AIAA OC Rocketry
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December 1, 2012


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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. There is still some room on some teams - please contact us if you have an interested student.  Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is a national contest for students to design, build, and fly a rocket to meet a particular challenge.  Up to 1000 teams enter; the top 100 teams travel to Washington DC for a fly-off May 2013. The top 25 teams from the fly-off can participate in the NASA Student Launch Initiative program:


What's up for December (JPL)
From JPL email 11/28/2012:
Starry fireworks end the year with a bang and the Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best of the year. Though the shower's peak is brief, on the night of December 13 and 14, up to 120 meteors per hour are predicted, if you live in an area with dark skies.
Link to Video

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

The Great Moonbuggy Race
Registration is now open for "The 20th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race" to be held April 25 - 27, 2013 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. High School students are required to design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team.
Link to web site
Link to video

C3PO is alive and well at NASA
Well maybe not the C3PO you are thinking of - this is NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program.  The program is "investing financial and technical resources to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate safe, reliable, and cost-effective space transportation capabilities."  Take a look on the web pages to see all of the activity - there is a lot!
Link to web page
Commercial Crew Program Video 
Commercial Space Transportation

NASA's Phonesat program
Imagine sending your cell phone to space in a satellite to collect data.  "NASA's PhoneSat mission will demonstrate use of small satellites for space commerce, educational activities and citizen-exploration are well within the reach of ordinary Americans...NASA's PhoneSat 1.0 satellite has a basic mission goal -- to function in space for a short period of time, sending back digital imagery of Earth and space via its camera, while also sending back information about the satellite's health.  NASA engineers kept the total cost of the components to build each of the three prototype satellites in the PhoneSat project to $3,500 by using only commercial-off-the-shelf hardware..."
Link to article
NASA Open Government Plan - Phonesat
Link to video
Link to launch video
Link to
Link to Rocket Mavericks

Curiosity and Mars Science Laboratory
Curiosity Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars
From: ChemCam on Mars Web Site 11/15/2012
Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet's surface..
Link to Article

Curiosity News Conference Update Dec 3 '12
Rumors have been circulating regarding a "big history-making discovery" by Curiosity - but in an upcoming press conference, NASA will put those rumors to rest.  "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect. The news conference will be an update about first use of the rover's full array of analytical instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil."
Link to article

International Space Station
From: November 18, 2012
The ISS team from Expendition 33 returned to earth November 18. "A Russian Soyuz Space Capsule made a rare nighttime landing in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan early Monday, returning three astronauts to Earth after a four month voyage to the International Space Station
Link to story
NASA's Sunita Williams gives a great tour of the ISS
Link to NASA Expedition 33 web pages

Expedtion 34 began November 18, 2012 and will end March 15 2013. This next expedition aboard the International Space Station will study bone mineral loss during long space flights, radiation from the sun, and much more.
Link to Expedition 32/33/34 Press Kit
Link to Expedition 34 Mission Summary
Thanksgiving on board ISS with Expedition 34
Link to NASA Expedition 34 web pages

Johnson Space Center Highlights
The year has seen many highlights at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston in the realm of human spaceflight exploration, international and commercial partnerships, and research and technology development.
Link to video

Boeing X-48 Blended Wing Aircraft
From the NASA Fact Sheet:
The X-48 is a "remotely operated aircraft with a Hybrid or Blended Wing Body concept, a cross between a conventional aircraft and a flying wing design..." The program's goal is to learn more about the low-speed flight control characteristics of the concept when applied to large transport or cargo aircraft"
Link to fact sheet
Link to flight video

AIAA OC Rocketry since last Newsletter
11/3/2012 Rocket build and launch with new club near Lancaster, CA
11/5/2012  Club Meeting (NAR Section #718) build for outing and TARC meeting
11/7/2012  RockSIm WebEx training with Manhattan Beach TARC teams
11/11/2012  Launch outing to ROCstock - Saturday was too windy but Sunday was perfect for launching
11/11/2012  TARC meeting - design and build
11/18/2012  TARC meeting - design and build
11/24/2012 TARC Launch outing to Fiesta Island in San Diego
11/30/2012  TARC meeting - design and build
12/2/2012  TARC meeting - design and build



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December 1 & 2, 2012 TARC (any/all) - optional at 2PM at the Koepke's

December 3, 2012 CLUB (NAR #718) at 7PM at the Koepke's.  We'll watch October Skies and have Pizza

December 15 & 16, 2012 TARC (any/all) - Optional at 2PM at the Koepke's

December 22 & 23, 2012 TARC (any/all) - Optional at 2PM at the Koepke's


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


December 8, 2012 Launch with ROC Launch at Lucerne Dry Lake (Link to ROC).

December 9, 2012 Launch with D.A.R.T. at Fiesta Island in San Diego

December 29 TARC + CLUB at Lucerne Dry Lake

December 30, 2012 Launch with D.A.R.T. at Fiesta Island in San Diego


None Scheduled


Internat'l Space Station
NASA Human Space Flight ISS
ESA (European) ISS Web Site
JAXA (Japan) ISS 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.
Nov 29, 2012 Video Update 
Nov 15, 2012 Video Update
Nov 9, 2012 Video Update
Nov 4, 2012 Video Update

ISS Updates
NASA Video Gallery Page
November 30, 2012 (Weekly)

November 16, 2012 (Weekly)
November 9, 2012 (Weekly)
November 2, 2012 (Weekly)

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