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The first Fall launch is tentatively scheduled for Halloween weekend.
NEW 3/29/2015 9:10 PM April launch will NOT happen!
We scheduled the April 18 - 19 launch in the hope that it would happen. We were working around Easter and schedules. As it turns out, that is too late and the fields will be getting planted for summer crops by then.
The next launch will be the first one in the fall, usually Halloween weekend.
December 13th & 14th, 2014 Launch
The last launch of 2014 and it was a good one. The weather cooperated! Saturday was a little chilly, but the winds were dead calm below 2,500 feet the whole day. Sunday was warmer with only very slight breeze below 2,500 ft.
We had a lot of great flights this weekend. The highlight was Jerry O'Sullivan's Terrier-Sandhawk two stage rocket. It flew on 5 L motors, 4 in the booster and 1 in the sustainer. Watch the flight on YouTube
The following is the breakdown of the weekends flights by power.
- A = 2
- B = 6
- C = 11
- D = 6
- E = 2
- F = 10
- G = 4
- H = 16
- I = 10
- J = 6
- K = 4
- L = 7
The launch schedule is out for the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. The dates have been set but can still be adjusted as needed. Most dates will be research launches.
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.
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 2015 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 2015. $50 per person for the whole year. This will include the remaining 2014 launches for new members.
Club memberships will cover from the date paid through December 31, 2015. Children age 17 and under launch free.
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.
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 for the big stuff. Although our primary setup is for high power rockets, there are always smaller pads for low power rockets also.
Battle of the Rockets
Battle Park is proud to once again bring you our Battle of the Rockets (BotR). The battle is held every spring at Battle Park. Due to NASA budget cuts and the uncertainty of the USLI program, the Mars Rover contest is being expanded to include PDRs and CDRs. FOGI is expanding their involvement and will now include online registrations and payments. The spring battle hosted by FOGE and Praxis is limited to registered high school and college teams. The AIAA contest will be limited to AIAA supported teams. These spring battles have more challenging events and test the ingenuity and skills of all the teams while promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Check out the website for all the 2014 rules and the results of the April 2013.
BotR on Google Maps
Zoom in on the latest satellite image of the BattlePark launch site in Google Maps to see the launch site during last April's Battle of the Rockets. You can click on one of the launches in the BattlePark Schedule and then click map, or follow this link. Here!
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.