Update on the NARHAMS
Cadet Program - Jennifer Ash-Poole: Using the NARTREK cadet
program, NARHAMS has developed a cadet program for kids that
just started its 6th year! I'll present how we developed it,
some of the lessons learned from those 6 years, and how your
club can do this as well. You can even do a smaller version and
still do great outreach with kids.
Helicopter Duration -
Trip Barber: Discussion of the aerodynamics of helicopter
duration model rockets and the key factors in designing a
winning model for this event under either NAR or FAI rules.
Competition - Trip Barber: Discussion of how International
(FAI) model rocket competition works and how models are designed
and built under the FAI rules, and a description (with pictures
and video clips) of the 2006 World Spacemodeling Championships
held at the Russian space launch base at Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Coalwood to the Cape -
Brad and Julie Blue: Coalwood to the Cape (C2C) is an
experience that was designed for teachers to introduce them to
rocketry, coal mining, Appalachian culture, and the excitement
of space travel using Homer Hickam's book, Rocket Boys, as a
backdrop. If you are an aspiring rocket scientist, engineer,
astronaut, or just interested in a great American story, join us
for a time of sharing and excitement through the lenses of
Coalwood, West Virginia, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Findings for Tubefin Rocket Builders - Larry Brand:
Extensive research on many different tubefin rocket designs has
led to two new findings: 1) the drag coefficient (Cd) for
tubefin rockets is not a constant, but varies strongly and
inversely with speed (= motor power) - important for motor and
delay selection, and 2) tubefin rockets perform most efficiently
(lowest Cd) if designed as short, fat "stubbies". These findings
allow tubefin rockets having performance nearly equal to
"normal" 4FNC designs.
From Wacka-Wacka to
Zip-Zip: A History of Radio Controlled Rocket Gliders - Mark
Bundick: From the NAR's earliest days, glider flyers want to
be able to steer their creations. Come follow this quest and
hear the story of MIT Rocket Society pioneers who started with
unreliable, heavy single channel equipment and paved the way to
today's streamlined composite birds that can loop, roll and soar
under composite engines.
Life in the NAR's Oval
Office: One MBA's Approach to Leadership - Mark Bundick:
Ever wondered EXACTLY goes on behind the scenes in trying to get
NAR projects and volunteers to work? What does it take to
simultaneously delivery Sport Rocketry to you, find a NARAM
site, and lobby Congress? Come hear the current NAR President
attempt to explain both the "hows" and the "whys" of NAR
Expired Motor Testing - Ted Cochran: For the past 16 months,
NAR has been conducting a program whereby, in exchange for data,
members are given special permission to fly otherwise-expired
motors (AVI, Canaroc, FSI, etc) with enhanced safety
precautions. I'll present the results from the nearly 300 flight
tests to date on motors that are on average over 20 years old.
Introduction to Rotary
Wing Aerodynamics - Joyce Ann Guzik: Have you ever been
fascinated by some subject and picked up a book on it that is
really intimidating, and wondered whether you could ever master
it? Well, we need to start somewhere, and perhaps the best way
is to plunge in and discuss the topic with friends and
colleagues. Joyce has wanted to read the book authored by
Stepniewski and Keys for years. The whole book is too much to
cover, so we will just consider the Introduction. You will find
out (so will I!), among other things, what the definition of a
rotary wing aircraft is, what is blade flapping vs. blade
lagging, how do you control the motion of a helicopter by
rotors, how is energy consumed in a helicoper in hovering vs.
cruising, and what are conventional vs. tilt rotor control (I
never thought to ask these questions).
NARAM Research and
Development Competition: What is it like? - Joyce Ann Guzik
Guzik: Joyce has been one of the judges at most NARAMs since
NARAM 29 in 1987. The NARAM R&D competition is one of the most
rewarding experiences in rocketry--here you have a chance to
explore and present your own ideas and advance the 'state of the
art' of rocketry or its applications to real-world problems. We
will discuss what happens at this competition, and how to
prepare, from brainstorming ideas, to gathering data, to
developing a sound basis for your conclusions, to writing and
verbally presenting your results. These skills carry over to
entering science fairs, and also to doing research and
evaluating research findings in our daily life.
