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So, now that the cold weather is here along with the snow it's time for designing and building of model airplanes and rockets, this includes some high power stuff as well, I would also like to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, (The photo above is of a double rainbow taken on 10-23-18 after a brief heavy rain storm).

Here at Giov-Research we plan on celebrating the first lunar landing in 50 years with some special Saturn V builds (one will be of paper and the other will be a plastic model conversion) and some other things thrown in all we can say is keep an eye out. See the 50 yr lunar landing page for further, there is a lot planned for the year.

The Giov Challenge Program is up and running, this challenge will be for anyone; young or old, experienced or not in model rocketry. The hope of this program is to bring back some of the lost model building techniques of yesterday. This challenge is even open to High Power Fliers looking for something different. Go to "Giov Challenge" page for more information. Earn the Giov-Research challenge "Medalion".

The "challenge" will be to build from plans a single stage model rocket, a multi-stage model rocket and last but not least do a research project to earn the Giov-Research challenge "Medalion", the idea is to get people (young or old) building models.

The Giov Challenge is looking for the first person to complete it. The challenge is to build from plans 1 of 3 rockets. I've gotten a few questions: "It only costs $5 to complete the program"? That is correct. One can go and build the Auriga, fly it, email in a photo of the model in flight and receive a certificate of stage-1 completion, make or attach a booster section to the same model, fly it as a staged model, email in a photo and receive a 2nd stage certificate of completion. The final stage can be an R&D report using the NAR R&D rules for your write-up or for $60 dollars one can buy the Fire Rocket build and fly it email the photo if it in flight to complete the final stage and receive the "Medalion" its important to note that the $60 fee includes shipping and handling. (The R&D report can be what ever you want from science to engineering, but it must include model/high power rocketry). At some point I will be putting some kits together of the Auriga model rocket and others if the need arises.

My ConGats to the Queensbury High School Rocket club for completing the 1st stage challenge.

We here at Giov-Research are also getting ready for the 2024 total solar eclipse. This eclipse will be visible along the east coast. So I'll be looking for people to conduct a small experiment during the eclipse. Please see the solar eclipse experiment section for our final report.

The Planetary Society is getting ready to launch a second generation LightSail 2 spacecraft in 2019. LightSail 1 was successfully launched in 2015 and proved the theory of lightsail (using the photons/solar wind of the sun) for travel through space. I can remember when all this started with Carl Sagan in the early 1980's one of my reasons for joining the Planetary Society. We hope much success with this 2nd launch. If you would like to know more I'll refer you to the Planetary Society website found in the Links section.

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Stay Safe my Friends!

Up the irons, with Model Aviation & Rocketry!



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