RIMRA July 9th Launch update

Due to weather predicted for Saturday , Saturday’s launch is cancelled but we are looking to move the launch to Sunday, July 10th, pending other factors that need to align.

We will make final call of go no for Sunday by noon Friday.



We are Go for Launch July 9th (Saturday) 2016.

This is a joint Launch with CMASS (Central Massachusetts Spacemodeling Society).  This will be a great launch with our friends from CMASS they know how to run a launch and this will be the 3rd joint launch with them, each one has been great!

All are welcome, just to watch, launch a small rocket or a big one, we will be grilling some hotdogs for lunch and will have chips and soda – spread the word!   

We start setup starting  at 9am and go to around 2:00pm +/- …….basically, when we run out of motors or we have maxed our credit cards with Jason, which ever comes first.

Check out the Launch tab on our website for more information:  http://www.rimra.org/launch/      We will update the website as we get close for any weather delays. 

If you want membership application email rocket@rimra.org

Let’s launch!

Jason from AMWPro-X will be on site selling motors, rockets, electronics etc       http://amwprox.com

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June 11th Launch is postponed and will be rescheduled

June 11th Launch is postponed will be rescheduled shortly.

We are updating our FAA waiver and the Rhode Island Airshow will be ongoing this weekend which restricts our event.

Highly recommend  the RI Air Show it is great event.

We will post a new date shortly.

We are a “GO” for RIMRA Launch May 14th 2016

We are a “GO” for RIMRA Launch May 14th 2016

Lets pray this weather stays with us until Saturday.  We will have the grill going hotdogs hamburgs etc.

Jason from AMWPro will not be at this launch.

Brenton DeBoef with daughter preflight.

Brenton DeBoef with daughter preflight

Last Launch Brenton DeBoef, representing URI’s esteemed Faculty, achieved his level 1 NAR High Power Rocket certification with a flawless launch. (He made add esteemed)

Brenton DeBoef's off the pad

Brenton DeBoef’s Rocket off the pad









Seawolf - CATO 3 Seawolf - CATO 2 Seawolf - CATO 1Other flights did not go as well, names have been withheld until notification of next of kin.

Congratulations to Jay Siart for achieving HPR Level 1 Certification!

Jay Level 1 cert _FotorJay Siart achieving his NAR High Power Rocketry Level 1 Certification at this past RIMRA launch December 12th 2015.

The NAR was created in 1957 as an advocate of the model rocketry hobby. Over the past four decades the hobby has grown to encompass rocket motor types and performance unavailable to the modeler at the NAR’s inception. In response to this growth the NAR offers a certification process which permits individuals to purchase and use rocket motors whose physical constraints and performance exceed traditional model rocket boundaries. Rocket motors which exceed model rocketry motor definitions and the models that use these motors are collectively referred to as high power rocketry

The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) is a non-profit tax-exempt scientific organization  dedicated to consumer safety, youth education, and the advancement of technology in the hobby of spacemodeling (sport rocketry) in the United States. Founded in 1957, the NAR is the oldest and largest spacemodeling organization in the world with over 5900 members and 165 affiliated clubs across the U.S.

The NAR supports all aspects of safe consumer sport rocket flying, from small model rockets with youth groups to very large high power rockets with serious adult hobbyists. It is a recognized national authority for safety certification of consumer rocket motors and user certification of high- power rocket fliers in the U.S. It is the author of safety codes for the hobby that are recognized and accepted by manufacturers and public safety officials nationwide. The NAR plays a strong role in the establishment of national rocketry safety standards for public safety officials through its participation in the National Fire Protection Association.

The mission of RiMRA is to provide a safe venue for launching amateur rockets and bring together people interested in amateur rocketry – whether they are new to the hobby or long time enthusiast.  RiMRA promotes amateur rocketry as a tool for teaching engineering, mathematics & the physical sciences.

Providence Journal – Taking their hobby to great heights

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Providence Journal – By Paul Edward Parker 
Journal Staff Writer Posted Jul. 11, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Ray DiPaola scans the skies above turf farm fields near the University of Rhode Island, searching for airplanes.

He opens a red safety cover on a control panel and flips the arming switch to on. With a finger on the red launch button, he counts down, “Five, four, three, two, one.” With a loud woosh, a rocket built of cardboard tubes and balsa wood streaks toward the clear blue sky.

DiPaola is president of the Rhode Island Model Rocket Association and Saturday was the club’s monthly rocket launch event at Peckham Farm, across Route 138 from the URI campus.

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The Rhode Island club, an affiliate of the National Association of Rocketry, plans to hold launch events monthly, as long as weather allows access to the turf fields. The launches are open to the public, who can watch for free or launch their own rockets for a $15 fee.

The launches are coordinated with air-traffic-control officials at T.F. Green Airport. The club has permission to send rockets to altitudes of 1,500 feet on the days of launches without further notice. They can fly higher — up to 5,000 feet — if they contact the tower at Green just before the launch. “It’s our responsibility to stay away from all other flight traffic,” DiPaola says.

People are drawn to model rocketry for different reasons, says the Pawcatuck, Conn., resident. “The thing for most people in this hobby, the common thread is they like to make stuff.”
The amateur rocketeers also hope to involve children in the hobby, he says. “It’s a great way to get kids interested in science, technology.”

By Paul Edward Parker 
Journal Staff Writer Posted Jul. 11, 2015

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We are going for launch this Saturday May 9th 2015 at 10 am!

We are going for launch this Saturday May 9th at 10 am!

Been a long winter!

John O'Conner

Weather is looking good; field is dry; going to be a great launch!

Launch Site info: http://www.rimra.org/launch/

We will have a grill, and will sell dogs, burgers and soda’s for cheap.

Jason from AMWPro-X will be on site selling motors, rockets, electronics etc       http://amwprox.com

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Saturday April 10th 2015 RIMRA Launch is scrubbed

Saturday April 10th 2015 RIMRA Launch is scrubbed

RIMRA January 10th 2015 Model Rocket Launch is scrubbed due to weather

RIMRA January 10th 2015 Model Rocket Launch is scrubbed due to weather

Stay warm and build for the next launch!
CATO and CMASS are launching next week in case you need get some rockets up.  See links below.