Bruce Bell

Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:12

UFO 2017 Standings

UROC's Fall Contest event  the UROC Fall Open (UFO) 2017 took place on Saturday, October 14th. The event began about 8am in 27 degree temps with clear blue skies and no wind.  So we got our birds in the air a quickly as we could. We were flying under the new National Rocketry Competition (NRC) rules so there were no points but we all still had a lot of fun.  We had some pretty good flights and some nice Scale models.  Al Mecklenburg had a sliding wing Rocket Glider that made 2 excellent flights to earn him first in that event.  By the time it got warm enough to generate thermals the wind also came up.  We finished up about noon.  Looking forward to the NAR launch in November.
 
-- Bruce

UFO 2017 Standings 

Sport Scale

PlaceContestantNumberSectionPrototypeStaticFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 D Region Tomahawk 530.0 100.0   63000 600
2 Goode, Matt 100903 523 WAC Corporal 495.0 100.0   59500 360
3 Bell, Sally 85169 523 IQSY Tomahawk 445.0 100.0   54500 240
4 Redd, Randall 6333 523 Patriot 340.0 100.0   44000 120

 

D Egg Lofting Altitude

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 473   473 570
-- Goode, Matt 100903 523 CR   0 0

 

B Rocket Glider Duration

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Mecklenburg, Al 65738 523 28 44 72 630
2 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 23 41 64 378
3 Bell, Sally 85169 523 41   41 252
-- Goode, Matt 100903 523 NG   0 0

 

Random Duration (45 sec)

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 13.3% (39 s)   133 300
2 Goode, Matt 100903 523 24.4% (56 s)   244 180
4 Redd, Randall 6333 523 115.6% (97 s)   1156 60
T Division
3 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 55.6% (20 s)   556 120

 

A Streamer Duration

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 43 65 108 240
2 Goode, Matt 100903 523 47   47 144

 

UFO 2017 Meet Champions

PlaceContestantNAR NumberSectionTotal Points
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 2088
2 Goode, Matt 100903 523 684
3 Mecklenburg, Al 65738 523 630
4 Bell, Sally 85169 523 492
5 Redd, Randall 6333 523 180
6 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 0
6 Steele, Carrie 78080 000 0
6 Steele, Cassidy 81474 000 0
6 Steele, Cody 46810 000 0
6 Steele, Katie 80121 000 0
6 Stewart, Pearce 101610 000 0
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 120
2 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 0
Sections
1 UROC   523 4194
Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:46

UFO-1 2015 Contest Results

The morning started out rather brisk with temps in the 40s but fortunately no wind. In fact the skies remained clear and the air fairly calm for the whole day. At 7:30 in the morning, it was quiet and peaceful as I was setting up my launch gear. After the sun came up, it started warming up nicely. We had our usual group of competitors there with a new addition, William Cooper. In the foreground are Randall and Cathy Redd with Fred Williams setting up. As people started showing up we started getting our Egglofters up to take advantage of the calm air. Bruce Bell won top honors in Eggloft with a 655 meter flight using an Aerotech E20-7 motor. William Cooper was close behind with an excellent flight to 624 meters.

B Boost Glider and B Helicopter were dependent on catching a thermal to turn in a good flight. The time for a non-thermal flight in Helicopter and Boost Glider was around 60 seconds. The models that turned in the best times flew closer to noon when the thermals were more abundant. The Helicopter of choice seemed to be the Gyro Chaser from Apogee. While the Boost Glider of choice was the Condor also from Apogee.

The Scale models were turned in and judged. We definitely have a better crop of scale models this year as modelers are getting better at building them. Bruce Bell flew a well-made D-Region Tomahawk to a second place while Mark Snaufer had a beautiful Delta II. In team division there were 2 extremely excellent models from Pod Bay Doors (Matt Steele) flying a TCMP-2 and Dizzy Dog (Fred Williams and Randall Redd) flying a RAM-B. Both of these models were NARAM quality and were about as close to perfect as I have seen. There was only 20 points separating them after static judging. The RAM-B suffered some damage from a problem with the flight and the TCMP-2 came out on top.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

UROC Fall Open (UFO) Part 2 Results

Here is the results from our contest on the 25th. The day started with only a slight breeze and clear blue skies so the strategy was to get as many flights in the air as soon as possible. The wind did come up after 11 and by 12 it was pretty bad.
 
