Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:24

October Launch is GO

UROC's upcoming launch for October 14 is a go. We anticipate the launch only taking place on Saturday (Oct 14) as opposed to a two-day launch due to the low temperatures but it looks like we should have a pretty good day.  A porta pottie will be onsite and the trailer is expected to roll in around 830am or so on Saturday morning. The more folks we have to help set the equipment up the quicker we can get flying. We do expect winds to increase later in the day so the earlier we can get the launch system up and running the more flight time we will have.

Details about the October Launch

Contests being held at the October Launch

Launch Site Information

Published in UROC News
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:41

Contests at October Launch

It's safe to say that Halloween is many people's favorite holiday. This appears to be the case with Mitch. He has come up with a couple of contests for us to participate in at the UROC Launch in October (14 and 15) to get us all in the Halloween spirit.

1. Best Halloween themed/decorated rocket - Entries will be judged first. The highest ranking rocket to successfully fly safely is the winner. Mitch will be providing prizes for these contests (thanks Mitch!) Fiirst prize is two G motors. Second prize is a Quest kit.

We will also be holding a "Most Repeated Flights" Contest, basically, whoever has the most successful, safe flights with any one rocket during the October launch will win. Same prizes for this contest as for the Halloween contest (Thanks again Mitch!).

In the event that a minor wins the first in either contest, the motor will be presented to their parents or guardian.

We'd really like to thank Mitch for the donations and the great ideas for the contests and would very much like to ask everyone to participate. We've got a few weeks to go before the launch and really looking forward to some greatr competition!

This launch will be held as a two-day event if the weather is cooperative. We have permission from the BLM for overnight camping at the launch site. We invite members to camp out Saturday evening and take advantage of the great weather early on Sunday as well. This launch will be held under the Tripoli Research rules. Also be aware that only members of UROC are allowed to participate in the launch. If you are not a member you can sign up online or at the launch.

As always, we will need help running the launch, RSO, LCO, pad managers and lots of help setting up and tearing down the range. We do have a Porta Potty ordered for this launch. Set up is expected to begin around 8:00 am and we will fly in to the early afternoon or until the wind gets to be too strong and if the weather permits maybe start up some model rocketry in the evening. 

Sunday morning should prove to be some excellent flying time. The range should be set up, ready to go long before the wind catches us.

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.

View Launch Safety Codes

Published in UROC News
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
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
Monday, 22 May 2017 22:11

May Launch 2017 Recap

UROC's May launch was held as a two-day event on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st. We had a good showing of UROC members as well as some new members. A small group of members camped out Friday night and Clair and Maureen Mills brought the trailer out Friday night as well. As a result, after a pretty cold night, the range began to be set up early on Saturday. The range was in place and ready to fly by about 9:15 am. A safety meeting was held where Neal Baker (club president) and Jim Yehle (Tripoli Prefect) provided information about the launch rules and other safety concerns. Weather was very good on Saturday, temperatures were in the high 60s and winds were surprisingly low all day. With the exception of a few late afternoon bursts the wind was as tame as any of us have seen out there. Flights continued until around 5:00pm on Saturday.

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Attendance was very good for this launch with close to 85 - 95 people in attendance at the high point on Saturday.  Throughout Saturday there were just around 70 seperate flights and about 13 on Sunday. There were a mix of L1 through L3 certification attempts (17 with TRA and NAR combined)  

Many of the cert flights were succesful including veteran UROC member Kirk Weaver who re-certified both Level 1 and Level 2 this weekend.  Another highlight of this launch was Gene Hendrix's succesful TRA Level 3 flight on an M2500.  It was very evident after the launch on Saturday that the vegetation conditions on site already are not going to permit a June/July launch at the Frank Hunt Field due to the extreme fire hazard.

Overall this was a very succesful launch, the night launch did not occur as most folks went back to town in the evening, but the time shared after the launch for those who did stay out into the evening was enjoyable.new friendships were made and old ones strengthened.

It rained during Saturday night and into Sunday morning but it died off by around 9 and the range was able to be activated and a little over a dozen flights were flown including a perfect flight for Ron Blosch's newest creation on a J800. We had some great help and support with clean up on Sunday and the launch was finished by 1:00pm, just prior to the next storm that rolled through.

Thanks to everyone that helped with setting up, fire control, tear down, range duty, and just being great members of UROC.  Make sure to check out the UROC Group on Facebook and UROC's own Gallery for shared photos

 

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
Friday, 24 March 2017 01:15

First Launch of the Year

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. 

Here is a link to some photos from the launch 

If you attended the launch and have some photos or videos you like to share please submit them to the website.

Published in UROC News
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:27

HellFire 22 Dates Announced

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:

  • According to UROC insiders, Saturday is the day “where it starts getting crazy” with “lots of flights.”
  • All launch plans are subject to weather. Visitors are encouraged to check www.uroc.org BEFORE driving out to the launch.
  • There are no food or drink vendors at the event, so UROC reminds visitors to bring binoculars, hats, chairs, shade, lots of sunscreen, food and snacks, and plenty of drinking water.
  • UROC strongly encourages spectators to leave their pets at home, this is not a pet friendly environment
Published in UROC News
Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:33

September Launch Cancelled

This is a status update for the upcoming September 17 Research Launch - Hazardous wildfire conditions have resulted from low fuel moistures and hot, dry weather. These conditions are expected to persist with extreme fire behavior possible. So far this season, the majority of fires have been human caused. It is the policy of the Bureau of Land Management to take all necessary actions to protect human life, the public lands and the resources and improvements thereon through the prevention of wildfires. The Frank Hunt Field (our launch site) is currently under a fire restriction status. As predicted, this restriction has cancelled our upcoming launch scheduled for September 17.  

View Fire Prevention Order

View Current Utah Fire Info

Published in UROC News
Friday, 19 August 2016 10:26

Upcoming September Launch Update

This is a status update for the upcoming September 17 Research Launch - Hazardous wildfire conditions have resulted from low fuel moistures and hot, dry weather. These conditions are expected to persist with extreme fire behavior possible. So far this season, the majority of fires have been human caused. It is the policy of the Bureau of Land Management to take all necessary actions to protect human life, the public lands and the resources and improvements thereon through the prevention of wildfires. The Frank Hunt Field (our launch site) is currently under a fire restriction status. This may affect our upcoming launch scheduled for September 17.  

UROC’s president has been in contact with our BLM representative and based on that discussion we are moving ahead with the assumption that the launch will proceed, however this will be entirely up to the discretion of the Utah Fire Authority and BLM. As always, UROC will comply with their recommendations.   The status of this launch could change as late as the Thursday prior to the event so please plan accordingly and monitor this site (www.uroc.org) for updates to the status of the launch.

View Fire Prevention Order

View Current Utah Fire Info

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