Upcoming Launch Schedule

2013 - 2014 ROCC Season

April 26-27, 2014 (4th w'end due to Easter)

May 17-18, 2014

June 14-15, 2014

July 19-20, 2014 (depends on crop rotation)

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.

Monday
Jan132014

January 18 & 19, 2014 - Launch - Updated on 1/17 (see below)

When: January 18 & 19, 2014

Where:   The Williams Farm. See Web Site for directions if you are new.

Set Up:   We need Volunteers!  Please be at the field at 9:30am.

Set up Time: 9:30am

Launch ends:   Approximately around 4:00 PM so we have some light to close up.      

Remember that this is a working farm, so dress accordingly, sturdy shoes and suggest you dress in layers so you can take layers off and on as the temperature changes.

LCO/RSO Rules for 2013/2014 

1. The RSO will be required to be Level 2 minimum, ROCC member, and a NAR/Tripoli member. The same person can volunteer to RSO/LCO in a given time slot, as long as they meet the RSO requirements.

2. The LCO will be required to be Level 1 minimum, ROCC member, and a NAR/Tripoli  member.

3. Rockets that will be required to be inspected by the RSO:
   a. Any rocket flying on an E motor or above.
   b. Any rocket using more than one motor, either clustered or multi stage.
   c. Any rocket weighing more than 1 pound.

4. Groups that come out to launch will have a Level 2 member assigned to them to make sure all rules are being followed.

Duty signups sheet will be at the front table for RSO/LCO. If you’re a Level 2, we need you to volunteer!!!!

Ken will be onsite on Sunday, January 19 only. 

 

Update 1/17

Winds are project to be around 10 to 15 for Saturday, and 15 to 20 on Sunday. Saturday is a go, set up at 9:30am. We will determine on Saturday if we will fly on Sunday depending on the winds.

Saturday
Jan112014

December & New Years launch reports

Roy Potter has crunched the numbers, deciphered your handwriting & consulted his Ouija board, resulting in a compendium of launch details for the last few launches. Click on the "Read More" link to get the whole skinny... dr

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Jan092014

January Launch

FYI, Ken will only be onsite on Sunday next weekend.

Friday
Jan032014

January Launch Theme - Estes Mosquito

Estes Mosquito, all sizes are welcome.

Wednesday
Jan012014

Science in the Movies... all January on TCM

Here's a blog entry from Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at CalTech, about a series of movies on Turner Classic Movies each Friday in January.

Here's a LINK to his blog post. They start this Friday with "For all Mankind", made from NASA footage and interviews with the Apollo crews, tells the story of that program.

Sean's blog is pretty good as well, worth reading if you're into the search for the Higgs particle and such things.

dr

Friday
Dec272013

January 1, 2014, New Year's Day Launch

When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Where:   The Williams Farm. See Web Site for directions if you are new.

Set Up:   We need Volunteers!  Please be at the field at 9:30am.

Launch Start:   As soon as set-up is complete.

Launch ends:   Approximately around 4:00 PM so we have some light to close up.      

Remember that this is a working farm, so dress accordingly, sturdy shoes and suggest you dress in layers so you can take layers off and on as the temperature changes.

LCO/RSO Rules for 2013/2014

1. The RSO will be required to be Level 2 minimum, ROCC member, and a NAR/Tripoli member. The same person can volunteer to RSO/LCO in a given time slot, as long as they meet the RSO requirements.

2. The LCO will be required to be Level 1 minimum, ROCC member, and a NAR member.

3. Rockets that will be required to be inspected by the RSO:
   a. Any rocket flying on an E motor or above.
   b. Any rocket using more than one motor, either clustered or multi stage.
   c. Any rocket weighing more than 1 pound.

4. Groups that come out to launch will have a Level 2 member assigned to them to make sure all rules are being followed.

Duty signups sheet will be at the front table for RSO/LCO. If you’re a Level 2, we need you to volunteer!!!!

Ken will be onsite

Saturday
Dec212013

Sunday, December 22 launch has been cancelled. 

The forecast is for high winds and rain. 

Wednesday
Dec042013

Great ISON comic...

Well, while we were waiting to fly last week comet ISON, the visitor from the ort cloud, came by and paid the sun a little visit... you might have read about it.  Some of you may remember that I've referenced Randall Monroe's online comic XKCD here before and he's got a great take on ISON here. XKCD is a great example of a really smart person with a wicked sense of humor and WAY too much time on his hands. He's also got the site "What If...", a kind of web-based, mister wizzard meets agony-aunt column where he solves questions posed by readers involving physics, math, science, and outrageous attention to detail.

There's also a thought provoking XKCD on habitable planets that may be in our "back yard", and it gets you thinking. It's here.

Remember, December's launch window will be here before you know it... get crackin'!

dr

Monday
Nov252013

November Launch - 11/30 & 12/1 - Semroc  Theme

When: November 30 & December 1, 2013

Where:   The Williams Farm. See Web Site for directions if you are new.

Field Conditions: The farm should be ready to go. I was at the field on Saturday afternoon and Kip had all the beans removed except the Northwest corner. He is expected to have that last area removed before the weekend.

Set Up:   We need Volunteers!  Please be at the field at 9:30am.

Launch Start:   As soon as set-up is complete.

Launch ends:   Approximately around 4:00 PM so we have some light to close up.      

Remember that this is a working farm, so dress accordingly, sturdy shoes and suggest you dress in layers so you can take layers off and on as the temperature changes.

* Ken will be onsite on both days!

LCO/RSO Rules for 2013/2014

1. The RSO will be required to be Level 2 minimum, ROCC member, and a NAR member. The same person can volunteer to RSO/LCO in a given time slot, as long as they meet the RSO requirements.

2. The LCO will be required to be Level 1 minimum, ROCC member, and a NAR member.

3. Rockets that will be required to be inspected by the RSO:
   a. Any rocket flying on an E motor or above.
   b. Any rocket using more than one motor, either clustered or multi stage.
   c. Any rocket weighing more than 1 pound.

4. Groups that come out to launch will have a Level 2 member assigned to them to make sure all rules are being followed.

Duty signups sheet will be at the front table for RSO/LCO. If you’re a Level 2, we need you to volunteer!!!! Don’t make me come get you J

Ken will be onsite on both days!

Ralph will be onsite, and cooking hot dogs, on Saturday only.

Carolina Rocketry will be onsite both Saturday & Sunday.

Remember, Semroc is the theme for this launch!

Thursday
Nov212013

ROCC November Launch - Rescheduled for 11/30 & 12/1

Between the weather and the crop situation it's not working for this weekend either...  we're pushing back to the 30th and December 1st.

Ken will be able to be with us as well, so it'll be good for everyone it looks like.

Also, don't forget the theme for November is Semroc. We're hoping to get a group picture and send it up to Semroc. Might provide a much needed smile for Carl's family, so please participate.

Keep checking back, things change obviously!

dr