The good news is that we have received our approved Certificate of Authorization (Waiver) for calendar years 2023 and 2024.
The bad news is that due to the area we launch in and the airspace we share with so many others, the FAA has reduced our maximum flight altitude to 10,000 feet above mean sea level.
This is about 7,000 above ground level at our launch site.
There is no provision for high-altitude call-in windows.
The board is discussing possible options, but for now this is what we have.
Due to expected temperature and conditions, the July 9 launch is canceled.
Sorry, but the board is concerned with safety of flyers and families.
What a great LDRS 40! The weather was warm and the winds came for a visit each day! Flying began Thursday at 6 AM and we flew until 2 PM and 1 Night flight was launched, Friday we flew from 6 am until the wind picked up just before 2 PM and the winds slowed down enough for 20 night flights, Saturday we flew from 6 AM until the wind picked up at Noon and Sunday we flew from 6 AM – until the wind picked up again about 9:30 AM. There were 250 pre-registered flyers with many more joining to fly for a single day and several hundred spectators!
Thank you to all the Vendors that came out and supported LDRS 40- Aerotech, Animal Motor Works, Chris’ Supplies, Discount Rocketry, Dynasaor Rocketry, LOC, Rocketman Parachutes, SBR, Tahoma Photography and Wildman Rocketry!
LDRS Launch Report
We had 652 flights over the course of LDRS XL!
½ A: 3
24 of the above flights were clusters with 2 or more motors. There were also additional flights that were 2 – 3 stages!
There were 45 Certification Attempts: 4 Jr. Level 1’s; 23 Level 1’s; 15 Level 2’s and 3 Level 3. Congratulations to all those that were successful!!
Thank you to all who came and flew with us, helped LCO, FSR, RSO, Spotter, Pad Manage and Clean Up! We appreciate your willingness to volunteer!
A huge shout out to the ROC Board members, LDRS Committee members and the Tripoli Board Members that helped plan and organize LDRS 40 for the past 6 months.
We will see everyone on July 9th for our regular Monthly Launch, as always weather permitting.
ROC Membership Chair
Registration on the lakebed will open Wednesday afternoon. Camping in the LDRS 40 area can also begin Wednesday.
Flights each day will begin at 6AM Pacific time Thursday through Sunday, about a half-hour after sunrise. The best conditions are usually early, so plan to be ready early in the day. Do not count on good conditions continuing after Noon.
High temps and low humidity make it extremely important to stay hydrated, so bring plenty of water, sports drink, and high-SPF sunscreen. Dehydration and heat illness are serious threats in our climate. The only shade on the lakebed is what you bring with you!
Check the planned schedule on our web page. Updates will be posted on Facebook, announced over the PA and 90.1 FM on the lakebed. Web site updates from my cell phone may take longer.
Due to extremely dry conditions the BLM has imposed Stage II fire restrictions for much of California, including our launch site on Lucerne Dry Lake. Note that Highway 247 is the boundary, and the area on the East side of 247 is under stage I restrictions.
Under Stage II restriction:
*No open fires of any kind are allowed.
*Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit (see link below).
*Smoking is allowed inside vehicles or camp trailers, but no smoking is allowed outside.
These restrictions run through October 28, 2022.
Since our BLM permit and FAA Certificate of Authorization specifically allow rocket launching, we may continue to hold our scheduled and permitted launches.