Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:40

Upcoming UFO 2017 Contest

UROC's next event is our annual NAR sanctioned contest known as "UROC Fall Open" or "UFO" for short. This launch is for people competing in the contests, no high power flights will be taking place. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. Event will take place from 8am to 2pm on Saturday, October 7. The contest will be held at our normal launch site Frank Hunt Field.

List of the UFO 2017 contest events:

There will not be a Porta Potty ordered for this launch. Set up is expected to begin around 8:30 am and we will fly in to the early afternoon or until the wind gets to be too strong.

If the weather conditions for the upcoming launch deteriorate or if the fire hazard becomes too high, we will try to notify everyone via our normal modes including the website, facebook, and twitter.

These events are for NAR members and we can sign you up at the site. 

Published in UROC News
Monday, 03 July 2017 14:02

Donner "Party" Challenge

The Donner Party Challenge has existed in the slightly warped mind of Tim Boschert for a few years now. After some refinements and changes to the contest (no eating people) we have come up with what we think might be a lot of fun. This contest not only combines a level of experience in motor selection but of recovery techniques and build quality. Plus it's kind of exciting.  Essentially, the contestant has to fly a rocket, recover the rocket (safely and intact), return the rocket and then enjoy a nice drink after their recovery. This is a timed event, but it really doesn't matter how fast you run or walk, there are way more factors that will determine your time than how quick you run.

WATCH THE BLOCKBUSTER INTRO VIDEO HERE!!!

RULES:

  1. Sign in at the Contest Table and fill out the contest entry form. You will be provided with your can of sticky sweet gold (Yukon Launch) to fly in your rocket and the payload section will be sealed.
  2. Safely and succesfully launch your rocket with the provided energy drink (Yukon Launch).
  3. Prior to launch the rocket must be inspected by the RSO and adhere to all NAR and TRA safety rules. A G80 or greater is required (Das Rockets is providing a special discount on G80's for this event. See them at HellFire) Make sure to check your thrust to weight ratio, because the RSO will. You must be certified to fly the motor that you are flying.
  4. After launch, and once the Range is announced as open the timer will begin, the contestant must go and retrieve their rocket from the range, all the while the clock is ticking.
  5. The contestant should return their rocket directly to the the contest table for inspection. The rocket must be intact, the payload bay must not be opened. The energy drink MUST BE left intact in the rocket's payload bay.
  6. The contestant will then open the payload bay with the contest director as a witness. If the drink is intact, the contestant must open the can and drink the deliciousness that is "Yukon Launch" until it is gone.
  7. Once the drink is gone, the contest director will record the elapsed time since the range open announcement.
  8. At 4 PM on Saturday, whoever had the shortest time from "range open" to finishing their drink will be declared the winner
  9. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place only.

The fine print:

The can of "Launch" will fit in a payload bay of 14.5cm by 5.5cm

The payload bay will be sealed by the contest director. If it is open prior to returning it to the contest desk, the flight is disqualified.

Sponsored by Orion Offroad and  Das Rocket

Published in HellFire
Thursday, 01 June 2017 11:23

KEMM Contest Results

The Ken Eva Memorial Meet (KEMM) took place on Saturday, April 22 out at Frank Hunt Field. The weather was very cooperative and there was a fairly good turn out for the competition.

We had some scouts set up launch pads to handle their launches to gain their rocketry badges as well. There were 11 contestants in the competition and some great flights. Matt Goode was the meet champion followed closely by Bruce Bell.

Results for individual events are listed below. The next NAR competition event is Pioneer 2017 and it takes place Saturday, June 3 at Frank Hunt Field as well. 

You can view photos from the launch in the UROC Gallery

 

Ken Eva Memorial Meet 2017 Meet Champions

 

PlaceContestantNAR NumberSectionTotal Points
C Division
1 Goode, Matt 100903 523 2016
2 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 1524
3 Bell, Sally 85169 523 672
4 Redd, Randall 6333 523 324
5 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 120
6 Steele, Carrie 78080 523 60
6 Steele, Cassidy 81474 000 60
6 Steele, Katie 80121 000 60
7 Steele, Cody 46810 000 30
7 Stewart, Pearce 101610 000 30
8 Morstadt, Bob 60107 000 0
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 2400
2 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 1224
Sections
1 UROC   523 8340
2 IND   0 180

Ken Eva Memorial Meet 2017 Standings

 

