Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

All launches are at the Midland, NC site unless otherwise stated.

January 21st if field dries out

February 17th & 18th

March 17th & 18th

April 21st & 22nd

May 19th & 20th

June 16th & 17th

July 21st & 22nd **

* Tentative, if crops are out in time

** Tentative, if the field is still available

 Set-up starts at about 9:00, launches commence about 10:00. Field closes about 30 min. before dusk so we can clean up. Watch the site front page for specifics.

Friday
Jan192018

Saturday's looking soggy, but HOPEFULLY a Sunday January 21st Launch

UPDATE Friday evening... 

Not a lot has changed, you go squish squish squish if you walk across the runway, no way we can allow cars on it right now. Ralph & Kip are going to speak about 3 tomorrow (Sat.) and see where we are, how much melting and evaporation has happened and if the site can accomodate us. Right now we need a day of really good sunshine and a night that doesn't refreeze the ground so the water can evaporate off.

If we get good conditions then we'll go for Sunday, if not we'll recycle a week and try for the 26th & 27th as a 2-day launch which would suit folkks, particullarly those who drive good distances and especially Ken, much better than having a 1-day.

Truly this is the part of rocketry that sucks, we're going to have a beautiful weekend and we can't use it.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed and we'll see what happens. 

dr

 

Right now, as beautiful as Saturday is supposed to be, the field is probably not going to be in any condition to fly. There's still snow everywhere and we're concerned about tearing up the runway. As of Thursday evening if the snow melts and we get a good day Saturday we should be able to have a Sunday launch. Still need to check in with Kip but keep your fingers crossed!

dr

 

Tuesday
Jan022018

Launch Reports, 3 of 'em!

Launch Reports!! Count 'em, 3 of 'em!! Between Roy and I we managed to get the launch reports for the December and New Year's launches done, click the "read more" link as usual... dr

Click to read more ...

Friday
Dec292017

New Year's Launch is a GO! Noon Monday!

When: January 1st, 2018

Where: The Williams Farm. See Web Site for directions if you are new.

Set Up: Volunteers show up at 11:30 am to help setup.

Launch Start: As soon as set-up is complete, around Noon.

Launch Ends: Approximately 4:30ish PM so we have some light to close by, or unitl we all freeze.

Ken Allen, with Performance Hobbies is scheduled to be at the farm.

No Food will be available at the farm.

If you arrive early please don’t unpack you car until the field is set up. We will most likely have to shift cars around once the equipment is layout and to allow space for Ken.

WHEN ENTERING THE FARM, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DRIVE ON THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND PLEASE DRIVE SLOW!

Any pictures you take from any recent or upcoming launch that you would like to get posted on the web site for our embarrassment and your entertainment, just contact Doc Russell at: rocketrycarolina (at) gmail (dot) com. (Remember to make the appropriate substitutions... we don't like spam bots!) Or, as some have done, pass it on a disk or flash drive. We can always get it back to you. We are continuing with our Range Safety standards by making specific assignments:

RSO/ LCO = Range Safety Officer to pre-inspect rockets before flights
combined with the Launch Control Officer to check range conditions and control the launch’s in a timely and efficient manner. Check both the WEB site and at the launch for info on volunteering. It’s great for anybody who isn’t flying that day but wants to take part anyway. It’s fun to push the little red button.

ROCC Club Memberships. Memberships run Jan to Jan with the drive starting in Oct for the new coming year. Onsite: See our Membership Officer Jason Pettler. For MAIL-IN: See the web site for downloadable membership forms and e-mail address.

 

Friday
Dec292017

New Year's Launch is a GO!

Wednesday
Dec272017

A look ahead to a New Years Launch

We're trying to guage participation if we have a New Year's Day launch, right now it's predicted to be a high of 32 and winds of 8-10mph from the NNE (away from Mr. Simpson's property, but towards the tree line)

If you'd be up for it, please send a message to us via email ASAP!

rocketrycarolina (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!!

 

Thursday
Dec142017

December 16 & 17, 2017 - Launch

If you arrive early please don’t unpack you car until the field is set up. We will most likely have to shift cars around once the equipment is layout and to allow space for Ken.

