Let’s Fly!

Let’s fly some rockets.  Tripoli Colorado is GO for launch on Sunday, April 28th.  You can stay informed by checking their website at http://www.tripolicolorado.org  or Facebook Tripoli-Colorado (public group), or checking your e-mail.

And the District Ranger says NCR may proceed as planned for our Space Race Celebration, subject to the normal precautions.  Spring may have finally arrived on the prairie.  Please pay attention to the weather forecasts.  We have a GO for launch Friday, May 3rd, Saturday, May 4th and Sunday May 5th from the North Site.  Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational from 8 AM until 6 PM on Friday and Saturday and 8 AM until 3 PM on Sunday.   ALL High Power fliers will be expected to provide proof of Certification and current membership in the NAR and/or TRA.

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards 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 a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations.

Hope to see you out on the range.

UROC HellFire 23

HellFire, sponsored by the Utah Rocket Club (UROC), is one of few remaining events where launching rockets to that height is even permitted. UROC must obtain special clearance for the event, which takes place this year August 2-5, 2018.

Though HellFire is technically an amateur launch, we’re talking serious rocketry here. Participants from around the country launch rockets ranging from foot-tall wonders to towering monsters that weigh in at over 100 pounds, feature high-tech electronics, use a propellant similar to that used on the space shuttle, and lift off with hundreds of pounds of pure thrust.

Now in its 23rd year, HellFire continues to grow. Many people attend not to launch, but simply for the thrill of watching. Between launches, visitors enjoy examining rockets and components close-up and speaking with the experts who build and launch them.

Visit UROC to read more about this event.

NCR 2018 Contest – Buy it, Build it, Fly it

Buy it, Build it, Fly it

$0 Entry – Also, the only prize is bragging rights.

Contest will be held during the club’s annual Mayhem (June) launch and Oktoberfest (October).

Rules

Buy, or bring a new rocket kit to build during one of the 3-day weekend launches.

Contestants must construct a rocket and fly it successfully within the 3-days of the launch.

You must declare your flight as a contest flight prior to launch.

  1. Contest is open to any NCR club member.
  2. No build restrictions, you may bring additional parts to the launch.
  3. Flights must be witnessed by another club member.
  4. Record your flight success/failure on your flight card.

April Launch – North Site

Spring may have finally arrived on the prairie. Please pay close attention to the weather forecasts. If the weather cooperates, we have a GO for launch on Saturday and Sunday April 7th and 8th from the North Site. Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational from 9 AM until 5 PM on Saturday and 9 AM till 3 PM on Sunday. Please advise ASAP if a “window” will be required for any flights.

This launch opportunity is designated a Tripoli Research launch. Note that all NAR members are now welcome to attend Tripoli Research launches; you are no longer required to join TRA to attend and may fly commercial motors (up to your certification level) with proof of current NAR membership. All flyers must be ready to verify current membership status.

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland. A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards 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 a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation. The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only. All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations.

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up.

Hope to see you out on the range.

NCR 2018 Contest Rules – 12oz Lift

12oz Lift

$20 Entry

Contest will be held during the club’s annual MAYHEM launch in June.  Contest flights must be complete and recorded by the final day of the launch – at noon on June 3, 2018.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday June 1st – 3rd North Site – MAYHEM

Rules

Construct, launch, and successfully recover your rocket carrying a 12oz. payload of your favorite (unopened) beverage.
12oz can must be recovered undamaged to be considered a successful contest flight.
You must declare your flight as a contest flight prior to launch.


  1. Contest is open to any L1, L2, or L3 certified flier under TRA or NAR.
  2. No build dimension restrictions. (Airframe must carry payload of: 1 12oz can of your favorite beverage).
  3. Your rocket must be capable of flying under an I impulse motor or higher.
  4. Flights must be witnessed and timed by a club member.
  5. Record your flight duration on your flight card.
  6. Winner is determined by longest in-air duration from launch, to landing.
    1. If your rocket landing time is unknown, your flight will be disqualified
    2. Altimiter data, GPS, Radio, and visual tracking are all acceptable means to time your flight’s duration.
  7. Tie breakers:
    1. Altitude – Must be reported by electronic altimeter
    2. Lightest Rocket Airframe w/o motor or payload.
    3. Lowest Motor Class and Thrust.

Entry and Sign-up

When you register for your first day at MHM, be sure to include your $20 contest entry fee and register with the contest director (Brad Morse).

Prizes

Two kits have been donated for prizes to be given for First and Second place, along with a cash prize dependent on the number of participants.

 

Feb. 3 Launch – GO!

