Launch in T-minus
Launch Status is No Go
Due to the current virus situation, we are canceling the March 14th and 15th launch.
Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic that seems to be escalating as we speak, Central Virginia Tripoli has decide to cancel the remaining launches on our calendar for March and April . It is our desire not only to comply with all local, state and federal guidelines, which are designed to reduce the spread of this virus, but because we do no want to jeopardize the health and safety of our members or participants that we make this decision.
It is unfortunate that we have to do this and we are hoping for a better 2020/2021 season. We will meet in a couple of weeks and take down the launch site so Jack can plow the field. Hoping for your continued health during this time.
Mike Showalter Prefect
Launch Rods will no longer be used
Because of the rare use of launch rods and safety issues associated with rods, the Board of Directors has decide the club will no longer maintain launch rods for high power rockets. Starting in the 2019/2020 season, all high power rockets must be launched from 1010, 1515,or Unistrut rails.
2019 - 2020 Launch Schedule is out.
The launch schedule for the 2019 and 2020 season has been published.
Keep an eye on the website and FaceBook page for updates, postponements, and cancellations.
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Membership and Launch Fees
Tripoli Central Virginia (TCV) Club Membership for 2019 – 2020 flying season:
In order to streamline the registration process, the membership fee structure is changing back to cover the flying season instead of calendar year.
All adult flyers must join Tripoli Central Virginia #25. The club dues are $25 for the season.
Members have the choice of paying flight fees at $10 per day, or $50 for the season.
College teams pay the $25 club membership, plus $10 per flyer per day.
TARC and BOTR middle and high school teams pay $10 per flying season.
We will be issuing a club badge with each membership, which should be worn when checking in at registration, and every time at the RSO. The badge will have the year on it, and at each launch there will be a different sticker.
Launch fees without the badge will be $10 per day, and if you lose your badge it will cost $10 to replace.
Please don't discard the badges, they are meant to be "permanent"! Only one badge comes with the family membership, but additional badges are available for $10.
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 for the flying season, October to April. If you have any questions about club membership or your status, please contact Elaine Russell.
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.
For high power rocket, we use primarily "standard" 1010 rails. There are several "extreme" 1515 rails, along with a trailer launcher with a unistrut rail and attachable 1515 rail for the big stuff. Although our primary setup is for high power rockets, there are always small rods and 1010 rails for low power rockets.
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.