Tripoli Central Virginia
Celebrating 25 Years   1989 - 2014

Launch in T-minus

Launch Status is  Go 

Take a break from Christmas shopping and fly a rocket this month!

NEW The First Launch of 2015/16 Season was Great!

The launch site was set up on Friday and we had several flights. Kurt H. had the first flight of the new season.

We had pretty light attendance on Saturday. Probably because the wind forecast was for 12 mph average winds. It never seemed to get that strong all day. Mitch G. flew a research M project off the newly refurbished trailer launcher.

Sunday was a great day and well attended. Jeff B. had a great flight of his Performer 150 named Big Bird from the trailer launcher on a Research M motor. There were numerous K motor flights, a few spectacular flights, and over all, a great time was had by all.

This was the first Launch of the season because Oct was cancelled for Rain. The weather was almost perfect for three days except for some periodic wind gusts. The following is a list of the motors burned. Also we would like to thank Ken Allen of Performance Hobbies and Kevin Dunn of Wildman VA Hobbies for supporting our launch with all of the products they offer and coming to our site for three days.

  • A = 1
  • B = 1
  • C = 6
  • D = 4
  • E = 8
  • F = 10
  • G = 8
  • H = 8
  • I = 4
  • J = 5
  • K = 3
  • L = 1
  • M = 2
Hope to see everyone in Dec.

2015 - 2016 Schedule is out!

The launch schedule is out for the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. The dates have been set but can still be adjusted as needed. All dates will be Tripoli research launches.

Certifications and Membership

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 Mitch Guess.

Club memberships are from January 1 to December 31. If you have any questions about club membership or your status, please contact Elaine Russell.

Launch and Club Fees

  • All adults must be club members to launch.
  • Annual club membership for 2016 is $25 for single and $40 for family
  • Launch fee is $10 per weekend. Sat. only, Sun. only, both days, it's all $10
  • You can pre-pay your launch fees for 2016. $50 per person for the whole year. This will include the remaining 2015 launches for new members.

Club memberships will cover from the date paid through December 31, 2016.     Children age 17 and under launch 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

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

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 for the big stuff.  Although our primary setup is for high power rockets, there are always smaller pads for low power rockets also.

BattlePark Schedule

Battle of the Rockets 2016 Will NOT be held at BattlePark

We will not be hosting Battle of the Rockets this coming year. We would like to wish all involved good luck.

For information about the Battle check the Battle of the Rockets website.

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.