White Sands Winter Regional Sport
by the Spaceport Model Rocket Association,
American Legion Post #34, and The New Mexico Museum of Space History
February 20, 21, 2011.
Everyone is invited! Join us for the
White Sands Winter Regional 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.
For more information contact Contest Director
Jim Basler at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(505) 521-4822 or visit
The FLARE Website
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"
The club will have hamburgers and
Saturday and Sunday range setup and
registration starts around 7:30 a.m. and the range will open for launching by
8:00 a.m. and close around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 PM on Sunday. Sunday
afternoon there will be a Tripoli-only research launch.
The research launch will begin after the non-Tripoli populace has
departed the area. Launching will
continue through the afternoon and conclude around 9:00 p.m.
Read and understand the Tripoli research safety code prior to launching.
If there’s enough interest Monday can be a weather makeup day for the
Tripoli research launch.
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.
Note: The rain-check/wind-check makeup date is
a two-day launch the following weekend, February 22-23. There will still be a
dinner and a night launch.
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:
fee is $10 per person or family per day or $15 for two or more days.
Kids launch A to C motors for free. Pre-registration is
available on our website.
activities must comply with NAR safety codes. This includes no alcohol
while the range is open. Decisions by the Event Coordinators,
RSO, LCO, Safety Monitor, and Contest Director are
final, unless they jointly decide otherwise. Motors must be
currently certified by NAR.
Due to housing encroachment our maximum allowable altitudes
are not based on our FAA waiver or our available windows for higher
altitudes. Our allowable altitudes are based on NFPA and NAR allowable
distances to occupied buildings. This is a dynamic situation as mobile
homes are added and removed periodically.
in the immediate launch area are authorized to 9,200’ AGL. The pad
managers will get you to the correct pad.
an away cell for N motors, to the North, for up to 8,500’ AGL and
there’s an away cell to the NE for any size motor for 10,500’
away cell for 13,000’ is “available”, but it’s across a mud
bog. This usually requires carrying in all of your launch pad
night-launch requirements: The LCO must be able to see each rocket
through all phases of flight. Which means placing a bright light on
board your rocket or put one inside an unpainted fiberglass or white
plastic nosecone. Try it at home before the launch for best
There’s no motor size limit, just a self-imposed altitude restriction of
3,000’ AGL, although we might allow a higher flight if you have a
bright enough light.
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.
Hugh Malcolm (505) 434-5441 is our Event Coordinators for this launch.
the Contest Director email@example.com