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Launch Schedule
2/1 - Club Launch - A
3/1 - Club Launch - A
4/5-6 - Club Launch - N
Eqp. Cleanup TBD - TBD
5/3-4 - Club Launch - N
6/6-8 - Mile High Mayhem - N
7/12-13 - High Skies in July - N
8/9-10 - Club Launch - N
9/6-7 - Club Launch - N
Eqp. Cleanup TBD - TBD
10/3-5 - Oktoberfest - N
11/1-2 - Club Launch - N
12/6 - Club Launch - A
1/3/15 - Club Launch - A
1/10/15 - Annual Meet - TBD

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Flight line at Oktoberfest. Picture by Mike Bennett in his marvelous flying machine.
The NCR flight line at our Pawnee North launch site. Photo by Mike Bennett taken from his marvelous flying machine.


The Northern Colorado Rocketry Club is one of THE premier rocketry clubs in Colorado and also the home of the Rocky Mountain West's two finest regional launches - Mile High Mayhem and Oktoberfest. NCR encourages and provides support for hobby rocketry in all it's forms - from the smallest 1/8A powered model rockets up to largest birds powered by O and P experimental motors. NCR's two launch sites with 12,000'AGL and 20,000'AGL standing waivers, as well as special dates with 35,000'AGL windows, are amongst the finest launch sites anywhere in the country. With a full range of pads and launch equipment, including hybrid ground support for all commercial hybrids, NCR's state of the art launch system can fly everything from the smallest 2 oz. model rocket up through rockets weighing several hundred pounds. Launches are scheduled usually on the 1st Saturday of every month. In addition there are our two 4 day regional events - Mile Hi Mayhem in the Spring and Oktoberfest in the Fall as well as two all-club meetings in January and July.

NCR strives to make hobby and amateur rocketry a safe, enjoyable and educational hobby for all - from the kids to teens and all the way up through the big kids. Come out and fly with us. Directions to our launch site are available at the link on the main menu.  Northern Colorado Rocketry is an equal opportunity service provider, and an Authorized Permittee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  Come join NCR today!


GO FOR OKTOBERFEST 2014
Tuesday, September 23 @ 17:06:10 MDT by jhinton (247 reads)
Club News

We are GO for Oktoberfest!  The US Forest Ranger says we may proceed as planned/scheduled, with the usual precautions and extra vigilance for fire risks and hazards.

We have been given the GREEN LIGHT from the US Forest Service for OKTOBERFEST (October 3rd, 4th and 5th) on the Pawnee National Grassland at NCR’s North Site.  Autumn has just started on the prairie and the vegetation has already begun to cure.  An important reminder – in spite of recent moisture, the Fire Risk remains high - extra vigilance will be expected.   Currently, there are no fire restrictions in place in Weld County or on the Pawnee NG, which is subject to change, so everyone will need to be very careful and implement extra precautions. The prairie remains fragile and combustible – NO SPARKIES ALLOWED.    In the event of any fire on the range, all launch activities will cease until the fires are completely extinguished and it is determined if it is safe for us to continue.

Have you pre-registered?  At this point in time, you are probably better off saving the postage and bringing the completed form with you.  http://ncrocketry.org/uploads/OF_Registration.pdf   On-site registration will be available. Friday October 3rd, Saturday October 4th   and Sunday October 5th.  Our waiver will be a constant 20,000’ AGL, with arrangements for “windows of opportunity” to be coordinated.  If you will need a higher altitude “window” during the weekend, please advise me ASAP.

Remember Range Etiquette.  If you find a gate closed, close it behind you.  Stay on the authorized roads (Foot recovery only) and please don’t park more than 100’ off the road at the launch site. Be prepared for changing weather conditions.  Afternoon thundershowers should be expected.

We anticipate having the range set up and ready by 9 AM on Friday, and we’ll operate until 5 PM.  On Saturday the range and waiver will be open at 8 AM and close at 5 PM.  On Sunday, the range will open at 8 AM and probably close by 3 PM.  Wristbands will be required for ALL flyers and ALL flyers will need to be registered.  ALL high power flyers must be current NAR or Tripoli members.  If you are planning on flying hybrids, please contact Ed Wranosky (edwardcw@gmail.com / 970 402 3252).   Please remember that Range Safety is in everyone’s best interest.  Enjoy Oktoberfest responsibly.