Most got their D Egglofters in the air early and we had some good altitudes with Bruce and Matt setting new U.S. Records.
 
D Rocket Glider proved a bit challenging with the only good flight made by Bruce with his pop-elevator design.
 
Matt went for a long walk as his A Parachute Duration model stayed up for over 10 minutes.
 
Contestants launched their Scale models in the morning also to take advantage of the calm winds.
 
In C Streamer Duration, Matt got his in the air early enough to be able to get a good time and retrieve it.
 
The others that flew Streamer later used a small streamer and less time to be able to retrieve their model.

 

UFO-2 2014 Standings

A Parachute Duration

Place Contestant Number Section Flight 1 Flight 2 Total Points
C Division
1 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 109 42 151 210
2 Mills, Clair 86500 523 53 29 82 126
3 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 47   47 84
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 680   680 210
2 Team, Dizzy Dog T-033 523 33   33 126

 

C Streamer Duration

Place Contestant Number Section Flight 1 Flight 2 Total Points
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 86   86 300
2 Steele, Cody 46810 000 52   52 180
3 Steele, Katie 80121 000 47   47 120
4 Steele, Cassidy 81474 000 44   44 60
5 Steele, Carrie 78080 000 43   43 30
-- Mills, Clair 86500 523 149 NR   0 30
-- Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 121 NR 12 NR 0 30
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 146 41 187 300
2 Team, Dizzy Dog T-033 523 DQ 86 86 180

 

D Rocket Glider Duration

Place Contestant Number Section Flight 1 Flight 2 Total Points
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 162   162 720
-- Mills, Clair 86500 523 DQ   0 0
T Division
1 Team, Dizzy Dog T-033 523 7   7 720
-- Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 DQ DQ 0 0

 

D Egg Lofting Altitude

Place Contestant Number Section Flight 1 Flight 2 Total Points
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 457   457 570
2 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 324   324 342
-- Mills, Clair 86500 523 DQ   0 0
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 390   390 570
2 Team, Dizzy Dog T-033 523 346   346 342

 

Sport Scale

Place Contestant Number Section Prototype Static Flight 1 Flight 2 Total Points
C Division
1 Mills, Clair 86500 523 Aerobee Hi 665.0 100.0   76500 600
2 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 IQSY Tomahawk 590.0 100.0   69000 360
3 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 WAC Corporal 470.0 150.0   62000 240
4 Bell, Sally 85169 523 D-Region Tomahawk 380.0 100.0   48000 120
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 Nike Smoke 750.0 100.0   85000 600
2 Team, Dizzy Dog T-033 523 Juno 1 655.0 100.0   75500 360
3 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 Nike Smoke 430.0 100.0   53000 240

 

UFO-2 2014 Meet Champions

Place Contestant NAR Number Section Total Points
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 2034
2 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 822
3 Mills, Clair 86500 523 756
4 Steele, Cody 46810 000 180
5 Bell, Sally 85169 523 120
5 Steele, Katie 80121 000 120
6 Steele, Cassidy 81474 000 60
7 Steele, Carrie 78080 000 30
T Division
1 Team, Dizzy Dog T-033 523 1728
2 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 1680
3 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 240
Sections
1 UROC   523 7380
2 IND   0 390

 

Wednesday, 07 May 2008 09:10

One down, One to Go... Scout Events

scoutlogoThis coming Saturday morning (May 17, 2008) will be BIG, VERY BIG. We need as many UROC members as possible at the Aerospace O Rama.

