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The Launch 11 and 12 Dec.
UPDATED Fall Launch
The weather forecast was for rain early Thursday night, ending early Friday. We began setup at 10:00 AM Friday. The field was soft and muddy in places but dried out surprising well by mid-afternoon and was in excellent shape all weekend..
The Night Launch and Wiennie Roast was well attended and a good time was had by all. Due to the cold temps the large campfire was greatly appreciated!
UPDATED 2021-22 Launch Season
The schedule in now on the Schedule page.
- You must be Pre-Register and Pre-Pay to fly. No dues or flight fees will be collected at the field
Registration is now open for the 2021/2022 season.
Payment is via PayPal Friends and Family. No Credit Cards.
- Bring your own flight cards to the field. You can download them HERE.
- Social distance from anyone not in the group you came to the launch with.
- Keep 12 ft. between vehicles.
- No more than 10 people at the RSO/LCO area at any time and masks must be worn.
- Wear masks anytime you are not at your vehicle or retrieving a rocket on the field.
All adult flyers will need to sign up for one hour of range duty, and there will be no dues collected at the field.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions and social distancing, flight cards will no longer be available at the field.
Download flight cards HERE. Please have them filled out and presented at the field.
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.
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Membership and Launch Fees
Tripoli Central Virginia (TCV) Club Membership for 2020 – 2021 flying season:
In order to adjust to the current COVID19 pandemic and adhere to CDC and Virginia Health guidelines, provide contact tracing, the following fee structure and rules have been put in place.
- Club members that are pre-registered and pre-paid will be allowed to fly.
- We can have a maximum of 250 people at the field. Social distancing and an other rules still apply.
- Masks and social distancing is required.
- Registration will be done via email.
- Payment will be via a link in an email allowing "Pay Me" via PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to make payments.
- Fees will be $45 for club membership and 2020-2021 flight fees for families of one or more.
- Fees will be $25 for College teams.
- Fees will be $10 for High School and TARC teams.
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. Or search Google Maps for Tripoli Central Virginia.
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 a vendor that support launches at Battle Park.
Ken Allen from Performance Hobbies attends several launches each year and has a huge selection.
Please contact Ken or check his schedule on his website to verify he will be at the launch you are attending and to make sure he 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.