Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

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

Midland 2019 launch schedule (proposed)

January 26th & 27th

February 16 & 17

March 16 & 17

April 27 & 28

May 18 & 19

June 15 & 16 *

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. Also visit us on FaceBook. 

* If field is available



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.




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


December 2 & 3, 2017 Launch

1st Launch of the Season

Since this is the first set up, 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: December 2 & 3, 2017

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.

No Food on 12/2, Jason will have food on 12/3!

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!


Board Members 2018 

Board Members 2018

Good Morning,

I spoke to all of the current Board Members and everyone, with the exception of President, are willing to carry on for at least another year 2018. I will be carrying on in the roles of NAR/Tripoli Prefect in 2018, but not as President. We will have a vote on the current lineup for 2018, and a new President during the 12/16, 17 launch weekend, or online depending on weather.

President: Open
VP/Launch Equipment: Doc
Treasurer: Roy
Secretary: Louise
Membership: Jason
NAR: John Bergsmith
Tripoli Prefect: John Bergsmith
Tripoli Secretary: Doug
Community Relations: Laura
Advisors: Ralph, Charlie O

My Presidency will end on 12/31/17. We need a new person to step up and carry the club forward. Nominations will be accepted either online or this weekend. For the club to remain healthy we need new people to step up and bring new ideas to the table. I have certainly enjoyed my time as President and look forward to seeing what the next person will do.

If a new President isn't found prior to 12/31/17, the VP would take over the role until a replacement is found. I really don't want Doc put in this position so we need the next person to step up and take over.



December 2 & 3, 2017 - Launch

The farm will be ready to go for this weekend. 12/2 & 12/3 will be the first launch of the season weather permitting.   


Set up time will be 9:45am on 12/2. Since this is the first set up, 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. 


Keep watching later in the week for a go no go on the weather. 


ROCC Launch moved to December 2nd &3rd

Well, the weather is conspiring against Kip getting the soybeans out, so we're going to shoot for the 2nd & 3rd of December. 

Everyone please be careful driving on Thanksgiving and have a happy and safe holiday.

If you're looking for something crazy, check out this guy's webcast on the 25th...

Mad Mike Huges to launch a steam powered rocket via Washington Post

Take care all, see you soon





EXTRA, EXTRA.... Wanna go to an Air Show?

We got an email from Paul Schaefer yesterday that I wanted to pass on...  


Good morning, We, (Tripoli nc) Michael Gunter and myself are displaying and catering at the Warbirds over Monroe airshow next weekend.      (edit... event website is HERE)

We are fund-raising for a full scale Nike Ajax project and recruiting for Tripoli. We are in need of any assistance available. 50,000 people are expected to attend the show.
Volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

We appologize for the short notice but it took awhile for us to get final nod from the organizers.

We are bringing our launch trailer with 1/2 scale Nike Ajax, Our 22' rocket grill.

The half-scale project is 16" dia. build,  18' tall rocket, name is TBD.

We are bringing food donated by US foods And Chandler Foods to cater and raise funds for the full scale Nike Ajax project, to be a 37' tall 2 stage project.

The menu is Brunswick stew, Janitas Carolina Stew, Pork BBQ, cornbread, cookies, etc.

We just need some physical assistance if you guys have or know of any younger folks to help serve food. Michael and I get so caught up in the presentation it's hard to do it all. (we are both disabled.)

We can offer some, but not a lot of money for your time, maybe $8 an hour?? 

Please get in touch ASAP...

Chef Paul Schaefer, L3
TRA# 12075
NAR# 28085

email:  Chefice99@hotmail.com
Cell 919-621-0290
So it sounds like an interesting opportunity if you can help out, spread the word to our rocketry buddies & see some cool stuff along the way!



Not long now!!

As Summer winds down and the air starts to get a little cooler, a rocketeer's thoughts turn to...  AP!

Just saying, we're not long from the next season of flying at Kip's farm in Midland, time to start dusting off those range boxes and making sure all your fins are attached.

To get you in the spirit of things, here's a little piece put together at KQED for their Quest program... 


 See everybody soon!

Doc R.


48 years ago...


Where were you?



I was sitting in our living room with my parents and my Grand Mother, who as a child had seen the Wright brothers fly, watching this 48 years ago. 

Here's a LINK to Nasa's image gallery on Apollo 11...  enjoy!

Doc R.


Invite from NRVR in Blackburg, VA

We've had an invite to go to Blacksburg VA from Tweeks!


Are you all interested in coming up to our “Big Summer Launch” July 15-16th? We'll be having multiple clubs.. motor vendor.. food vendor.. 3-4 clubs in attendance.. etc.

All attendees should RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1912745032273697/

Attendees who want to reserve a car/canopy setup space must also put in request in the event comments. (first come first serve)

Send any questions directly to us at officers@nrvr.org

Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks


Website is HERE