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General Launch Information
IMPORTANT: Please be respectful of the landowner’s property at all times. They have allowed us to use their land to fly rockets, and we need to be sure and minimize our impact on their business.
- Our launches are open to the public; annual and daily club members are welcome to come spectate and fly. (Daily memberships are available on-site.) Spectating is free; check out this page for more information.
- At all launches, we set up a range of launch pads capable of handling model rockets. These pads come standard with 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″ rods, as well as 1/4″ (1010, “standard”) rails.
- Our launches are insured through TRA & NAR. However, we fully support the certification programs sponsored by each national rocketry organization for high power rocket activities. Members of both the Tripoli Rocketry Association and the National Association of Rocketry may fly high power rockets (using certified or experimental motors) to the extent of their certification level, provided that proof of certification is shown at registration. We offer memberships in both national organizations on-site, as well as Indiana Rocketry Inc. Annual memberships.
- In addition to Annual memberships, Indiana Rocketry offers daily memberships at the launch site, allowing visitors to launch rockets with us. The daily membership fee is included as a part of the visitor launch fee.
- Level 1 and Level 2 certifications for both TRA and NAR are available at our launches. For level 2 certifications, consult with our prefect ahead of time to make sure the appropriate written test is available.
- Our club has three TAP members and one L3CC member to enable Tripoli and NAR Level 3 certifications, respectively; contact them for more information.
- The fields can be wet and muddy. Wear proper footwear and appropriate clothing.
- Please pick up your trash and take it with you. We place a small bin at each of the model rocket pads in which to dispose of used igniters and plugs; please use it and help keep the field clean!
- Do not, under any circumstances, drive in the fields. If you are flying a big, heavy project, come prepared with a plan to recover it. If you need help, there are always plenty of willing volunteers around the site to lend a hand.
- Please supervise your child and be sure they understand the safety rules.
- We require that youth fliers who wish to access the high power pads prove an understanding of the safety and flight procedures in use at these areas. To that end, we require that all youths wishing to be present at the high power pads pass the TMP exam, which covers basic operation and safety requirements. Study guides and more information are available at the TMP website. See any board member at a meeting or launch for further information or to take the test. (Note that we do NOT require youths to be members of Tripoli — the exam is an excellent standardized resource for ensuring competency on the range, and it is useful with or without TRA membership.)
- It is recommended to label all components of your rocket with a name and phone number; that way, if your rocket gets lost and is found and returned to the club, we’ll know how to get a hold of you for return.
Drive slowly when approaching the launch site to avoid throwing gravel onto parked cars and attendees; relax, you’re already here!
- Operations under our FAA waiver are cleared to 10,000′ MSL.
- 12 Pads for Model Rockets (1/4A – G) – 1/8”, 3/16” and 1/4” rods.
- 12 pads for High Power Rockets (H – J) – rail buttons preferred, rods up to 1/2″ available. Standard equipment on these pads are 8′ 1010 (1/4″, standard 1″ extrusion) rails.
- 6 pads for High Power rockets (K) – rail buttons preferred, rods up to 1/2″ available. Standard equipment on these pads are 8′ long 1010 (1/4″, standard 1″ extrusion) and 1515 (5/16″, extreme 1.5″ extrusion) rails.
- NOTE: There is a K impulse limit at the Purdy South Sod Farm. Higher impulse motors MAY be approved by the BOD at least 30 days in advance of the launch. RockSim or other documentation WILL BE REQUIRED and the launch will be subject to favorable weather conditions.
- Register at the registration table. Pay your launch/member fees and sign the daily flight waiver form. You will be asked to show your valid TRA or NAR card if you are flying high power (Level 1, 2 or 3).
- Fill out your flight card.
- Prepare your rocket (without igniter) and bring it to the rocket safety check for inspection.
- Following safety check, take your rocket to the LCO/Pad Manager desk for information on the status of the range and appropriate placement locations for your rocket.
- When given the okay by the LCO, take your rocket to the assigned pad, put it on the rod/rail, install the igniter, test the leads for no current, attach the leads to the igniter, and check the continuity.
- Walk back to the flight line and give your flight card to the LCO/Pad Manager.
- Wait for your flight to be announced.
- For all certification flights, check with the certifying authority before the launch proceeds.
- After your flight, if your rocket lands within the controlled range space, wait for the LCO to open the range prior to recovering.
DAILY LAUNCH FEES
|Low & Mid-Power||High Power|
|Visitor||Annual Member||Visitor||Annual Member|
|18 & over||$10||$5||$15||$10|
Note: there is a family cap of $15 for low power launch fees and $25 for high power launch fees; no family, regardless of age, number of fliers, power level, or membership status will pay more than $15 to fly low power or $25 if one or more members are flying high power.