Launch in T-minus
Launch Status is Go
Tentative Date for Fall Launch 27 October, 2017
NEW 2017 Maintenance Day October 14th!
The equipment maintenance day for 2017 is October 14th from 10 AM to 2 PM. We will meet at the sea container at 10 AM. Much of the heavy repair work on the trailers was done earlier this summer but the cleaning and maintenance on the launch equipment is still needed. Lunch will be provided during the day, or after, if we finish early.
The 2017-2018 Schedule is Out!
Our new schedule for 2017 and 2018 is set. As always, some dates are tentative. The early 3 day launch will only happen if the crops are off the field. If it doesn't happen, a Friday launch on the 17th of November will be added to the November launch as the first launch of the season. See the Schedule page for more information.
The Battle of the RocketsTM is Back!
We will once again be hosting the Battle of the RocketsTM at BattlePark, where it all began. The contest will run April 13, 14, & 15, 2018. It will be a little different this year since contest flight can occur on any of the three days. This should make it much easier to host our Fall launch in conjunction with the Battle. See the Battle of the RocketsTM page for more information.
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Certifications and Membership
If you are interested in certifying with the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) for level 1 or 2, please contact Elaine Russell.
Club memberships are from January 1 to December 31. If you have any questions about club membership or your status, please contact Elaine Russell.
Club Dues and Launch Fees
Tripoli Central Virginia (TCV) Club Dues for 2017 – 2018 flying season:
- All adult flyers must join TCV
- Individual: $25
- College/University team: $25/team
- Family: $40
- Family is immediate family only: Flyer, spouse, domestic partner, adult children
Prepaid flight fees for 2017-2018: $60 per adult flyer
- Dues and prepaid flight fees $85, good through December 2018
Flight Fees: $10 per weekend
Children under 18 fly for free
The Culpeper weather number is 540-825-1490
For a three day forcast with wind speeds, wind directions, cloud base heights, etc. check Culpeper VA, Aviation Weather Report and Forcast
For those of you that want to know the lat. long. of the launch site for your GPS, it is:
38 23 53.00N 78 3 54.00W
You can also cut and paste this into Google Maps.
We use primarily "standard" 1010 rails. There are several "extreme" 1515 rails and rods to 1/4 inch available, along with a trailer launcher with a unistrut rail and attachable 1515 for the big stuff. Although our primary setup is for high power rockets, there are always smaller pads for low power rockets also.
TRA Safety Code Updates
The Tripoli Rocketry Association TRA has updated their High Power Safety Code and their Research Safety Code. As these codes are published, we will be making changes to how we organize and fly rockets. Please review these updated codes so everyone has a better understanding of the changes being made.
Please also review the Tripoli Safe Launch Practices. Part IV describes who has access to the high power pads during commercial and research launches. At Research launches, only adult members of Tripoli or the National Association of Rocketry or students of accredited educational institutions over the age of 18 will be allowed access to the high power pads.
Tripoli Central Virginia club wear and gear is now available. You can get t-shirts, caps, mugs, ect. They are available in various sizes and colors including childrens sizes. Get your gear today and be ready for the next launch!.Get your gear here!
On Site Vendors
We have several vendors that support launches at Battle Park.
Kevin Dunn from HOVAR is the Wildman Virginia vendor. He attends most Battle Park launches and offers a discount if you pre-order from his shopping cart. You can also get special orders of anything in the Wildman catalog, just give Kevin a call.
Ken Allen from Performance Hobbies attends several launches each year and has a huge selection.
Please contact these vendors to verify they will be at the launch you are attending and to make sure they will have what you need.
Further contact information is available through the Links page.
Everyone is welcome at Battle Park. We will launch anything from 1/8A to O. Kids always fly free.
We do fly sparkie motors! We may restrict sparkies if the ground cover requires it, but usually, they're good to go!
We call our launch site "Battle Park" because it is located in the very center of where the civil war battle that became known as The Battle of Cedar Mountain occured. Situated just below Cedar Mountain in the same large open fields that union troops once advancd through. Where once cannon balls flew through the air, now our rockets light up the sky. We launch once a month when the crops aren't in. This means we launch from late October to early April.
Check the links page for more information on the Battle of Cedar Mountain.