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.




October’s Post Launch Report

Post Launch Report and Club Update:

We had a great launch this past weekend, weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky.  We had some wind but as the day progressed it dissipated to calm.  We launch 50 rockets up to 3 o’clock and wished it would never end but one does run out of engines at some point.   The day was full of highs and lows and should’ve been accompanied by the Olympic broadcast of the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”.

Dan DiMase earned his level I certification with his Aerotech Rocket you can check out the video here: http://youtu.be/oTOD3Gr3Jrg

Matt Van Dume put up some stellar performances including his up-scaled Der Red Max.  He also has some great video with his onboard camera, which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/Va5JaC-ag6E

Red Max

Red Max


We also had two new young rocketeers a brother and sister team Gabrielle and Isaac launching their rockets with the persistence of a NASA team.  Gabrielle after few successful flights watched unfazed as her rocket lawn darted.  We quickly pulled it into the repair shop with some CA glue she was back in business for another successful launch.  Isaac had some parachute issues but still successfully recovered his rocket, which at the end of the day, that is the mission.  He finally solved the problem on his last launch and had a successful deployment and recovery.

The TARC team (Team America Rocketry Challenge)  was back after a very successful launches at our September event.  This launch proved to be a challenge as they push the envelope on testing their rocket with various attributes.  Not getting into the gory details but the laws of gravity and terra firma won out .  But as we always say if you do not litter the range with some crashes your not pushing the envelope.

Rod and his son Andrew made an appearance for a few launches and really impressed everybody with their SR 71 rocket glider and Andrew’s custom-made rocket was just as impressive .

Robert Harrington made an guest appearance with a quiver of rockets.  The most impressive was a scale model of the Soyuz rocket, which he launched and recovered with absolute perfection.

With calm winds I also was able to launch my two-stage custom-built Solar Reach with success, some damage to the booster.  I also launched my two-stage Hydro-Sandhawk, which is quickly becoming a favorite rocket of mine.

Ray DiPaola despite a family commitment brought the launch gear, set up, launched a few rockets and poof he was gone…..

Jeff Oppold was the RSO and LSO and everything in between but he did manage to get off his flawless D-Region Tomahawk.  He did fly with a fin from my D-Region bone yard, which was payment for his expertise in dialing in the delay on the D-Region, money well spent.

In all we launched 50 +rockets and we appreciate every one showing up. We also had a few spectators show just to watch.  One group saw the sign and just could not resists, how many time do you see a sign “Rocket Launch”

It was almost over a year since we founded the club and only 6 months since our first club launch.  We have come along way we now have 6 mid/low power pads and 1 high power launcher and launch controllers ands safety equipment.   We have a wide range of rocketeers from 8 year olds to retired engineers and all in-between.    We could not have done this with out the support of our members and dedication of a few that made it all happen.

We need to keep the momentum going so If you are not a member we urge you join,   If anyone wants to get more involved let us know we can always use the help.
We also need to get the word out so help spread the word. We are posting the event on Patch and  Google +.   We would really like to get some of the engineering students form local colleges involved.

Here is video recapping the September launch that will get you going: http://youtu.be/8j0i7jN0cBQ

Once again thanks next Launch is November 8th