ROC Launch Report – May 2014

On May 10, 2014, ROC held its regular monthly launch at Lucerne Dry Lake.  Despite somewhat blustery conditions, it was a well attended launch with quite a few good flights and certifications.  Altogether, a total of 97 flights were logged between about 8:30 am and 1:00 pm, with the following breakdown by impulse:
 
A – 16
B – 7
C – 15
D – 6
E – 9
F – 3
G – 14
H – 9
I – 15
J – 2
K – 1
 
For most of the morning, winds hovered a bit above 15 mph, which made for challenging recovery conditions.  It took a while for some of the flyers to get up their nerve, but eventually the rockets came out and started flying.  Professor Erik Spjut really broke the ice when he brought out his high altitude Hawk Mountain Transonic II, outfitted with a custom temperature logger payload and a bevy of other electronics.  Powered by an Aerotech K375NW dual thrust motor, it punched through the wind and soared impressively straight to over 12,600 feet.  He recovered it without problem just east of the highway for a good flight to kick off the high power activities.
 
There were quite a few red cards logged this launch… No, not for flagrant fouls, for certifications!  15 separate cert flights were made, 10 NAR L1, 3 Tripoli L1, one NAR L2 and one Tripoli L2.  Mike Brinker Flew his Madcow Super DX3 on a J357 Blue Streak for his L2, while Ben Chasnov went with the CTI J760 in his custom built and instrumented “Woodpecker” rocket.  A majority of these cert flights were students attending with school groups.  It’s great to see these new flyers climbing the rocketry certification ladder.  Though not a cert flight, Kyle LaBrecque, a senior from La Cañada high school put up an impressive I280  Dark Matter flight for his school project.  A lot of these flights were recovered east of the highway due to the winds, but there was great teamwork in evidence, with groups helping one another with recovery and everyone keeping in good cheer.
 
Among some of the other noteworthy flights, Two Guys and a Grille took time out from cooking to put up their Li’l Squat on an E16.  ROC regular Jared Shapiro flew his Starfish Prime on an I600.  Brianna Stumph flew a cool Estes Majestic two-stager on an F15 to F15 duo.  Jamie Sobieski tried his second L1 cert attempt of the day on an I150 Pro54 load, but was thwarted by a baffling CATO that cut his casing cleanly in half!  But with characteristic good humor, Jamie laughed it off and assured all that he’d be back for another try next month.
 
Of the several Harvey Mudd College flights, most of them included sophisticated electronic payloads, including such things as inertial measurement units, temperature and humidity sensors, strain gauges and more.  Millikan Middle School youth group brought out a number of good scratch-built TARC rockets for some great flights.  A lot of good looking G80 powered scratch built rockets came out of one of the visiting school groups.
 
The low power and mid power pads saw good activity as well, with a good showing from several groups and individuals.  Elizabeth Navarrete’s flight “Let it Go” on a C6-5 lived up to its name; the wind never bothered me anyway!  Emmet Martin’s first flight of an Estes Magician on an E9 went well.  Many of the most popular Estes kits were represented, with some creative paint jobs and names.
 
The range shutdown went smoothly, and things got packed up in the club’s svelte new mini-trailer before the afternoon winds picked up and the dust started to blow.  The new smaller trailer is easily towed by just about any vehicle with a 2″ hitch ball, so this should open up towing help to a much wider group of volunteers than in the past.  Kudos to board members Kurt Gugisberg and Mike Riss for outfitting the new trailer and getting it ready for the launch.  It is really slick!  Please contact us if you would like to help the club by volunteering to tow the equipment trailer one of these months!
 
With this month’s launch behind us, everyone is now looking forward to ROC-Stock, which will be the 20th anniversary event.  Look for announcements soon regarding this upcoming launch.  While the launch will run Friday-Sunday, you are invited to come out on Thursday to lend a hand with range setup and equipment testing and repair.  It will be a great way to give back to the club and help ensure that this ROC-Stock is one of the best ever.  We hope to see you there!

ROC May Launch this Saturday 10th May 2014

Fellow ROC members and rocket flyers,

This Saturday 10thMay is our next launch at our normal launch site on Lucerne Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA.

Directions and other details can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/664570610246637/or our website http://rocstock.org/site/

Weather forecast for Lucerne Valley is dry, clear and warm with a high of 80F on Saturday. For those camping out the Friday low is 53F and Saturday low of 49F. As those of you who attended before this is just an indication and the lake bed has its own special climate! My source of weather is http://tinyurl.com/lmbjtzk

As always the wind is forecast to be lighter first thing in the morning increasing strength during the morning, we always recommend you arrive early ready to fly.