The Pawnee National Grassland offers the ultimate in rustic, open space camping although for this event we will have Porta-Potties on site.  Self sufficient camping is permitted on site.  We are, however, limited to only one campfire in the established fire pit at the south end of the flight line.  Firewood is nonexistent on the prairie so contributions are welcome.  The nearest motels are in Wellington, CO, Cheyenne, WY, and Ft. Collins, CO.

Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  As is typical with camping in most public areas, we are required to remove all of our trash.  Be considerate and responsible.   If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.  Please clean up your parking and prep area before you leave and take all of your stuff with you.

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit.

Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations.

Over $1,000.00 worth of raffle prizes have been collected.  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each at the registration table.  Drawings will be held about every two hours each day and the winning numbers will be posted at the registration table.  Prizes not claimed by 6 PM will be re-cycled for the next day drawings.

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up. Hope to see you out on the range.



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NCR September launch
Monday, September 01 @ 17:30:33 MDT by jhinton (820 reads)

We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!  Please join us this coming weekend - Saturday and Sunday – September 6-7 at the North (Main) launch site.  With no fire restrictions currently in place in Weld County or on the Pawnee NG, the PNG Ranger has "green lighted" NCR for the event, subject to normal precautions.

We have a GO for launch from the North Site.   Saturday and Sunday will be a TRA Research launch event.  Please note: new Tripoli Rocketry Association rules are now in place that allow NAR members to fly commercial motors at TRA Research launches, up to their level of achieved certification.   Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational by 9 AM.   If you will be wanting a higher altitude “window”, please advise me ASAP.

Remember Range Etiquette.  If you find a gate closed, close it behind you.  Stay on the authorized roads (Foot recovery only) and please don’t park more than 100’ off the road at the launch site. Be prepared for changing weather conditions.  Afternoon thundershowers should be expected.

Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  As is typical with visiting or camping in most public areas, we are required to remove all of our trash.  Be considerate and responsible.   If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.  Please clean up your parking and prep area before you leave and take all of your stuff with you.  

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 

Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up. Hope to see you out on the range.



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NCR August Launch 2014
Monday, August 04 @ 10:23:04 MDT by jhinton (451 reads)
Club News

Members and Friends,

Recent weather has brought some relief to the Pawnee National Grassland and NCR has been given the Green Light to proceed with our scheduled launch on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th.  We have a GO for launch from the North Site.   This will be a Tripoli Research launch weekend.   Please note: new Tripoli Rocketry Association rules are now in place that allow NAR members to fly commercial motors at TRA Research launches, up to their level of achieved certification.   Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational by 9 AM. 

Remember Range Etiquette.  If you find a gate closed, close it behind you.  Stay on the authorized roads (Foot recovery only) and please don’t park more than 100’ off the road at the launch site. Be prepared for afternoon thunder showers.  If conditions are muddy at all, please park as close to the road as possible to prevent resource damage.   

Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  As is typical with visiting or camping in most public areas, we are required to remove all of our trash.  Be considerate and responsible.   If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.  Please clean up your parking and prep area before you leave and take all of your stuff with you.  

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 

Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up. Hope to see you out on the range.

 

 

        



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High Skies in July
Friday, July 04 @ 10:50:27 MDT by jhinton (627 reads)
Club News


High Skies in July 2014 has received the green light from the US Forest Service for next weekend, July 12th and 13th on the Pawnee National Grassland at NCR’s North Site.  Our waiver will be a constant 20,000’ AGL, with “windows of opportunity” for higher altitudes shots.  We anticipate having the range set up and ready by 8 AM on Saturday, and we’ll operate until 6 PM.  On Sunday, the range and waiver will be open at 8 AM.  The extended weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with characteristically light winds and comfortable temperatures, and probable afternoon thundershowers.  Please remember that Range Safety is in everyone’s best interest. 

