Upcoming Launch Schedule

2015 - 2016 ROCC Season

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

Feb. 20 & 21

Mar. 19 & 20

Apr. 16 & 17

May 21 & 22

Jun. 18 & 19

Jul. 16 & 17*

*(Depending on crops & field availability)

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
Apr242015

Sunday, May 3, 2015 is a go!

Sunday, May 3, 2015 is a go!

Unfortunately Saturday the winds are blowing the wrong direction, meaning into the wheat field. However, Sunday looks to be perfect so and Ken will be onsite as well.

When : Sunday, May 3, 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 5:30ish PM so we have some light to close up by.

Ken Allen, Performance Hobbies will be onsite.
Remember that this is a working farm. Dress accordingly, sturdy, warm shoes and suggest you dress in layers so you can take layers off and on as the temperature changes.

Pictures. WE Want More.
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.

Wednesday
Apr222015

April Launch Update - 4/25 & 4/26 Cancelled

The forecast hasn't improved so this weekends launch has been cancelled. 
We will be checking with Kip to see if pushing the launch back to May 2 & 3 will be possible without damaging the wheat crop. 
Check back for more updates.
Thursday
Apr162015

April Launch Campout/Night Launch will be April 25 and 26th.

 

The launched scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled because of the field conditions. We will push the launch back to next weekend. 
The Campout/Night Launch will be April 25 and 26th.

 

 

Monday
Apr062015

Congratulations to the East Alexander Middle School TARC Team!

Jason Erkman sent us an email letting us know the East Alexander Middle School made the TARC (Team America Rocketry Challenge) finals. It took  three years, and they made it this year! Jason wanted to thank all the members of ROCC for helping them with their launches. 
Congratulations to the East Alexander Middle School TARC Team!

 

Monday
Mar302015

April Launch Details

 

The April Launch is coming up quick.
Camping:
Kip as allowed us to camp out on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. I had a few people ask me about that so for those planning on camping you can make your plans accordingly.
Yard Sale:
Have stuff you need to sell? Bring it out on Saturday, April 18th. This is a good way to unload your unused stuff and to finance your new projects!
Night Launch:
The night launch will be scheduled for Saturday, April 18. We will keep the regular waiver open until approx 7 pm, and the night time waiver will start at 8 pm. So that way we can enjoy the best part of the day in the afternoon. That way it will give us an hour to set up for the night time launch.
Plastic Model Conversion:
If anyone built Plastic Model Conversions we will launch them Saturday, April 18th sometime after 12pm.

 

 

ADDITIONAL...  remember that if you're going to participate in the night launch please read the rules for the night waiver HERE

It is advisable to have flashlights for everyone in your party that will be out on the field, and it really helps if you can use a red gel on the lens... it will help to preserve your night vision. 

Last year we were treated to an ISS pass on Saturday night, it's a bit too early to tell but I'll check back closer to the event and post the results. 

dr

Monday
Mar302015

March (the real one) post-launch report

Roy's report on the real March launch, that actually came off on the scheduled weekend, is below... please click on the "Read More" link to see the whole enchilada.... dr

Click to read more ...

Monday
Mar232015

March Launch

Another great weekend launching rockets at ROCC. Thanks to everyone for helping!

Congratulations to Tex Steck, Keith Biddinger,and Micah Epps on getting their Level 1's this weekend!

Saturday
Mar212015

Sunday, March 22 is a go. Set up time is 9:30am. 

Sunday, March 22 is a go. Set up time is 9:30am. 

Thursday
Mar192015

March 21 & 22, 2015. Launch is Go for at least Saturday!

At this point, we are a go for Saturday, March 21st only. We will have to check the weather for Sunday and make a decision sometime one Saturday. Ken will be onsite for Sunday only. 
Jason will have food and drinks
Burgers, bratwurst, and hot dogs. Also chips, soft drinks and waters

When : Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 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 5:30ish 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 on Sunday, March 22 only.
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.
Pictures. WE Want More.
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.

 

Thursday
Mar192015

Feuruary (in March) post-flight report...

Roy sent in the February launch report... delayed into March by our weird weather patterns! Click the "Read More" link please... dr

Click to read more ...