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.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Fred Williams. Fred passed away on Thursday, April 21st after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Fred was a former club president and a long time member of the Utah Rocket Club and he will be missed.
Visitation Monday April 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.
Visitation Tuesday April 26 from 9:45 am to 10:45 am at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.
The Utah Rocket Club's officers for the upcoming 2016 year were elected at the November General Meeting. We would like to thank all of the members of UROC that showed up at the meeting to help in this important decision. The current UROC President Ken Park presided over the elections.
The officers will be welcomed at the upcoming Christmas Party and will begin planning for the 2016 year immediately.
Please congratulate the officers when you see them as we look forward to a great UROC 2016.
Last month, at the NARAM-57 awards banquet, the NAR announced the members of the Association who have reached 50 years of continuous membership. As of this date there are fewer than 40 current NAR members who have reached this milestone. These include legends in the hobby like: Bill Stine, Vern and Gleda Estes, Manning Butterworth, Trip Barber, Jay Apt, and Gordon Mandell.
As of 2016, UROC's very own Randall Redd is a member of this esteemed group. Randall is UROC's current NAR advisor and one of the founding members of UROC. It's safe to say that UROC would not be the club it is today without Randy! Congratulations to Randall and thanks for all of his support and friendship throughout the years and for reaching his 50th anniversary with the National Association of Rocketry!
UPDATE! Due to the softness and fragile state of the salt this year, the BLM has requested that we keep our speeds while driving on the salt to no more than 20 to 30 mph. This is good to keep the salt spray off your vehicle too.
SALT LAKE CITY—Don’t be too quick to cry earthquake! If you notice a tremor on the Salt Flats between July 30 and August 2, you may be feeling the effects of HELLFIRE, the Utah Rocket Club’s (UROC) biggest launch event.
We’re not kidding. Some of HELLFIRE’s so-called “amateur” rockets stand 18 feet tall, weigh 108 pounds, burn up to $700 in fuel in a single launch, and roar up from the ground with up to 750 pounds of thrust. They may reach 25,000 feet and even break the sound barrier. Even from a safe distance, it’s not unusual to feel a blast of heat, shaking underfoot, and an occasional sonic boom. It’s no wonder that HELLFIRE requires Federal Aviation Administration approval.
If smaller rockets are more to your taste, HELLFIRE has plenty of those, too. Hobbyists launch everything from simple one-footers to larger models with complex electronics and multiple parachutes. And you never know when someone might launch what looks less like a rocket and more like Darth Vader or the Travelocity Gnome.
The 20th HELLFIRE is cause for celebration. Accordingly, UROC has announced the Hellfire Awards Banquet, with the keynote to be delivered by founder and CEO of RCS Rocket Motor Components Gary Rosenfield. Besides an amateur rocket enthusiast, Rosenfield is a bonafide rocket professional, having worked on such notable missiles as the Minuteman, Peacekeeper, Harpoon, Hawk, Standard Missile and Sidewinder. He is the founder of Composite Dynamics, AeroTech, and Survival Laser. In 1995, he founded RCS, which manufactures rocket motors, components and related products for hobby, educational, commercial, industrial, military and motion picture special effects use. Rosenfield has served on the board of the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association, where he holds a lifetime membership. There is a $70 fee to attend the banquet, which will be held the evening of Saturday, August 1, at Wendover’s Montego Bay. Those interested in attending should email Heather Park.
A popular family outing, HELLFIRE is free to the public. No reservation is needed.
Between launches, spectators can enjoy a close look at rockets and components while visiting with experts as they prep rockets for launch.
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