CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT
REGIONAL SPORT LAUNCH
by the Spaceport Model Rocket Association,
Everyone is invited! We are once again sponsoring a November regional sport launch. Join us in celebrating the 101th anniversary of powered flight with a weekend sport launch at Veterans Memorial Park just west of Alamogordo. There are no scheduled long lines, bad weather, grumpy people, or malfunctions. Check the Alamogordo Website for hotel and visitor information. Let others know too. Don’t forget to bring and launch your Centennial Challenge duration contest rocket!
Saturday and Sunday range setup and registration starts around 8:00 a.m. and the range will open for launching by 8:30 a.m. and close around 4:00 p.m. Saturday and probably around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. The specific time on Sunday depends on how many certified motors still need to be launched.
If you are not familiar with National Association of Rocketry sanctioned competition check out the NAR's webpages on Competition Rockety and the United States Model Rocket Sporting Code "Pink Book"
We'll make reservations in town for a 5:00 p.m. dinner Saturday. (We will have to secure the launch site equipment before we can go eat.) It’s a time to socialize, swap stories and techniques, and watch some of your videos from the day. We'll take a count around noon Saturday so let us know if you’ll be arriving late.
There will be a night launch Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. until everyone is finished launching. If it’s a long dinner, we’ll start launching later.
It may be cold, it may be windy, and it may be wet; plan your accouterments accordingly. If you haven't been to the site, ask someone in your club who has launched here. If you’re not sure check our website or call.
Our 12 vdc relay launch equipment and MR, LMR, and HPR launch pads are available for launches out to 500’, e.g. Ms and complex Ls. If you have a rocket weighing over 25 pounds, require additional distance to the launcher, hybrid support, etc., you’ll need to bring your own equipment.
There are 16 RV spaces available at no charge to event participants. Each spot is about 75’ long with water and 30 amp electrical hookups. Participants may also dry-camp at the rangehead Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights for free. There are porta-potties and a water spigot at the rangehead.
Now for the persistent items:
The Centennial Challenge duration contest has become a staple at our events. We’ll have some great prizes, so join us in the competition this year! The event is open to rockets greater than 100 inches in total length and the total power of the motor(s) is to not exceed 100 Newton-Seconds. The rocket must be at least 100" in height when leaving the launch rod, rail, or tower. Total installed motors cannot exceed 100 NS. Motors may be clustered or staged, but recovered sustainer must be 100". Timing starts at lift-off and continues until the first piece of the 100" section lands or is no longer visible. The rocket must be flown and recovered in flyable condition. When flown, timers will time the duration of the flight and annotate the time on the flight card. When the rocket is recovered, the flyer will bring it back to Safety Check-in to verify recovery. The longest flight duration will be the winner in "under 18" and "18 and over" age groups.