Garden State Spacemodeling Society of New Jersey
National Association of Rocketry Section 439

GHQ: 24 Canterbury Court, Piscataway NJ 08854

August 1, 2013

Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts the Molly Brown contest that was postponed has not been rescheduled. It is still our hope to be able to hold these kind of events in the future. The limiting factor is manpower. If you think you'd be able to help run a contest for the club please contact us at

April 13, 2013

Molly Brown Local Model Rocket Meet

GSSS Will be hosting a section meet at the May 25, 2013 launch. The events to be flown are:

For more information please download the flyer

April 7, 2013

It seems Jose (from Heavenly Hobbies) delivered Peter Nein's engine order to the wrong person at the GSSS launch on 3/30 (or at RR's launch on 4/6). Would you kindly check your supplies to confirm you actually have what you ordered?

If you have Peter's order (containing two CTI 29mm reloads, one 166H163-14A and one 57F59-12A) , please contact Jose at (845) 300-1129.

April 1, 2013

The April 1st 2013 edition of The Launch Rack is now available

March 27, 2013

Please note that the April launch date has been changed to April 20th

The Winter issue of The Launch Rack is also available.

January 17, 2013

Happy New Year!

The 2013 launch schedule has been posted. You can subscribe to the GSSS Launch Calendar in any calendar program that supports iCalendar subscriptions (Google Calandar, iPhone, iPad, Android, Outlook, etc.) See the Launch Schedule page for more info. Once subscribed calendar updates are pushed to you automatically.

The Nov/Dec 2012 Issue of the Launch Rack has also been posted.

November 17, 2012

We have begun uploading back issues of The Launch Rack newsletter.

October 19, 2012

A new issue of the The Launch Rack is now available for September/October 2012.

September 7, 2012

radicalrocketeers (NAR #712) is having the OPEN SKIES meet on Oct. 13th rain date the 14th

The contest will consist of:

For more informaition see radicalrocketeers

August 17, 2012

The July-August Launch Rack newsletter are now available for download.

August 1, 2012

In case you don't already know NASA and JPL are attempting to land a new rover, Curiosity, on Mars over the weekend. The Landing is at 1:30am EST Monday morning (Late Sunday night) If you'd like to keep tabs on the landing check out the live NASA TV feed available from or check out the recap special on the Science Channel Monday evening at 10PM.

July 15, 2012

Joe Dunay has submitted some launch photos from the June 2012 GSSS launch. Thanks!

June, 27 2012

A new issue of the The Launch Rack is now available for May and June 2012

May, 2012

You can now subscribe to the GSSS Launch Calendar in any calendar program that supports iCalendar subscriptions (Google Calandar, iPhone, iPad, Android, Outlook, etc.) See the Launch Schedule page for more info.

April 4, 2012

The Mar-Apr Launch Rack newsletter are now available for download.

There is also a survey that the club leadership would appreciate if you could take the time to fill out. You can mail it to the address on the survery or email it to gssshg at Click here to download a copy of the survey.

February 1, 2012

The Jan-Feb Launch Rack newsletter are now available for download as well as some photos from the January launch.

December 31, 2011

The fall and winter issues of the Launch Rack newsletter are now available for download. Happy New Year!

July 5, 2011

A new issue of the Launch Rack for Summer 2011 is available for download.

March 26, 2011

A new issue of the Launch Rack for Spring 2011 is available for download.

February 12, 2011

Special Bulletin
(January 20, 2011)

LaunchRack listserve: Several members have contacted GHQ (Jack Sarhage) regarding the receipt of a message originating from that site requesting that someone from GSSS "Please manage GSSS announcements..." Official GSSS announcement are issued regularly on our own website by Rob Nee. This is the only official site of GSSS.

The Launch Rack: The journal of GSSS is the only other official organ of the section. The Launch Rack will once again be issued beginning with a Spring Edition and will be co-edited by Jack Sarhage and Dr. Bob Kreutz. Articles, photos, plans, etc. are requested from the members for publication. Send them to the e-mail address above or the USPS address also shown above. More on this in the Spring Edition.

The newsletter has been pointed out as being "the veins or arteries (circulatory system) of the club. It carries information to the individual members (cells) keeps them well fed and a healthy part of the whole organism."

"Plain and simple it keeps the membership interested in the club and allows the leadership to maintain a focus for the members."

Hope that most of you will agree with that and help GSSS continue in that direction.

Also please let GHQ know if you wish an electronic (PDF) copy or a hard copy delivered to you via USPS. If you want it electronically you will have to provide an e-mail address. The newsletter will also be posted on the club's website.