WHEN ENTERING THE FARM, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DRIVE ON THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND PLEASE DRIVE SLOW!

When: December 16 & 17, 2017 *have to keep an eye on Sundays weather.

Where: The Williams Farm. See Web Site for directions if you are new.

Set Up: Volunteers show up at 9:30 am to help setup.

Launch Start: As soon as set-up is complete.

Launch Ends: Approximately 4ish PM so we have some light to close by.

Ken Allen, with Performance Hobbies is scheduled to be at the farm on Sunday only.

No Food will be available at the farm.

Any pictures you take from any recent or upcoming launch that you would like to get posted on the web site for our embarrassment and your entertainment, just contact Doc Russell at: rocketrycarolina@gmail.com. (Remember to make the appropriate substitutions... we don't like spam bots!) Or, as some have done, pass it on a disk or flash drive. We can always get it back to you. We are continuing with our Range Safety standards by making specific assignments:

RSO/ LCO = Range Safety Officer to pre-inspect rockets before flights
combined with the Launch Control Officer to check range conditions and control the launch’s in a timely and efficient manner. Check both the WEB site and at the launch for info on volunteering. It’s great for anybody who isn’t flying that day but wants to take part anyway. It’s fun to push the little red button.

ROCC Club Memberships. Memberships run Jan to Jan with the drive starting in Oct for the new coming year. Onsite: See our Membership Officer Jason Pettler. For MAIL-IN: See the web site for downloadable membership forms and e-mail address.

**** Mr Simpson Rules - These are very easy rules to follow, some might say common sense. Read them, memorize them, print them off. Whatever it takes to make sure you follow them exactly. If you have any questions ask before you do anything.

1). Nobody steps foot on Mr Simpsons property without a board member with them. Board Members: John, Ralph, Roy, Doc, Charlie. I can tell you from experience that if you choose to go on his property without a board member things will most likely not go well for you. 
2). Under no circumstance does your vehicle go any further than his driveway, walking from that point is required. 
3). If your rocket lands on his property you are not allowed to climb over his fence that separates his property from Kips. You must go around and enter the front of his property. SEE RULES # 1 & 2. If Mr Simpson catches you climbing his fence, again it's not going to go well for you. If I catch you climbing his fence you will be asked to leave the farm. Again this rule is well known.
4). If your rocket lands on his property you must retrieve it. He has live stock that might be tempted to eat the rocket and could cause problems. So no wimping out.
5). Here's the ultimate common sense guideline. If the wind is blowing strong towards Mr Simpsons property stop a think about what rocket/motor combo you are choosing. In other words, try keeping it on the farm. RSO's will be paying closer attention this year with those wind conditions, so be prepared to answer some key questions. 
6). I had to save a couple of guys from Mr Simpson last year. Let me tell you he gets very chippy in a hurry when he feels his rules have been broken. This years going to be different because I'm going to be more concerned with saving myself. :) With that being said, lets have some fun!

Thursday
Dec142017

2018 CLUB MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Please make sure to send in your membership dues. You can get the membership form with this link. You can either mail it to Jason or bring it to the launch this weekend.

 

http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/642903/24408531/1392945548093/ROCC_Membership_v4.pdf?token=2gINoxJwjiscsy1EpH%2FBv9xUBc0%3D

Thursday
Dec142017

2018 Club Officers

Listed below are the 2018 Club Officers for 2018. Ralph has volunteered to be President, but will certainly need assistance since he can't be at the farm every launch. Roy has decided to step down as Treasurer. I've volunteered to take this position for 2018. Roy will split the Club Secretary with Louise.

It's important that we get new people stepping up to take over these positions. We keep recycling, but we need new people to enter the mix to carry the club forward.

Listed below are the 2018 Club Officers:

President: Ralph Roberts
VP/Launch Equipment: Doc
Treasurer: John Bergsmith
Secretary: Louise & Roy
Membership: Jason
NAR/Tripoli: John Bergsmith
Tripoli Secretary: Doug
Community Relations: Laura
Advisors: Ralph, Charlie

Thursday
Nov302017

December 2 & 3, 2017 Launch

1st Launch of the Season

Since this is the first set up, if you arrive early please don’t unpack you car until the field is set up. We will most likely have to shift cars around once the equipment is layout and to allow space for Ken.

