Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

Sorry, the Midland field is closed for the season due to crops. 

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.

Friday
Jan262018

We're GO for Saturday Jan. 27th make-up launch.

We're GO for the 27th make-up day launch this Saturday. Temps are high about 60 degrees, about 10% chance of rain and winds fairly calm at up to 6 MPH from SSE. , I doubt we'd be able to get Sunday in, it's pushing 80% chance of rain. 

Let's try and set up between 9:30 and 10, flying by 10:30. Ken wil be on site. 

dr

Saturday
Jan202018

We're a GO for Sunday the 21st, but with cautions...

Ralph & Kip met out at the farm Saturday afternoon and we seem to be in a bit better shape than we were expecting, with some important notes...

Set-up time crew figure on arriving at 10 AM, flying by 11 AM. Range closeure by 5 PM so we can pack up. 

Driving:  Between the gravel in the front and the porta-potty, particularly in the middle of the runway, is pretty squishy. Please stay as far left or right as you can esecially near this area. 

Also, let's try and limit the number of trips back and forth...  please figure on staying put once you get there rather than a bunch of in and out trips, that'll help keep the runway from getting torn up. 

It's supposed to be a beautiful day for January, but out in the fields there's still some snow and it will be pretty soggy in the low spots so wear good footwear and watch out walking around, it's liable to be muddy in spots. 

Ken from Performance Hobbies WILL be there.

Simpson cautions...  if you drift onto Mr. Simpson's you must take one of the officers with you to go retrieve, and you must actually speak with him before you can go into the fence enclosure and get your rocket. (As for me, I'm going to try to not need to go there really hard! Word to the wise...)

On that note, winds are supposed to be 3-5mph from the west to south west.

Thanks all...  dr

 

 

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