AIAA OC Rocketry
Inspiring kids in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

January 1, 2013


AIAA OC Rocketry is part of the educational outreach program of the AIAA OC Section.  We hope you enjoy this newsletter - you will receive this email once each month, or more frequently if warranted (you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom).


Team America Rocketry Challenge

tarc_logoThe AIAA OC Section now has five TARC teams.  Members range from 7th through 12th grades from eleven different cities in Southern California and representing twelve different middle, high, and home schools.  You can find more information on the TARC web site at  Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

Team Updates:
13085 (Rancho Santa Margarita-Orange-Irvine-Fullerton-Mission Viejo) has completed several designs and is flight testing
13086 (Irvine-Huntington Beach-Aliso Viejo-Rancho Santa Margarita) has completed several designs and is flight testing
13087 (Fullerton-Buena Park-La Mirada) is designing and evaluating materials
13088 (Redlands-Moreno Valley-Grand Terrace) has completed several designs and is flight testing
13089 (Irvine) has completed and built their design and ready to being flight testing

AIAA OC Section is also mentoring, or helping mentor school and scout sponsored teams in Manhatten Beach, Pasadena, La Mirada, Sun Village, and Santa Ana


This year @ NASA for 2012
This video provides a recap of the accomplishments at NASA across 2012.  Curiosity has landed, flight of the Dragon, Antares Rolls and so much more...
Link to 50 minute Video

NASA 2012 Year in Review
This interactive page on the NASA web site provides links to more information about the major happenings at NASA across the year

2012 Year in Review link

What's up for January 2013 from JPL
From JPL email 11/28/2012:
"What's Up January 2013? Close encounters of the planetary kind"
Link to Video

Visit Endeavour at California Science Center
Space Shuttle Endeavour is now on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  "Endeavour can be viewed in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion. Guests who come to see Endeavour will begin their experience in Endeavour: The California Story, a companion exhibit featuring images and artifacts that relate the shuttle program to California, where the orbiters were built. Following their visit to The California Story, guests will be directed to the Samuel Oschin Pavilion to see Endeavour."  Timed reserve tickets are required
Link to California Science Center Endeavour page

Google Maps Tour of Kennedy Space Center
"NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida boasts amazing views typically seen only by employees and astronauts. Now space enthusiasts around the world can take a virtual walk through the transfer aisle of the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, stand at the top of Launch Pad 39A, and more, thanks to a new partnership between Kennedy and Google Maps with Street View."
Link to Article
Link to Google Maps NASA collection

NARCON comes to Santa Clara
In 2013 NARCON, the National Association of Rocketry's conference is coming to the West Coast and will be held in Santa Clara California February 22 - 24, 2013. There will be speakers on model rocketry as well as tours of rocketry related sites in the area.

Link to NARCON web site

Space-X Grasshopper
From: NASA web site 12/24/2012
"SpaceX’s ambitions of creating a full reusable launch vehicle have taken another step forward via the third – and most ambitious to date – test of their Grasshopper test vehicle. The 40 meter leap into the skies at their test facility in Texas – followed by a stable hover and smooth landing – was conducted without a hitch."
Link to Article
Link to Video
Link to Space-X Web SIte

Spy Satellites from the 1950's and 1960's
Would you believe that early spy satellites used film and dropped it to earth?  We take digital photographs for granted today - digital cameras are inexpensive and many laptop computers and phones have a digital camera.  We can save them on magnetic and optical media and email to friends.  But that was not the case in the early days of space - the only thing available was film.  And it was dropped to earth from the satellite for manual retrieval
National Museum of the US Air Force Display Video

Wikipedia article on the KH-9 Hexagon
Wikipedia article on the KH-7 Gambit
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Special Collections
NRO Video on Hexagon
NRO Video on Gambit

Voyager 1 Enters New Era
From NASA Science News December 4, 2012
"Eleven billion miles from Earth, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a "magnetic highway" that connects our solar system to interstellar space. This could be one of Voyager 1's last steps on its long journey to the stars."
Link to Story
Link to Video

