ROC to Host LDRS 35

It was announced at the LDRS 34 Tripoli banquet that the Rocketry Organization of California will be hosting LDRS 35.

Mark your calendar for June 8 to 12, 2016!  The actual launch dates and schedule are still being worked out, but is expected to be during that week. Launch activities will be at our normal Lucerne Valley launch site.

Based on experience hosting previous large national launches, including LDRS, we will be looking for additional help with a variety of activities.

Major thanks to Allen Farrington for spearheading our bid proposal!

More information will be published as things develop.

Please Check Out Our New Member Portal!

Please check out our new member portal and update your information!

You can find the new member page here. It is also the first item on the “Join” pull-down menu above.

We have started using new membership software and this website to manage the club. Each member profile has areas for contact information and the ways you are willing and able to help out.

This is the way we will be signing up new members, and tracking everyone going forward.

Of course, any information entered will be used only for club purposes, and not shared with anyone else. You can determine if any of your contact information will be shared with other members who log in.

Start Thinking About 2015 Board Elections

It is time again to start thinking about the Board of Directors election for 2015. Three positions will be up this year.

Executive members are eligible to run for the Board, and vote in the election.

More details on how to self nominate will be available soon. If you have thought about getting more directly involved in club operations, this is a way to make a major contribution.

Lucerne Valley Updated Weather Forecast for ROCstock 41

Updated Monday, June 8. Temperatures as slightly lower and slightly milder winds.

The normal wind pattern this time of year is calming around dawn, fairly calm in the early mornings, and then picking up in afternoon, evening, and into the night. If you have a high altitude or complex flight, try to launch as early as the range opens!

We should have a very clear and sunny sky, with a lot of direct ultraviolet. Hats, long sleeves and long pants, with sunscreen on any exposed skin will be very important.
Sunscreen is a definite requirement!  Dehydration will be a significant potential hazard, so bring and drink plenty of water and sports drinks.
Caffeine and carbonation can accelerate dehydration and are not recommended, unless you absolutely need the caffeine to prevent withdrawals and act human. Then the minimum required dosage is okay.

Thursday, June 11 (for set up): High of 90° F, Humidity 37%, UV 10 out of 10, Normal wind patterns, afternoon West at 10 to 15 mph
Thursday Night: Low of 63°, overnight west winds at 10 to 15 mph

Friday, June 12: High of 94°F 33% humidity, UV 10 out of 10, Normal wind patterns, afternoon West at 10 to 15 mph
Friday Night:Low of 65°, overnight WSW winds at 10 to 20 mph

Saturday, June 13: High of 97°F 30% humidity, UV 10 out of 10, Normal wind patterns, afternoon WSW at 10 to 15 mph
Saturday Night:Low of 66°, overnight WSW winds at 10 to 15 mph

Sunday, June 14: High of 100°, 20% humidity, UV 10 out of 10, Normal Wind patterns, afternoon WSW at 10 to 20 mph

May 2015 Launch Report

Despite dire predictions (and some handwringing), the weather was fair with mostly clear skies and a mild breeze throughout the day – great launching weather! Light crowds made for little to no waiting for pads. Maybe everyone who wasn’t there was waiting for ROCStock next month? Lots of great flights, some “less than optimal” flights (sorry YAM, we’ll miss you at the ROCStock Magnum drag races), some cert attempts (second time’s a charm for George), and even a Tripoli altitude record attempt (unfortunately, the second stage covered almost as much distance horizontally as it did vertically).

Improvements to the club’s infrastructure are really paying off. The wireless microphone system, along with mounting the PA speakers on the equipment trailer, minimize setup and teardown time at the range head. The organization of storage in the equipment trailer makes unloading and loading a breeze – as they say, a place for everything, and everything in its place. The not-so-new-anymore small trailer is easy to hook up and tow. Thanks to those that step up and haul it back and forth each month.

While it’s nice to have great equipment, it doesn’t get that way, nor stay that way, without a little TLC. It’s pretty disappointing to see the same few people at the Equipment Maintenance parties, like the one held the day after the launch. However, those who did show up were able to get everything shipshape for ROCStock XLI (41!) next month. See you then!

Overall attendance:
Flyers:  Not Enough or Just Right (depending)

Spectators:  Had a good time


Total flights: 119
A - 4

B – 1

C – 55

D – 1

E – 6

F – 4

G – 9

H – 19

I – 11

J – 6

K – 2

L – 1


Cert Attempts:

NAR:  L1 – 1

TRA:  L1 – 4,   L2 – 1


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