WHEN ENTERING THE FARM, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DRIVE ON THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND PLEASE DRIVE SLOW!

When: December 2 & 3, 2017

Where: The Williams Farm. See Web Site for directions if you are new.

Set Up: Volunteers show up at 9:30 am to help setup.

Launch Start: As soon as set-up is complete.

Launch Ends: Approximately 4ish PM so we have some light to close by.

Ken Allen, with Performance Hobbies is scheduled to be at the farm.

No Food on 12/2, Jason will have food on 12/3!

Any pictures you take from any recent or upcoming launch that you would like to get posted on the web site for our embarrassment and your entertainment, just contact Doc Russell at: rocketrycarolina@gmail.com. (Remember to make the appropriate substitutions... we don't like spam bots!) Or, as some have done, pass it on a disk or flash drive. We can always get it back to you. We are continuing with our Range Safety standards by making specific assignments:

RSO/ LCO = Range Safety Officer to pre-inspect rockets before flights
combined with the Launch Control Officer to check range conditions and control the launch’s in a timely and efficient manner. Check both the WEB site and at the launch for info on volunteering. It’s great for anybody who isn’t flying that day but wants to take part anyway. It’s fun to push the little red button.

ROCC Club Memberships. Memberships run Jan to Jan with the drive starting in Oct for the new coming year. Onsite: See our Membership Officer Jason Pettler. For MAIL-IN: See the web site for downloadable membership forms and e-mail address.

**** Mr Simpson Rules - These are very easy rules to follow, some might say common sense. Read them, memorize them, print them off. Whatever it takes to make sure you follow them exactly. If you have any questions ask before you do anything.

1). Nobody steps foot on Mr Simpsons property without a board member with them. Board Members: John, Ralph, Roy, Doc, Charlie. I can tell you from experience that if you choose to go on his property without a board member things will most likely not go well for you. 
2). Under no circumstance does your vehicle go any further than his driveway, walking from that point is required. 
3). If your rocket lands on his property you are not allowed to climb over his fence that separates his property from Kips. You must go around and enter the front of his property. SEE RULES # 1 & 2. If Mr Simpson catches you climbing his fence, again it's not going to go well for you. If I catch you climbing his fence you will be asked to leave the farm. Again this rule is well known.
4). If your rocket lands on his property you must retrieve it. He has live stock that might be tempted to eat the rocket and could cause problems. So no wimping out.
5). Here's the ultimate common sense guideline. If the wind is blowing strong towards Mr Simpsons property stop a think about what rocket/motor combo you are choosing. In other words, try keeping it on the farm. RSO's will be paying closer attention this year with those wind conditions, so be prepared to answer some key questions. 
6). I had to save a couple of guys from Mr Simpson last year. Let me tell you he gets very chippy in a hurry when he feels his rules have been broken. This years going to be different because I'm going to be more concerned with saving myself. :) With that being said, lets have some fun!

Thursday
Nov302017

Board Members 2018 

Board Members 2018

Good Morning,

I spoke to all of the current Board Members and everyone, with the exception of President, are willing to carry on for at least another year 2018. I will be carrying on in the roles of NAR/Tripoli Prefect in 2018, but not as President. We will have a vote on the current lineup for 2018, and a new President during the 12/16, 17 launch weekend, or online depending on weather.

President: Open
VP/Launch Equipment: Doc
Treasurer: Roy
Secretary: Louise
Membership: Jason
NAR: John Bergsmith
Tripoli Prefect: John Bergsmith
Tripoli Secretary: Doug
Community Relations: Laura
Advisors: Ralph, Charlie O

My Presidency will end on 12/31/17. We need a new person to step up and carry the club forward. Nominations will be accepted either online or this weekend. For the club to remain healthy we need new people to step up and bring new ideas to the table. I have certainly enjoyed my time as President and look forward to seeing what the next person will do.

If a new President isn't found prior to 12/31/17, the VP would take over the role until a replacement is found. I really don't want Doc put in this position so we need the next person to step up and take over.

Thanks
John