Meeting called to order at 7:30pm on April 11, 2016.

Old Business:

  • TARC Recap
    • NAR Section #749 was started over 3 years ago with the goal of outreach to students
    • Have successfully met and continue this goal
    • Quite a few members aiding the National TARC launch
  • S4 Update
    • No news on the Space Grant
    • Anticipate hearing news very soon
  • Treasurer Report
    • Dues money has been added.
    • The Safety Grant was received and has been spent.
    • No other changes to the treasurer’s report.
  • Membership Report
    • Have just over 50 members currently (not all paid)
    • If you owe, pay up

New Business:

  • TARC for the Future (Successes and Failures)
    • It was difficult to fine tune the parameters
    • The national cutoff was extremely challenging
    • Need to implement a different launch setup
      • Rage Safety Officer is responsible for just the pad area
      • Launch Safety Officer is responsible for inspecting launches
      • Recommend this for all our launches, not just TARC launches
    • Launch earlier in the season
      • Suggest teams to launch in September and October
      • Incentivize launching early
        • Buy teams engines that launch early?
      • As a NAR club we need to realize that TARC season starts in the summer, not in the winter
    • As a club we need to make the effort to launch when the weather was good
    • Make the teams “pay to play” to make them take ownership of the project
    • Recommend having a backup rocket
      • Something will fail and a backup is always good to have a backup
      • Consistency and repeatability between rockets is key
  • Upcoming Launches
    • April 30 – Easter Egg Launch
      • Ed will provide guidance
    • May 21 – TARC for the Rest of Us
      • Will follow most of the same rules except for time
        • 45 seconds (no window), no multiplier
        • 850 feet target altitude
        • Above/Below altitude is 1 point. Time is 1 point for second above and below
    • June 25 – A Competition
      • Only limit is the using an A engine
      • Use the Alt-tracks to track altitude
      • Highest altitude wins
    • July 30 – Follow the Leader
      • Likely will use a C6 with tube fins
      • Do not have to follow the rocket exactly but try to match the leader rocket’s anticipated performance
  • S4 Summer Camp
    • July 18-22
    • Work is underway to prepare for the upcoming camp
  • Encourage all team members to support the TARC final in Northern Virginia the weekend of May 13-15.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45pm.

Meeting Minutes are available in PDF format here.