Welcome

Welcome to the SPARC website.

We are a small group that focuses on rockets flying to altitudes of 7000' or more depending on conditions.

Launch dates will be posted here as soon as they become known. If you sign up as a member (form can be downloaded below), you will receive e-mail notification of impending launches and club activities.

Please check back to the site for updates as they become available.

Directions to our launch site can be found here.

Primary Club Contacts

NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Joe Cooney509-951-3179jcooney805@comcast.net
Marty Weiser509-994-9926martyweiser@ccser.com
Mark Howe509-448-7264mwhowe56@msn.com
Bob Yanecek509-220-7280absworld@cet.com
Please, no calls after 8PM!

Marty Weiser Launch report

May 9, 2016

Thanks to everyone that came out and flew. As stated before the conditions were very good and better than expected. We set up near the middle of Emmerson's field since the wind was from the NNE so we keep the rockets out Norm's field and the trees. The winds died down from the early morning and actually shifted direction a bit. I think our longest recovery was about 1000 ft. Scout Troop/Pack 370 from the Spokane South Hill came out flew a bunch of rockets so we had 76 total flights on 82 motors. Their rocket of choice was the Flis Kit doodad on the B6-4 for a bunch of flights. This looks like a really easy, solid first rocket, but I think it could use a bit longer streamer. Joe could not make it to the launch so we expected David Glass would have the most flights. However, Noah Smith earned that honor with 10 flights to David's 7. Perhaps we need to handicap this contest since Noah is in his teens and David is recovering from a blown out knee, had some high power flights and one flight with air starts. Alan Roberts had a couple of nice H powered flights, but his line cutter that reefed the chute did not work as planned. I had the largest motor flight with a K513 in the EWU Golden BBQ to 1196 ft. - check out the EWU Rocketry Facebook page for some pictures and data. The motor breakdown was. A 3 B 43 C 17 D 6 E 2 F 3 G 1 H 6 I J K 1 Two stage - 4 Airstart - 1 (2 motors)

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Mark Howe launch report

Great day for a launch! I didn't put up that many but had a real good time. 2 sets of dual-gliders, 1 helicopter rocket, and a few standard 3FNC. Also flew my "CATO" on a C6-0 and it performed it's R.E.D. (Rapid Expected Disassembly) function perfectly. Came down in seven separate pieces, unfortunately I only recovered six of them. The top stage of my small gaped gliders (B60/B6-2) suffered a loss of the motor pod at ejection, so it floated rather than glided down to earth. It's bigger brother (on a D12-0/D12-3 combo) flew much better but the lower glider suffered a fracture along the motor tube strut. Both gliders can easily be repaired. Highlight of the day had to be the BBQ grill launch, even if the landing was less than optimal. Kind regards, Mark

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Dave Glass launch report

May 8, 2016

The 5/7 launch turned out to be much better than weather predictions indicated---- I was expecting (and dreading) 10-15 mph winds, but it turned out to be relatively calm. Can't say the same for the temperature, which attained expected highs, but I'll take that over gale-force winds any day. Turnout was also pretty good with the arrival of several Boy Scouts and the current or former students of Dr. Weiser (sorry, Marty, I still get this amused/confused/bemused look on my face when I hear that!). The highlight of the day was their launch of a frikkin' BBQ grill---you just had to be there to believe and appreciate the nearly (some fin issues) perfect flight. Personally, it was a mixed bag---the 7 of 11 planned flights resulted in one crushed water tower lid, two broken fins, and two loose fins. Not to mention the total shred of a rocket flown on an F10, which I thought would be a slow and gentle push. Not so much, and not helped by some rather exotically-shaped fins. Despite all that, I was generally pleased with the results, as I somewhat pushed the envelope with larger and/or unknown (out of production) motors. Still restricted in mobility, I had to rely on the kindness of fellow rocketeers to rack and recover (altho I was able to set up on the LP racks)--- thanks again, guys. And thanks Marty, for the LD duties!

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May launch concluded

May 7, 2016

Skies were clear and winds were light and variable. With the addition of a bunch of scouts, we had quite the crowd. Several EWU students showed up and launched a mini Weber BBQ! Dave Glass managed to shred on an F-10 which was exciting. Our next launch is scheduled for Saturday June 4'th with Joe Cooney as Launch Director president bob

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May launch date defined

April 25, 2016

Marty Weiser has volunteered to be your Launch Director for a launch Saturday May 7'th. This is in addition to the June 4'th launch. President bob

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June launch date defined

April 21, 2016

Joe Cooney has volunteered to be your launch director for Saturday June 4'th. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer. president bob

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Dave Glass launch report

April 19, 2016

Let me add my thanks to David Powers for "making it so". It was a beautiful day and a perfect one for me personally with my half-dozen flights. I would especially like to thank Alan Roberts and Mark Howe for making it possible for me to attend and participate. Rocketeers are a pretty good bunch o' people!

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David Powers launch report

"First thank you to the RSOs and the LCOs for taking the bulk of the work yesterday. The weather for yesterday's launch was just about perfect. As far as I know no one lost a rocket (unless Joe's mini Quirk "Launch to Lose" did infact get lost) or had a long walk or a long hunt to find a rocket. First launch of the day was by Joe Cooney on a A8-3 and the last launch of the day was by Broken Glassman; a perfect flight on a G80-7. There were 20 fliers who put up 78 launches; including one Successful HP Certification launch. Congratulations to Ben Moore (I thought there where two successful certification launches, but I only have one launch card showing a successful HP1 cert launch). Colton Hoagburg did his first ever launch followed by several more launches. Joe Cooney exceeded his goal of 20 launches and put up 27. Among his launches was a 1949 Estes Viking on an A8-3 Motor break down is as follows: A 15 B 11 C 14 D 8 E 18 F 7 G 4 H 9 I 2 AT-680 1 One a cautionary note: be wary of the new Aerotech pre-installed delays. My Pike launch, on a I357-14A, discharged at 2.8 seconds into the launch at 1121 kph...to not so great results for the body tube. Thank you to everyone who came and we hope you had a good time."

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April launch concluded

We had a great day of rockets last Saturday. It appears that the web site is having issues so there are some old(er) posts missing. They will hopefully be recovered and re-posted in the near future. Stay tuned for launch reports. president bob

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T minus 6 days to launch

April 10, 2016

David Powers (launch director) drove out to the launch site yesterday and reports: Visited the launch site this morning...too bad we didn't schedule for today. At 10:00 am 60 degrees, not a puff of wind and totally clear skies. Field is low and sparse stubble. The East field will be planted by next weekend (so we should set up on the West field). We may need a way to clear stubble from the Mid and High Power launch stands. My phone weather report says rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and partly cloudy on Saturday. Hope it doesn't move back a day. Right now the 16th launch is a go, stay tuned. Check back in for daily status updates. President bob

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