Be sure to bring plenty of water Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning for the high desert, including Lucerne Valley, extending until Monday evening. Be sure to bring shade!
The predicted high is 105 degrees, 5 degrees above the record for July 10. The low temperature Saturday morning is expected to be 78 degrees, with triple digits in the morning.
Humidity is expected to be in single digits on the lakebed, with extreme UV levels.
The wind prediction is 8AM to 10AM shows 6 to 9 mph sustained with gusts 14 to 17 mph.
We will try to start launching at 7AM (volunteers for set up will help this) and will probably wrap up early due to heat.
The Rocketry Organization of California, (ROC) has decided to cancel ROCtober 2021. While there is much optimism on restrictions being lifted and ‘life and rocket launching getting back to normal’, ROCtober has specific challenges that make planning difficult.
The large number of people, difficulty in spacing out launching, concerns about volunteers, and even guidance from groups that sponsor and participate in ROCtober were all part of this difficult decision.
We do plan to have a regular one day launch in October.
ROC Board of Directors
ROC held their elections this month.
The newly elected board members are:
Cari Schneider and Andrew Wimmer.
David Smith was elected to another term.
Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone who ran.
We also want to thank our outgoing board members for their service, Allen Farrington and Adam Dean.
Elections were held by the new board for board positions.
Gary Schneider President
Andrew Wimmer Vice President
Cindy Farrington Treasurer
Gregg Halligan Secretary
To hold high power rocket launches in California one of the requirements is that the launch is supervision by a licensed Pyrotechnic Operator. Otherwise the launch is limited to motors listed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) as “Model Rocket Motors”.
ROC has a study/discussion group to help individuals navigate the process of getting licensed. The OSFM will be accepting applications for new licensees in the near future. The license term runs from July 1 to June 30, and they have been processing renewal applications.
There are currently only a few dozen licensees in the state, and only a few who are active participants in ROC. It would benefit the club if we add some new licensees to ensure we always have a licensee at our launches and share the responsibilities.
A third class Pyrotechnic Operator’s License is sufficient for commercial motor club launches such as ROC holds. A Third Class licensee is limited to commercial motors listed by the OSFM. A Second Class license adds self-made motors like those used at Tripoli Research launches. A First Class license includes all hobby and amateur rocketry activity.
There is information about the study group and the process of getting a license on the ROC web page:
https://rocstock.org/learn/advanced/ (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
The ROC Board of Directors has been coordinating with Federal and County Officials with respect to returning ROC to operations soon. As you can see from other stores and industries around us, there’s been a lot of change happening in the past few weeks and we expect more changes (both positive and negative) to occur over the next several months.
1) ROC’s BoD is a volunteer group that all have other obligations, some of which have increased during this Pandemic,
2) We are not a “business” in that if we don’t launch we’ll “go out of business” so the County treats us with that priority,
2) We are working from the best information that we can get from County health authorities,
3) This process is going to be slow and will probably take months to return to our regular operations.
ROC is a volunteer organization and you see that getting us back on the lakebed is going to take some significant work by the BoD to pull off. If you have time and/or resources, please let us know as we can use all the help we can get to make this happen.
1) For the time being, you have to already be an Executive Member of ROC (as of June 1st, 2020) to launch with us.
We will be closed to the Public. No walk-ons, no signing up at the launch, no youth groups. During this initial phase, we have to try to limit the amount of folks out on the lakebed. As we work out procedures and see what works and what doesn’t, we’ll gradually open this up until we are fully open.
2) You will have to waive your ability to sue us if you get sick or make someone else sick.
It may sound silly, but we’ve been sued for less before…as a BoD, we are required to protect the club’s assets.
3) You cannot be at the launch unless you are actively launching.
For right now, no “extras”, no spectators or friends “just checking things out”. No coming out just to socialize…bummer. We’re also limiting the bringing of small children (under 6) as they will require extra attention and they usually don’t participate in launching.
4) If you are sick or live with anyone sick, you will need to stay home.
This should be obvious, but must be stated.
5) You must properly wear a mask when within 50 feet of the range head. You must practice Social Distancing.
This is a typically congested area and even with social distancing, we need you to wear a mask. Don’t agree? Stay Home.
6) You must bring your own sanitation and personal protective equipment.
ROC will be providing some hand sanitizer and gloves for volunteers, but otherwise you’re on your own.
7) You will need to bring all your own supplies. Please do not share your supplies with people outside your household.
8) To minimize contact we are looking at online pre-registration for launches.