Membership Renewals: To save time and money this is a reminder that unless your membership card expires 31 December 2011 your membership is up for renewal. There has not been an increase and dues remain as Senior
10.00, Leader:
7.00 and Junior
5.00. If yours is a family membership remember to deduct
2.00 for each additional member. Please provide names, GSSS Number, NAR number (if a member. If not, consider becoming an NAR member) and make checks/money order payable to Arnold Klein.

Armed Services Day: The launch scheduled for May 21, 2011 happens to fall on Armed Services Day. A special contest will be held on that date similar to the NAR.s Sport Scale Competition.

The contest is open to all GSSS members for any model rocket that resembles an existing or historical missile, rocket or space vehicle used by any of the Armed Services of the United States. They are to be built out of materials and within weight limitations as outlined in the Model Rocketry Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry.

Each rocket will be judged as follows:

We hope you will get busy and build a new rocket for this special event as we remember our Armed Service members. After all their sacrifices makes it possible for us to enjoy the hobby/sport of model rocketry in our country. There are many countries where model rocketry is not allowed.

Launch Dates: Following are the launch dates at North Branch Park for 2011: February 26; March 19; April 16; May 21; June 11; July 23; August 20; September 24; October 22; November 26; December 17. It is hoped you will be able to attend as many as you can. Be sure to watch the website for cancellation information on the mornings of each launch date.

2011 Election of Club Officers: According to the club.s by-laws we elect club officers in odd numbered years. Positions are President, Vice-president and Secretary/Treasurer serving a term of two years. Nominations are to be made not later than October 31. Consider running for one of these offices or nominate someone. If you are interested in learning more of the duties of each position, information can be requested from GHQ.

Help Wanted: The newsletter has always been for the enlightenment and entertainment of GSSS members. It has always been made up of articles, plans, photos, cartoons shared by those members. If this is to succeed we need your help. The deadline then for the Spring Edition is March 1, 2011. Thank you.

Edited by Jack Sarhage

Download this bulletin as a PDF here

May 21, 2010

Please not that the NAR contest is at the June 12th launch not the May 22nd launch. Sorry for any confusion.

June 13, 2009

The Summer 2009 Issue of the Launch Rack is now available. Thanks to Jack Sarhage for all of his work putting this together.

June 13, 2009

Don't forget to attend the Mid Atlantic Open 2009 NAR Open meet on June 20 and 21, next weekend.

The GSSS with help from the Radical Rocketeers 4-H club will provide everyone with convenient times and locations to participate. You can attend on one or both days.

It is being held at two fields for the convenience - the GSSS launch at Northbranch Park on June 20 onward and Turkeybrook Park in Mt Olive, NJ on June 21. The starting time for both days is 10 AM.


Please see the NAR Spoting Code at for event and contest rules.

Note, to keep a standard spot accross both days, the Spot in the Spot Landing contest will be 25 feet from the lauch pad. Also remember there is only one flight allowed for Spot Landing and it must be your first flight at the contest.

Please reply on whether you are planning on attending and which days.

May 31, 2009

Open Skies 2009 results Place:

Every point puts GSSS further in the National Points totals on the Internet!

Unfortunately, the meet was reduced to a Section meet because there needed to be 5 competitors to hold an Open. Since Section meets have less events, we could not fly 1/8A HD in the contest. We NEED You NAR members to enter at least one event to be able to fly an Open meet. You can easily enter by bringing an Estes kit with a parachute and enter Parachute Spot Landing at the next meet in June.

The Mid Atlantic Open Meet for the next GSSS launch is in June. It looks good that we will be able to keep it an Open meet and not downgrade it to a Section meet. So bring your D Engine Dual Egglofters, Parachute Spot Landers, 1/8A Helicopters and 1/2 Streamer rockets and be ready to rumble in practice for NARAM!

March 1, 2009

NARCON 2009, The National Association of Rocketry Annual Convention, is being held nearby this year for the first time in a while. March 20-22 in Wethersfield CT. There are tons of classes, raffles, freebies, vendors, presentations and interesting rocket people to mingle with. It's always a great time. More information available at the NARCON 2009 website.

August 26, 2007

The August launch was a mixed bag. The winds were light but the horse show the week before had torn up the field pretty badly. The mud and huge piles of horse poo combinded with the steamy heat had me wondering why I took the clothespins out of my range box. Regardless it was still a fun time and we signed up still more new members. Welcome to the club and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming launches. September and October can be some of the best months to fly. I can't wait!

July 29, 2007

Another great GSSS launch. The hot summer weather and light winds brought the flyers out in droves. I can't remember ever seeing so many flyers attend a launch. The pads were busy all day and Arnie did a great job keeping things running smoothly. Thanks Arnie!

