Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

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

November 18th & 19th *

December 20th & 21st

January 20th & 21st

February 17th & 18th

March 17th & 18th

April 21st & 22nd

May 19th & 20th

June 16th & 17th

July 21st & 22nd **

* Tentative, if crops are out in time

** Tentative, if the field is still available

 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.

Sunday
Apr032016

Rules for the night launch scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Rules for the night launch scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016.

(These are adapted from the rules governing the night launch at NARAM 51)

1. All rockets must have an illumination device that will provide a sufficient source of light to be visible for the entire flight, including its pre-liftoff condition while on the pad.
2. All rockets for the night launch must pass through initial check in procedures before the end of the flying day on Saturday, with the NAR safety code strictly enforced. The on duty RSO will have the final word to allow or disallow any flight. There will be an additional pre-flight RSO check-in before loading on the pad. 
3. There is an absolute maximum altitude of 1,500' AGL. Only flights with expected altitudes of 1500 feet or less will be permitted. Documentation can be provided to verify your expected altitude. We will have a scale (max 25 lbs.) and a basic sim program available to verify HP flights to ensure waiver compliance. 
4. Only single stage flights up to a maximum total impulse of 640 Ns (I-class) will be permitted, as will cluster flights of up to 3 motors; provided they are all intended to be started at the same time while on the launch pad. 
5. Flights powered with a total impulse of more than 40 Ns (F class) though 640 Ns (I-class) must carry two independent light sources. At least one of the light sources must be electronic; the second light source may be chemical light or electronic. The second light source may also be enclosed within the airframe and deployed at apogee. However, the rocket must be clearly seen with at least one light throughout its entire trajectory. 
6. Models may not separate into 2 or more pieces even in the case that each piece may contain its own light source. Motors cannot be ejected. 
7. All flights must conform to the model rocket safety code and have a recovery device capable of making a safe recovery (tumble recovery is permitted). 
8. All flyers and spectators on the field will have a glow stick or flashlight on their person. Red filters on lights are desirable. The pads and paths will have glow sticks to show position. Our night waiver is open from 8:00 PM till 9:30 PM ONLY. You will be RSO'd for a specific rocket and motor combination during the day. Special flight cards will be issued and no flight will be permitted that hasn't been pre-approved.

Friday
Apr012016

April 3rd is a Go!

Sunday, April 3rd is a go! Please try and be at the farm at 9:30am to help set up.
Jason will be cooking!
Also since Ken will not be onsite I figure it's a good weekend to hold a yard sale. So if you have items you would like to sell or trade, bring them out. I have a lot of built low power stuff to sell and free up some space.

 

Thursday
Mar172016

March Launch - Sunday 3/20 is a Go

9:30 set up time

 

 

Thursday
Feb252016

February 20th & 21st Launch Report

Roy's at it again, with his recap of the festivities on February 20th & 21st. Windy but warm for the most part, with many rockets going either into the southern or northern tree ranges. 3 TARC teams ran shakedown flights and we saw a new, bigger pig from the Pettler clan. Read on, please, it's jam-packed! dr

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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

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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