"Building a Winning
Bowling Ball Rocket using Advanced Composite Construction
Techniques" - Richard Hagensick: A. Discuss design strategy
B. Explain how to create strong surface mount fins when using
C. Explain how to create custom structures using molds and
D. Discuss special adhesives and materials used when building
high performance airframes.
E. Discuss launch system design for a bowling ball rocket.
F. Take questions on bowling ball project and Q BALLS project.
HPR Motor Magazines:
Demystifying the Red-Tape - John Hochheimer: NOVAAR (Section
205) has a HPR motor storage magazine that has been licensed by
the ATF for almost a year. John Hochheimer will provide some
tips from NOVAAR's experience in obtaining a Low-Explosives User
Permit for a NAR Section, how to organize the records, and what
not to do.
Modeling NASA's Ares I
Crew Launch Vehicle - Vince Huegele
The Ares 1 rocket in development
is the first NASA launch vehicle set to fly since the space
shuttle. This presentation by a MSFC test engineer will use
current dimensional data to show how to scale 1/50, 1/100, 1/200
and 1/900 size models of the Ares 1. Motor mounts and recovery
elements for flying versions will be covered. This session is
also an overview on how to scale model any rocket around
available body tube diameters.
to Vacuum Forming" - Ray King: This seminar will present
some basics of vacuum forming, some of Ray's successes and
failures, as well as instructions for building your own vacuum
former. I am not an expert, so, if you are, please come and help
"Aerospace Careers for
Mars Colonization" - Earle Kyle, NASA/JPL Solar System
Ambassador: As one of the aerospace engineers who helped
design the Apollo manned lunar landing systems, I will present
the challenges facing this new generation of space explorers in
getting the first humans to Mars. Contrasts will be given
between historical efforts, current plans for a permanent Moon
outpost, and the outlook for establishing a human colony on
Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station - Will Marchant: Amateur radio
has had a continuous presence on board the ISS starting with
Expedition 1. This talk will cover the history of amateur radio
in human spaceflight and how you can get involved.
Radio Tracking of Hobby
Rockets - Will Marchant: This talk will give a brief
overview of the process of tracking a hobby rocket using an
onboard radio transmitter. It will also provide some information
about a few of the more common tracking systems being used.
"An Introduction to
Electronic Recovery" - Glen Overby: This talk is an
introduction to using electronic devices (altimeters,
accelerometers and timers) for rocket recovery systems. The
major types of devices will be discussed, along with some
techniques for building and modifying rockets for their use.
Experience with Hybrids" - Glen Overby and David Whitaker: A
team presentation about our experiences from one summer's worth
of flying hybrid rocket motors. We'll give an overview of the
available hybrid motors and some of the differences between
them, and go into details about the motor and ground support
equipment that we have been using.
Introduction to Swing
Wing Rocket Gliders - Tom Pastrick: Description of Concept.
Exhibition of different size models. Display of parts and
stages, before assembly. Explanation of common problems and some
ways to correct or avoid them.
An Introduction to Low
Power On-Board Video - Dwayne Shmel: This session will cover
some basic and affordable ways to record video (and sound) using
miniature cameras mounted on your low power rocket. You know
what your rocket looks like as it ascends, now find out what
your rocket "sees" as it leaves the launch pad and returns.
There will be video and a live equipment demonstration.
Shoebox Full of
Fun--Introduction to Micro Maxx Rocketry - Chan Stevens:
We're truly living in a Golden Age of Micro Maxx rocketry. In
this session, you will learn about the whole world beyond the
"little plastic bricks" included in the starter kits. Covering
everything from kits and materials available to tools and
techniques to help you work in tiny scale, you'll come out of
this session ready to turn your back yard into a spaceport.
ND STRIPE - North
Dakota Student Rocket Initiative Project - Tim Young: The
North Dakota NASA Space Grant Consortium has funded a student
organized workforce to build a large rocket capable of launching
a 10 lb payload to 25,000 ft. The workforce has built a rocket
and launch platform and conducted several test launches. A
student contest was initiated in which original student payload
proposal experiments will compete to be flown aboard the STRIPE