2020 Launch Calendar Update

The ROC Board of Directors has been continuously evaluating the ever changing mandates, rules, recommendations and our responsibility for conducting safe launches relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We’ve reviewed guidance from State and County Public Health Departments.  After much thought and discussion we feel at this time there is no way to hold safe and legal launches. The 2020 Launch Calendar has been cleared.  This is temporary as things change on a daily basis.  We will continue to monitor the situation and once restrictions are such that we feel we can hold a launch we will update the Launch Calendar and post on the website https://rocstock.org/.

If you are a current Executive Member and you have concerns or questions about your membership please email: rocclub101@yahoo.com

State public health directives prohibit professional, social and community gatherings. Gatherings are defined as meetings or other events that bring together persons from multiple households at the same time for a shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or other indoor or outdoor space. They pose an especially high danger of transmission and spread of COVID-19.

Given that ROC launches are “Public Events” in the eyes of the State and County and can’t be held right now, can I go launch my own rockets at Lucerne?

Yes…within some limits. Here’s what you should know.

1)      Property Use: Generally, the BLM considers Lucerne Dry Lake a “traditional use” area and doesn’t restrict family units from using the lakebed in a non-commercial way. So they’re OK. Stay right around the normal ROC launch area and you’ll be OK. Stay away from other areas of the lakebed to avoid private property, which is dotted all over the lakebed.

2)      COVID Restrictions: All persons must be from the same household and limited to about 5 folks.

3)      Rocket Permission: Since the lakebed is not within 5 miles of another airport (APV is 14 miles away), you are clear to launch Class 1 rockets. A Class 1 rocket is a rocket that has less than 1500g of mass (weighs 3.375 lbs. or less) and has less than 125g of propellant (all motors up to G, including many G motors, check the packaging). So while you can’t fly HPR yourself without a waiver, you can still have some fun with low to mid power.

We hope this helps take off some of the “itch”.

On behalf of the Board of Directors please take care during these extraordinary times.  We all are looking forward to getting back together as soon as possible.

Mike Ostby,


ROCtober 2020

ROC has decided to cancel the ROCtober launch that was scheduled for October 10th and 11th  2020.   ROC evaluated the situation relative the COVID pandemic, and our responsibility for having a safe launch.  ROC reviewed guidance, from San Bernardino County, the National Organization of Rocketry (NAR) and Scout Leaders.  Based on this input, we feel that there is no way to have a safe and legal launch by October.  ROC is proud of our safety record and with this decision, like all the ROC board makes, the safety of all the participants the most important criteria.

ROC monthly launches have been canceled since April, and will be canceled until the board feels that they can have a safe launch that meets local and NAR guidance.   The ROC website https://rocstock.org/ will show the status of launches once they begin again.  At this time, we will not be accepting any reservations for groups until a clear reopening plan is developed.  Again, any information about groups at future launches will be posted on the website.

ROCtober has become an annual event for many groups, we at ROC look forward to having this tradition, and our outreach to youth education through rocketry continue in the future.

July Launch Canceled

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the July 11th ROC Launch has been canceled.

Self-Nominations for Board of Directors Is Now Open

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.

There are three full term (three year) Director seats up for election this year. Any adult ROC member in good standing can self-nominate by writing a Statement of Self-Nomination. Make sure to include a photo. Please send to:  allen.farrington@me.com  The deadline for self-nomination is August 31st, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Ballots will be cast electronically via the Wild Apricot Membership Portal during Sept and Oct. Results of the election will be announced during the Annual Members Meeting November 14th, 2020 at ROCstock. If elected, your annual club fees are waived.

Please consider running for a Board of Director seat. 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

Return to Flight Statement

To ROC Members, Flyers and Spectators,

The ROC Board has been looking for every opportunity to get back to launching rockets while complying with all applicable state and local public health orders.  As it stands right now, we do not see a way to comply and keep our flyers, spectators and volunteers safe, so June ROCstock will most likely need to be cancelled.  We are still holding out hope that something changes so that we could try to fly but it is highly unlikely.  If something does change that would allow us to hold a launch an announcement will be posted by Sunday, June 7th.

ROC is a NAR Section and therefore must follow NAR guidelines in order to hold sanctioned and insured launches.  NAR’s Covid-19 Policy recommends that “NAR sections follow all applicable national, state, and local requirements, restrictions, and recommendations for the physical location of the event(s).”  Although San Bernardino County has rescinded their public health order ROC will comply with state guidelines.  At this time the California Department of Public Health recommends that all gatherings should be postponed or canceled.  At a very minimum San Bernardino County will need to enter into stage-3 of California’s Roadmap to Recovery and give us their okay to hold an event before ROC can consider resuming launches.  At that time the ROC Board of Directors will re-evaluate and post an update.  At which time ROC does return to launching there will be protocols to follow and possibly limits to gathering size.

Please understand that the ROC Board is looking for ways to get back out on the playa. We all want to get back to launching.  We’re all itching to fly the projects we’ve been working on.  Many of us are going stir crazy cooped up at home.  But ROC’s primary obligation must be the safety, health and welfare of its members and the people who attend our events.  If anything changes, and there is a way to hold a launch, we will.  But until then please be patient.  Before we know it we’ll be punching holes in the sky again.

Please stay safe everyone.

Mike Ostby,

ROC President