We signed up six new members. Welcome aboard! Your support really helps the club keep flying. The Junior membership promotion is being extended one more month. We will have 12 kits to give away so if you are or know a new rocketeer stop by the next launch and join the club! Even if you have never flown a rocket before we can help you fly your first rocket and show you how much fun rocketry can be!

June 30, 2007

Great Launch! We had awesome weather and a huge turnout. I met a lot of new flyers and the club signed up six new members. Welcome aboard! I've posted some pictures in the photos section. If you took some nice shots with your camera feel free to send them to me. I prefer them to be scaled to 480x320.

Our membership promotion was a success. We still have four kits left to give away so we will be running the same promotion next month to the first four junior flyers who join GSSS. Again, welcome to our new members and hope to see you at the next launch.

May 24, 2007

We will also be promoting NARTREK Bronze at our June 30 Launch.

May 9, 2007

New Awesomeness

April 27, 2007

Due to heavy rains the field is too soggy for flying. We've had somewhat of a crummy April but hopefully the May launch will make up for it!

April 19, 2007

Announcing the June 30th GSSS Junior Membership Promotion. We are looking to increase our Junior membership by offering a free Estes rocket (Ready To Fly), 2 rocket motors and assistance flying to new junior members! This offer is limited to the first 12 new rocketeers 15 and under who attend the June 30th launch and joins GSSS. Junior membership for the year is 5.00 (Cash and exact change is appreciated) and new members must be accompanied by a parent or legal gaurdian. Come join the club and learn to fly your first rocket!

April 14, 2007

I have posted the new issue of The Launch Rack with coverage of our Silver Anniversary Local event. It was a great event and the coverage is thorough and worth a read especially if you didn't get a chance to make it out for the launch. Members should receive a copy in the mail in a few days. If you are not receiving your copy and are a paid member please let us know so we can update our records and correct the situation. Non-members can subscribe for
10.00 but at that price you should just joing the club!

We are working on a fantastic promotion for kids at our May launch. Check back soon for all of the details.

April 3, 2007

I have posted the results for the Silver Anniversary Local. This was the first contest in many years to be held by the Garden State Spacemodeling Society. Though not as large as those of the past it was a success all around. A total of 8 entrants including a couple that traveled a great distance to fly the event; Glenn Feveryear (Delta, PA). Alex DeMarco (East Greenbush, NY) There will be more details in the upcoming issue of The Launch Rack. In the meantime check the Contests section.

March 31, 2007

What a nice day for a launch. It may have started out chilly but it soon warmed up, the winds drop to almost nothing and the sun even came out. For a March launch I'll take it. We had 3 minute A-PD flights landing comfortably in the field. The Contest was a big success with numerous competitors in all four events. I hope to post the results soon.

I have recently made some improvements behind the scenes with regards to the launch photos section. This means I can post photos much more quickly. If you would like to submit them to me via email for posting please follow these guidelines.

I saw a lot of people snapping pictures. Let's see 'em!

March 11, 2007

At NARCON 2007 the NAR board extended the program which allows NAR members to fly old, decertified motors at NAR sanctioned launches. The program is designed to help the NAR safety committee collect data on old, out-of-production motors to see if they can be safely flown. If the data show that certain out-of-production motors are safe they may have their decertifications revoked for sport flying. In order to fly old motors that have had their certifications lapse you must contact me at least 1 week prior to the launch and let me know what motors you plan to fly. I will then pass this information along to Ted Cochran . You must keep careful records of which motors you fly, their designations, any serial number and/or lot codes and the results of the flight. I will then submit the launch reports to Ted. There are a few more rules we must follow:

This is good news. It let's us fly our old motors in exchange for submitting launch reports. All around not a bad deal.

February 10, 2007

We are having a Silver Anniversary Local meet on March 31, 2007 in celebration of our 25th year as a NAR section. The events will be Open Spot Landing, A Streamer Duration, A Parachute Duration and 1/2 Boost-Glider Duration. There will be a
1.00 entry fee per event with prizes and ribbons for top placers. Model rocket kits kindly donated by Quest Aerospace and Tom Whymark. Since this is a NAR sanctioned event you must be a NAR member to compete.

January 20, 2007

The Launch dates and events have been updated for 2007.

January 3, 2007

Happy new year. The January launch date has been corrected and is January 27, 2007. We are awaiting firm launch dates for the rest of 2007 from the parks department. I will post those when I get them. Also, the Launch Rack for Winter 2006 is now available for download.

October 1, 2006

Just a reminder. We are trying to update our membership lists. We would appreciate it if all members to email us so that we may update our records. In addition please RSVP to the same address for the Holiday Open House on Satuday, December 30th.

September 19, 2006

The online addition of the Fall 2006 issue of the Launch Rack is now available.

