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

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!

October launch

October 6, 2016

What may be our last launch of the season is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 29'th. Joe Cooney will be your launch director and he will be launching his Halloween themed rocket named Jack-O-Cooney. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer. president bob

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Joe Cooney Launch report

June 5, 2016

Man it is getting harder and harder to stay on top of the flying pyramid. Hard to keep up with those youngsters. We had twenty flyers put up 77 Total flights with a combined 3489ns, although there was some confusion to the rocket that would not fly. Had two cards posted, but I know it took him 6 tries to get it in the air, so I threw one of those cards out. Other than that, field conditions are drying out for the summer, skies were blue winds were light from the North East to start, but shifted to the west. This called for angling the launch rods away from the flightline. We really need to stay on top of that in the future. Mark Howe dropped his Chad Stage on the roof of my van and David's pencil, just missed the vehicle a few down form me. I have attached an excel spreadsheet with today's flight cards and motors listed. Here is a recap: Most Flights - Noah Smith and Joe Cooney 10 each Ben Duchow 9 Patrick Purviance 8 David Glass 7 87 Motors Smallest 1/4A3 - Joe Cooney Largest J350 - Marty Weiser Largest This Weekend K550 - Joe Cooney Most Impulsive - Marty Weiser 700ns David Glass 615ns Spenser Scott 351ns Least Impulsive Alex Bragg 1ea B6-4! There were a Two Cluster Flights and Several Two Stage Flights and Two Chad Staged Flights See you all come October, Next Launch Saturday October 29th. Special Guest will be Jack O'Cooney on a J350. There will be another surprise visitor so mark your calendar and set a reminder on your phone. Joe

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Mark Howe launch report

June 4, 2016

Great report Dave...hilarious! In fact, I think moving forward ALL of your launch reports should be in this format. I put up 5 flights: Tube finned rocket on a B6-2. Helio-Copter on a B6-2 (Nose pointed up towards the sky as it heli'd back to the ground). A D12-0, D12-5 CHAD staged "Mean Mac" (shortened Estes Mean Machine). A D12-5*2 cluster in a stretched Estes 36 D-Squared, which has been renamed 44DD. A LOC Beta Test Plane / Starfighter on a F50-6...which was my longest recovery of the day. Weather wise it was a bit hot with no clouds and the wind kept changing direction all day long, but never really gusting. Fairly good turnout with some new (to me anyway) faces. Joe did an excellent job as LD, as usual. Kind regards, Mark

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Dave Glass launch report

It was the 4th of June, another sunny dusty Deer Park day..... I was busy loading motors and Bob's rocket landed far away..... And when the pads were full we walked back to our cars to find a place to sit, and then the LCO said "Watch 'em 'cause you know they tend to drift a bit." I said "Alan, could you go and try to find my missing rocket, please? I'm getting old and can't do much no more because of these arthritic knees. I know you're tired and you're sunburned and your mouth is getting very dry, But I've got lots of brand-new motors and I'd really like to see them fly." And when the day was done we all packed up and thought the launch was pretty keen, and started thinking of a project we could finish up by Halloween....... Sorry. Must have been the heat. I won't quit my day job...... ; - )

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June Launch concluded

It was SUNNY, CLEAR, and HOT. Great for rockets. Bit of a challenge for rocketeers. We are now done until after fire season. Next launch is scheduled for Saturday, October 29'th. Joe Cooney will once again be your launch director. President bob.

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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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