Sunday, June 28, 2-5PM
DeAnza College (Parking Lot B), Cupertino, California
The purpose of this event is to poke some clean fun at Microsoft's "Win98 Launch" event of June 25. We couldn't resist the obvious temptation to playfully turn it around to "Launch Win98". Two Win98 beta CD-ROMs have been acquired and have been cut in half to make four rocket fins. :-)
(When linking to this page, please do not call this a "Win98 Launch" - that's MS's event. Our event is called "Launch Win98". :-)
We will launch the rocket at the BayNAR rocket club's launch on Sunday, June 28 at 2PM at DeAnza College, Parking Lot B because they have a weekly time with the necessary fire marshal and FAA approvals.
Please park in the adjacent lots A or C if you do not have your own rockets to fly. It's only a few more feet...
"SVLUG Rocket Scientist" (or something like that...)
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Design of the Rocket
This model rocket isn't a pre-designed kit but it is made from
easily-accessible rocket parts.
The parts include
Thanks to several BayNAR members for their assistance. Carl Reisinger and Bob Fortune ran "rocksim" simulations on the proposed design. Besides determining the rocket will be stable (which we believe makes it better than Windoze) they projected the following potential altitudes.
In other credits for their help...
Bob also provided useful construction advice since coincidentally he
had just built and flown a CD rocket a few weeks ago.
And Russ Cummings also provided construction advice,
since this is not a normal rocket construction project.
Rocket Construction and Status
Here's the progress on the rocket construction...
|cut CD's in half for fins||done 6/21|
|build engine mount||done 6/22|
|epoxy engine mount in body tube||done 6/22|
|epoxy fins to body tube||done 6/22|
|epoxy launch lug to body tube||done 6/24|
|install shock cord mount in body tube||done 6/24|
|install parachute||done 6/24|
|paint body (tape-over fins & engine first)||done 6/24|
The rocket is done and ready to fly.
Rocketry Safety Procedures
This is probably the most anyone has wanted to see a model rocket
crash before it was even built. :-)
Feel free to joke about it -
after all, the whole event is just for fun.
But realize that we'll follow all the
National Association of Rocketry (NAR)
But bring your camcorders anyway. Things sometimes do go wrong with rockets and, though it wouldn't be intentional, you could still get what you wanted.
We'll reiterate the answers to some questions that were asked at the June SVLUG meeting when this was quickly announced...
BayNAR's launches go from 2PM to about 5PM (sometimes later in Summer.) We may also start the "Launch Win98" a bit late since some of the participants will just be getting back from more than two days at Amateur Radio Field Day.
Don't be alarmed if we're not there right as it starts.
But the BayNAR people will be there -
they're friendly so feel free to introduce yourself
to them if you get there ahead of us.
Directions to DeAnza College
Directions provided by Rick Moen:
It is still unclear if a waiver will be available for parking permit enforcement in Lots A and C. (B does not have parking enforcement during the launch because it is reserved by BayNAR and technically closed.) Just in case, bring $2 for an all-day parking permit, available in dispensers in the lot.DeAnza College is at 1250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, near the intersection of I-280 and CA-85 (which is east of San Jose and south of Los Altos -- west side of Santa Clara Valley). From either direction on I-280, go to Cupertino and take the Route 85 exit southbound. Take the first exit, Stevens Creek Blvd., turning left (east) at the end of the off-ramp. Go one long block on Stevens Creek to a right turn onto S. Stelling Road. In about 1/2 block, take the right-hand entrance (turning west) on Peppertree Lane into DeAnza College's parking lots. Avoid the middle lot "B", directly ahead, which is the rocket launch field. Instead, turn left to lot "C" or right to lot "A". You may want to see the campus map at http://wwwdeanza.fhda.edu/CampusMap/CampusMap.html
Remember that we are guests of BayNAR at their launch site. Follow their instructions if you're given any.
If you arrive after launches have started and are parking in Lot B (which means you have a rocket to fly), be aware that the Range Safety Officer will stop the launches while you drive through the "downrange" area of the parking lot. Go ahead and drive to the far side behind the safety line and don't waste any time finding a space to park - they'll wait while your car is in motion.
Once you're there, stay behind the safety lines.
If you don't know us, ask at the sign-up table
for the SVLUG or Linux people.
They'll know who we are.
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