Upcoming Launch Schedule

2016 - 2017 ROCC Season

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

May 20 & 21 (tentative, crop status)

June 17 & 18

July 15 & 16 (Tentative)

 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.



Official launch announcement: ROCC Sport launch. 2008 Elections and NAR Contest this weekend. Elections will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, so please attend. Ken from Performance Hobbies will attend both days of the launch. Dress warmly as it will be cool, layers are the key. Nar Contest: ROCC Winter Meet '08 C Eggloft Duration B Streamer Duration Set Duration (50 seconds) �A Parachute Duration There will be NAR ribbons awarded to the winners and a $10.00 gift card to Hobbytown USA. NAR or TRA Certifications: Please contact me ASAP to make sure we have the right people to get your cert done. Any questions, call me at 704-560-0147. Sincerely, Ralph ROCC Prez and Prefect

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Rocket Truck - (SOLD)

Everyone: I just wanted to let you know my truck got sold, thanks for letting me post it up for your consideration. Ralph

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Flying Rockets in the Cold

Hey everybody; I've gotten a few messages from some of the newer fliers and others asking how we fly in the winter. Burrrr.. It's cold out there. We have had many an enjoyable launch in the winter months. It helps if you take a few precautions. Look at the articles of the clubs up north flying in snow fields looking like Eskimos. Why should they have all the fun.

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New Imagry on Google Maps

Hey Folks... I just went by Google Maps and they've updated the satellite images. Here's a LINK to the new map.

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Launch info for the weekend:

Official launch announcement: Saturday and Sunday January 19th and 20th from 11:00 to 5:00 each day ROCC Sport launch. RSOs and the LCO will still be more stringent than normal, especially if no rain occurs, due to recent Drought conditions. This weekend is the first scheduled launch for 2008 and with predicted rain Thursday we look good for a full up launch and contest. One Note: as of Tuesday, Saturday is predicted to be Windy, winds 15-20 and Sunday much better around 10. This could effect our launch and maybe the contest. So stay tuned and watch for updates Friday night into Saturday. Please, "Read More":

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Motors for Next Weekend

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Ken Allen has contacted Ralph about NOT being at the farm next weekend, but has put forth an offer to send motors to us for our launch instead. If you need mid-power stuff for next weekend's launch, please call Ralph TODAY (Saturday) on his cel phone, (704) 560-0147 and place your orders. He will relay it to Ken on Sunday so it can be pulled and shipped to us for next weekend. Remember, mid-power only (if you need bigger you'd better get that order off to Al's pretty soon!).

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More contest Tips

Brad Shea sent me a few links that might be helpful for the upcoming launch. First, some tips from NAR about contest flying in general, available HERE Next is another PDF for a b-streamer model, available from this LINK The model is the "Darkstar", by Mark Talkington. Have fun and good luck!! Doc Russell

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Dragstrip streamer

Bob Bernatchez sent me this scan of an old Apogee Components kit, the design of which came from a NAR tech report (how's that for a convoluted lineage?)to make a high-drag streamer for the b-streamer event. I put it into a folder on our site, here's the LINK Bob was trying various materials to try and replicate the material that Apogee used. I made one with 4" wide mylar from Totally Tubular and it seems to hold a fold very well. DR

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Dec. 22nd launch report

This report was compiled and written by Louise Ferrell , in training ROCC Sec. Weather conditions were great on the flight line on Saturday 12/22, despite the forecast for rain and wind! Serious consideration had been given to canceling the launch. Fortunately "cooler heads prevailed" and we had a launch. I think that those who showed up on Saturday instead of heading to the malls had a terrific time! Many who showed were in the proper Christmas spirit wearing quite stylish "Santa fatigues" Ho Ho Ho!!! Click the "Read More" link for the rest...

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Upcoming NAR contests

For immediate release: Everyone asking about the The up coming NAR Rocket contest categories. ROCC Winter Meet '08 19 & 20 Jan, 2008 C Eggloft Duration B Streamer Duration Set Duration (50 seconds) �A Parachute Duration Here are links to plans for the various events: *C-Eggloft *1/2A Parachute *B-Streamer Contest models and / or supplies can be purchased here: * ASP Rocketry * QCR * Pratt Hobbies Set Duration can use any single staged rocket. Your goal is to get a flight time of 50 seconds. (from launch to landing) Regards, Bob Bernatchez PS, check out the next post for Bob's recommendation on streamer construction for the ultimate in drag! (Doc R)

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