 

No fire restrictions are currently in place in Weld County or on the Pawnee NG, but that is subject to change and a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch would preclude launch activities.  Members are asked to please bring additional water for possible Fire Suppression needs. The prairie remains green but is starting to crisp up due to recent winds and hot weather. Extra caution and vigilance will be asked of all participants.  NO “sparky” motor types allowed.

 

VOL_NTEER – What is missing is U.  If you have already volunteered to help with range operations, thank you.  If you haven’t, it’s not too late.  Everyone will be asked to help with Range Safety and Operations.  Lots of opportunities to help are still open.

 

Remember Range Etiquette.  If you find a gate closed, close it behind you.  Please stay on the authorized roads and please don’t park more than 100’ off the road at the flight line. Take as little space as necessary for your campsite.  Properly dispose of the previous flyer’s igniter wires and use Foot recovery only.

 

The Pawnee National Grassland offers the ultimate in rustic, open space camping although for this event we should have a Port-a-Potty on site.  Self sufficient camping is permitted on site.  We are, however, limited to only one campfire in the established fire pit at the south end of the flight line.  Firewood is nonexistent on the prairie so contributions are welcome.  The nearest motels are in Wellington, CO, Cheyenne, WY, and Ft. Collins, CO.

 

Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  As is typical with camping in most public areas, we are required to remove all of our trash.  Be considerate and responsible.   If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.  Please clean up your parking and prep area before you leave and take all of your stuff with you.  

 

Hope to see you out on the range.

 



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MILE HIGH MAYHEM 2014
Friday, May 30 @ 12:51:24 MDT by jhinton (1450 reads)
Club News

Mile High Mayhem 2014 has received the green light from the US Forest Service for next weekend, June 6th, 7th and 8th on the Pawnee National Grassland at NCR’s North Site.  On-site registration will be available Friday, June 6th , Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th.   Our waiver will be a constant 20,000’ AGL, with “windows of opportunity” for higher altitudes shots.  We anticipate having the range set up and ready by 10 AM on Friday, and we’ll operate until 6 PM.  On Saturday and Sunday, the range and waiver will be open at 8 AM.  Wristbands will be required for ALL flyers and ALL flyers will need to be registered.  The extended weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with characteristically light winds and comfortable temperatures, and probable afternoon thundershowers to help celebrate Spring on the prairie.  In other words, come prepared for all types of weather.  Please remember that Range Safety is in everyone’s best interest. 

No fire restrictions are currently in place in Weld County or on the Pawnee NG, but that is subject to change and a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch would preclude launch activities.  Members are asked to please bring additional water for possible Fire Suppression needs. The prairie remains very dry but is starting to green up due to recent below normal levels of precipitation. Extra caution and vigilance will be asked of all participants.  NO “sparky” motor types allowed.

VOL_NTEER – What is missing is U.  If you have already volunteered to help with range operations, thank you.  If you haven’t, it’s not too late.  Everyone will be asked to help with Range Safety and Operations.  Lots of opportunities to help are still open.

Remember Range Etiquette.  If you find a gate closed, close it behind you.  Please stay on the authorized roads and please don’t park more than 100’ off the road at the flight line. Take as little space as necessary for your campsite.  Properly dispose of the previous flyer’s igniter wires and use Foot recovery only.

The Pawnee National Grassland offers the ultimate in rustic, open space camping although for this event we will have Port-a-Potties on site.  Self sufficient camping is permitted on site.  We are, however, limited to only one campfire in the established fire pit at the south end of the flight line.  Firewood is nonexistent on the prairie so contributions are welcome.  The nearest motels are in Wellington, CO, Cheyenne, WY, and Ft. Collins, CO.

Please treat our National Grassland with respect.  As is typical with camping in most public areas, we are required to remove all of our trash.  Be considerate and responsible.   If you bring it, be prepared to leave with it.  Please clean up your parking and prep area before you leave and take all of your stuff with you.  

Lots of raffle prizes have been collected.  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each at the registration table.  Drawings will be held about every two hours each day and the winning numbers will be posted at the registration table.  Prizes not claimed by 6 PM will be re-cycled for the next day drawings.   