May 11, 2006

If you are looking for some extra launches to go to this summer be sure to check out the NERRF 2 launch June 23-25. I know it conflicts with the GSSS June launch (just the Saturday) but NERRF is one of the largest regional launches and lasts three days from Friday to Sunday. There will be tons of flyers, vendors and, of course, big rockets. It's sure to be a good time. Go to the site in the link above for more information.

March 26, 2005

I was able to attend my first GSSS launch in a while. The weather and other commitments had kept me away the last few months. It was a little soggy and dreary but there wasn't much wind so it was a great flying day. Arnie did his usual great job running the launch. I really look forward to a great launch season and hope to see everyone there in April.

For launches going forward if there is a cancellation an email will be sent out to the mailing list AND there will be a message posted on the main page (above the yellow banner) as well. If you aren't on the mailing list and you want to know if there is a cancellation you can check here the morning of the launch.

For older news go to the Old News Archive

January 1, 2005

The GSSS hotline is being shutdown for technical reasons. You will be notified about the status of future launches via E-mail. The E-mail will be posted by 0900 on the day of the launch. To receive this email add yourself to the Member Directory.

June 7, 2003

Due to the seemingly never-ending rain the Funtest has been postponed until June 28. Keep your fingers crossed!

May 19, 2003

Since the 4/26 meet was rained out it has been scheduled for May 31.

March 31, 2003

Hello GSSS members and other interested parties!

It's time for another contest of a slightly different nature.  At the next GSSS launch in Bridgewater on April 26 Stephen Flynn will be Contest Director to yet another NAR Open meet and open Fun Test for all comers, NAR or not.  The difference is, this time all events are open to rockets using any NAR Contest Certified motor.  Flying will be done from 10:00 to at least 3:00 PM and possibly later.

February 20, 2003

The February launch has unfortunately been canceled due to field conditions.See you all in March.

February 12, 2003

Announcing the Spring Challenge 3 NAR Open Meet!

The GSSS will be sharing a contest on March 9th with Sojars at their large Sorbello Farm field . The contest flights will be flown along with the sport flights that day. The contest is also a Funtest for all GSSS and Sojars members.The events are as follows:

"B" Rocket Glider duration

"B" Streamer duration

"C" Super Roc duration - Minimum length 125 cm, maximum 250 cm. The points earned for each flight is the total of the length in cm's times the time in seconds. The total of the two allowed flights are added for a total score.

Random Duration - The target time is decided on just before the meet starts by drawing cards or throwing dice or another random method. The time has to be between 30 and 120 seconds in a multiple of 5 seconds.

Flying will start around 9:00 am and probably go until at least 4:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded to the top contender in each NAR age division.

For instructions on how to get to the field please see

August 31, 2002

GSSS will be having regular club meetings starting in September. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

All meetings will be held at the Ramada Limited in South Plainfield. The Ramada is located off Exit 5 on I-287. All meetings start at 7:30PM. Please call Jack Sarhage at 732-699-1166 for more information.

June 4, 2002

GSSS received the following letter:


I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all that participated in our Science Fair on Saturday, June 1st.   Your contribution to our event was significant, to be sure.  All of our guests enjoyed both the static displays and the flight demonstrations - in addition to the obvious enthusiasm and passion you have for your 'hobby'.

I would like to extend an invitation to our 2003 event (date TBA, but probably 5/17 or 5/31). This will be our 20th Annual Science Fair - which will be unmatched by any seen in Somerset County, or the State of NJ.  Your participation will be most appreciated and anticipated.

Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss your participation in next year's event. Thank you so much once again....

Best regards,

s. Douglas Levy

May 23, 2002

Summer Challenge 2
NAR Open Meet and GSSS Funtest
June 22,2002

You could almost fly the 6 events with two rockets making 9 flights total!

Events Weigthing Factor
Streamer Spot Landing 4
Parachute Spot Landing 4
Predicted Duration 8
1/4A Streamer Duration 8
1/2A Parachute Duration 7
D Dual Eggloft Duration 27
Total 58

Note that the minimum duration prediction is 30 seconds. The spot landings and Predicted Duration events must be flown first in your flights that day.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, can someone help out with the equipment so we can fly until 5:00 pm? Please contact: CD Stephen E.Flynn, ASAP e-mail: Tentative rain date, 6/29 at the St Paul's Abbey field in Andover (Sussex County, NJ)

May 2, 2002

The June launch event is the Summer Challenge 2 open meet. I have added it to the launch schedule. As soon as I get a list of events I will post them here. I vote for 1/2A PD or 1/4A SD because I always lose my competition models on larger motors!

