Upcoming Launch Schedule

2017 - 2018 ROCC Season

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

MAKE-UP Day, March 3rd

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.

Wednesday
Feb162005

Women Working on Mars: Get Involved in Robotics!

In honor of "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day", February 24, 2005, the Mars Public Engagement program and NASA's Robotics Education Project are hosting an interactive webcast for young women interested in robotics and engineering.

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Friday
Jan282005

Sunday January 16 Launch Report

More From Roy Potter. Welcome and congratulations to all of those who braved the weather for the January rocket launch. Sunday was much better weather wise. It was mostly sunny, cool to cold, easily tolerable, and less windy, with a calm afternoon, which was good for gliders. We had 30 listed fliers and 99 flights, missed a even 100 by one flight. Ken, our rocket vender from Performance Hobbies all the way from Wash DC, was back also, conducting business and answering questions about many of the rocket products available.

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Friday
Jan282005

January 15th Launch Report

From Roy Potter: Welcome and congratulations to all of those who braved the weather for the January rocket launch. Saturday, the 15th of January was cold, overcast and windy with 15 to 20 MPH winds. (a lot of �wind cocking�, so a lot of flights didn�t drift to far even with the wind) BUT, even then, we had a crowd of people out there. I have counted 24 listed fliers that put up 74 recorded flights for the day. AND, even with the wind, which calmed down a bit as the day progressed, you�ll see we had 3 �H� and 2 �I� flights that just pushed their way through the winds. To make it more survivable, I brought out a portable pit fire so we had a open fire to keep warm and stand around while talking about our flights and talk shop.

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Friday
Jan282005

ROCC Winter Contest 2005

NAR CONTEST The next ROCC section meet will be held in conjunction with our next monthly launch on Feb 19 & 20, 2005. The events are; C Eggloft Duration, 1/2 A Boost Glider Duration, 1/2 A Parachute Duration.

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Wednesday
Jan262005

Apologies to everybody who I've spamed today.

If you got a whole bunch of emails from me today, I apologize. I've changed the code that runs the way the site send emails, and the testing was a bit more public than I had hoped.

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Tuesday
Jan112005

The January Launch is GO!

The January Launch is GO for this weekend Jan 15th and 16th!

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Thursday
Jan062005

December launch report from Roy Potter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you exhaust sniffing rocket nerds. I myself had a great two week holiday season. Lots of neat stuff and gift certificates to Hobby Town USA. I hope everyone did as well and had a great time also. And the December launch was pretty darned good overall too!!!! Saturday, 18 Dec at the Williams farm. The weather was almost �T� shirt warm and almost no winds. Light breezes at the most. There were continuous giveaway drawings for rocket kits for adults and kids all day, so there should be some new rockets in the air next month. Hey it was Christmas and everyone was enjoying the last flight of the year. Kip Williams was out there with the hands working the fields and he is getting along much better. He gets around with a cane for now, but will continue to recover. Click the button to read more...

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Tuesday
Jan042005

Adding pictures to the Photo Gallery should work now

Two weeks ago Carla Linker (Bill's wife) pointed out that she couldn't add pictures. Turns out the Gallery software was a bit too secure. I've created an Album named Winter2005 which will allow any logged in user to create their own sub albums and upload pictures. Logged in users can comment on pictures in any album. Read on for the basic steps.

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Tuesday
Dec282004

Message from Mark Bundick, NAR President

Joint Statement on BATF Litigation - December 22, 2004 This message will outline the results of the December 17, 2004 hearing in U. S. District Court in Washington, DC, before Judge Reggie Walton and next steps in our legal effort to remove unnecessary and illegal regulation of the sport rocketry hobby. NAR and TRA won both pending motions before the court. Winning these motions are important for us because we can now move forward on two key items. Granting the first motion means we can now legally challenge the illegally promulgated "Questions and Answers Hobby Rocket Motors" document at the ATF Explosives website within the current litigation. Granting the second motion for final judgment under Rule 54(b) means we can proceed with an appeal of Count 1 of the lawsuit. Count 1 argued that APCP does not function by explosion and is therefore not subject to BATFE regulation. A ruling from an appellate court on our appeal will determine a key point -- whether the ATF even has jurisdiction to regulate the hobby at all. We intend to file an appeal immediately after the judge releases his written order granting our motion. The next scheduled event will be another status hearing, January 28, 2005. BATFE has until that time to respond to our amended complaint. Upon reviewing that filing, counsel will have an opportunity to respond, most likely with a motion for summary judgment to attempt to get the court to set aside the "Questions and Answers" document. Members may obtain a copy of Judge Walton's orders from our websites; we expect to have those documents available in the next few days. We need your continued strong financial support for the legal work necessary around these two wins. The appeal preparation and filing will cost a minimum of $25,000. We estimate the total costs of remaining legal work on both the litigation and appeal will take approximately $100,000 over the next two years. Please donate today in whatever amount you possibly can. And thanks for your assistance to date. Also, we again strongly recommend that members in the field report in detail any actions taking by ATF personnel in the field, particularly if they use the ATF's "Questions and Answers" as the basis for their action. Forward to either of us the dates, times, names and offices involved, along with a complete description of your experience. Be factual and complete in your message. If we need additional information, we'll contact members individually. Secondly, we again urge members to consider donating to the Legal Fund. Please make a donation to the Legal Defense Fund today, in whatever amount you possibly can contribute. Your support and generosity will be recognized and acknowledged, and you'll be able to say "I supported the fight for an unregulated sport rocket hobby." You can make donations securely online at: https://secure.consumersinterest.com/nar/NARfrompres9911.html#donorform As we have further developments, we'll continue to report them here and in our publications. Mark Bundick, President National Association of Rocketry Ken Good, President Tripoli Rocketry Association

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Saturday
Dec252004

Merry Christmas... Here's some fun!

Happy Holidays!!! Here's one Jean ran across on her travels to Slash-Dot... a DIY versoin of the Apollo flight computer: http://klabs.org/history/build_agc/ If ya happen to have some spare time, or just want a laugh, follow the link. Be warned that things that appear on slashdot tend to get slammed for a few days, so if the link returns a 404, try in a little while... their server just can't keep up! Doc R

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