Upcoming Launch Schedule

2019 - 2020 ROCC Season (proposed)

November 16 & 17, 2019*

December 14 & 15, 2019

January 18 & 19, 2020

February 15 & 16, 2020

March 14 & 15, 2020

April 18 & 19, 2019

May 16 & 17, 2020

June 20 & 21, 2020

July 18 & 19, 2020*

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

 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. Also visit us on FaceBook. 

* If field is available due to crops, etc.


We're gettin' the band back together!

Well, it's been a while folks...  seems like it's been ages since we were at the Midland field. 

I'd like to remind you all that the South Carolina section of ROSCO will have a Sport Launch at the beautiful Camden, SC sod farm this weekend, October 12th & 13th LINK  The weather looks beautiful, with temps in the mid 80's and winds topping out at about 8 mph on Saturday and even less on Sunday.

We're going back to the farm in the next few weeks to get everything ready for our first Midland launch, currently scheduled for November 16th & 17th. (keep your fingers crossed, waiting for a crop update).

So get your kits out & finish building 'em, grab those engines, dust off those rockets you've had out in the shed for the summer & get ready, 'cause it'll be here before you know it!

Doc R.




May Freedom Launch in Camden SC

Well, our Midland field isn't available this month, but fear not, we have a 3 day launch over the Memorial Day weekend. Here's the launch announcement:

Freedom Launch

Three day Research and Sport Launch. Sod Farm Launch site in Rembert. We will start set up at 11:00 on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday and Monday. Shut down is at dark orwhen flights are done. https://www.facebook.com/events/588529898296481/

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No launch on Sunday April 28th

I do appologize, I should have posted this when I got back from the field, we will NOT be flying on Sunday the 28th due to the winds being predicted to be 10 - 15 mph for most of the afternoon and straight into the waist-high oat field. We lost at least on and almost several more to it yesterday and we shouldn't be wandering around in that to find lost rockets. 

I did want to extend a gracious thanks to 2 folks who made contributions to NAR and ROCC yesterday. 

Eirc Mitchell from Lenoir NC came by and delivered to both ROCC and NAR a huge treasuretrove of rockets, parts & LP engines that will be going to the repair box, members and out to the NAR nationals for their auction and the fly it - take it ptogram. Eric has been out of the hobby for about 12 years and is getting ready to move and wanted the massive stash to go to good homes.

Later in the day Peter Alvin stopped by with a large bag of kit parts and partially constructed rockets that will find their way to the raffel next season. 

Thanks to you both for your generous contributions. 

Doc R.



April 27th & 28th launch update

Hello fellow rocketeers, it looks like we might actually be able to launch this weekend! The rain has mostly passed and it seems like the winds will be from the west moving down the runway toward the road on Saturday. 

Sunday's wind forecast is a bit more problematic, it's supposed to both gain in strength and shift more to the north east which puts recovery into the very tall barley and our favorite neighbor. 

That said, if you're thinking about flying this weekend I'd make it Saturday as we may have to call Sunday because of winds. 

Ken will be with us, as well as a group of about 8 or so kids from a school launch with Brad Shea. Last time they came out they had a blast (pun intended!)

Since we had some rain on Friday I'd like to start the set-up at 10 am and aim range open at 11. That'll give the morning sun and breeze time to dry us out a bit before we all decend on the field. 

See ya there!    dr


March launch reports...

Roy just sent me the combined launch reports for the regular and the make-up March dates. Please hit the "Read More" link to see the whole thing. Thanks Roy!! dr

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New pix & Videos

Thanks to all who have sent me photos for the site, between here and the FaceBook site we've got lots to see, as well as some new videos on the YouTube page. Enjoy!!



Short Make-Up launch March 23rd.

We're setting up a short make-up day for the TARC folks to finish all their flights, from 1 till 5 PM tomorrow, March 23rd. If you still have some more motors to fly then come on out, the winds will be from the north mostly so we're away from Mr. S. 

See ya there. 



UPDATE - LATE START for launch March 16th & 17th

OK, we've had some discussions with Kip and, because of the late Friday rain, we think it would be good to hold off on the start time for tomorrow, with setup not starting before NOON.

I'll set the NOTAM to run a bit late as well, so we'll still have a good day, but please hold off on starting to arrive until 12. Sunday looks perfect, so normal times will apply for that, 10 AM start and we'll finish up by 6. 

Doc R.


So I don't wanna' jinx it, but as of mid afternoon on Friday we're looking good for the weekend at last. As I look out of the building through our live Sky-Cam on the roof of the CMGC in downtown Charlotte it's looking awfully cloudy still, but the rain guage has received just a trace of rain in the last 4 days so we may be in luck for our first 2-day launch! Unless it lets loose later today we should be OK. 

I will not be available on Saturday (I have to work that day) but Roy and Doug have said they will be in attendence. Anyone else that knows the set-up routine and wants to report to the field to help set up that'd be great. I'm going to set the waiver to open at 10 AM and close it at 6 PM. Set-up I figure should be 9:30 or so, but you can check the FaceBook feed as well for any updates. 

Thanks all, remember to be kind to the runway and don't do anything to make the guys in the CLT tower call my cel phone!

See ya Sunday...  Doc R.



Rain and more rain...

We were trying to see if we could manage a Sunday make-up day on the 10th of March but it looks like it's not in the cards, what with the rain continuing through Friday night and on and off drizzle on Saturday. 

We're still planning on the 16th & 17th weather permitting, so keep your fingers crossed. If anyone feels like sacrificing a bucket of KFC to the rain gods be my guest!



Weather Update for 2/17 as of 5PM Saturday

Looking at the forecasts, TAF's and METAR's for the area it's not looking good for Sunday. I was hoping for some sun and breeze for Saturday afternoon so the field could dry a bit. That didn't happen so it's still a soggy situation out there. 

The TAF for tomorrow has the day starting under a 1,200' ceiling with that dropping to 800' by early afternoon. Rain is prediocted to crank up by 1 PM. Just doesn't look like a rocket flyin' kind of a day. 

Looking ahead to next week it's kind of a rain fest all week, save maybe Monday. At least a 50% chance on each day and some significant accumulation by Thursday, so next weekend is probably not going to be possible either (but we can live in hope of the weather folks being wrong). 

Sorry folks but weather is the one thing we can't fight.