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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Now in its fourteenth year theTeam America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) has helped to build the next generation of engineers and technicians to join the aerospace industry. The Aerospace Industries Association's signature program and the only aerospace-specific national STEM competition, TARC has reached over 60,000 students and involved 4,000 students in 48 states during the 2015 season alone.
An extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program, the TARC competition is modeled around the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes. All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning raw eggs (”the astronaut”) without cracking. Each year a unique task is also included; this year we are challenging those students who win a spot at the National Finals to be able to fly their rockets to two separate altitudes. The target flight heights will differ between the first and second flight.
TARC gives students opportunities to apply their math and science skills to a real world project outside of the classroom. For many students, this experience yields their first significant personal realization of how what they are learning in school is relevant to endeavors that are fun, challenging, and represent potential future career pathways. Through TARC, students have discovered that they enjoy solving math and science problems in the context of resolving difficult and complex design issues. Often TARC is also their first exposure to the aerospace industry. They learn what aerospace engineers and skilled technical workers do and what it takes to become one of those professionals.
Mike and the other folks at Madcow have supported HellFire for years. If you don't already know their products you should. Madcow offers craftsman quality kits that are truly enjoyable to build. Their kits come complete with everything you need to build and fly except the glue and paint (and a motor of course). Grab some 5 minute epoxy and most of their kits can literally be built and flown at the flying field the same day!
Madcow's high quality kits start with precision laser cut plywood fins and centering rings. Fins and rings consistently fit nice and snug. This keeps your build sessions fun and free of frustration.
The recovery system leaves nothing more to buy here. All of their kits come complete with a long lasting Rip-Stop Nylon Chute, a Flame-Proof Parachute Blast Protector and Kevlar (2.6" and smaller) or Tubular Nylon (4" and larger) shock cord (recovery system optional on some kits to save you money).
Flame-Proof Parachute Blast Protectors mean your parachute is safe and sound and no more cleaning up all that pesky chute wadding after each flight.
Thru-The-Wall fins are a snap with pre-slotted body tubes. No more cutting out body tube wrappers to pencil cutting lines on the body tube. No more slipped knife blade marks spiraling away from the fin slots. Just a nice clean pre-cut slot for your fins.
All of this makes for a complete kit that is easy to build and fun to fly.
23016 Del Lago Drive, Unit C
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
When folks think of Giant Leap Rocketry the words "unique" or "innovative" come to mind. Any vendor can take a nosecone, a tube and some fins, throw the parts in a bag, and call it a "kit". But at Giant Leap Rocketry, they advance rocketry with new ideas and new concepts. For instance, their Mariah series rockets are far beyond anything in the hobby. Giant Leap coined the term "shotgun recovery" method. They also invented the Fireball zipper stopper, the Slimline Motor Retainer in classic style, nozzle shape and as a tailcone. Giant Leap introduced composite honeycomb fins to the hobby, and were one of the first to push the use of Kevlar chute protectors and cord protectors.
Giant Leap popularized the use of Kevlar cord as a shockcord when others were still using nylon cords. They convinced others about the dangers of using "elastic" shockcords and popularized the phrase "elastic cords belong in your underpants, not on your rocket." Giant Leap also created Magna-frame and Dyna-wind, the industry standard in airframes. Their Pinnacle nosecones are the most advanced in the hobby. And of course their Fin Canisters – a great way to attached fins without the hassle! Giant Leap also carrys some of the most advanced chutes on the market – the TAC Parachutes. Also be sure to check out their Groove-Lok fin attachment system and our Hardpoint Anchor.
You’ll also love their range of services. Need tubes cut or slotted? Want a cluster motor mount configuration, or some custom fins? Giant Leap has a superb machine shop at your disposal.
Giant Leap Rocketry
2831 SW Cornelius Pass Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Located in Salt Lake City, UT serving members of the Utah Rocket Club and featuring Aerotech single use, disposable and reloadable motors. Flight supplies featuring AeroPac retainers, TopFlight Recovery, & Missile Works altimeters. You may place an order online on his website. Items may or may not be available as this is not a store front but support for local rocket flyers. Contact Das Rocket Hobbies to pre-order/pay for delivery at Utah Rocket Club meetings, special club events, or pre-launch. If an item is unavailable, contact DRH. DRH will try to work with you to obtain needed motor reloads or flight suppiles for your high power rocketry club flying needs. Das Rocket does not ship rocket motors!
Have a HellFire XXII motor need?
Message me what you need in AT 38mm, 29 mm, & 24mm. (Charlie says 54 mm and up are off the shelf right now).
Get a DAS Rocket order in now for 54mm and higher to be made now by AT and delivered at HellFire.
Das Rocket Hobbies
1352 Farm Meadow Lane
Salt Lake City, UT 84117