The first UROC launch for 2017 was held on Saturday, March 18 and into Sunday March 19. We had a good number of people attend over the two days and in general the launch was a success. We had the trailer onsite Friday night so we were ablle to begin setup early on Saturday morning. We had a good number of helpers to carry pads out, set up the range marking and wire the control system. The launch was set up as a Tripoli Research launch and we had pads set up for Model Rockets up to non-complex M motors. The largest motor flown over the weekend was an L and it was a succesful flight. FAA coordination was handled by Jim Yehle and went smoothly. Our waiver was open from 8am to about 5pm on Saturday and until we closed up operations on Sunday around 2pm.
Overall the launch was great, highlights included beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday morning. Of course wind picked up around 12:30 and lasted most of the rest of the day Saturday. It was never strong enough not to be able to launch but folks were tired and the night launch just didn't happen. We had a good number of people camping out on Friday and Saturday night in rigs ranging from tents to big fifth wheel RVs. Everyone had a great time talking, listening to music at cooking meals.
If you attended the launch and have some photos or videos you like to share please submit them to the website.
HellFire, sponsored by the Utah Rocket Club (UROC) takes place this year August 3,4,5,6. Though HellFire is technically an amateur launch, we’re talking serious rocketry here. Participants from around the country launch rockets ranging from foot-tall wonders to towering monsters that weigh in at over one hundred pounds, feature high-tech electronics, use a propellant similar to that used on the space shuttle, and lift off with 750 pounds of pure thrust.
Now in its 22nd year, HellFire continues to grow. Many people attend not to launch, but simply for the thrill of watching. Between launches, visitors enjoy examining rockets and components close-up and speaking with the experts who build and launch them.
Spectator Admission to HellFire is free and the public is welcome. HellFire will be held on the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. Take Exit 4 on Interstate 80 and follow easy-to-spot signs. The event takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6.
Discounted registration for flyers is available for UROC members.
Many more details to come over the next weeks.
Tips for visitors:
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.
UROC is pleased to announce that our own Jim Yehle will be presenting a discussion about making your own experimental rocket motors at our March 11th Member Meeting. If you have been interested finding out more about EX motors and what all the interest is in the Tripoli Research Launches this is the meeting you don't want to miss. Jim has been building his own high-power motors for a while now. Like everything Jim does, he immerses himself in his projects to learn all that he can. If you have experience with EX rocketry yourself, please attend and share your knowledge with the group as well.
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.