The 50th Anniversary of Planetary Exploration
From JPL News email December 12, 2012
"On Dec. 14, 1962, NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft flew by Venus, making the United States the first country to complete a successful mission to another planet."
Link to Video

Curiosity and Mars Science Laboratory
From: JPL News email via YouTube 12/31/2012
"New Year's Eve revelers watching giant screens in New York's Times Square saw a special Happy New Year greeting from Mars, which was 206 million miles away as of Dec. 31, 2012. The video is silent and formatted to fit the Times Square screens."
Link to Video

How Do Rovers Drive on Mars?
From: JPL News YouTube Video uploaded 12/18/2012
"The "keys" to NASA's Mars rovers are in the capable hands of the official rover drivers. Learn how they operate the vehicles from millions of miles away in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory."
Link to Video

International Space Station
December 28, 2012 New Year's message from ISS:
"Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn of the International Space Station's Expedition 34 crew send down their best wishes for a happy new year."
Link to video

Destination Station Exhibit
Admittedly Phoenix Arizona is a bit of a drive (400 miles), but the travelling ISS exhibit "Destination Station" will be in Phoenix February 22 to March 3, 2013. (It was in San Francisco earlier this year and we did not see L.A. scheduled yet)  "Destination Station is NASA's International Space Station Program national awareness campaign that promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the International Space Station, and communicates the real and potential impacts of the station on our everyday lives."
Link to NASA web page

AIAA OC Rocketry since last Newsletter
12/2/2012  TARC meeting - design and build
12/3/2012 Club Meeting (NAR Section #718) members watched the movie "October Sky" and had pizza
12/8/2012 Launch outing to Lucerne Dry Lake with the ROC club
12/9/2012 Launch outing to Fiesta Island in San Diego with D.A.R.T.
12/15/2012 TARC meeting - design and build
12/23/2012 TARC meeting - design and build
12/24/2012 TARC meeting - build
12/26/2012 TARC meeting - build
12/29/2012 Launch outing to Lucerne Dry Lake (NAR #718)
12/30/2012 Launch outing to Fiesta Island in San Diego with D.A.R.T.


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January 6, 2013 TARC (any/all) - optional at 2PM at the Koepke's

January 7, 2013 CLUB (NAR #718) at 7PM at the Koepke's.  

January 20, 2013 TARC (any/all) - Optional at 2PM at the Koepke's

February 4, 2013 CLUB (NAR #718) at 7PM at the Koepke's

Members are always welcome to contact us to come by for additional help or a TARC team meeting


January 5, 2013 Launch with SCRA at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area (Link to SCRA) Note: Limited to max 500 gram rockets

January 12, 2013 Launch with ROC at Lucerne Dry Lake (Link to ROC). 

January 13, 2013 Launch with at Fiesta Island in San Diego (Link to D.A.R.T.)

January 20, 2013 Launch with SCRA at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
Note: Limited to max 500 gram rockets

January 26, 2013 Launch with D.A.R.T. at Fiesta Island in San Diego

January 27, 2013 Launch at Lucerne Dry Lake


ON-going help as needed to five additional TARC teams


Internat'l Space Station
NASA Human Space Flight ISS
ESA (European) ISS Web Site
Canadian Space Agency ISS
JAXA (Japan) ISS Web Site

Russian Fed Space Agency
Spot the Station Web Site
ISS Live
ISS Tracker
Ham Radio aboard ISS

Curiosity and MSL
JPL MSL/Curiosity Web Site
NASA MSL/Curiosity Web Site
MSL on Twitter
ChemCam Web Site

Curiosity Update

Curiosity is well on its way to helping us learn more about Mars.  The videos below show Curiosity's activities across the past month.
Dec 21, 2012 Video Update
Dec 7, 2012 Video Update

ISS Updates
NASA Video Gallery Page
December 28, 2012 (Weekly)

December 14, 2012 (Weekly)
December 7, 2012 (Weekly)

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