ROCstock June 8-10

June ROCstock is right around the corner folks! Launching will begin as soon as the range is set up Fri morning, June 8th, and there will be a night launch Saturday evening. Standing altitude waiver is for 14,500 AGL, with call-in windows to 19,000 AGL. Remember that ROC Executive Members fly free! The non-member launch fee is $30 for all three days-there is no per-day fee. Please see the ROC website to JOIN and for other information. Joining ROC must be done via the website and CANNOT be done on the lakebed. Be sure to pack and dress for the weather, it will be very hot, very dry and very sunny. See our survival page for more information. As a reminder, all campfire and stove users must acquire a California fire permit, which can be obtained here:

March Launch

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. We hope to have the range open at 7:00 and will flying until we run out of rockets or the weather deteriorates. Please note that it is expected to be cloudy Saturday morning and likely rainy later, so please plan on being flexible with your motor choices to avoid flying above the cloud ceiling. Additionally, given the weather, it is always possible we will shut down within a few hours of opening up at 7am, so if you have important flights, be sure to arrive as early as possible. Help with setup and tear down is always appreciated. As usual, dress for the weather and pack out what you pack in.

Additionally, please note that we will not have any vendors onsite for this launch.

LDRS and May Launch

ROC will not be holding a launch in May 2018. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend LDRS 37 which Tripoli Central California (TCC) is hosting near Helm, CA May 16-20.
Event details are at and questions related to the event should be directed to their website. Registration for the event is open, and if you register online before March 31, 2018, you can save $10 over the on-site rate.

January Launch Cancelled

Due to continued pooling of water and muddy conditions persisting on the lake bed from the rain earlier this week, the BOD has decided to cancel the January launch. We apologize for the late notice and hope to see everyone in February.

2017 ROC Board Election Announcement

ROC Membership
The ROC Board wanted to give you all an update on the 2017 elections. First of all, we want to thank David Smith, Rick Dickinson, and Rick O’Neill for their support over the last three years as Board members. Consistent with the ROCbylaws, the club sought volunteers to fill the three open Board positions through election. Thanks to David Erbas-White for being our election chairman this year.
We are pleased to announce that long time flyers Adam Dean and Allen Farrington put their names in the hat and will be awarded three-year Board terms commencing on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at ROCStock. Both Adam;s and Allen’s statement for self nomination are attached below.
Although we were not able to fill all three open Board positions, the good news is we have multiple volunteers to fill the remaining open position. Over the next several weeks the current Board will decide how to award the remaining positions. We will announce the plan during our annual ROC meeting at ROCStock.
We are fortunate to have such a strong club with great people.  Please join me in congratulating Allen and Adam on their new positions.
Neal Hunstein
NAR #84101 Tripoli #15950 L3
ROC Secretary
Self Nomination Adam Dean
My name is Adam Dean, I am a born again rocketeer. I became obsessed with the hobby in the mid 1970s, building and flying Estes Rockets with my father and brothers.  I found myself looking at rockets on the internet about 3 years ago after my parent’s death and needed something to get my mind off what had happened. When I was at my dad’s house going thru things before the estate sale I had found pictures of us in the desert launching rockets and had dreams of one day building a large rocket and ran into the Rocketry organization of California web site on line and found a local launch at Lucerne Valley Dry Lake bed. I was hooked as soon as I went to the first launch and built and earned my Level#1 certification on the next months launch, and only a couple months later I obtained my level#2 Certification, now all I have to do is talk my wife into the idea of me doing a Level#3 project, man where the eyes rolling. Well here I am with permission from the wife and well on my way to new heights.
The day finally came, I was at the lakebed in December of 2016 as was going to make my level#3 flight but the wind came up and I had to scrub the launch, and after that it was either too wet from all the rain or windy for 6 more months. After taking everything out to the lake for the following 6 month it was finally calm and I made a successful flight first thing in the Morning July 2017. During the last 3 years I have learned so much about Rocketry and made so many new friends, Mike Ostby and  Gregg Halligan and have become close friends and Gregg offer to be my L3CC Mentor,  I am now ready to take what they taught me and pay it forward. I would like to nominate myself for any position that my be of help to ROC
Self-Nomination For Allen H. Farrington NAR#73474 Tripoli#12280
I’ve been a ROC member since 1998 and obtained my Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 certifications at Lucerne Dry Lake. I enjoy flying rockets of all sizes and complexity and I am a professional rocket scientist at JPL where I organize and manage teams to execute planetary space exploration. I served on the ROC board for multiple terms in the past years, so hopefully I know what I’m getting myself into. While not currently on the BoD, I have supported ROC behind the scenes for the past several years as the BLM Representative. Last year, I was the Launch Director for ROC’s hosting of LDRS35. My wife, Cindy, is currently serving as ROC’s Treasurer, however, she is not on the BoD. ROC is currently enjoying a period of financial prosperity with a solid membership of approximately 100 executive members, has some of the best launch equipment in the nation, and has secured our launch site for the next 5 years with the BLM. As a member of the BoD I would endeavor to support the day-in-day out operations of the club. The challenge facing ROC over the next few years is similar to other clubs across the country and within Tripoli in that as our projects increase in complexity, attention to both range and spectator safety is paramount. With our proximity to Los Angeles, we are positioned to experience a more than average attendance of participants and spectators that don’t fully understand the inherent danger in our hobby. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not broken! But, the stakes are very high in that one major issue with a significant injury would have serious, potentially existential consequences. In addition to tracking the changes coming from Tripoli regarding safety, I would help the BoD take a leadership role in defining operational practices that enhance our safety for all participants.