeburg, SC.
Karen Gloer's L2 Flight
Sad News from CMASS
The rocketry community suffered a great loss when Bill Spadafora passed away suddenly on May 22. Bill was a real gentleman and was an avid proponent of rocketry as a teaching tool, participating in both local and national TARC and SLI launches. Bill was an unwavering supporter of the mission of the NAR, president of CMASS and an all around great guy. He offered his time at many rocketry events across the country. He assisted many other clubs that were just getting started and built ground support equipment when he saw a need, asking for nothing in return. He will be missed by all that knew him. The board and membership of CATO would like to extend their condolences to the Spadafora family as well as his extended CMASS and MMMSC families
Picture of the Month for March 2015
Boy, are these pictures sad! This is why the March launch was cancelled. First, we have to get our trailer unstuck from that pile of snow, and then we would be flying on this field. See everyone in April!
HELP!  The Trailer is Stuck!
At least Brad won't set the field on fire!
Picture of the Month for September 2014
Edward Lakatos flew this amazing scratch built foam rocket on two G40W motors. Edward's rocket is ten feet tall but only weighed 36 oz on the pad!
Scratch built foam rocket
Picture(s) of the Month for June 2014
Special Edition : CATO Cert Flights
We had one Level 1 certification at the June CATO launch, and three CATO members flew certification flights at URRF 2 in Potter, NY. (What, you weren't at URRF? You missed great weather and a 23500 ft ceiling!)
Congratulations to all who certified and who now qualify to spend evern more money on motors.
Richard Haufman flew his Wildman Jr on an H152BS to earn his L1 at the June CATO launch.
Wildman Jr on an H152BS
Christian Manasoiu earned his L3 at URRF with his scratch built Patriot.
Christian L3
Brad Oestreicher flew his Nike Smoke on an M1297W to earn his L3 at URRF.
Nike Smoke on an M1297W
Jeanne Hogan flew a rocket named "Autism Speaks" on a J335RL to earn her L2 at URRF.
(Jeanne Hogan and 'Autism Speaks')
Picture of the Month for April 2014
(OK ... It's really a video)
This amazing video is submitted by our illustrious president, taken from his Formula 54 flying on a CTI G88SS.
Now, there are plenty of rocket videos. What makes this one truly amazing it that it is Al's rocket, and it didn't blow up, crash, or burst into flames for no apparent reason at all!
Awesome Pic from CATO 207
First time visitor (and photographer) Roy took this picture at our March launch. Thanks Roy!
Sparky motor from CATO 207