April 14, 2002

The GSSS April Launch will be a combined Funtest and NAR Section Meet. The events we are flying are:

These are easy events to fly so make sure you bring some appropriate birds and join us in a little friendly competition.

February 12, 2001

GSSS received the following letter:

Good Afternoon,

My name is Douglas Levy, and I am the chairman for the Hillcrest School Science Fair this year. Our Award winning Science and Technology Magnet School is located in Somerset, NJ and we would like to invite you to participate in our 2002 Science Fair.

The Fair, scheduled for Saturday, June 1st will run from 12:00 to 3:30 PM.  As many of our outstanding students will actually be constructing model rockets as one of their annual projects, your attendance would be of particular interest to our students.

We would also hope that you could facilitate the launches of the student's rockets, in addition to launch and flight demonstrations of your organization member's rockets.

We will provide you all the information necessary, and make any accommodations you will need. Additionally, we would be happy to provide lunch and refreshments for all your organization's participants.

Please advise at your earliest convenience of your attendance.  We would be honored to have you attend, and your presence will be a major focal point of our event.

Thank you and best regards,

Douglas Levy

If you are available to help out please email Bob Z.

January 28, 2001

Uncharacteristically warm weather greeted our January launch. Unfortunately I couldn't be there. I received some photos from Fred Taverni that he took with his PenCam rocket camera. From the looks of them I missed a great launch. Check them out here.

Januanry 15, 2001

Happy New Year! I hope everyone good all the rocketry stuff they wanted for the holidays. I have been so busy I haven't been able to play with all of my stuff yet but I will. I did manage to automate the launch calendar however. The date at the top of the page updates the day after the launch so I can't forget! We haven't been given all of the dates for 2002 yet but as soon as I get them I will post them. The January and February dates are tentative but they shouldn't change. Lets pray for some mild weather. I hope to see you all soon.

November 10, 2001

Sojars has challenged GSSS members to fly an NAR Open Meet on Dec. 2 2001 at their field.

Name- Open Skies 2001 NAR Sanctioned Open Meet
Dates: December 2, 2001, Rain Date December 9, 2001
Starting time- 11:00AM
Location- SoJars launch field at Gloucester County College, NJ

Streamer Spot Landing 4
1/2A B/G 17
A Streamer Dur. 8
B Streamer Dur. 9
B Helicopter Dur. 21
Total WF (out of 60) 59

September 17, 2001

Dr. Bob is looking for some discontinued Apogee motors so he can go compete in the flyoffs for the US team. He is looking for A2-0 and B2-0 boosters as well as B2-5, B2-7, A2-7 and A2-5s. If you have any you can spare please contact Bob Z. at

August 26, 2001

I've uploaded the two videos taken with an Aiptek Pencam to the August Launch Photos section. There are two video files. The video in the second one cut out at motor ejection but the first one goes from lauch until touchdown. They are large files so if you have a slow connection they may take a while to download. Enjoy!

August 8, 2001

I may be breaking new ground here but as webmaster as well as editor of the GSSS web page I reserve the right to post my own editorials.

Response to "Letter from the President", The Launch Rack May/June 2001

Our club President doesn't see the need to fight the BATF and our government on the issue of regulation in Hobby Rocketry. I respectfully disagree. There are many issues involved here and certainly as many opinions but I feel Mr. Sarhage's opinion does not represent the best interests of model rocketry enthusiasts. I'm sure there is no ill will involved here but I'm not sure if Mr. Sarhage is familiar with all the issues.

I certainly have been hindered by regulations in rocketry. I fly high power rockets as well as low power rockets. The regulations associated with buying, storing and using high power rocket engines are not only onerous but inconsistant and illogical. Why can I store 100 or more G engines in my home but not a single H motor? Why regulate unassembled rocket motors and not gasoline or paint thinner. I argue that household chemicals are more dangerous and prone to accidents. These are the types of hinderences that the high power rocketry community must put up with. In many cases it is not an issue of people not wanting to follow regulations but not being able to under any circumstances. I am lucky enough to be able to store my high power rocket motors in my dealer's magazine otherwise I wouldn't be able to fly many of the projects I do. Those who cannot obtain motor storage in many cases cannot obtain a BATF permit and hence are shut out of the legal pursuit of their rocketry interests. Many people, myself included, fear that the BATF may somehow regulate the hobby of rocketry out of existence. We don't want to see that happen.

We need high power rocketry just as much as we need competition rocketry. Just because someone choses not to participate doesn't make it unnecessary. The NAR is the National Association of Rocketry not the National Associtation of Low Powered Rockets. Mark Bundick represents all rocketeers when he calls for a fight against this type of bureaucracy. The NAR may have it's roots in low power rocketry but that doesn't mean it shouldn't grow and evolve.

