UROC's May launch was held as a two-day event on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st. We had a good showing of UROC members as well as some new members. A small group of members camped out Friday night and Clair and Maureen Mills brought the trailer out Friday night as well. As a result, after a pretty cold night, the range began to be set up early on Saturday. The range was in place and ready to fly by about 9:15 am. A safety meeting was held where Neal Baker (club president) and Jim Yehle (Tripoli Prefect) provided information about the launch rules and other safety concerns. Weather was very good on Saturday, temperatures were in the high 60s and winds were surprisingly low all day. With the exception of a few late afternoon bursts the wind was as tame as any of us have seen out there. Flights continued until around 5:00pm on Saturday.
Attendance was very good for this launch with close to 85 - 95 people in attendance at the high point on Saturday. Throughout Saturday there were just around 70 seperate flights and about 13 on Sunday. There were a mix of L1 through L3 certification attempts (17 with TRA and NAR combined)
Many of the cert flights were succesful including veteran UROC member Kirk Weaver who re-certified both Level 1 and Level 2 this weekend. Another highlight of this launch was Gene Hendrix's succesful TRA Level 3 flight on an M2500. It was very evident after the launch on Saturday that the vegetation conditions on site already are not going to permit a June/July launch at the Frank Hunt Field due to the extreme fire hazard.
Overall this was a very succesful launch, the night launch did not occur as most folks went back to town in the evening, but the time shared after the launch for those who did stay out into the evening was enjoyable.new friendships were made and old ones strengthened.
It rained during Saturday night and into Sunday morning but it died off by around 9 and the range was able to be activated and a little over a dozen flights were flown including a perfect flight for Ron Blosch's newest creation on a J800. We had some great help and support with clean up on Sunday and the launch was finished by 1:00pm, just prior to the next storm that rolled through.
Thanks to everyone that helped with setting up, fire control, tear down, range duty, and just being great members of UROC. Make sure to check out the UROC Group on Facebook and UROC's own Gallery for shared photos
After 10 years, Tim Boschert has decided to step away from his role as Tripoli Prefect for the Tripoli Utah Chapter (UROC). Tim will continue to be a member of the club and will continue his Das Rocket's motor business. Tim has done a great job as prefect over the years. He has been willing to help new members with their certs and been a great source of knowledge for all UROC's members. He has done a tremendous job in the Prefect capacity and has helped to certify many of our members into high power. Unfortunately, with his leaving, the club is forced to find a new Prefect to take his place.
This position is not one to be taken lightly. Since the Prefect is the leader of the Prefecture, this individual must have knowledge of the rules of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, understand the proper operation of a safe rocket flying environment and have an understanding of the laws and regulations regarding High Power Rocketry. The minimum requirements for a member to be a Prefect is one year as an active Tripoli member and must have attained certification level 2.
One of the most important functions of the Prefect is to assist new members in receiving their certifications. The Prefect can bestow level 1 and level 2 certifications and administer the level 2 certification examinations. It is important that the Prefect make themselves consistently available at launches and other times to help make these certifications a positive and successful experience for the members.
The prefect is also responsible for obtaining the required authorizations from Tripoli for launches such as our Research launches as well as all the insurance documentation required each year. This individual must work closely with the other officers of UROC to coordinate the needs of the club as a whole. The Prefect is also UROC’s representative to the rest of the Tripoli Rocketry Association; they are expected to put forth a positive image of our club to the rest of Tripoli as well as the public at large.
Tim will continue in his role as prefect through HellFire and an election for our new Tripoli Prefect will take place at the September UROC meeting. If you are interested in being considered for the position, please make sure to attend the meeting. Be prepared to give a brief statement about yourself and your campaign platform. Only current Tripoli members will be allowed to vote or run in this election. You must bring your membership card to the meeting! The winner of the election will be in office for the remainder of 2016, through 2017 until officer elections in January of 2018.
If you would like to contact Tim in regards to the position and any other questions, please contact him here.
Launches over the next two months have had their dates changed slighty from what had been posted previously. Please note that our next launch is a Tripoli Research Launch taking place on April 18th and then followed the next month by a NAR Sport Launch on May 16th. Please make note of these changes and always check this website prior to heading out to a UROC launch. As always, these dates are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
If you were having a hard time deciding what day to come out to HellFire the decision was just made for you…This is the biggest single motor launch HellFire has had. Blown Fuse will be flying on Thursday, July 31st 2008 during the Tripoli Research Launch portion of HellFire.
Blown Fuse is built and flown by Ron Weigel, Jerry Hughes and Jack Blair. The rocket has flown before, the first flight was at Balls 15 where it reached an altitude of 17, 200 feet AGL and again at Balls 16 where it reached an altitude of 15,200 feet AGL.
Blown Fuse is a 10" fiberglass filament wound airframe with 1/2" Baltic birch fins that have a fiberglass overlay. The complete rocket is just about 16’ tall and weighs in at about 90 lbs without a motor. With the motor installed the rocket weighs in at just around 200 lbs.
The rocket will fly on an EX motor which was also mixed and cast by Jerry, Ron, and Jack that equates to a P7000 and utilizes the Wimpy Red propellant formulation.
Recovery of the Blown Fuse will be dual deployment configuration. Deployment will be controlled by a pair of Olsen altimeters (Go Olsen or Go Home!) With a Rocketman 8ft ballistic drogue chute stuffed into a Rocket Rage deployment bag. The Main parachute will be a Rocket Rage RRQS210 also stuffed into a Rocket Rage Deployment bag.