Trailer and Equipment Cleaning, to Get Ready for ROCstock!

Mark your calendar!

We will be holding our semi-occasional trailer and equipment cleaning session on Sunday, May 10. That is the day after our regular May launch on Saturday, May 9.

Time and details will be posted as they are finalized, but please plan on joining us to get things ready for ROCstock in June.

Many hands make light work!

March 14 Monthly Launch

This Saturday, March 14, is our monthly launch and the weather is looking beautiful!

It is forecast to be calm and warm, with an afternoon high near 80. Please remember to prepare for a day on a warm dry lake bed.

At this launch we will be trying to train as many people as are interested in the various launch positions (LCO, Pad Manager, etc.). No experience is needed, although you do need to be certified level 2 to be Range Safety Officer (RSO). Our launches are run by volunteers, and this is your chance to step up and help out!

Set up will begin bright and early, about 7AM. The more folks helping with set up, the quicker we can start launching!

The February 14 Launch is a GO!!!

We have received our FAA waiver for the rest of 2015, and preliminary weather forecasts are for great flying conditions!

We hope to see everyone at the launch, with the projects you have been saving since November!

ROC Board Members

January ROC Launch Canceled

Unfortunately, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the January 2015 launch. This is due to circumstances beyond our control regarding the Certificate of Waiver from the FAA.

See everyone at the February launch!

Mike Ostby
ROC Board Member

High Power Waiver for 2015 Not Issued Yet

From our President:


I’m sorry to have to let you know that we have not yet received ROC’s approved certificate of waiver from the FAA for our 2015 flying season. I have been keeping in touch with our contact at the FAA, and he let me know that it might not be ready in time for this Saturday’s launch..

What this means: Without an FAA Waiver in place, we cannot fly (most*) high power motors or rockets. If the Waiver isn’t finished by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon, the ROC Board will be deciding whether to cancel the launch completely, or to hold a “low power launch”, and limit flying to rockets that don’t need an FAA Waiver.

We’ll be making a decision one way or another by tomorrow afternoon, and will announce it on the email lists (ROC-Chat and ROC-Announce), and on the ROC Web Site ( and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Please check back with us tomorrow afternoon around 5:30 or 6:00 PM for a status update.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,

Rick Dickinson
ROC President

* Without an FAA Waiver, we can only fly motors with up to 125 grams of propellant total, in a rocket weighing no more than 1500 grams (about 3.3 lbs.) on the pad, ready to fly. This means nothing larger than a G or small H motor (like an Aerotech H128 or similar) in a relatively lightweight airframe.


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