I believe strongly enough in this that I contributed well over $1000 last fall to support the NAR on these issues. I urge all GSSS members to read up on this subject at the NAR website and decide if you want there to be a high powered rocketry hobby now and in the future.

I invite anyone to comment on the above and will post those comments here. I do not intend to allow this to become a flame war however.

July 29, 2001

An Estes Wizard was found at the end of the July launch. If it belongs to you please email me.

June 9, 2001

Summer Challenge 1 Events

Events: Weight Factor
Streamer Spot Landing 4
1/2 A Engine Streamer Duration 8
B SuperRoc Duration 14
C Engine Eggloft Duration 16
1/4 A Engine Boost Glider 18

Rain Date June 30, the last day of the contest year

June 8, 2001

I have results from Stephen Flynn, our contest director, for the April and May contests. They are available on the Contest Page.

May 1, 2001

FunTest Open 2001

Our next launch will also be a FunTest which is like a contest except mostly flown for fun. It's good practice and there will be prizes awarded to the winners. There will be a $5 entry fee.

Events: Weight Factor
A Engine Streamer Duration 8
B SuperRoc Duration 14
C Engine Eggloft Duration 16
Sport Scale 20

I hope to have the results of Spring Challenge 2 posted as soon as I receive them.

April 8, 2001


NAR Open Meet at the April 28 GSSS Launch

Be ready to try something new. Have some fun testing your skills. Come out and help your club achieve a place in the NAR's National Standings. Non-NAR Members can join the NAR at the contest and fly the same day. You can even enter as a team. Practice for the NAR's National Meet- NARAM to be held in Geneseo, New York or just for the thrill of the seeing your rockets in action. Everyone over the age of 6 may participate.

Streamer Spot Landing
1/4A Engine Streamer Duration
A Engine Streamer Duration
1/2 A Engine Boost Glider Duration
B Engine Helicopter Duration

Look for more NAR contests at each GSSS launch through June. If the launch is rained out an alternate launch site will be chosen.

For more information contact Contest Director Stephen E. Flynn at

January 21, 2001

I have posted the 2001 Launch Schedule.

January 16, 2001

The first launch of 2001 will be on January 27th. I do not have the rest of the dates yet but let's hope for some mild January weather so we can all fly all those mid-winter projects!

January 3, 2001

Happy New Year everyone! I am working on getting the 2001 launch schedule. I expect to know the dates this week and will post them as soon as I get them.

November 30, 2000

Hello all! I trust everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I see understand it was a good November launch. I have some pictures up courtesy of Chris Taylor. Thanks Chris. I have also added a link to D&P Rocketry. Denis and his yellow bus has been coming to our launches for a while now. Denis has rocket kits, motors, batteries, muchies, soda... everything you could need while flying. You can contact Denis if you need something special at the next launch. Coffee perhaps?

May 31, 2000

Arnie sent me a cool aerial shot of the launch site from Microsoft Terraserver. Check it out on the launch site page. If anyone has information about any special events being held at the June 24th launch please email me.

April 4, 2000

The NAR has secured an alternate insurance provider for rocketry activities! The coverage begins immediately after the April 5th expiration of our old coverage. This means that our April 29th launch is on again as originally planned. The only change I am aware of is the new insurance coverage is now mandatory for all NAR members. It is now part of the annual membership fee which has increased to reflect this. Read more about this at I hope to see everyone at our next launch.

March 25, 2000

Due to the cancelation of NAR insurance the next GSSS launch has been postponed until further notice. People can and do launch at Northbrach Park on an individual basis. You are welcome to do so as well. It's likely that many GSSS members will be at the park on what was to be our next launch, April 29, 2000. If you have any questions about the NAR insurance situation please check the NAR website at

March 21, 2000

There was a problem with the Member Directory submission page. If you did not enter your NAR number a record for you could not be inserted in the database. I realize that not everyone who is a member of GSSS is a NAR member as well (although it is a very good idea) I have fixed the problem but at least one user's (Vince?) data was lost while inserting it into the database. If you have tried to add yourself to the Member Directory within the last few days and do not see yourself listed please try again. Sorry for any inconvenience.

March 15, 2000

I hope everyone can make our March 25th Spring Picnic launch. In addition to bringing your rockets please bring picnic-style food for everyone to share. We will supply the beverages.

We've picked the first two Fun-Test events for this season. The April launch will be 1/2A Rocket Glider and May will be 1/2A Flex-wing Glider. Not the easiest events in the world. I am working on getting some more information about these events and the rules. What I have so far is on the Fun-Test page.

March 7, 2000

Thanks to everyone who came out for the special March launch. It was a big success! I have some photos from this launch posted in the Photos section.

