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. “


We have a Waiver!

We have our Certificate of Authorization (AKA FAA Waiver) for 2019 in hand. It is essentially the same as 2018. The standing waiver will be 14,500 feet above ground level. For NSL and the November ROCstock there is the potential for call-in windows to 19,000 AGL with FAA approval.


Lakebed is Still Very Wet!

The ROC board continues to monitor lakebed conditions. Currently the lakebed is saturated, it has been raining lightly today, and there is more precipitation in the forecast.
 
There is a significant chance that the March 9 launch will also be cancelled.
 
These photos were taken February 15 by board member Gary Schneider. There has been a some additional rain since they were taken.
 
With current weather patterns, it is hard to say when the lakebed will dry out enough to launch. We will continue monitoring and publish conditions when there are changes.


New Year, Renewed Safety Message

With a new year upon us, it is a good time to stop and consider the way we run our launches and what it takes to do so.
The Board of Directors has members in attendance at every launch, and usually fill the major roles, such at Launch Director, Range Safety Officer, etc. None of the range positions requires membership on the board, and we could not operate without a large group of volunteers who fill positions such as Launch Control Officer, Pad Manager, and of course range set-up and break-down. These volunteers literally keep our club running. Our policy outlining the expectations for each position are linked below.

Safety should always be our overriding priority, with every rocket and every flight. We will be working with range volunteers to ensure we maintain our standards, and follow our written policies without exception. We need everyone to help with this! Please follow the flyer responsibilities, and if you see anything that doesn’t look safe to you, please discuss it with the RSO, LD, LCO, or any board member immediately.

Mike Ostby, President
Gary Schneider, Vice President
Neal Hunstein, Secretary
Kurt Gugisberg, Director
Allen Farrington, Director
Adam Dean, Director
Gregg Halligan, Director
Andrew Wimmer, Director
David Smith, Director

Read more information on flyer responsibilities here: https://rocstock.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/roc-flyer-responsibilities.pdf

Volunteers run our launches. Read more about their range duties here: https://rocstock.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/range-duties-policy.pdf