We are GO FOR LAUNCH on Saturday, February 3rd at the ATLAS SITE. The current weather forecast, subject to change, predicts un-comfortable temps and probable windy conditions for flying. Range and waiver are expected to be ready for operation starting at 9 AM and lasting until 3 PM or until we run out of motors, lose interest or the weather chases us away, whichever happens first. This launch opportunity will be for commercially approved motors only and all flights must remain under the 12,000 foot AGL ceiling.

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.
As always, help is greatly appreciated with range set up, operations and clean up. For those of you driving a long ways to visit our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511
Hope to see you out on the range.

Go For Launch: Jan 6, 2018

Members and Friends,

HAPPY NEW LAUNCH YEAR!!!!  Resolve to launch more rockets in 2018, beginning on January 6th.

We are GO FOR LAUNCH on Saturday, January 6th at the ATLAS SITE.  The current weather forecast calls for clear and cold conditions for flying, starting at 10 AM and lasting until 3 PM or until we run out of motors, lose interest or the cold chases us away, whichever happens first.  This launch opportunity will be for commercially approved motors only and all flights must remain under the 12,000 foot AGL ceiling.

As always, help is greatly appreciated with range set up, operations and clean up.   For those of you driving a long ways to visit our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511.

A Quick reminder:  NCR Membership Business and Swap Meet Meeting will happen, snow or shine, on the 13th of January, 2018, at the VFW Hall in Ault.  PLEASE ATTEND.  The Agenda is full and NCR needs your input.   Doors will open about 11 AM and the meeting will start by 1 PM.   Please RSVP (reply to this email Yea or Nay for a lunch headcount) if you haven’t done so already.  Lunch should be ready at approximately noon.

Back by popular response, this meeting will also provide the opportunity for members and friends to acquire or dispose of unwanted/extra rocketry related items.  Come prepared to barter, buy or sell some real bargains.   NCR will once again host a SWAP MEET.   Got something rocketry related to sell or trade or give away?  Bring it to the meeting.

Hope to see you out on the range.

 

LDRS 37 – Tripoli Central California

LDRS 37 will be held at Tripoli Central California, May 16-20. The launch site is about 30 miles from Fresno, California on Maddox Dairy farmland (near Helms, CA).

Impulse up to M motors with 16,811 ft wavier. Night launch scheduled for Saturday night. There will Nike Drag race and other special events like the LDRS Banquet a Harris Ranch.

The site is excellent for rocketry and launch equipment is best you’ll find.   There will be onsite food and rocketry vendors.   Free Camping on site with hotels available in the area.   There is a corner store at the Helm crossroad.

Registration and information about the launch can be found at https://ldrs37.org.LDRS 37

NOVEMBER LAUNCH SCRUBBED

Members and Friends,                                                                                  November 1, 2017

NO GO FOR LAUNCH – “I’m sorry to once again be the bearer of bad tidings but with the current and expected weather (especially the high winds), the Ranger has now made the determination that fire conditions are too severe to allow NCR to proceed with this weekend’s scheduled launch event as planned. He has directed me to tell you to cancel the event.”

Jon Halverson 
Recreation Special Uses Administrator/Forest Stock Manager
Forest Service

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, Pawnee National Grassland

Canyon Lakes Ranger District-Pawnee NG Zone

p: 970-295-6723 
f: 970-295-6795
 
jhalverson@fs.fed.us

 

Sincere apologies for false hopes and another scrubbed launch.  This has been a tough year for NCR.

 

NCR November launch

Members and Friends,

There is a scheduled/approved Northern Colorado Rocketry launch event on Saturday November 4th at the North launch site.

With no fire restrictions currently in place in Weld County or on the Pawnee NG, the PNG Ranger has “green lighted” NCR for the event, subject to normal precautions. The Ranger says NCR can proceed with the November launch as planned but, as usual, that is subject to change. The prairie remains fragile and vulnerable.  Vegetation is dry out there.

We are GO for Launch.  Clear to partly cloudy skies, and temperatures reaching the low fifties are expected for launch conditions at the North Site. Current weather predictions appear favorable for flying rockets, opening the waiver and range at 9 AM and lasting until 4 PM or until we run out of motors, lose interest or the cold chases us away, whichever happens first.  This launch opportunity will be our last visit to the North Site until April, 2018, with the 20,000’ AGL ceiling. “Windows” are available, to be coordinated in real time.  Please advise me ASAP if you anticipate needing a higher altitude launch “window”.

For those of you driving a long ways to visit our launch, I’d recommend checking in with your favorite weather report or call the Greeley-Weld County Airport’s automated weather line at 970-352-3511.

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 regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards 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.

 

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