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ARC Launches 2024 (Formerly TARC) - Acton, MA

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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #12017 by KennB
CMASS will be holding the first of three scheduled ARC launches at the School Street Field in Acton on 09 March. The intention of these events is to give local ARC teams the opportunity to make practice and qualifying launches with the required NAR oversight for the qualifying flights. 

If your team is interested in attending, please let us know through this forum thread or by contacting any of the club officers so we know who will be joining us.

Club members and non-members are encouraged to come and help out with the range set up and running the launch. NAR members are especially welcome. The teams will need to be checked in prior to any practice or qualifying launch attempt, witnesses will be needed to time the duration of the flights and teams will need to have their qualifying attempt verified post-flight.

While these launches are primarily for ARC teams, if you help out and there is some down time at the pads, the volunteers may be allowed to put up a few of their own rockets. The other ARC launches will be held on 23 March and 06 April. If you can help, please post here to confirm.
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2 months 2 weeks ago #12018 by deangelo54
Replied by deangelo54 on topic ARC Launches 2024 (Formerly TARC) - Acton, MA
Linda and I plan on attending the March 9th ARC launch.

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #12020 by KennB
Another note to the teams that want to take advantage of this opportunity, when you let us know you are planning to attend, let us know when during the time window you plan on being there.

We will set up and be ready to fly by 11 AM and we'll want to leave the field at 3 PM at the latest. Always be sure to allow enough time before 3 PM to accomplish all you want to do. If you are running late or can't make it as you planned, please contact us so we know how to plan our time on the field.

Please note, this is not a regular club launch; those begin on 20 April in Amesbury. 
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2 months 1 week ago #12021 by deangelo54
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I have been following a very active topic on the NAR Forum concerning the ARC competition. The underlying theme is the cost of the program for schools. The vast majority of teams use composite F endings. I wonder if it would be a cost saving to use a two or three engine cluster of E12's.

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2 months 1 week ago #12023 by stevebyan
Replied by stevebyan on topic ARC Launches 2024 (Formerly TARC) - Acton, MA
We use to do well on a pair or triple of D12-7’s. Most teams want to build big, I had one that bumped up against the LMR mass limit.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #12032 by lsteele
Replied by lsteele on topic ARC Launches 2024 (Formerly TARC) - Acton, MA
Hello,

Our team (Manchester-Essex Regional High School) is planning on attending the April 6th launch this Saturday. However, after several test flights we seem to be under-powered. The team is using a single Estes F15-6 and is reaching around 700', with one or two flights near 800' . Does anybody know where we might be able to locate a more powerful engine at this late stage? They have probably shaved off as much mass as possible.

Thank you,
Peter

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