February 28, 2000

A French television crew has asked GSSS if we would stage a special launch for them. It will be featured in a upcoming show about American pastimes. The taping was originally scheduled for our normal February launch but the very overcast weather forced it to be postponed. GSSS will be holding a special launch on Saturday March 4, 2000 to accommodate the show's producers. The launch will start at the normal time 10:00am but please try to show up a little early. Not that we need another excuse to fly rockets but this should be fun! Come out and be part of the taping or just fly some rockets. This will not affect our regularly scheduled March 25th launch. I hope to see everyone there!

Special Note: Due to the muddy conditions at North Branch Park please park your cars ONLY on the paved road and not on the gravel or grass where we usually park. If you do you will either get stuck or tear up the grass. We don't want to lose our flying field because someone leaves tire tracks all over the grass. Thank you.

February 26, 2000

Despite a pretty cold and dreary day the February launch was a success! I saw some new faces and there were some really nice launches. Alex launched a scratch-built orange rocket on an E6 that seemed to go forever. He even managed to land it safely on the field. Nice job! I have some launch photos up so check them out.

I did manage to leave a rocket lying on someones table by accident. It is a black Big Bertha with no decals. If you picked up this rocket would you please email me? Thanks.

February 7, 2000

The cancellation of the January launch got me thinking. I posted the cancellation notice here two days before the launch. Unfortunately, that doesn't help someone who didn't think to check the webpage before heading out to the launch. I have the email addresses of a handful of members who asked to listed in the Member Directory. Since these are in a database (The member directory is no longer a static webpage) I can now easily send email notices to everyone in the directory. In the event of another launch cancellation or other important announcement I will utilize this database to contact people. Of course, if you are not listed in the directory I cannot contact you. If you would like to be added to the contact list please use this form to submit your member information. I promise not to SPAM you!

If you are wary of having your email listed here you can elect (via the form) to not have your email listed in the directory but to still have announcements sent to you. So go ahead and sign up!

January 27, 2000

Unfortunately the January launch had to be canceled due to the amount of snow on the field. Hopefully the weather for the February launch will be better. I guess we will have to use the extra time to build more rockets!

January 16, 2000

I have three news items to report. The January 29 launch date is now confirmed so I hope to see you all there for out first launch of 2000. I add two new sets of launch photos. You can check them out here. I also wanted to mention that the web site is now hosted from my new hosting services. This is far cheaper than how I was doing it before and I have much more space so I can hopefully post more monthly pictures from out launches. The new URL to the GSSS web page is I am going to ask to have the link changed on rockety online and the NAR web page. If you are aware of any links to the old web page please let me know and I will see that they are updated. Thanks!

December 23, 1999

I haven't updated the news in a long while because I was busy with school. That's over with for a while so I hope to update the pictures page with some recent photos. I have added a link to T&T Rocketry above. These nice folks come all the way from Baltimore to support our launches. It's great to have a vendor at the launch for those last minute motor needs. If you need something special you can call them ahead of time and ask them to bring it.

Happy Holidays everyone. I'll see you in 2000!

November 1, 1999

The weather gods were unusually nice to us in October. We had very mild conditions and low winds for our October 30th launch. We also had a nice turnout and many fliers took advantage of the weather to put up a ton of great flights. I put up some pictures from the September Launch. See you all in November.

August 4, 1999

I missed the July launch due to a last-minute conflict. I hope everyone had a good time. The August launch is early this month and I will away on vacation so I will miss that one too. Normally (including the July launch) even if I am going to miss a launch I call the FAA and file the NOTAM. This is a must now that we occasionally fly rockets over 16 oz. This must be called in between 24 and 48 hours before the launch which means the Thursday before. As I will be away I am looking for a volunteer to place the call for the club and file the NOTAM so we can fly normally. If you are interested in doing this please let me know ASAP. I will provide you with complete instructions on who to call and what to say. It is very easy and usually takes no more than a few minutes. Please let me know. Thanks and I hope everyone enjoys the launch. See you all in September.

July 24, 1999

I posted some new pictures from the June launch. Check them out here.

June 30, 1999

There will be no Fun-Test for our July launch but to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Moon landing we will have a Saturn V "Fun-Fly." Everyone is encouraged to bring a Saturn-type rocket (Saturn V, 1B etc.) to launch. We will resume the Fun-Tests with the August launch. I have posted the results of our 1999 Fun-Tests here.

June 28, 1999

The June launch was a big success! We had a great turnout again thanks mostly to the scouts who showed up to fly with us. I didn't get a chance to take that many pictures this time but the one nice shot I got has been posted here. I'll post Steve's pictues when I get them. See you all next month.