Sport Scale

PlaceContestantNumberSectionPrototypeStaticFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 D-Region Tomahawk 570.0 98.0   66800 600
2 Goode, Matt 100903 523 Space Shuttle 470.0 140.0   61000 360
3 Bell, Sally 85169 523 IQSY Tomahawk 460.0 100.0   56000 240
-- Redd, Randall 6333 523 Jupiter 535.0 0.0   0 0
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 Sandhawk 600.0 100.0   70000 600
2 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 D-Region Tomahawk 530.0 100.0   63000 360

 

C Egg Lofting Altitude

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Goode, Matt 100903 523 185   185 540
2 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 182   182 324
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 381   381 540
2 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 88   88 324

 

A Helicopter Duration

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Goode, Matt 100903 523 62   62 600
2 Bell, Sally 85169 523 31   31 360
3 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 28   28 240
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 48   48 600
2 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 20   20 360

 

1/2A Streamer Duration Multiround

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2Flight 3Flight 4TotalPoints
C Division
1 Bell, Bruce 20636 523 36 24 32   92 360
2 Goode, Matt 100903 523 32 33     65 216
3 Redd, Randall 6333 523 50       50 144
4 Bell, Sally 85169 523 28       28 72
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 52       52 360
-- Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 SEP       0 0

 

Random Duration (90 sec)

PlaceContestantNumberSectionFlight 1Flight 2TotalPoints
C Division
1 Goode, Matt 100903 523 2.2% (88 s)   22 300
2 Redd, Randall 6333 523 12.2% (101 s)   122 180
3 Snaufer, Mark 29609 523 46.7% (48 s)   467 120
4 Steele, Carrie 78080 523 68.9% (28 s)   689 60
4 Steele, Cassidy 81474 000 68.9% (28 s)   689 60
4 Steele, Katie 80121 000 68.9% (28 s)   689 60
5 Steele, Cody 46810 000 77.8% (20 s)   778 30
6 Stewart, Pearce 101610 000 87.8% (11 s)   878 30
-- Bell, Bruce 20636 523 DQ   0 0
-- Morstadt, Bob 60107 000 DQ   0 0
T Division
1 Team, Pod Bay Doors T-201 523 CAT 67.8% (29 s) 678 300
2 Team, Pod Babe Doors T-202 523 CAT 78.9% (19 s) 789 180

 

Published in UROC News
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:59

April Contest Launch

The upcoming launch on April 22nd is a non-waivered contest event. No rockets over G power can be flown. Flyers are expected to make their own arrangements for launch equipment as the trailer and UROC launch gear will not be coming out. This launch is held to provide an environment suitable for the UROC members interested in and participating in NAR rocketry contests.   Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any further questions about the launch.

List of the contest events:

There will not be a Porta Potty ordered for this launch. Set up is expected to begin around 8:30 am and we will fly in to the early afternoon or until the wind gets to be too strong. If the weather conditions for the upcoming launch deteriorate or if the fire hazard becomes too high, we will try to notify everyone via our normal modes including the website, facebook, and twitter.

Published in UROC News
Thursday, 29 September 2016 19:13

Scale Rocketry "must have" available again!

bookAn important book for both
 scale model and history buffs has returned! The book "Small Sounding Rockets' by Richard Morrow is now back in print.  The companion CD has many color photos and enlargeable drawings of the vehicles in the book. New to the Small Sounding Rockets companion CD is an exhaustive library of blueprints of the Cooper Development Corporation ASP-I (Plumbob), SCAMP, and ASCAMP with the sampler (diffuser)  nose. The most complete data on the Terrapin is also included. If you are looking for the data for that next scale project or just love rocket history, don't miss out on your opportunity to get hold of this great book! This book has recieved high praise for its detail and quality of information and it's great to have it available once again.  An order form is attached below.
Published in UROC News
Monday, 29 August 2016 14:09

Team USA Brings Home Gold

UROC member Matt Steele has been in the Ukraine for the International Rocketry Competition (Internats) this past week. The Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) is the governing world body, covering not only spacemodeling and aeromodeling, but all aspects of aviation. Each member country is represented within the FAI by its national aero club, which in the United States is the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The NAA delegates authority for aeromodeling and spacemodeling to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). The AMA sponsors the US Spacemodeling Team, as well as a number of aeromodeling teams.

The U.S. Team for a WSMC is selected by a flyoff process that is held at the opening weekend of NARAM one year prior to the WSMC. The flyoff is open to all U.S. NAR members. In between the biennial WSMC, regional FAI-sanctioned international competitions called “World Cups” are held each year, each with 4 or 5 of the 8 WSMC events. U.S. FAI fliers use these to practice their skills in preparation for a WSMC or for the US team-selection flyoff. Of the 25 or so that are held worldwide each year there is typically one of these held in the US, the “Capitol Cup” in Mansassas, VA in September of odd-numbered years and the “CanAm Cup” in Muskegon, MI every June.

