Added Day To ROCstock!

I am pleased to announce that we have added Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov, 10th to ROCstock.  Launching will start at noon.  Range set-up will be Fri AM. Friday’s waiver is 14,500 feet AGL.  Sat and Sun the waiver is 14,500 feet AGL with call-ins to 19,000 feet AGL. The annual membership meeting will be Sat afternoon followed by night launching.

Mike Ostby,  ROC President


2017 ROC Board Election Announcement

ROC Membership
The ROC Board wanted to give you all an update on the 2017 elections. First of all, we want to thank David Smith, Rick Dickinson, and Rick O’Neill for their support over the last three years as Board members. Consistent with the ROCbylaws, the club sought volunteers to fill the three open Board positions through election. Thanks to David Erbas-White for being our election chairman this year.
We are pleased to announce that long time flyers Adam Dean and Allen Farrington put their names in the hat and will be awarded three-year Board terms commencing on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at ROCStock. Both Adam;s and Allen’s statement for self nomination are attached below.
Although we were not able to fill all three open Board positions, the good news is we have multiple volunteers to fill the remaining open position. Over the next several weeks the current Board will decide how to award the remaining positions. We will announce the plan during our annual ROC meeting at ROCStock.
We are fortunate to have such a strong club with great people.  Please join me in congratulating Allen and Adam on their new positions.
Neal Hunstein
NAR #84101 Tripoli #15950 L3
ROC Secretary
Self Nomination Adam Dean
My name is Adam Dean, I am a born again rocketeer. I became obsessed with the hobby in the mid 1970s, building and flying Estes Rockets with my father and brothers.  I found myself looking at rockets on the internet about 3 years ago after my parent’s death and needed something to get my mind off what had happened. When I was at my dad’s house going thru things before the estate sale I had found pictures of us in the desert launching rockets and had dreams of one day building a large rocket and ran into the Rocketry organization of California web site on line and found a local launch at Lucerne Valley Dry Lake bed. I was hooked as soon as I went to the first launch and built and earned my Level#1 certification on the next months launch, and only a couple months later I obtained my level#2 Certification, now all I have to do is talk my wife into the idea of me doing a Level#3 project, man where the eyes rolling. Well here I am with permission from the wife and well on my way to new heights.
The day finally came, I was at the lakebed in December of 2016 as was going to make my level#3 flight but the wind came up and I had to scrub the launch, and after that it was either too wet from all the rain or windy for 6 more months. After taking everything out to the lake for the following 6 month it was finally calm and I made a successful flight first thing in the Morning July 2017. During the last 3 years I have learned so much about Rocketry and made so many new friends, Mike Ostby and  Gregg Halligan and have become close friends and Gregg offer to be my L3CC Mentor,  I am now ready to take what they taught me and pay it forward. I would like to nominate myself for any position that my be of help to ROC
Self-Nomination For Allen H. Farrington NAR#73474 Tripoli#12280
I’ve been a ROC member since 1998 and obtained my Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 certifications at Lucerne Dry Lake. I enjoy flying rockets of all sizes and complexity and I am a professional rocket scientist at JPL where I organize and manage teams to execute planetary space exploration. I served on the ROC board for multiple terms in the past years, so hopefully I know what I’m getting myself into. While not currently on the BoD, I have supported ROC behind the scenes for the past several years as the BLM Representative. Last year, I was the Launch Director for ROC’s hosting of LDRS35. My wife, Cindy, is currently serving as ROC’s Treasurer, however, she is not on the BoD. ROC is currently enjoying a period of financial prosperity with a solid membership of approximately 100 executive members, has some of the best launch equipment in the nation, and has secured our launch site for the next 5 years with the BLM. As a member of the BoD I would endeavor to support the day-in-day out operations of the club. The challenge facing ROC over the next few years is similar to other clubs across the country and within Tripoli in that as our projects increase in complexity, attention to both range and spectator safety is paramount. With our proximity to Los Angeles, we are positioned to experience a more than average attendance of participants and spectators that don’t fully understand the inherent danger in our hobby. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not broken! But, the stakes are very high in that one major issue with a significant injury would have serious, potentially existential consequences. In addition to tracking the changes coming from Tripoli regarding safety, I would help the BoD take a leadership role in defining operational practices that enhance our safety for all participants.

Fire Restrictions Back to Stage I for ROC

On October 5th, BLM released a new Fire Restrictions order:
ROC is now under Stage I restrictions. These are defined here:
  1. Stage I Restrictions – Campfires, barbecues and gas stoves are allowed with a permit. All public lands within the CDCA shall be in Stage I Restrictions. Please check with local field offices for area restrictions.
You still need a permit and can get one here:
All the best and have a good launch!

Time for Board Elections!

It’s that time of year folks! If you’ve ever wondered about the “behind the scenes” of your club, wanted to become more involved in club decision making, simply want to “pay it forward” or just want to learn more about rocketry then consider self-nominating for a seat on the ROC Board of Directors. Contrary to what you may have heard, Board Members do fly. Just about every launch, a Board member is seen launching rockets.

There are three full term Director seats up for election this year. David Erbas-White has graciously volunteered to be the Election Chairman. Any adult ROC member in good standing can self-nominate by sending David Erbas-White a Statement of Self-Nomination and short bio with a photo. Please send to: The deadline for self-nomination is August 31st, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Results of the election will be announced during the Annual Members Meeting November 11th, 2017 at RocStock. If elected, your annual club fees are waived.

Please consider running for a Board of Director spot. It’s a great way to become more involved and have fun while making a difference in the hobby we all love so much!

Mike Ostby,
ROC President

Final Word on Fire Restrictions for ROCstock

Many thanks to Allen, our BLM liaison, who has cleared up any misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the BLM Stage III temporary fire restrictions.  Below is a message from Allen to ALL RocStock attendees.  Also are links to the fire restriction press release and to obtain a permit for your gas stove if you desire to cook outdoors while on the lakebed.
Thank you in advance for complying with these temporary restrictions.
Mike Ostby,
ROC President
There have naturally been some questions regarding the implementation of the recent Fire Protection order. We have been in contact with BLM’s Fire Protection Officer and have confirmed that no campfires of any type, covered or not, are allowed under Stage III conditions. In addition, BBQ grills with charcoal are not allowed.

The only outdoor flames allowed at ROCStock will be camp stoves using gas or liquid (and rockets, of course!). You will need a permit for those stoves. Please note that we will be checked, BLM has been diligent this year on permit compliance. They are actually doing it to protect us as they’re establishing a pattern of compliance for ROC which helps us with future permit renewals, etc…

Let’s all continue to be good citizens and obey the restrictions this launch.

To apply for a permit;