Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

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

Midland 2019 launch schedule (proposed)

February 16 & 17

March 16 & 17

April 27 & 28

May 18 & 19

June 15 & 16 *

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


Farm update 12/19

Just got off the phone with Ralph, updating on his conversation with Kip and the state of the farm. I thought that it was worth posting an update. 

This has been, as we all know, a very wet season start, and it's worse because it's been on this weekend cycle of rain every Friday and Saturday. Kip says that as soon as you walk off the gravel at the front driveway you start to walk through a sponge, squish squish squish, and then if you want to walk out into the field (like to retrieve a rocket say) don't figure on getting your footwear back with you. It'll be sucked into the mud like quicksand. 

We haven't seen a season like this for many years, Ralph said that Bob Strauss was pulling his hair out over that one. 

So all that said, until we can get a good run of dry weather it's not looking good for the farm supporting a bunch of cars and flyers decending on it. I wish it was better news, but if we get the predicted inch of rain on Thursday it's just going to make things worse. 

Stay tuned, if we don't get much rain we MAY be able to squeek in Sunday but it's sure not looking good right now. As for the 1st, well,  we live in hope!



Soggy... Updated

Just wanted to post this... I've spoken with several of the officers and cooler, albeit wetter, heads think that the field will be too saturated even on Sunday. We are SCRUBBING this weekend, the 15th & 16th. 


Well, as of Friday morning the rain is coming down, with a predicted 2 - 2.5" for the Midland area through Saturday morning. If that holds true then Saturday the 15th is definately a washout. The concensus of expert opinion is that Sunday will be still too soggy to safely fly on the field after this week's snow, then rain, on top of all the rain we got before the snow. 

I hate to say it but this weekend's looking like a bust. We really need a good few days of dry and sun to get the field in shape so it can handle us safely. 

Is there interest in trying anything next weekend if the weather cooperates even though it's the weekend before Xmas? Please send me a note using the "email us" link and let me know. If there's enough interest we'll see what happens. I don't think there's anyone around us launching that weekend as well. 



Rain, Wind, Snow, Frogs... Updated

Update: Yep, as we thought tomorrow is looking pretty dodgy, so we're going to call it a no-go and launch next weekend, the 15th & 16th.

Bring those Christmas shopping lists, Ken should be with us and since he's not at Camden this weekend (they've cancelled as well by the way) he should be well stocked!

Doc R.


Well folks, sorry to post this but Saturday is really looking iffy with the prediction of rain at 90% chance by 1 PM, and then you all know what they're saying about Sunday. 

We're likely going to push back to our regular 15th & 16th launch window, which long range forecasts have it looking fairly decent right now. 

I'll post a confirmation go/no-go later this evening once I hear back from the rest of the officers but it's looking loke a no-go as of 4:30 PM on Friday. 



We're off to a wet start...

Right now the weather forecast for this weekend is not in our favor. Saturday looks to be rainy or drizzly all day, and Sunday the day starts with showers and then continues with 15mph winds. Lovely! What doesn't get us with rain & cloud deck gets us with everybody going off the field toward Mr. Simpson (oh, didn't I mention that the winds were from the Southwest? Sorry about that).

So current thinking is to scrub this weekend and hope for a clear day next weekend (8th or 9th, we'll pick the day that looks better) where we can at least get some flying in, then to have our usual 2-day launch on the 15th & 16th. 

We hate to start the season this way but weather is what weather does. Remember that the 8th & 9th is also Camden, SC's launch window, maybe their weather outlook will be better. 

(Pirate voice:  Arr, 'tis a fickle hobby, maties!)



2019 season slowly approaching...

I rode out to the farm on the 4th to get the pads and check up on things to get ready for our next season. Because of the long warm season we've had we're running behind where we've been in the last few years. The soybeans are still covering most of the fields so getting on the field is probably not going to happen until the first weekend of December, the 1st & 2nd. 

Ken has it on his schedule to be with us that weekend as well, so it'll be a good chance to refill those rangeboxes. To try and make up for the late start I'd like to see if we can do a second launch in December before Christmas and then try for our sixth (?) annual New Year's day launch. 

You can check out the full schedule on the side bar and all of the launches in our area on the ROCC Google Calendar. If you look closely at the full calendar we've tried to work in concert with the surrounding clubs to not step on each others launch windows... which means that on almost any weekend you can find a launch withing a few hours drive. 

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Doc R. 


Aerotech 1-day SALE

Hey all... I just got a call from Ken Allen from Performance Hobbies. He got a call from Aerotech that they're going to do a price increase on Monday, 10/22. 

BUT...  If you send him an order TODAY, 10/19 he'll do a 10% discount. 

I know it's short notice but at least it's a shot...  his email is:  kensrockets@rocketmail.com

Hmmm...  Christmas might be early this year...  



4th Annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire October 13th

Come and join us at the 4th annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place on October 13th from 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Here's the link to the site: CMMF

We'll have a bunch of rockets to talk about and there's plenty of other things to see & do, like battling robots, 3-D printing on the cutting edge, laser cutting, fabrics and fiber arts, instrument builting and circuit bending, learn how to solder and much much more...  plus grab some swell swag (give-aways).

We've done this the last 3 years and it's a really fun day, getting to speak with chidren and adults about our hobby. 




Freedom Launch 2018 Recap

Roy Potter went down to Camden, SC along with several other of us on Saturday for Freedom Launch 2018! Please enjoy his description and then head on over to the Gallery to view some great photos of the event. Doc R.

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Freedom Launch!

HI folks...  2 things, first the ROSCO folks are flying this weekend in Camden, sport launch rules are in place so the field is open to anyone, so if you're itching to fly you might want to head down south. 

More to the point of the headline however regards Labor Day weekend...  Freedom Launch will be going on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of September so make plans now if you can to head down and have some fun!

Their launch schedule is HERE  and their facebook feed is HERE

Hope to see you there!!

Doc R.




A note about our friends to the south...

I got a great note from Sandy Houston the other day, and seeing as our Midland field is closed for the season it came at an opportune time. I had run into Sandy on July 7th down there when I went down to fly my totally rebuilt stretch Magnum on a K665. I had a great time, saw some old friends and had a great flight. I will definitely be back, although I have to work this next weekend so it'll probably be in August. Anyway, here's Sandy's thoughts on their new field... click the Read More button please! Doc R.

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