This year the US Senior team won the Gold Medal in Class S2P - Precision Eggloft and Emma Kristal won the individual Gold Medal.

rankingsThe United States S1B altitude team won the Silver Medal Team members included Steve Kristal, Dr. Bob Kreutz and Matt Steele. Dr. Bob also won individual gold with a truly fantastic flight. The team bested 15 other teams and came up just a very tiny bit short of winning the gold.

Matt was also awarded an individual gold medal for Scale Altitude. (A scale model of a rocket judged on accuracy of scale, then flown to the highest altitude.) This means Matt will be bringing home an individual gold medal, a Team gold medal and a Team silver medal. (He competed in 3 events and he is bringing home a medal from all 3 events.)

Congratulations Matt and all of Team USA for a fantastic showing!

Published in UROC News
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:33

The Alphabet Contest

The Alphabet Contest is a challenging contest where pre-planning can win or lose the game for you. The challenge is to successfully fly the same rocket on as many different letters in the alphabet as possible. So, the same rocket on an A, B, C or a H, I, J, K?  Doesn't matter about the impulse its all about the design and forethought. Clair Mills came up with this contest last year and it's back for another year. This is a great way for folks at different Cert Levels to compete with each other.

 

RULES:

1) Select any rocket with active recovery* that flies on a single motor, and bring it to the contest table to be registered

2) Each time that rocket successfully flies** on a different letter*** of motor, bring it back to the contest table to be recorded

3) At 4 PM on Saturday, whoever has flown their rocket on the most different letters of motor, will be declared the winner

4) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with the winners picking in that order from the available prizes

fine print:* Active recovery means parachute, streamer, helicopter, glider, etc. No tumble or "bounce" recovery.


** A successful flight means that the rocket has to completely leave the pad and be recovered in condition to fly again.The judge has complete discretion as to whether a flight is considered successful. No strapping a 1/2 A on the side of your Level 3 bird!

*** A "letter" includes 1/8 A, 1/4 A, 1/2 A, A, B, C... through M

Published in HellFire

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.

Funeral Service  Tuesday April 26  at 11:00 am at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
 
Published in Memorium
Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:46

UFO-1 2015 Contest Results

The morning started out rather brisk with temps in the 40s but fortunately no wind. In fact the skies remained clear and the air fairly calm for the whole day. At 7:30 in the morning, it was quiet and peaceful as I was setting up my launch gear. After the sun came up, it started warming up nicely. We had our usual group of competitors there with a new addition, William Cooper. In the foreground are Randall and Cathy Redd with Fred Williams setting up. As people started showing up we started getting our Egglofters up to take advantage of the calm air. Bruce Bell won top honors in Eggloft with a 655 meter flight using an Aerotech E20-7 motor. William Cooper was close behind with an excellent flight to 624 meters.

B Boost Glider and B Helicopter were dependent on catching a thermal to turn in a good flight. The time for a non-thermal flight in Helicopter and Boost Glider was around 60 seconds. The models that turned in the best times flew closer to noon when the thermals were more abundant. The Helicopter of choice seemed to be the Gyro Chaser from Apogee. While the Boost Glider of choice was the Condor also from Apogee.

The Scale models were turned in and judged. We definitely have a better crop of scale models this year as modelers are getting better at building them. Bruce Bell flew a well-made D-Region Tomahawk to a second place while Mark Snaufer had a beautiful Delta II. In team division there were 2 extremely excellent models from Pod Bay Doors (Matt Steele) flying a TCMP-2 and Dizzy Dog (Fred Williams and Randall Redd) flying a RAM-B. Both of these models were NARAM quality and were about as close to perfect as I have seen. There was only 20 points separating them after static judging. The RAM-B suffered some damage from a problem with the flight and the TCMP-2 came out on top.

Published in NAR Contests

Tim Van Milligan of Apogee Rocketry and his daughters are planning to attend Pioneer 2015 this weekend. If any UROC club members want to place an Apogee order for delivery this weekend Tim can bring it over. They can choose “store pick-up” as the shipping option from the Apogee web site and then leave a comment when ordering to have Tim bring it to the field. This will save on shipping and Hazmat fees.

More info about Pioneer 2015 Launch

More info about Apogee Rocketry

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