Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

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

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
May182008

Opportunity Lost with the Clean-Up day- Ralph,Club editorial

Brad, Doc, Roy, Ralph, Todd and Mark Canepa were the only attendees at the May ROCC clean-up day yesterday. It was very successful and our launch equipment is on its way to the NSL Launch.

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Tuesday
May132008

Questions about rocket club activity in Orangeburg (AKA NSL FAQ)

I've gotten some questions about the National Sport Launch in Orangeburg this Memorial Day Weekend. All the questions could be answered by reading the NSL website. But I'll cover a few of them. 1. No, there is no fee to just come out and watch. there is only a "Launch Fee" if you are going to fly. You could have Pre-regestered in advance by the 13th, or you can regester at the launch field for the weekend or by the day. Prices are on the web site. 2. Yes, it is worth while to come out and just watch the show. There are rockets that only get flown once or twice a year by one flier or by a sponsored team, and this is one of the places they come to fly them. And there should be a impressive number of Rocket Venders with lots and lots of very neat and gotta-have stuff to look at, buy and drool over. Food venders also, so you really don't have to leave the site till the end of the day. 3. No overnight camping on the field. There is a list of recommended hotels on the web site. Have noticed on prior O'burg launchs, that because this is a "Sod Farm", there are giant moving water sprinklers, so don't set up a shade shelter Friday. Wait till Saturday morning and you should be able ask if you have to remove or move it for the night, or if the sprinklers will not be in our area for the weekend. 4. There is a contact point on the web site for more detailed questions if you have any. 5. Our local ROCC club is planing on a "Get the equipment cleaned and ready" to take down and assist the O'burg club. We are lending them our equipment to supplement their set up to handle the large volume of flights expected. It needs to be ready to go down that Friday. Hope to see you out at the Williams Farm this Sat, 1 - 4:00 for the equipment preparation. Roy. ROCC Sec.

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Monday
May122008

Rockey club activity for May

Hey hey hey Everybody.... ROCC Sec Roy here to remind everyone that due to the Barley crop out on the farm and our support and participation in the NAR, National Sport aunch 2008 in OrangeBurg SC Memorial Day Weekend, We will NOT have a regular 3rd weekend ROCC Launch out at the farm for the month of May. ROCC Prez Ralph wants everyone to know however = Since we are donating our equipment to the NSL 2008, launch in Orangeburg May 24th,25th, and 26th I suggest we have a launch equipment cleanup day and work day at the Farm say about Saturday afternoon May 17th from 1:00-4:00. This would include prep time for the new rocket motor magazine safe, Brad, line up your welder. Sandy, I'll get the specs on the hoods by this week. I would like to have all the equipment cleaned and checked out for Todd and Terry to delivery to Orangeburg on Friday May 23rd. Maybe get together at Bob's Dinner down the road afterwards. Important: The NSL pre-registration deadline (13 May) is coming up soon for the NSL 2008 launch so please sign up ASAP. The NSL launch will provide a great opportunity for us to participate in a National launch on a great field. Please try to attend. You can register on site per day or for the weekend if your not sure. More news to follow, so please stay tuned. NSL 2008 web site for info, hotels, flight pre-registration. It's easy to get to Orangeburg. Take I-77 south to Columbia SC. Merge onto I-26 south at Columbia to Orangeburg. Exit at exit 154-A and the SuperSod Farm will be about 1/2 mile on the left. The whole trip is aprox 2 hour 40 min (legal speed) from my location in the University area of Harris Blvd.

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Friday
May092008

Great Soyuz story

Jean found a great article on the IEEE website about the recent out-of-parameter return of the Soyuz spacecraft from the ISS. It describes what seems to be a very near disaster that may have been averted by engineers making a design change close to 40 years ago to avoid a repeat of an earlier disaster. It makes some great, albeit chilling, reading. LINK

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Tuesday
Apr292008

Launch Report April 20 2008

Welcome All Rocketeers, Sunday, April 20th. Sunday was better in most respects, more sun, no rain but we should have expected that there would be some kind of breeze and light to stiff winds pushing the rain front out. It was easy to cope with but a nuisance just the same.

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Tuesday
Apr292008

Launch Report April 19 2008

Welcome All Rocketeers, where were you April 19th? It was a challenge of a weekend this time. Saturday the 19th of April was off and on light rains, one good but short rain that we got a telephonic warning about. In these case�s we just quickly covered over the equipment till it passed through the area. And it was a bit more breezy than we expected. Sunday was a lot clearer and better, but we did get a bit more wind than was forecasted.

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Tuesday
Apr222008

May - ROCC activities

For those of you who missed the April launch here is the discussion regarding the field and launch status. The Barley is starting to "Head-Out", as Kip puts it, so from here on out to harvest time it has to be cared for gingerly. As it dries out to harvest which Kip said would be about the last week of May, first week of June there will be no way to fly in the field. So the May Launch dates are postponed. Kip also noted that the Corn will more than likely go in on the North field this week. However, since we are donating our equipment to the NSL launch in Orangeburg May 24th,25th, and 26h I suggest we have a launch equipment cleanup day and work day at the Farm say Saturday afternoon May 17th from 1:00-4:00. This would include prep time for the new safe, Brad, line up your welder. Sandy, I'll get the specs on the hoods this week. I would like to have all the equipment cleaned and checked out for Todd and Terry to delivery to Orangeburg on Friday May 23rd. The registration deadline is coming up soon for the NSL launch so please sign up ASAP. (See Todd's post below) The NSL launch will provide a great opprotunity for us to participate in a National launch on a great field. Please try to attend. More news to follow, so please stay tuned. Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez

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Friday
Apr182008

TARC team fundraising

OK, Here's the thing. Michael Beauchemin and his TCP TARC team built this great rocket. They flew it at the last few launches and had a qualification time of 747' and a time of 42.28 seconds. The time is SO good that they're qualified to move on to the nationals. Problem is, they need MONEY to go. Idea: RAFFLE! They're putting up a week at a beautiful house at Topsail Beach for the meager cost of just a ten-spot each, 5 for $40. Interested? Please READ MORE to get the link to the house description, it's really quite a deal.

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Sunday
Apr132008

April Launch Annoucement April 19th and 20th

Saturday and Sunday April 19th and 20th from 11:00 to 7:30 each day ROCC Sport launch. We are coming into our crop season now. I got a report from Kip Williams, our land owner, that is Barley crop is running about a 1' to a 1.5' tall, so finding small Estes rockets will be tough this month if they land in the Barley (on the South field). Half the field is covered in Barley, that will be something to consider this month. I recommend flying the larger rockets this month. Bring your streamer material, 2'-5' streamers would be good to add this month, as it will lay up on top of the Barley as the rockets fall in. We will have the April launch as scheduled, May is looking out of the question due to the height and drying out of the Barley crop which will be getting ready to come out. Of course the NSL launch is the following weekend in Orangeburg, SC I say at this point we make that our may launch.... Unofficial campout launch: I spoke to Kip to ask if we could camp since we sometimes we do a Spring campout launch, he said it would be OK. I will camp if we have other takers, however, as April weather can still be cool I'll leave up to you all if you would like to camp. Vendors: No Vendors this launch, Ken will be at the Red Glare launch in MD. Note: Keep an eye on email and the website for any changes regarding our launch, especially weather.

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Sunday
Apr132008

Charlie Ogino made the TARC finals......

One of our own, Charlie Ogino made the Team America Rocket Challenge finals. That means he was one of the top 100 egg lofters in the country. He had a great qualifying score and he worked very hard to get there. Wish him luck as the finals come up next month in Virginia. Way to go Charlie!!!

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