Upcoming Launch Schedule

2015 - 2016 ROCC Season

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

Currently the Midland site is shut down for the season. Please consider flying with our friends from ROSCO in Camden, SC or Bayboro, NC. Please see the calendar for dates. 

 

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
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

Wednesday
Dec232015

December 19th & 20th Flight Report

Our esteemed secretary Roy was unable to make the launch this past weekend (you were sorely missed Roy, hope all works out well), so I will try and fill in as best I can with the breakdown of flight notes. Currrently we're looking at a January 1st launch, our New Years Day Blow-In, (hey, some folks use shotguns, we use AP...) so stay tuned to the site and keep your fingers crossed with the weather. Click the "read More" link for the numbers... Happy ChristmaChanuKwanSolstiMas! dr

Click to read more ...

Monday
Dec212015

Turkey Shoot Recap from Roy

Now that the December launch is done here's Roy's recap of the November "Black (powder) Friday & Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot" launch. Speaking of the December launch, just wanted to thank all who came out & flew, watched, helped out, etc., and to all, Happy ChristmaChanuKwanSolstimas... dr

Click to read more ...

Monday
Dec142015

December 2015 Launch - 12/19 & 12/20/2015 - Update

Update 12/18 1:33pm - I think we will be a go, both Ralph and I think the field should be fine. Please Drive slow, and on the shoulders entering the field. Pleae check back for futher updates. 

When : Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20, 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 have food both days.

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. And 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. On Site : See our Membership Officer Jason Pettler. For MAIL-INS : See the web site for downloadable membership forms and e-mail address. Memberships go to the club treasury to cover the NAR and Tripoli Assoc. Fees and Insurance, and also cover the costs of maintaining launch equipment and supplies. ROCC Rocket Club “T” Shirts. Any $20 membership includes a colored club T-shirt. (individual prices posted at the launch) We went through the Grey shirts, the Tie-Dyes and now we have assorted solid color shirts. Due to last summer’s ill-regular season, any “I.O.U.’s” for “T”’s, See Jason or myself.

 

 

Monday
Nov302015

November Black (Powder) Friday & 2015 Turkey Shoot

WOW! What a beautiful weekend it turned into, and what a great crowd! Thanks to all who came out and had fun with us this weekend!

Roy will be along with the whole wrap-up but I wanted to say how nice it was to see so many friends and thank all who made it happen. 

I've started a gallery for photos, so if you've got 'em send 'em in...  rocketrycarolina (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Also, check out the YouTube channel... there's a couple of new videos... one from Todd's upscaled Goblin flight and Doug's TP Tubes of Terror!

dr

 

Wednesday
Nov252015

November 2015 Launch - 11/27, 11/28, & 11/29

Here we go, finally!!!!!
When : Friday, Nov 27, Saturday, Nov 28, and Sunday, Nov 29, 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 all three days.

Jason will have food all three days.
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. And 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.On Site : See our Membership Officer Jason Pettler.For MAIL-INS : See the web site for downloadable membership forms and e-mail address.Memberships go to the club treasury to cover the NAR and Tripoli Assoc. Fees and Insurance, and also cover the costs of maintaining launch equipment and supplies.ROCC Rocket Club “T” Shirts.Any $20 membership includes a colored club T-shirt. (individual prices posted at the launch) We went through the Grey shirts, the Tie-Dyes and now we have assorted solid color shirts. Due to last summer’s ill-regular season, any “I.O.U.’s” for “T”’s, See Jason or myself.

Tuesday
Oct272015

November Launch Schedule - Update 11/20/15

At this point, if the farm is ready to go we will launch on November 27, 28, and 29.

However, keep checking back.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Oct152015

Altimeters... which one to get?

So you want to get into dual deploy so you can fly higher but walk less, but you're bewildered by the variety of units on the market and which one has the options you want or the price you want to pay?

Well I stumbled on THIS PAGE that has the best spreadsheet of makes, models and specs that I've ever seen in one place. Check it out. I might just be in the market for a new one after reading this.

dr 

Thursday
Oct152015

A very wet but well attended Maker Faire!

Quick update: I got an email from the folks at Discovery Place Thursday afternoon... attendance was right at 3,100 people!  WooHoo!!   dr

My HUGE thanks go out to Michael Hollowell, Laura Bailey, Doug Knight & Roy Potter for stepping up and helping me out to man the tent for the first annual Maker Faire here at Discovery Place! And another really big thanks goes out to Bob Utley at Rockets magazine for sending a box of give-aways for us to hand out. Michael brought his big red Bruiser, which unfortunately had to stay wrapped up most of the day, along with his massive LED-encased night-flight Mosquito. Laura brought flyers and handouts, Doug brought some items from NASA and USLI and Roy brought the best cutaway rocket I've ever seen, along with the infamous Barbie rocket (which was a big hit with the ladies!).

It turned out to be a very wet day, but we had lots of folks come by the booth and had a very good response overall. Many folks hung out in the rain with us for quite a while and chatted about rocketry and Doug got hooked up with some folks that are also working on Cube-Sats, so that was very good indeed. 

Inside Discovery Place there were booths scattered all over the museum with everything from paper-tube bridge making to Battle-Bots, 3-D printing to guitars, a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra to repurposing found junk into art work. 

The staff at Discovery Place were very pleased with the turnout in spite of the weather, and look forward to doing it again next year. 

I've uploaded some pictures from the event from Roy and myself that are in the gallery so you can take a look... enjoy!

Doc R.