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.


December 2 & 3, 2017 - Launch

The farm will be ready to go for this weekend. 12/2 & 12/3 will be the first launch of the season weather permitting.   


Set up time will be 9:45am on 12/2. 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. 


Keep watching later in the week for a go no go on the weather. 


ROCC Launch moved to December 2nd &3rd

Well, the weather is conspiring against Kip getting the soybeans out, so we're going to shoot for the 2nd & 3rd of December. 

Everyone please be careful driving on Thanksgiving and have a happy and safe holiday.

If you're looking for something crazy, check out this guy's webcast on the 25th...

Mad Mike Huges to launch a steam powered rocket via Washington Post

Take care all, see you soon





EXTRA, EXTRA.... Wanna go to an Air Show?

We got an email from Paul Schaefer yesterday that I wanted to pass on...  


Good morning, We, (Tripoli nc) Michael Gunter and myself are displaying and catering at the Warbirds over Monroe airshow next weekend.      (edit... event website is HERE)

We are fund-raising for a full scale Nike Ajax project and recruiting for Tripoli. We are in need of any assistance available. 50,000 people are expected to attend the show.
Volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

We appologize for the short notice but it took awhile for us to get final nod from the organizers.

We are bringing our launch trailer with 1/2 scale Nike Ajax, Our 22' rocket grill.

The half-scale project is 16" dia. build,  18' tall rocket, name is TBD.

We are bringing food donated by US foods And Chandler Foods to cater and raise funds for the full scale Nike Ajax project, to be a 37' tall 2 stage project.

The menu is Brunswick stew, Janitas Carolina Stew, Pork BBQ, cornbread, cookies, etc.

We just need some physical assistance if you guys have or know of any younger folks to help serve food. Michael and I get so caught up in the presentation it's hard to do it all. (we are both disabled.)

We can offer some, but not a lot of money for your time, maybe $8 an hour?? 

Please get in touch ASAP...

Chef Paul Schaefer, L3
TRA# 12075
NAR# 28085

email:  Chefice99@hotmail.com
Cell 919-621-0290
So it sounds like an interesting opportunity if you can help out, spread the word to our rocketry buddies & see some cool stuff along the way!



Not long now!!

As Summer winds down and the air starts to get a little cooler, a rocketeer's thoughts turn to...  AP!

Just saying, we're not long from the next season of flying at Kip's farm in Midland, time to start dusting off those range boxes and making sure all your fins are attached.

To get you in the spirit of things, here's a little piece put together at KQED for their Quest program... 


 See everybody soon!

Doc R.


48 years ago...


Where were you?



I was sitting in our living room with my parents and my Grand Mother, who as a child had seen the Wright brothers fly, watching this 48 years ago. 

Here's a LINK to Nasa's image gallery on Apollo 11...  enjoy!

Doc R.


Invite from NRVR in Blackburg, VA

We've had an invite to go to Blacksburg VA from Tweeks!


Are you all interested in coming up to our “Big Summer Launch” July 15-16th? We'll be having multiple clubs.. motor vendor.. food vendor.. 3-4 clubs in attendance.. etc.

All attendees should RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1912745032273697/

Attendees who want to reserve a car/canopy setup space must also put in request in the event comments. (first come first serve)

Send any questions directly to us at officers@nrvr.org

Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks


Website is HERE





NASA videos worth a look...

A couple of great NASA videos that hit the site this week, the first I wanted to bring to your attention is one on Sounding Rockets. It explains how they're used and a bit about why they're the right choice for some missions. 

Next up is one about Cube Sats, a subject that's near & dear to Dr. Doug's heart, having worked on some.

The last one is from the NASA USLI site, a great introduction video on HP rocketry.

Thanks, and keep building!  dr



May launch update

Kip's crop situation is, well, there's no other way to say it, they're really TALL!

Ralph & I worked out at the farm a couple weekends ago and I found my lost Luna rocket (which was nice) but the oats in the north field where it was were beard-deep!!

Bottom line, we're not flying in May. 

Good side, we may very well get a June launch in so we'll keep you up to date. 


"Children of the Oats" by Ralph Roberts


April 22 & 23 Launch Report

Unfortunately weather conspired against us in April, with high winds on Saturday and a day full of Rain canceling Sunday. Roy couldn't make it out so I'll take a stab at doing the launch report. Remember, if you have photos that you want me to post in the gallery send them over to: rocketrycarolina (at) gmail (dot) com.

Click to read more ...


April 22 & 23 Launch - Update 2

Update Saturday evening:  Weather forecast for Sunday is calling for rain starting over night, Sunday launch is scrubbed.

April 22 & 23 Launch - Update

At this point the weather only looks good for Saturday. Because of the crop growth, we won't have the option of pushing back a week in hopes of better weather. So we will go with whatever the weather allows which at this point looks like Saturday only. The night launch, and Saturday night camp out are cancelled unless the weather forecast changes. This could easily happen so stay tuned for updates.

Saturday Ralph will be doing his BBQ, roughly 24 pounds of it. Let me give you some advice, don't miss out on it!!!

You can camp out Friday night if you want, just let me know if you are planning on doing that.

Again, the weather can easily change so please stay tuned for updates during the week.