GO for Launch April 3-4 2021 – North Site

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    Brad Morse

    Members and Friends,

    We are OK to proceed as planned with the scheduled Saturday April 3rd and Sunday April 4th launch event, subject to normal precautions. Basic COVID hygiene protocols are in effect for NCR launches: If you have a

    fever or if you feel sick, stay home; Try to keep at least 6′ or more between your prep area

    and the next person.

    An orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulation,and what is expected of participants with respect to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit.


    Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under Forest Service regulations. The issuance of our permit allows launches to take place for approved launch events only.


    NCR is GO for the first weekend of April on the Pawnee National Grassland at NCR’s North Site.  Port-A-Potties have been ordered for the weekend.  Our waiver will be a constant 20,000’ AGL, with anticipated “windows of opportunity” for higher altitudes shots.  Please let me know ASAP if you’re planning any “window” shots. We anticipate having the range set up and ready by 8 AM on Saturday, and we’ll operate until 6 PM.  On Sunday, the range and waiver will be open at 8 AM.    Proof of current NAR or TRA membership is required for high powered flying.  The extended weather forecast calls for clear to partly cloudy skies with characteristically light winds and comfortable temperatures for Spring on the prairie, including the probability of afternoon thunder showers.  Come prepared for all types of weather.  This should be an awesome weekend for flying.  Please remember that Range Safety is in everyone’s best interest.  NO “sparky” motor types allowed.


    The Pawnee National Grassland offers the ultimate in rustic, open space self sufficient camping, although for this event we will have Port-a-Potties on site.  Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  Be considerate and responsible.  If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.  Please clean up your parking and prep area before you leave and take all of your stuff with you.  Remember Range Etiquette.  If you find a gate closed, close it behind you.  Please stay on the authorized roads and please don’t park more than 100’ off the road at the flight line. Take as little space as necessary for your campsite.  Properly secure your igniters and dispose of the previous flyer’s igniter wires.  Foot recovery only.


    As always, volunteers are appreciated and needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up. Hope to see you out on the range.

    There is a TARC Team in Strausburg, CO  looking for a NAR member to witness and certify  their Team America Rocketry Challenge qualifying flights. They hope to begin making qualification flights the weekend of 4/10, with 2-3 qualification flights total, possibly spanning 2-3 weekends. The rules allow any adult (18+) NAR member to certify the launches. Ideally there is a willing individual who lives on the east side of Denver so their time commitment is minimized; their launches currently occur 10am-12 on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather forecast.  It is this team’s first “real” year competing, as they joined the competition last year.

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