June 15 1999

I have registered this page with a redirection service to give us a more easily remembered web page address. The new addres is "Fly to GSSS" Cool! The old address will continue to work as this new address simply points to the old one. Please let me know if you have any trouble using the redirect address or if you think the new address is too corny!

Thanks to Michael Liben for sending some additional photos from the May launch. I have posted a few of the best ones here.

June 8, 1999

Don't forget our next model rocket launch will also be a NAR section meet open to all current GSSS members. Details about the meet as well of a summary of the contest rules is now available here.

May 22, 1999

Well, I have the pictures from the May Launch posted in record time! It was a great launch even if I did spend an hour fishing a rocket (with my altimeter) from a tree. At next month's launch we will host a Ted Rebetje Memorial Section Meet open to all GSSS members. The events will be Open spot landing, 1/2A Boost Glider, 1/2A Parachute Duration and A Streamer Duration. I will have the details posted soon but until then get out your pink book and start building. In addition to the section meet there will also be an Open Spot Landing Fun-Test open to all flyers.

May 17, 1999

I posted more pictures from the April launch. Thanks again Steve. George from T&T Rocketry has confirmed they will be on site for our May 22nd launch so bring lots of money!

May 3, 1999

I have updated the GSSS web page to be (hopefully) easier to navigate. Please let me know if you notice any problems.

May 1, 1999

The April launch was great! There was a nice turnout of flyers and our first Fun-Test of the year was a big success. Many people gave A Streamer Duration a try. It was encouraging to see so many entries. Next month's Fun-Test is A Parachute Duration so start building (I will be) and I'll see you there.

Photos from the March and April launches are now on line.

April 13, 1999

OOPS!! The date of or next launch is the April 24th not the 25th (thanks Chris) as was previously posted here. All of our launches are Saturdays. Sorry for the confusion.

April 5, 1999

Launch photos from the February 1999 launch have been posted. Sorry for the delay.

March 28, 1999

The March launch was a big success. It was a bit windy but turnout was good and a lot of great flights were made. T&T Rocketry was on site again selling kits and motors. They hope to be there next month so bring plenty of money! At the member's meeting we scheduled three Fun-Tests for our upcoming launches. Fun-Tests don't count for NAR competition points but there will be prizes. We chose events that are easy enough for everyone to compete in so bring a streamer model to the April launch and give it a try!

March 15, 1999

I missed the February launch as well :( Steve Pantuck has sent me the photos from the launch and I hope to have them up in the next day or so. Keep an eye peeled...

February 14, 1999

I missed the January launch due to work but Steve Pantuck sent me some pictures from the launch. If you missed the launch like I did you can check them out here. If anyone has any other pictures they would like to see posted please let me know.

On another topic, people have been writing to me and asking why the member listing has so few entries. The answer is very few people have asked to be listed. I don't automatically post people's information for privacy reasons. If you would like to have yourself added please let me know. It makes getting in touch with people much easier.

January 28, 1999

I have posted the 1999 Launch Schedule. I would also like to confirm the next launch IS January 30, 1999. See you there!

January 6, 1999

The next GSSS launch is tentatively scheduled for January 30 not January 23 as I had been previously told. Please call the GSSS hotline after 9AM the morning of the launch to confirm. If I get confirmation of the launch date I will post it here.

December 29, 1998

I have uploaded some more of Steve Pantuck's excellent launch photos from out December Launch. For those who missed it we had very nice weather in the morning. There was almost *no* wind which is rare for North Branch Park Turnout was low but those who came took advantage of the weather and made some really nice flights. Have a Happy New Year and see you at the January launch.

December 28, 1998

I have some new photos up from the November launch as well as a new pictures page I hope to have the December launch photos up soon.

November 30, 1998

The October 28th GSSS launch was great! The weather was very mild and the winds while a little gusty were fairly calm for November. There were a lot of fliers and a lot of great flights including Grant's North Coast Patriot on an F62-6 and F52W. These were some of the most impressive flights at a GSSS launch in recent memory. As an added bonus the nice folks from T&T Rocketry were on hand selling motors and kits! Buying motors right at the launch is very convenient and they have great prices too. I hope they make it to future launches. I hope to have some pictures up soon. If you have some that you would like to submit let me know.

October 22, 1998

Fixed my email address in the link. Sorry for any confusion.

October 14, 1998

The GSSS web page has a new home. The new URL is Update your bookmarks accordingly. I would thank Scott Johnson, the old webmaster for the GSSS web page, for his time and effort in the past. Good luck Scott!

If you are a GSSS member and would like to be added to the Member directory please send me email with your name, NAR membership number and email address. If you have your own web page I can add a link to that too.

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