Upcoming Launch Schedule

2016 - 2017 ROCC Season

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

Make-up launch Dec. 4th, 2016

December 17 & 18, 2016

Jan. 1st, 2017 (Tentative)

January 21 & 22

February 18 & 19

March 18 & 19

April 15 & 16

May 20 & 21

June 17 & 18

July 15 & 16 (Tentative)

 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.

Thursday
Feb252016

April Launch - Campout

The April launch will include the camp out. We are checking with Kip, but I believe camping will be allowed both on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th. We also will be doing a night launch on Saturday, April 16th.

More details to come. 

Monday
Feb222016

January 2016 Launch Report

Our ever-vigilant Roy Potter sent this in early last week but I didn't want to take away from the run-up to our February launch, so here without adieu being in any way more furthered, is the January Launch Report!! Enjoy!! dr

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Feb172016

February 20 and 21, 2016 - Launch

WHEN ENTERING THE FARM, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DRIVE ON THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND PLEASE DRIVE SLOW!

When: Saturday, February 20 & Sunday, February, 21, 2016

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 5ish PM so we have some light to close up by.

Please keep checking back for any possible last minute changes.

Ken Allen, with Performance Hobbies is scheduled to be at the farm SUNDAY ONLY.

Jason will have the grill open both days.

EXPECT MUDDY CONDITIONS IN THE FIELDS! Remember that this is a working farm and it is the winter season. Dress accordingly, sturdy, warm shoes and suggest you dress in layers so you can take layers off and on as the temperature changes. When the sun is shining at the farm it is like a solar collector out there with the open field so it can be 10 degrees warmer when the sun is clear than in the city.

Anyone who runs a Grill or Fire-Pit is responsible to have a separate fire extinguishing system of their own on hand at your site.

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 2015 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
Jan292016

Level 1, 2, and 3 Rocket People

Calling all Level 1, 2, and 3 people. We need you to sign up at the RSO table and take a shift doing either LCO OR RSO. LCO requires you to be at least level 1, and RSO requires at least level 2. We can train you to fill these important roles.
We have been extremely short for volunteers in these critical roles, and it seems to be worse this year. We can't keep having the same 3 or 4 people doing it all day, all weekend, all season long.
A lot of people have told me that if I need help all I have to do is ask. So I'm asking. Please come see me tomorrow and we will get you trained. If not, I will hunt you down or call you out over the loud speaker! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Wednesday
Jan272016

January 30 & 31 Launch - GO - Normal Start Time

WHEN ENTERING THE FARM TOMORROW, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DRIVE ON THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND PLEASE DRIVE SLOW!

When: Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January, 31, 2015
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 up by.
Please keep checking back for any possible last minute changes.

Ken Allen, Performance Hobbies is scheduled to be at the farm both days.

Jason will be cooking both days!

EXPECT MUDDY CONDITIONS IN THE FIELDS! Remember that this is a working farm and it is the winter season. Dress accordingly, sturdy, warm shoes and suggest you dress in layers so you can take layers off and on as the temperature changes. When the sun is shining at the farm it is like a solar collector out there with the open field so it can be 10 degrees warmer when the sun is clear than in the city.

Anyone who runs a Grill or Fire-Pit is responsible to have a separate fire extinguishing system of their own on hand at your site.

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 2015 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. 

 

Saturday
Jan232016

AP, a strange and tangled past...

We were watching TV the other night and heard about a rocket scientist from the mid '30s named Jack Parsons. I'd never run across his name and wondered why, so I do what ya do these days, I plugged his name into Google and out poured one of the starngest tales I had ever read about the birth of our propelant of choice, Amoinium Prechlorate. 

If you're interested, here's a few links, but it makes some strange reading...

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/bb/babalon004.htm

http://www.olats.org/pionniers/malina/aeronautique/asphalt_rocket.php

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/23/jpl-jack-parsons

dr

 

Thursday
Jan142016

January 23 & 24 Cancelled

With the incoming weather predicted for 1/22 & 1/23, we will cancel and hope for the best on 1/30 & 1/31.

At some point we will break through this weather trend!!!!!
Tuesday
Jan122016

Ken's schedule dates to be onsite in January

Ken's schedule dates to be onsite in January.

1/17/2016
1/30/2016
1/31/2016

Thursday
Dec312015

New Years Launch 2016 - Cancelled

Because of the field conditions the launch has been cancelled. 

Our next scheduled launch is 1/16 & 1/17, we will try and make up the New Years launch on 1/30 & 1/31.

Hopefully we will see you at the farm in a couple of weeks.

John

Thursday
Dec242015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year