Please note, most of this information is from last year's announcement, as the O'Burg web site is in the process of being moved. Please check back for updates and also check the Orangeburg website located HERE for the latest information.
Are you experiencing Rocket Exhaust Withdrawl symptoms?
I suggest attending “Freedom Launch”, the annual East Coast Rocket Meet
Hoasted by the Orangeburg NAR (ROSCO) and Tripoli (ICBM) Chapters.
Since the Farm crop season is keeping us out of the farm for a while yet, I strongly prescribe a road trip this Saturday thru Monday, “Labor Day” weekend ( 1 – 2 – 3 Sept. ) to Orangeburg SC.
Rocket Ralph and Doc Russell have previously said this is like an annual pilgrimage for most of the flyers, and even if your not planning to fly, it is well worth it to go and just watch the show. (Doc's really ticked that he's going to miss it this year thanks to working the DNC!)
Multiple venders are available for those things that you haven’t been able to get hold of for a while.
Fliers have come from as far North as Maine as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas.
Fliers or groups who have a rocket project that they can only fly once a year, and want it to be seen, bring it here. So you can always expect a show.
Not to say that there are no Low or Mid Power fliers. The kids can outnumber the adults.
Usually, they have at least 12 or more Low Power pads set up with 12 or more Mid Power and High Power pads, and about 4 High Power Away Cells.
So there is usually no back ups with plenty of pads available.
Directions to Freedom Launch:
From the Charlotte area. (The Orangeburg club flies off a “Super Sod” Farm)
Travel Time = from I-77 at Harris Blvd is 2 hours 40 minutes
Take I-77 South to where it ends at Columbia SC.
Merge off the end of I-77 onto I-26 South.
Take I-26 S to Exit 154A (Hwy 301) towards OrangeBurg.
The Super Sod farm is only about ¼ to ½ mile on the Left.
Staying over? (ask to see if there is a Freedom Launch discount )
Days Inn, 1-803-534-0500, Across the I-26 Hwy from the site, Minimal services but has a pool.
Quality Inn and Suites 1-803-531-9200, Exit 145A south (Hwy 601) off I-26.
3671 Saint Matthews Rd (Hwy 601). More services and restaurants within walking distance.
There are many other places to stay at the same exit, 145A off I-26, do a Map Quest for a list.
Flight Fee = Last Year was $10 a day and maybe $25 for the weekend.
Sat, 1 Sept and Sun, 2 Sept. ( Information as known at this time. )
SAT = 10 am till 7:30 pm.
SUN = 10 am till 7:00 pm.
Open to all fliers up to their Certification Level. Levels “0” thru “3”
Those wanting to make cert Flights need to make arrangements with available judges.
Ceiling of 10,000 ft daytime. Expected flights over 6,000 ft need to check with Safety Officer first.
NIGHT Launch = 7:30 till 9:30 pm. (always a good show)
Rockets must be illuminated throughout flight with a 3,000 ft altitude waiver.
Monday, 3 Sept, (Labor Day) Tripoli members Only, ( Information as known at this time )
(A slower laid back day with longer prep times followed by fantastic flights.)
Cert Level 2 and 3 Research/Experimental flights.
Certification flights of Level 1 to Level 2, and 2 to level 3.
Cert Level 1 can launch sport flights with Certified engines only.
Hope to you all out there wearing the ROCC “T” shirts, show the colors dudes!
Roy, ROCC Sec.