Fly with ROC
|Attendance at events hosted by the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC) is AT YOUR OWN RISK. Insurance to cover your rocketry activities is available as a benefit of membership in either the National Association of Rocketry or the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Please note that membership in ROC does NOT include insurance, or any assumption of liability on the part of ROC. ROC membership allows you to fly at all of our launches without paying the daily launch fees, and a few other membership benefits. All attendees at ROC events must check in at REGISTRATION at the launch and sign the ROC Agreement and Liability Release Form to indicate understanding and acceptance of the risk and liability. Spectators and flyers will be given a wristband to indicate that they have registered.|
Everyone is welcome to come out and fly with us. Launches usually start either at 7AM or 8AM and continue until 12-2PM or until we run out of motors or the weather becomes unbearable. Please read the Launches page for information on launch fees.
ROC has all of the pads and equipment necessary to put on a large launch (see the Launches page for more details), so you don’t have to bring your own pad – just your rockets, motors, and supplies. Vendors are normally on site to sell rocket kits, supplies, and motors. Contact them directly for availability.
Also, before you do anything else, please read the Spectators page for the rules that apply to everyone (this means you!)
You as a flyer probably know that rocketry is an inherently dangerous activity – objects often fall from the sky, sometimes at a very high speed. We have rules and procedures to make this activity safe for everyone as possible, but bad things can happen if the rules are not followed. Everyone flying must understand and follow these rules to ensure safety:
- Check in at Registration as soon as you arrive and sign the ROC Agreement and Liability Release Form to indicate understanding and acceptance of the risk and liability. Flyers will be given a wristband to indicate that they have registered. Everyone who fills out a waiver will receive a pocket card to show it is on file.
- Pay attention! Every flight is potentially dangerous to you and your family. If the Launch Control Officer (LCO) yells “Heads up!” they mean it!
- Please keep your children, friends, and family under control and be sure they understand these rules.
- Please fill out the correct flight card for your flight before arriving at the RSO table. We have three card styles: a red card for high altitude (at launches with high altitude call-in waivers.), heads up, and certification flights, a white card for night flights, and a yellow card for all other flights.
- All motors of impulse class “F” and above must have their ignitors installed at the pad. If you arrive at the RSO with an igniter installed you will be asked to immediately leave the line to correct the problem, and you will have to wait in line again. Note there are only two exceptions to this rule:
- The ignitor must be built-in to the motor during construction; in this case, all ignitor leads must remain shorted together until the rocket is on the pad.
- The rocket is a cluster rocket; in this case, ignitors may be loaded in a designated area within the range, as directed by the RSO.
- All rockets must be inspected and approved by the Range Safety Officer (RSO) prior to each flight. Please be prepared to show that your rocket is powered by a motor approved by the Office of the California State Fire Marshall, that it will have a stable flight, and that it will recover safely. An RSO will be available at the range head.
- Roving (Flight Safety Reviewers (FSR), the folks in brightly colored vests can inspect and approve your rocket, to help shorten the RSO line at the range head, and will usually come to your rocket, rather than you having to bring your rocket to the RSO. This is especially helpful with large projects. If you need a rocket inspection before transporting your rocket, contact Registration.
- Rockets with total impulse of class “M” or greater must have documentation for the RSO showing that the rocket will be stable.
- All electronic recovery devices must be safed, shunted, or powered off when the rocket is brought to the RSO.
- Radio Control (RC) systems used on the range connected to any pyrotechnic devices (ignitors or backup charges) must be commercially available systems that are specifically designed for remote ignition of pyrotechnic devices (such as, but not limited to, the Missile Works WRC or Digifire systems). No car/aircraft/boat systems can be used for ignition or backup charges. ROC is not an RC club so we’re not going to try and coordinate RC aircraft or RC car frequencies for non-rocketry uses. The regular “no aircraft or cars on the range” restrictions still apply. Note that this restriction does not apply to RC boost glider light control systems, only their ignition and ejection charges.
- The Pad Manager will assign your pad after the rocket is approved by the RSO. If you have any difficulty with your pad, please ask the PM for assistance.
- Do not enter the range to load or recover a rocket until the Launch Control Officer (LCO) announces “the range is open“.
- No one is allowed on the range unless the LCO has announced that the range is open for loading or recovery. Anyone entering the range will require all launching to stop.
- You may pick up or move another fliers rocket that has landed only under the following conditions:
- You have the owner’s permission to do so.
- If you are a long distance away, and the rocket is undamaged, and no one appears to be looking for it, you may carefully bring it back to the LCO table; if the rocket is damaged, please note the location and report it to the LCO.
- If the rocket is being dragged by the wind, please carefully stop the rocket and place the parachute under its body tube or nose cone, and note the location and report it to the LCO.
- If you find a reloadable motor casing that has been ejected from a rocket, wait until it has cooled off and bring it back to the Registration table.
- Overnight camping is permitted and free, please see our camping and survival page.
- Campfires are permitted in above ground containers – no firepits!
- Please use only the provided toilet facilities (porta potties). Please do not throw trash into the porta potties!
- Please keep control of your trash and carry it off the lakebed when you leave.
- Twice a year during ROCstock weekends we conduct night launches. All night launch rockets must have a light that is visible throughout the flight – meaning from before liftoff all the way to touchdown. A light only deployed at apogee is not acceptable. Additional lights, LEDs, electroluminescent strips, etc. are recommended.
- ROC does not allow anyone to fly R/C aircraft, including “drones” or toys, within 1500 feet of the parking area, spectator area, or safety zones. R/C aircraft in these areas will result in the range being closed until the situation is corrected. This is regardless of size or registration of the aircraft. We do allow drones or helicopters on the range for special purposes like getting a cool video of a launch from above. No R/C aircraft should fly over or near any person, vehicle, or structure, including portapotties.
- Drones or helicopters on the range require permission from a ROC Board Member and the LCO and RSO at the range head. Drones may only fly over the range during launching–not when the range is open for loading or recovery.
Here is an overview of what to expect and how to fly with ROC: