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.
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We normally launch on the second Saturday of each month, at Lucerne Dry Lake in Lucerne Valley, California (see schedule to the right). Our June and November “ROCstock” launches are weekend events, and our “ROCtober” launch (in October, of course) takes place on both Saturday and Sunday.

At our monthly launches, we start setup at about 7 AM, are usually ready to start flying by 8 AM (depending on how many volunteers we have helping with setup).  We fly rockets until the evil “W” blows onto the scene, which is usually around 12-2 PM, but is occasionally as early as 10 AM. Updates posted to our Facebook and roc-chat list the week before the launch usually provide expectations for setup and closing time based on forecasted weather, but things can always change last minute

Setup for ROCstock and ROCtober launches takes place on the day before the launch, so that we can start flying each morning at 8:00 AM sharp.  At these multi-day events, we have night launching each evening (except on the last day), after it gets dark.

ROC supplies launch pads with launch rods for 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″ launch lugs, rail launchers for 1010 (1/4″) and 1515 (5/16″) rail guides, and a centrally-controlled launch system.  (Rods for other size lugs may be available on request.) We strongly prefer that rails are used for high power flights and have limited rod availability.

All you need to bring are your rockets and motors.  (If you run out, we almost always have vendors on-site, who will be happy to sell you more.)

ROC supplies portable toilets for your convenience at every launch — please help us to keep them clean!  Don’t throw anything in them that you wouldn’t flush down your own toilet at home.

If you flying there is a per day launch fee, payable on site. Please also read the rules on the Fly with ROC page.

If you are not flying, being a spectator is free. Please read the Spectators Page prior to attending.

If you are bringing your youth group out for a launch, please check our Youth Group Page for more details.

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to volunteer for setup, cleanup, and for the various range duty tasks. It’s fun, you will learn a lot, and you will meet lots of other flyers!

Note: We will generally only cancel a launch if there is actual standing water or mud on the lake bed, making it impossible to drive on, or it is, or forecasted to be raining during the actual launch.  If the lake bed is not already saturated from previous rains, a mild rain will usually soak in rapidly, and just serves to keep the dust down.  Rain during the launch gets our equipment muddy requiring significant cleanup time, and also risks getting vehicles stuck. Some of our best launching conditions have happened on the days after a rain shower.

Do not rely on weather conditions in the greater Los Angeles area to judge the conditions in the high desert — it’s often sunny and calm in the desert when it’s blowing or rainy at the bottom of the Cajon pass.  If the weather forecast looks questionable as we approach a launch date, we will send someone to check the actual conditions on-site before making the decision to cancel a launch, and will post updates on the web site, and to both our ROC-Announce and our ROC-Chat email lists.

Important FAA Waiver and Motor Info!

The FAA does control the airspace above our launch site, and has granted ROC a waiver to fly up to 17,500′ MSL (feet above mean sea level), or approximately 14,500 feet AGL (above ground level).

We operate in strict compliance with all regulations of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal. Therefore, the maximum size motor you may fly is a “G” without a California “Pyrotechnic Operator/Rockets” license.  If you have a license, or if a license holder is present at the launch (and someone always is at our launches), you may fly any motor legal in California, up to your certification level.  Currently, that means no single motor larger than an “M”, and a maximum total installed impulse equivalent to an “N” motor (or two “M” motors).  Also, all motors used must be classified as “Model Rocket Motors” or “High Power Rocket Motors” by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  (Our on-site vendors only sell motors that have been classified by the CA OSFM.)

Range Duties Policy

ROC Flyer Responsibilities Policy