There will be at least 2 local television stations video taping the events, print media, several radio stations, over 4,000 Scouts and their leaders and hundreds more spectators. This is a chance for UROC to shine and pick up some more members. Bring a rocket to show off.

When the day started at 8am the winds were already better than 5mph with gusts to 10mph.  We knew then that there would have to be a strategy to flying competition rockets in this kind of weather. 

Most of us would quickly get the Parachute Duration (PD) rockets out of the way while wind was at its calmest because the wind would only get gustier as the day progressed.  The winners would put their first flight up with a medium sized chute (about 18 to 24”) so as to be able to get it back.  The second flight, which doesn’t have to be returned, contestants went for the gusto and put up 30” chutes and bigger.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010 21:36

Bruce Bell's Doberman

I have always built short fat rockets because I liked seeing them take off slow. So for Hellfire this year I decided to go in the opposite direction and build long and lean. My project started with a Liberty Launch Systems Competitor 4. This is a 10 foot long all fiberglass kit with G-10 fiberglass fins, coupler and a 5:1 nose cone, and comes equipped with a 24" long 75mm motor mount tube and centering rings. The booster section is only 48" long, which could present some problems with a few motors that I might want to use and not provide enough room for a proper installation of a drogue system. So I also purchased an additional coupler and 24" airframe section. With the additional section added on, the booster is now 72" long, plenty long enough for even the longest 75mm motors.  

I started with the motor mount by gluing the forward CR on to the motor tube about 2" from the end. I drill a ¼" hole in the forward CR and feed the Kevlar shock cord through the hole and tie it around the motor tube. I fill in with generous amounts of epoxy to hold in place. I drilled 2 small holes in the other centering ring (CR) and mounted (temporarily) a pair of small screw eyes.
This way I can slide that CR on and off while gluing the fins in place and gluing the motor mount tube in place. Once the 3 fins are glued in place, I pull the rear CR off and now apply the fillets to the fin roots. Once that is done, I glue the rear CR on, leaving enough MMT tube to glue on the SlimLine motor retainer. I cut about ½" off the base of the nose cone and use this ring to reinforce the tail of the rocket by gluing it in behind the rear CR. This helps with those hard landings out on the Salt Flats. I now apply some nice fillets to the fins on the outside using some thinned JB-Weld.
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The Liberty kits do not come with an electronics bay, but they do come with a coupler and end caps. I purchase the hardware including ¼" threaded rods, nuts, nylon locking nuts, washers, wire, terminal strips and a 9v battery holder. The altimeter of choice for me is the PerfectFlite ALT-WD. I start by gluing the end plates together after dry fitting them in the coupler tube. I marked where the threaded rod holes and the U-bolt holes need to go and drill those.
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I then cut the 2 threaded rods to about 3" longer than the coupler. I mounted the hardware in the mains side first including the threaded rods and the U-bolts. Note, I used nylon locking nuts to make sure nothing falls off at a time when you most need things to stay together, like just before your chute deploys.
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I mounted the drogue side end plate to the threaded rods as shown below. I cut out a piece of 1/8" plywood so that it fits comfortably inside the bay and marked along both sides of the threaded rods with a pencil on the plywood. Then I glued on some heavy ¼" I.D. tubing for the sled to slide on the rods.
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I then very securely mounted the 9v battery holder and the altimeter on to the sled, on opposite sides. If there is a crash, the battery would normally be a projectile, so this keeps the battery away from the altimeter.
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Now with the electronics mounted, I glued on the charge cups and the terminal strips. I used #20 gauge strip wire, and went ahead and wired everything up, leaving a generous loop of wire inside the bay to allow accessing the bay for battery replacement. I used a on/off switch from Aerocon to turn on the electronics from the outside. I notched the bottom of the mains compartment to accommodate this switch.
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I painted the whole thing with a coat of "glass-friendly primer" and a coat of black enamel. I then added a pair of PML rail guides. I plan on flying the Doberman on a Aerotech M-1297 at Hellfire, will weigh 25 pounds and fly to about 8,000 feet.
doberman






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