Hope to see you out on the range.

 



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May Launch
Sunday, April 27 @ 09:48:46 MDT by jhinton (990 reads)


Spring has arrived on the prairie.  If the weather cooperates, we have a GO for launch next Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday May 4th from the North Site.  Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational from 9 AM until 5 PM on Saturday and 9 AM until 3 PM on Sunday.   

 

An unusually dry winter and the recent sunny and windy days have elevated the need for extra vigilance.  The Pawnee is already drying out increasing the fire risks on the range. 

 

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 

 

Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 

 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up.   

 

Hope to see you out on the range.

 



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April Launch
Thursday, March 27 @ 09:29:31 MDT by jhinton (912 reads)
Club News


Spring has arrived on the prairie.  If the weather cooperates, we have a GO for launch next Saturday, April 5th and Sunday April 6th from the North Site.  Expect the range and waiver (20,000’ AGL) to be operational by 9 AM.   

 

An unusually dry winter and the recent sunny and windy days have elevated the need for extra vigilance.  The Pawnee is already drying out increasing the fire risks on the range. 

 

NCR is an Authorized Permitee of the Pawnee National Grassland.  A morning orientation briefing for participants will be held and will include a discussion of safety and emergency procedures, fire conditions and instruction, applicable rules and regulations, and what is expected of participants with regards to the use of NFS lands under our special use permit. 

 

Please note that all launch events will be conducted using nationally approved/accepted range safety practices.  The launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place by exempting the Holder from that regulation for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted by the Holder during approved launch events, are outside the scope of this permit and are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 

 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up.   

 

Hope to see you out on the range.

 



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NO GO NCR March 1
Friday, February 28 @ 16:16:51 MST by jhinton (3491 reads)
Club News
Strike three, we’re out.  The Saturday, March 1st NCR launch has been cancelled.  It must not be meant to happen.  Depending on which weather forecast you choose to believe, Saturday’s weather is going to be un-favorable for flying rockets or really un-favorable for flying rockets.

From the National Weather Service  for Briggsdale - Saturday - Snow likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy, with an east wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
I’m not getting soft, but I am not willing to adventure out into the cold and wind and low clouds. No fun.

If you’ve had enough of winter, the Tripoli Las Vegas Springfest launch is where we ought to be.  Details here:   http://www.tripolivegas.com/  



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NCR March Launch
Tuesday, February 25 @ 14:41:58 MST by jhinton (3090 reads)
Club News
Weather pending....We have a GO for launch this Saturday, March 1st, from the Atlas Site.  This launch will be for commercial motors only.  Expect the range and waiver (12,000’ AGL) to be operational by 9 AM.  An important reminder – in spite of the recent moisture, the Fire Risk remains high - extra vigilance will be expected.
Please note that the launching of rockets on NFS land is normally prohibited under a Forest Service Region 2 fire regulation.  The issuance of NCR’s permit allows launches to take place for approved launch events only.  All launches, other than those conducted during approved launch events, are prohibited by Forest Service regulations. 
For those of you that drive a long ways to attend our launch, please check with your favorite weather forecast before leaving home. 

As always, volunteers are needed to help with range set up, operation and clean up.

Hope to see you out on the range.



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Feb Launch CANCELLED
Friday, January 31 @ 13:09:57 MST by jhinton (3120 reads)
No Launch.  We’ve been snake bit again by Mother Nature.  NCR has cancelled our scheduled launch event for Saturday, February 1st.    The clouds, wind, cold and snow doesn’t make for very pleasant conditions and can be pretty rough on our rocketry plans.  Looks like we’ll have better weather in the Spring.

The online payment page has been added so that you can pre-pay online
(via PayPal) for the 2014 All-Colorado Rocketry Dinner, which is
coming up on February 22. Don't forget to RSVP here:

http://www.tripolicolorado.org/dinner/dinner2014.html

Then click on "Pay Online" at the bottom. Note that you do not need a
PayPal account to pay by credit or debit card. You may also pay by
credit card, cash or check on the day of the dinner.

Hope to see you all there!



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