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Seminars

Seminars involve a speaker presenting information on a subject about which he/she is knowledgeable. There is usually a question and answer session at some point during the seminar.

  • 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.

  • International 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.

  • New Aerodynamic 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 management.

  • Progress Report: 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 for rocket.
    B. Explain how to create strong surface mount fins when using composites.
    C. Explain how to create custom structures using molds and vacuum bagging.
    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.

  • "Rookie's Introduction 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 answer questions."

  • "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 Mars."

  • 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.

  • "One Summer's 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 rocket.

   

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