Discount Rocketry and Bay Area Rocketryare expected at the launch and  ‘Two guys and a Grille’ to be selling food. Lucerne Valley Market has almost anything else you will need for a day/night on the lake bed. What’s up hobbies will not be attending this month’s launch.

Both NAR and Tripoli certifications can be conducted for those interested.

We are always looking for volunteers to help in all aspects of the launch and it’s a great way to learn and make friends with the ROC family. Please come to the registration desk and let us know you want to help.

*** GENERAL INFO ***

Non-member daily launch fee is $15 and the paid-up member fee is $5.  Everybody needs to register and get a wrist band to fly.  All participants and spectators need to sign a liability waiver.  Please be aware of the requirement to follow all safety rules and procedures while attending the launch, and make sure that children are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Overnight camping is allowed as usual, but be sure to keep all campfires in above-ground containers to comply with BLM rules, and pack your ashes and wood debris out with you when you leave.  Let’s always try to leave the playa a little cleaner than we found it.  Portable toilets should be delivered on site by Friday to support overnight campers and setup.

Again this weekend we are trialing our Sunday members only launch and a number of members will be staying Saturday night and flying first thing Sunday morning.

We look forward to seeing new and existing members and having a safe and fun weekend of rocketry.

Ian Walberg

ROC Vice president and board member

Tripoli and NAR Level 3

 


Good Vendor News

Hi ROC Members and Friends:
 
   I’m pleased to announce that Mike Gentile of Bay Area Rocketry (http://bayarearocketry.com) has informed us that he has received his BLM vendor permit and starting with the upcoming May launch, will be an onsite vendor at ROC monthly launches, supplying high power motors and supplies.  This is great news for our club and will facilitate our ability to purchase and fly HPR motors.  Let’s welcome Mike and BAR to Lucerne!
 
And while we are at it, don’t forget to appreciate and patronize our other faithful vendors, Discount Rocketry for all your low- and mid-power rocketry needs, and Two Guys and a Grille, for all kinds of yummy food and ice cream!
 
See you all at the May launch!
 

 

Greg Lyzenga
ROC President – NAR #13295 / Tripoli #12088

April launch

Fellow ROC members and rocket flyers,

 

This Saturday 12thApril is our next launch at our normal launch site on Lucerne Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA.

 

Directions and other details can be found on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/events/408094052659983/or our website http://rocstock.org/site/

 

Weather forecast for Lucerne Valley is dry, clear and warm with a high of 77F on Saturday. For those camping out the Friday low is 47F and Saturday low of 48F. As those of you who attended before this is just an indication and the lake bed has its own special climate! My source of weather is http://tinyurl.com/lmbjtzk

 

As always the wind is forecast to be lighter first thing in the morning increasing strength during the morning, we always recommend you arrive early ready to fly.

 

Discount Rocketry will be at the launch and  ‘Two guys and a Grille’ to be selling food. Lucerne Valley Market has almost anything else you will need for a day/night on the lake bed. What’s up hobbies will not be attending this month’s launch.

 

Both NAR and Tripoli certifications can be conducted for those interested.

 

We are always looking for volunteers to help in all aspects of the launch and it’s a great way to learn and make friends with the ROC family. Please come to the registration desk and let us know you want to help.

 

*** GENERAL INFO ***

Non-member daily launch fee is $15 and the paid-up member fee is $5.  Everybody needs to register and get a wrist band to fly.  All participants and spectators need to sign a liability waiver.  Please be aware of the requirement to follow all safety rules and procedures while attending the launch, and make sure that children are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Overnight camping is allowed as usual, but be sure to keep all campfires in above-ground containers to comply with BLM rules, and pack your ashes and wood debris out with you when you leave.  Let’s always try to leave the playa a little cleaner than we found it.  Portable toilets should be delivered on site by Friday to support overnight campers and setup.

 

Again this weekend we are trialing our Sunday members only launch and a number of members will be staying Saturday night and flying first thing Sunday morning.

 

We look forward to seeing new and existing members and having a safe and fun weekend of rocketry.

 

Ian Walberg

ROC Vice president and board member

Tripoli and NAR Level 3

 

 

 


Cancelled – March launch

Sadly I have to announce that the March ROC launch on Lucerne lake bed has been cancelled.

This is a decision the board has not taken lightly but over the last couple of days the condition of the lake bed after the storms has caused concern. As we cannot be certain the lake bed is safe to drive to our launch site we cannot proceed with the launch.

We also wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment by missing a last minute announcement.

For those who want to fly rockets this weekend the Springfest launch in Jean, NV is on and their lake bed is in good condition as the storms passed to the south.

Our next monthly launch (weather permitting) will be on Saturday 12th April 2014.

Ian Walberg
ROC Vice president and board member
Tripoli and NAR Level 3


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