Wednesday, 04 April 2018 22:18

Spring Launch Postponed... Again...

Due to the expected poor weather on this upcoming weekend  UROC's Spring Launch will be rescheduled yet again. Current weather forecasts show that conditions at Frank Hunt Field will not be acceptable for a launch event this weekend (April 7/8) as a result, the Officers and Board Members of the Utah Rocket Club have decided to postpone the event again. 

We understand  how frustrating this is, and it is for the officers as well. Unfortunately, there are limiting factors involved with deciding to hold a launch and all these must be considered. The officers are evaluating upcoming dates for another attempt at a Spring Launch and will announce it here as soon as a decision has been made. Our tentative makeup date will be the following weekend (April 14/15) but we will post confirmation on this once we have recived the approvals required.

Hang in there!

Published in UROC News
Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:53

March 17/18 Launch Postponed

Due to the expected poor weather on the originally scheduled weekend, UROC's Spring Launch will be rescheduled for April 7/8. 

This launch will be held as a two-day event. 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.

Published in UROC News
Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:16

2018 Schedule Announced

The Utah Rocket Club's official schedule is set and is available on the website for your viewing pleasure. Among the changes from last year, the club has reduced the number of member meetings in favor of quality over quantity. While the club does have some very good presentations throughout the year at meetings, if a specifc presentation is not planned the meetings are very administrative and not very interesting to the general membership. So, some of the monthly meetings have been deemd Administrative and will be for the officers and board members to plan activities and address issues. Members are still more than welcome to attend but should not feel obligated to do so.

An additional launch date after HellFire has been added to the schedule and an additonal Sport Competition has been added to the first half of the year. There will be additional workshops, contests and other events added to the calendar as they are confirmed. 

We hope that these changes to the club's activity schedule continue to improve the overall enjoyment of our members.

View the Utah Rocket Club 2018 Activity Calendar

Published in UROC News
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
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
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
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

Published in UROC News
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:17

Slight Change to Launch Schedule

Launches over the next two months have had their dates changed slighty from what had been posted previously. Please note that our next launch is a Tripoli Research Launch taking place on April 18th and then followed the next month by a NAR Sport Launch on May 16th. Please make note of these changes and always check this website prior to heading out to a UROC launch. As always, these dates are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

 

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