Upcoming Launch Schedule

2015 - 2016 ROCC Season

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

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
Dec212007

Update for DEC 22nd make-up day

Ralph just called and said that we're on for tomorrow, Dec. 22nd, as a make-up day for last week end... with a couple of minor changes: First, Ken won't be there, he can't make the trip for various reasons (Holiday, gas$$, stock, etc.) Second, and maybe most important, it'll be a 3.3 lb. & under day because of the filght wavier and weather possibilities. And third, based on weather, is we'll set up starting at 10:00, but watch for low cloud cover and wind levels as to when the field will close. That said, bring your estes and mid-power stuff and have a go! Happy Holly-daze to all and may your tree be filled with rocket-y goodness!

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Thursday
Dec202007

Make-up Launch Scheduled for Saturday December 22, 2007

Everyone: After last weekends attempt to a launch was not very successful, we have scheduled this Saturday as a makeup day. Thank goodness for the rain. I still recommend caution on flying as we will evaluate conditions when we get to the field. If moisture levels in the woods are still pretty wet in the leaves on the ground I'd say we will be OK to fly to the norm. However, I have my doubts that the 1.0-1.5 inches of rain we had last week really helped much. So, again I urge caution. Official launch announcement: Saturday December 22nd 11:00 to 5:00 ROCC Sport launch (Recommend that Motor Power be limited and fly only the most stable and predictable rockets.) RSOs and LCO will be more stringent than normal. Lets try to keep altitudes limited to 2500 max and fly only up to I power, pending field conditions. Note: They are predicting (as of Wednesday) only a 10% chance of rain showers for Saturday, however, a 60% chance Saturday night. They are predicting NE breezes at only 5 mph and cloudy. This will be great if the ceiling will stay up. We were socked in to around 600' feet last Saturday. NAR or TRA Certifications: Please contact me ASAP to make sure we have the right people to get your cert done. I would encourage you to hold off on L2 certs until we have better field conditions. Charlie will attempt his NAR L! Saturday, So I need to have at least two NAR folks there for his flight. Vendors: Ken Allen from Performance hobbies will be there Saturday, please come out and do that last minute Christmas shopping. Meetings: We will have a around 3:00pm-3:30pm, no slacking off this year. Topics: ROCC Elections on Saturday Current Nominations: ROCC President, Ralph Roberts ANY Other Nominations.?? ROCC Vice President, Brad Shea ANY Other Nominations.?? ROCC Club Secretary/Treasure, Louise Ferrel, Roy Potter ANY other nominations ?? ROCC NAR Advisor, Bob Bernatchez Tripoli Positions can only be held by Tripoli Members and only Tripoli members can vote on these positions Tripoli Prefect, Ralph Roberts ANY other nominations ?? Tripoli Secretary, John Hood, Doug Knight. ANY other nominations ?? Due to slow turnout last month we will still except nominations up until the meeting. Will need to have a overall vote to add the position of Vice President, I will check the by-laws to make sure we add the office properly. I believe we would need to be an official 2/3rds vote for to add it. NAR Contest: Bob has a list and has been announced. 2008 Membership drive kick-off 2008 Flying schedule - Do we keep the same 3rd weekend? New T-Shirts are in make sure if we owed you on from last year, that you received. Duty Roster: I will have new sign-up sheets for the launches through April next year. Sign up to help, please!!!!!! Porta-Potty: Will be on-site this launch. Flyer-Fees: Please come out and fly and pay your fees. Recommended $8-$10 donation a day per flyer. We still have to pay the Piper. Rocket stuff Give-aways: Please bring out un-used kits, motors, rocket accessories to donate to a bin. I would like to do a give away every hour so we can to get everyone in the Christmas sprit. We can celebrate Christmas in July, right? Note: Keep an eye on email and the website for any changes regarding our launch. Questions, comments - Ralph Roberts @ roccprez@bellsouth.net Sincerely, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez and prefect.

