Events

March 29, 2012

Desert Heat 2012 launches hundreds of model rockets in Tucson

Tags:
by David S. Ricker
Photo by David S. Ricker
The Arizona Rocketry Team sets up 'The Crayon' for spectators to view. The Arizona Rocketry Team built the 13-foot green rocket to be used by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association for community outreach.

Hundreds of model rockets were launched this past weekend during Desert Heat 2012, a two-day event sponsored by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA).

While SARA sponsors monthly launch activities for members and spectators at the Tucson International Modelplex Park Association (TIMPA) complex, Desert Heat 2012 was the 8th Annual Winter Launch Event. “This is our eighth annual desert heat, two-day launch,” said Sean Keane, SARA president. “SARA was formed in 1994 and moved to this facility in 1997.”

Crowds for Desert Heat 2012 were strong this past Saturday and Sunday as families came out to watch and even rent rockets for their own flights. “There are a lot of people who come out who have never heard about rocketry,” Keane said. “We have a lot of kids and adults who fly model rockets.”

The Just family of Tucson flew one of the more noticeable rockets, a 15-footer powered by five different motors. It was Tom Just’s son, Aubrey, who first got him interested in rockets about seven years ago. “I got him [Art Just] to buy it for me,” Aubrey said, nodding in the direction of his grandfather, Art.

Tom and Art admitted that once they got hooked on rockets while working with Aubrey they learned the value of collaboration, especially across generations. “We’ve always been a little competitive, my father and I, my son and I,” Tom said. “The big projects are a collaboration between all of us.”

Another Tucson resident, Jay Dennis, is a 17-year veteran of rocketry.  He said he also became involved in the hobby thanks to his son.

“My son came home when he was in the fourth grade and told me about this guy who flew a rocket on the playground and he wanted me to come out and see him,” Dennis recalled.

Dennis was impressed and decided that rocketry would be beneficial to his relationship with his son. “It looked like a good way to teach math and science without teaching math and science without it seeming like I was teaching math and science,” he said. “It seemed to have worked because he’s now a doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering.”

Dennis is part of the Arizona Rocketry Team which built a 13-foot, green rocket they call “The Crayon.” The rocket will be used by SARA for community outreach. “It is designed to be kid friendly,” he explained.

Eric Burch started working with model rockets as a youngster and he was surrounded by a crowd of kids as he prepared for launches this past weekend. “I started when I was their age,” he said.

As happens in life, Burch took a break from rockets before he got back into the hobby as an adult. “They call us ‘born again rocketeers,'” he quipped. “I’ve been doing it now for going on nine years.”

Burch suggested that rocketry was a hobby for any age level and any financial means. “You can do it at whatever level you want to. You can do it with small rockets, big rockets,” he said.

While Burch has an 18-foot rocket, it stayed at home in favor of working with the young people the event attracted. “They want to have fun, but kids have to understand that math and science are fun,” he said.

For more information about SARA or future launches, visit http://sararocketry.org/.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Micaiah Anthony)

AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground co...
 
 
DoD

New tuition assistance tool attuned to troops’ educational needs

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department continues to invest in its service members and has introduced a new online informational tool tailored to their unique school programs and educational needs, the Defense Department’s chief of voluntary education said in a DoD news interview this week. Dawn Bilodeau discussed a new online tool called “Tuition Assistance DECIDE.”...
 
 

D-M Airmen freefall into the blue

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — You’re standing in an open door of an aircraft soaring 12,000 feet above the ground. You have put your full trust into the person strapped to your back, who you’ve known for less than two hours, to bring you back down to Earth safe and sound. The count begins. “Out…in…out.” The floor of the...
 

 

Enlisted members selected for promotion to get EPR on “select” grade closeout date

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In line with a recent update to the Air Force policy on enlisted performance report static closeout dates (SCOD), effective immediately, all future EPRs for promotion-selectees will close out on the date of the promotion-select grade. At the direction of Headquarters Air Force, Airmen promoted to technical sergeant...
 
 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts)

First Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event a success

The 162nd Wing’s Air Wing Integrator hosted her first Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event on April 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn Tucson International Airport. Christina Desiato began working here last September with a pur...
 
 

Make time to mentor your Airmen

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin