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Monday, 25 March 2013 00:00

Welcome to Rocketry in Utah!

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The Utah Rocket Club (UROC) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of safe, fun and educational activities for people of all ages through the sport, science, and hobby of rocketry. UROC holds monthly meetings, construction workshops, field trips and (most important) rocket launches. By following strict safety codes, rocketry is one of the safest of recreational activities. Rocketry is an activity enjoyed by families and enthusiasts of all ages. The Utah Rocket Club also supports youth activities through education. UROC will present demonstration launches and/or static displays for youth groups, nonprofit organizations, educational organizations,  etc. 

Under the umbrella of our two national sanctioning organizations the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA), UROC members launch rockets ranging from the smallest scale models to custom designed high power rockets taller than a person and capable of reaching altitudes to tens of thousands of feet. UROC members enjoy benefits such as international contest eligibility, accident insurance, access to a huge array of technical resources and much more.

Some of our members emphasize scale modeling and fine detail in their projects while others care more for brute force and sheer power. Some rockets are very simple in their design and use basic single parachute recovery systems. Other rockets are extremely complex using clustered or staged motors, advanced electronics, multiple parachute events and even radio control and on-board video transmission. Whatever your particular interest is in hobby rocketry, UROC can contribute to your experience.

Membership is open to anyone ages 10 and up. Membership in NAR and/or Tripoli is encouraged but not required. NAR membership is required for participation in sanctioned contests. Annual UROC membership dues are $20.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family membership. Membership is due on an annual basis.

Thursday, 11 November 2004 10:16

What is High Power Rocketry?

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The major differences between model and high power rockets are propulsion power and weight. Like model rockets, high power rockets are typically made of safer, non-metallic materials such as cardboard, plastic, and wood; but they use motors in ranges over "G" power and/or weigh more than laws and regulations allow for relatively unrestricted model rockets.

High power rocket engines cannot be purchased over the counter by the general consumer. Typical hobby stores do not carry them. They can be mail-ordered by adult modelers who are qualified to purchase and use them. The NAR offers a qualification program for modelers who want to fly high power rockets.

High power rockets must be flown in compliance with either: 

NAR High Power Rocket Safety Code 

Tripoli High Power Safety Code

Launching high power rockets requires more preparation than launching model rockets. Not only is a larger field needed, but FAA clearance must be arranged well in advance of the launch date. There may also be local or state regulatory issues to be addressed before you can fly your first high power rocket. This is another good reason for joining an NAR Section -- many organized clubs already have the personnel and experience in making these tedious arrangements, freeing you to concentrate on the actual flying.

Thursday, 11 November 2004 10:11

What is Model Rocketry?

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Model rocketry was developed during the "space race" era as an alternative to the amateur rocket activity -- involving metallic airframes and the mixing of dangerous propellants -- that was responsible for injuring and even killing numerous young scientific experimenters. 

Model rockets are constructed of much safer materials -- such as cardboard, plastic, and balsa wood -- and are fueled by single-use rocket motors manufactured by professional concerns. These rockets may be flown over and over simply by replacing the used motor with a fresh one. They typically contain a parachute, streamer, or other recovery device that allows them to land gently for later reflight. The modeler need never mix, pack, or work with explosives or propellants.

Today, model rocket kits and motors can be purchased in almost every hobby shop and toy store. Kits are designed for all ages and all levels of challenge, from simple starter kits to complicated scale models. Motor power ranges from "1/4A" (the smallest) to "G" -- enough power to lift a six-foot model and a hefty payload!

Model rockets must be flown in compliance with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code

Monday, 05 February 2007 18:00

Rocketry Safety Codes

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UROC is Section 523 of the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association's Utah Prefecture. Through our affiliation with both of these respected National organizations UROC has a great launch capability. The hobby's excellent safety record is solidly rooted in a successful Safety Code program.
 
The NAR and Tripoli Safety Codes are made up of simple, common-sense rules and guidelines. UROC Launches are held in strict accordance to these codes. Certain launches will be held under certain codes dependant on the event's primary purpose. For example, a Sport launch which usually hosts model rockets, mid-power, and some high power launches would typically be held under the NAR Model and High Power codes. A Research Launch would be held under the Tripoli Research Safety code.
 
Please check with a UROC officer if you are unsure or have any questions regarding this policy:
 
Friday, 01 April 2011 14:36

UROC provides Community Outreach

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Throughout the year, the Utah Rocket Club welcomes Educational, scouting, Civil Air Patrol, 4H and other youth groups to attend our launches. Utah Rocket Club members are also available for presentations to schools, scout troops, and other educational and youth groups.

If you are interested in having a presentation or a launch for your organization, please contact one of the club officers.

UROC does not charge for youth or educational groups to participate in our launches. However, because of the heavy demand throughout the year, we ask that you contact us as far in advance as possible. If your group would like to attend one of our launches please contact us at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the launch.

Because of the nature of some of the launch events we hold throughout the year, NOT ALL LAUNCHES ARE OPEN TO YOUTH OR OTHER GROUPS. If you show up without checking first and the launch is not one open to public you will not be allowed to fly.

We also expect that there is an appropriate number of senior group members to assist in making sure that the kids are safe and under control at all times.

All flyers should be on their best behavior during a launch event. Building and launching rockets is fun but safety is paramount. If a group is too unruly or creating an environment that is unsafe for themselves or others they will be asked to leave. Group leaders and participants should read and understand the NAR safety rules before the day of the event. For Boy Scout groups we suggest that you get a current copy of the Space Exploration merit badge book available in local stores and online.

Participants may bring other model rockets for the launch if there is sufficient time, and the rocket passes safety review. Weather permitting, we will setup and run a model rocket range running under the NAR safety rules. If the weather does not permit launching UROC will schedule an alternate weekend for the event. 

An excellent guide for providing a rocket program for your youth group can be found here.

 

 

Tuesday, 25 May 2004 05:24

How Can I Help?

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Helping UROC stay successful is easy and fun. The thing to remember with a club like UROC is that you will get out of it what you put in to it. It takes a lot of time and a serious commitment to provide members with the excellent resources that UROC provides.

As part of the UROC team, you are part of what makes it all happen, if we all help out just a little. We all have a better, more enjoyable club experience.

Here are some things that you can do as an individual that will help the club stay healthy and happy for years to come.

    • Renew your membership yearly - This ensures that the club has funding for launch sites, special events, contests, and operating costs.
    • Come out to launches - Show your support by coming out for a good day of launching or just some quality spectating.
    • Volunteer to help with the range - Don't think you're qualified?  We will be happy to train you for all positions.  These jobs can be worked in small increments of 1 and 2 hours so as not to cut into your flying time. By helping out with these important jobs you let somebody else enjoy their day of launching too.
    • Volunteer to help setting up and breaking down the equipment - An extra set of hands are always welcome.  There is nothing to sign up for, just show up early or stay late to help.
    • Volunteer to come out and help with special launches. - When scout troops, schools, or other organizations are having special launches we always need help teaching and keeping things moving.
    • Keep UROC flyers handy - Pass out flyers to friends or other people who might be curious about what model rocketry is all about.  If you find that your favorite hobby shop is out of UROC flyers, refill the display or let us know so that we can.
    • Let the public know - You know all those people you see buying rockets at your favorite hobby shop that you don't recognize from UROC launches?  Politely let them know that there is a safe and legal place at UROC for them to launch at where they can share their interests and learn more about the hobby.
    • Keep in touch! - If you have suggestions as to how to make the club better, let us know.  Participate in the forums on UROC.org, answer questions share your knowledge!
    • Tell your friends! - Almost everything you need to know is here at www.uroc.org .  All you have to do is let folks know what they are missing.  Share the excitement of model and sport rocketry by inspiring someone else.

The success of UROC is greatly dependant on help from its members.  If you have a special talent that you can utilize to help the club, let us know!

Thursday, 29 January 2004 14:28

The Utah Rocket Club

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hellfiregroupThe Utah Rocket Club is an organization dedicated to the promotion of safe and fun activities for people of all ages through the sport, science, and hobby of rocketry.

Some of our members emphasize scale modeling and fine detail in their projects while others care more for brute force and sheer power. Some rockets are very simple in their design and use basic single parachute recovery systems. Other rockets are extremely complex using clustered or staged motors, advanced electronics, multiple parachute events and even radio control and on-board video transmission. Whatever your particular interest in hobby rocketry, UROC can contribute.

By following strict safety codes, rocketry is one of the safest of recreational activities. In more than fifty years of national model and amateur rocketry there has not been one fatality or serious injury. Rocketry is an activity enjoyed by families and enthusiasts of all ages.

The Utah Rocket Club is an organization of people dedicated to the promotion of model, sport and amateur rocketry. The Utah Rocket Club, or UROC , was originally an informal union of members of Tripoli Utah and NAR Section 523. Members of UROC come from a variety of backgrounds and share one common interest - launching rockets!

Under the umbrella of our two national sanctioning organizations the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association UROC members launch rockets ranging from the smallest scale models to custom designed high power rockets taller than a person and capable of reaching altitudes of tens of thousands of feet. UROC members enjoy benefits such as international contest eligibility, accident insurance, access to a huge array of technical resources and much more.

UROC holds monthly meetings, construction workshops, field trips and (most important) rocket launches. Our launches conform to the standards set forth in the NAR Model and High Power Safety Codes, which, in place for almost 40 years, have allowed millions of launches without any serious injuries.

The Utah Rocket Club also supports youth activities through education. UROC will present demonstration launches and/or static displays for youth groups, nonprofit organizations, holidays, special events, etc. 

Membership is open to anyone ages 10 and up. Membership in NAR and/or Tripoli is encouraged but not required. NAR membership is required for participation in sanctioned contests. Annual UROC membership dues are $20.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family membership. Membership is due on an annual basis. 

Some benefits of Becoming Part of the UROC Team 

  •  The use of our large, safe launch site free from obstructions and with proper waivers in place from the FAA and BLM and other authorities. 
  •  Use of the club's range equipment.
  •  Workshops throughout the year on various rocketry subjects.
  •  Helping to promote the hobby we all love, in a safe and organized manner, generating positive exposure.
  •  Satisfaction of working with the community and youth organizations, introducing model rocketry to kids, who may not have any other opportunity to build and fly rockets.
  •  As a NAR member, you are eligible to participate in sanctioned competitions, and possible record-setting events.
  •  As a Tripoli member, you are eligible for Tripoli sanctioned events including experimental launches and possible record-setting events.
  •  Daily launch fee waived at our sport launches.
  •  Reduced pricing for our premium launches such as HellFire.
  •  Sharing your experiences with others that have the same interests as you.

There are several ways to join UROC

Online by Credit Card or Check - You can sign up for UROC membership online by using your Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card. or check. Its easy, secure, and only takes a few minutes.

Join UROC or Renew Online

 

 

By Cash or Check - If you would like to join using a check or cash fill out the Membership application* and send it in along with your membership dues to:

Utah Rocket Club
Neal Baker - UROC Treasurer
5352 West 6600 South
West Jordan, UT 84081
801-647-8287

You can also bring the application and fees to any UROC meeting or launch.

Thursday, 29 January 2004 14:28

The Utah Rocket Club

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The Utah Rocket Club is an organization dedicated to the promotion of safe and fun activities for people of all ages through the sport, science, and hobby of rocketry.

Some of our members emphasize scale modeling and fine detail in their projects while others care more for brute force and sheer power. Some rockets are very simple in their design and use basic single parachute recovery systems. Other rockets are extremely complex using clustered or staged motors, advanced electronics, multiple parachute events and even radio control and on-board video transmission. Whatever your particular interest in hobby rocketry, UROC can contribute.

By following strict safety codes, rocketry is one of the safest of recreational activities, rocketry is an activity enjoyed by families and enthusiasts of all ages.

The Utah Rocket Club is an organization of people dedicated to the promotion of model, sport and amateur rocketry. The Utah Rocket Club, or UROC , was originally an informal union of members of Tripoli Utah and NAR Section 523. Members of UROC come from a variety of backgrounds and share one common interest - launching rockets!

Under the umbrella of our two national sanctioning organizations the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association UROC members launch rockets ranging from the smallest scale models to custom designed high power rockets taller than a person and capable of reaching altitudes of tens of thousands of feet. UROC members enjoy benefits such as international contest eligibility, accident insurance, access to a huge array of technical resources and much more.

UROC holds monthly meetings, construction workshops, field trips and (most important) rocket launches. Our launches conform to the standards set forth in the Tripoli, NAR Model and High Power Safety Codes.

The Utah Rocket Club also supports youth activities through education. UROC will present demonstration launches and/or static displays for youth groups, nonprofit organizations, holidays, special events, etc. 

Membership is open to anyone ages 10 and up. Membership in NAR and/or Tripoli is encouraged but not required. NAR membership is required for participation in sanctioned contests.

Annual UROC membership dues are $20.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family membership. Membership is due on an annual basis. 

Some benefits of Becoming Part of the UROC Team 

  • The use of our large, safe launch site free from obstructions and with proper waivers in place from the FAA and BLM and other authorities. 
  • Use of the club's range equipment.
  • Workshops throughout the year on various rocketry subjects.
  • Helping to promote the hobby we all love, in a safe and organized manner, generating positive exposure.
  • Satisfaction of working with the community and youth organizations, introducing model rocketry to kids, who may not have any other opportunity to build and fly rockets.
  • As a NAR member, you are eligible to participate in sanctioned competitions, and possible record-setting events.
  • As a Tripoli member, you are eligible for Tripoli sanctioned events including experimental launches and possible record-setting events.
  • Daily launch fee waived at our sport launches.
  • Reduced pricing for our premium launches such as HellFire.
  • Sharing your experiences with others that have the same interests as you.

There are several ways to join UROC

Online by Credit Card or Check - You can sign up for UROC membership online by using your Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card. or check. Its easy, secure, and only takes a few minutes.

Join UROC or Renew Online

By Cash or Check - If you would like to join using a check or cash fill out the Membership application* and send it in along with your membership dues to:

Utah Rocket Club
PO Box 26584
Salt Lake City, UT 84126

You can also bring the application and fees to any UROC meeting or launch.

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About UROC

The Utah Rocket Club is an Not for Profit organization dedicated to the promotion of safe and fun activities for people of all ages through the sport, science, and hobby of rocketry. The Utah Rocket Club supports the community through educational presentations, demonstration launches and displays for youth groups, nonprofit organizations, etc.

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