Reaction Research Society Rocket and Space Symposium, April 27

The Reaction Research Society is hosting their annual Rocket and Space Symposium on Saturday, April 27. It will be at the Ken Nakaoka center in Gardena, from 8:45AM to 5PM.

2019 RRS Symposium flyer

ROC will again be attending and have some displays set up in the exhibitor area. We will be promoting hobby rocketry in general, our club, and NSL 2019.

While this is mainly aimed at University and amateur (Class 3) rocketry, the exhibits and presentations are always interesting.

The event is free to attend, but they do ask that you register in advance.

Stage II Fire Restrictions in Effect, Again

As we have seen for the past few fire seasons the BLM has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for our launch site at Lucerne Valley. While the current fire danger is low, it is expected to increase rapidly now that humidity levels have begun to drop.

For Stage II restriction no open fires are allowed. Even for camp stoves and similar devices with a shut-off valve, a California Campfire Permit is required. The permit is free, but you must ensure it is issued and you have a hard copy in hand before lighting any such device.

Smoking is limited to an area where there is no vegetation within five feet, so basically the entire lakebed.

From the BLM Order, Number CAD-000-2019-01 (Fire Prevention Orders):

“Stage II Restrictions – Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fire of any kind is prohibited, except campfires within approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites; or campfires within the Imperial County Special Recreation Management Areas with a valid California Campfire Permit. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed and require a valid California Campfire Permit. Smoking is only permitted within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 5 feet in all directions. “

Bay Area Rocketry

If you need something place your order via the BAR website.
Check “launch site pick up”.  Put “April ROC” in the instruction box. BAR will cover shipping cost and all orders will be sent together in a box to someone who can deliver it to the launch on Saturday.
He MUST ship by Tuesday so the order is received by Friday. For more information please contact BAR directly.

Looks Good For April!

Hi Everyone!

It finally looks like we’re going to be able to hold a launch! Weather looks good. The lakebed for the most part is dry.
The launch site and the access roads are not what we’re used to. PLEASE USE CAUTION AND GOOD JUDGMENT WHEN TRAVELING ON THE PLAYA.  The site is rough. Both roads in are pretty rough. Cambria road is best left for 4WD. The graded area just south of Granite road is not too bad. ROC road (the north/south road) is rough too. There are ways around the deep ruts.  If you know the back way in, it’s in pretty good shape.
We’ll be out there on Friday and hopefully mark the best way in with orange barricades or cones.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Mike Ostby,
ROC President