Every launch held by the Utah Rocket club requires the assistance of many members.
Volunteer to help with the range - Don't think you're qualified? We will be happy to train you for all positions. These jobs can be worked in small increments of 1 and 2 hours so as not to cut into your flying time. By helping out with these important jobs you let somebody else enjoy their day of launching too.
EVT - Event Timer
The Event Timer is a position required for certain Contest activities in all events for which a time-of-flight figure is scored. One or more Timers shall be stationed in the launching area with stop watches and may not leave the launching area in order to keep the model in sight.
LCO - Launch Control Officer
Oversees the launching of the rockets. Runs the launch control box and handles the PA announcements. Watches the range for safety violations, and has final say if a rocket flies or not. The LCO collects the flight data cards from the Pad Manager(s), reviews and arranges the cards for an orderly launch, noting which flights are "HEADS-UP" or for certification.
PAD - Pad Manager
A good way to help start learning launch operations. Helps manage the launch pads. Changes out launch rods when needed, help loads small and large rockets onto the launch pads. Helps the kids out with connecting their rockets. And helps out the RSO when things gets busy. Gets to learn what the RSO and LCO job are all about. Does not need to be certified. The Pad Manager also assists the LCO with crowd control and watches for any unsafe condition.
REG - Registrar
The Registrar is responsible for making sure that all non-UROC flyers have paid their registration fee and receive a day permit for flying. They also act as a club liason to spectators and visitors by accepting new and renewal membership payments, dispersing club information, and assisting the general public in understanding safety procedures and flight operations.
RSO - Range Safety Officer
Oversees the checking in of each rocket and assigns the rocket to a particular pad. Takes a look at the rocket to see if it is fit to fly. Make sure that the motor has been mounted correctly, fins secure, and launch lugs are attached correctly. Then assigns the rocket to a pad. Should be certified level 2 or higher through either the National Association of Rocketry or the Tripoli Rocketry Association. The RSO is responsible for the overall safety of the range, not just rockets but all activities taking place at the launch site. The RSO has ultimate say in decisions concerning safety. The RSO must be at least 18 years old and be a Level 2 certified flyer in either the TRA or NAR.
UROC has an excellent inventory of launch range support equipment. Below is a list of most of it. If you have a special project that requires special support equipment please contact us to see if we can accomodate you.
We have a number of pads that can accomodate rockets from 1 ounce to 100 pounds. if you have special needs for specialized launch gear please make your own arrangements prior to coming out to a launch.
UROC utilizes a custom relay-based system launch system. The system is cluster capable as well as flash bulb safe. UROC also provides a MissileWorks wireless launch controller at the away cell for our high power launches.
UROC owns a Hypertek Hybrid launch system that is compatible with Hypertek, SkyRipper and RATTWorks motors. We have a fill stem for most hybrid motor except the L and M size Hyperteks. There will be a usage fee for anyone using the system to cover the cost of the Nitrous Oxide.
The Public address system is used at the UROC public launches. The Launch Control Officer broadcasts the status of the ranges as well as statistics and countdown information for each launch. The system is also used to make announcements and alerts.
Family Radio Service (FRS) Channel 1 (no PL) will be designated the emergency channel. FRS Channel 5 (no PL) will be designated the lost rocket channel. If someone finds a rocket in the brush they can report it on this channel. If someone can't find theirs they can coordinate with other searchers who may have seen their rocket.
We try to have mobile restroom facilities on hand that will be ample for the duration of the event. However, if the weather is questionable or the launch is expected to be small we may not have a potty on site. Please check the website prior to coming out to find out if we will be supplying one.
UROC maintains a well-equipped first-aid kit designed for most minor injuries. The First Aid tent is located near range center next to the Registration area. The tent is clearly marked with a First Aid sign.