Tripoli Central Virginia
Celebrating 30 Years   1989 - 2019

Launch in T-minus

Launch Status is  No Go 

Due to the current virus situation, we are canceling the March 14th and 15th launch.

NEW   Maintenance Day Oct. 3rd

The maintenance day to prep for the fall launches is being held October 3rd at 10:00 AM. (rain date Oct. 10th)

Along with maintenance on the pads and equipment, we will also be conducting training on how to do the various support positions needed during a launch, LDO, RSO, Pad manager, etc.

Lunch is provided by the club.

Although the maintenance day will be outside at the Sea container, masks are still recommended and social distancing is required.

Thanks for staying safe.

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.

New Schedule

Keep an eye on the website and FaceBook page for updates, postponements, and cancellations.

Tripoli Central Virginia #25 Facebook Page

Come visit our Facebook page, post pics, movies and comments!

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.


All Tripoli Level 1 and 2 certifications are handled by the prefect, Mike Showalter.   Ben Russell is the Tripoli TAP member that handles Level 3 certifications.

If you are interested in certifying with the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) for level 1 or 2, please contact Elaine Russell.

For Level 3 certification with the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), please contact L3CCs Mitch Guess or 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

Site Location

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.

Saturn V on the pad

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.

BattlePark Schedule

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.

Club Gear

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.

Battle Park Flight Line

Everyone is welcome at Battle Park.  We will launch anything from 1/8A to O.  Kids always fly free.

Tom's Sparky K456 Dark Matter

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.