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Sunday
Dec162007

No Launch Sunday Dec 16th, Make-Up scheduled for Sat Dec. 22nd

Everyone: Due to the High Winds forecast for today the launch has been canceled. We are going to fly again next Saturday Dec 22nd for a make up date. Ken Allen is reschedule to come down as well. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez

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Friday
Dec142007

Update to times

Ralph called me to say that they are trying to beat the weather fron by moving up the start time for the launch. They will start field set-up at 9:00 AM, figuring that the weather will arrive about 3:00 PM. Come on out & fly early! Take care, we're in Maryland doing a show & hope to not get snowed in up here on Sunday! D&J

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Thursday
Dec132007

December Launch Plans:

Everyone: I spoke with Kip Tuesday night and he has cleared us to launch, however, with restricted rockets and power levels. He himself had a small fire just about get out of hand up at his other farm this week so extreme care must be taken. We still have the surrounding areas to worry about as far as fire threat. We have had almost zero rain since last launch so there is a lot of dry vegetation to worry about. You may or may not be aware that when we have "High Wind" days the wildfire danger alerts are posted up on weather.com as special weather statements due to all the dry brush and debris on the ground. Official launch announcement: Saturday and Sunday December 15th and 16th from 11:00 to 5:00 each day Click on READ MORE:

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Thursday
Dec132007

November Launch Report

Hello, Hello to all you Rocket Scientists, young and old, male and female, nerd and geek. It is good to be a Rocket Science Geek. Its about time I got this Post-Launch report out for our last launch, the 17th and 18th of November. We should have named it the �Great Turkey Launch�. We can�t complain about the weather. The wind and temperature were really good so the conditions were really great for both days. About the ROCC Club elections, Still Looking for nominations for ROCC President, has been suggested that with Brad Shea interested in helping, he run for Vice President and be in training for future President. ANY Other Nominations.?? Club Secretary/Treasure, it is said that Louise Ferrel MAY be interested. ANY other nominations???? Tripoli Secretary, John Hood has still got it with offered assistance from Doug Knight. ANY thing else? Click on "Read More" for the rest of the report:

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Wednesday
Dec052007

Woo-Hoo

Haven't posted in a couple weeks, with the holiday and all, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I just had a personal note to pass on, when I got home yesterday there were 3 blue envelopes in the mail box... my LEUP got here! Why the 3 envelopes?... don't know. Maybe they come from different departments, but you'd think they'd just put 'em in one. Go figure. Now to try for L2 again...!

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Wednesday
Nov142007

Update for this weekend (Nov 17 and 18)

Everyone: OK, I have confirmed with Kip the the field is cleared of Soybeans as of Tuesday and the Winter Wheat has been planted. So they are done with the field until Springtime. Yeah! The Porta-John has been ordered and will be delivered Friday. John Hood has the information to call the Waiver in. Now pray for rain to get it good and wet. Vendor changes: Brent Johnson from Hobbytown USA will be down Saturday with all rocket stock priced to sell. He is getting out of the rocket business. He should have some good prices. Ken Allen from Performance hobbies will only be down Sunday Nov 18th as he will be at the BayBoro, NC launch on Saturday out east. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC President

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Thursday
Nov082007

Nov ROCC launch is a GO with Exceptions (Next Weekend Nov 17th and 18th)

OK, everyone has been bugging me about flying at the Farm. Well, here is the current situation. I spoke to Kip Williams tonight (Nov. 7th) regarding the field status. The left hand side of the field has been harvested both of corn and soybeans. They have begun work in the back on the right hand side of the field to harvest it. He expects it to be done by next weekend. The farm received 4" of rain two weeks ago which has allowed them to plant the Barley for the winter crop. That is the good news.

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Thursday
Nov012007

General Tibbets

This just in from the "Beeb" Gen. Paul Tibbets, USAAF (Ret.), has passed away. Link

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