Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association

When the upper stage motor lit, it immediately ejected the forward closure and the entire upper stage propellent grain was off on it's own. Amazingly, the only damage was a broken fin. The rocket was flown again the next month. 

​Original photos courtesy of Chris Nilsen

Scale Nike-Hercules, with unexpectedly realistic flight and function. ​Scratch-built, based loosely on the Launch Pad Plan-Pak version. ​Larger tubing, battery, LED, safety switch in upper stage.
​4 - Estes E12 motors in booster stage, 1 Estes E12 in sustainer stage. 
​Unexpected, but spectacular flight conclusion.


Launch Site Volunteers

We need members to set up and help out. The same 6 or 8 members keep showing up early and staying late to perform all the setup and takedown each month.

We have a dedicated member who performs as LCO each month, but we need a standby LCO to fill in as needed during the day in order to give him a break. 
We need L-2/3 members to serve in the RSO/Check-in function. With all the L-2 and L-3 members we have, only 2 volunteered for the June launch. The RSO duty is set up in 2-hour blocks, and everyone seems to think that someone else will take over. This is unfair to the few volunteers we have, so starting in July, if we do not have a volunteer in the RSO position at a given time, we will stop all launch operations until someone comes up to help out. We will no longer just keep launching with the same individual serving another shift. If we have to sit around for 2 or more hours without launching, then that is what we will do.

See the
Volunteers page for more information.

For the past 8 or 9 years, maintenance and upkeep of the "outhouse" has been accomplished by a couple of club members on a volunteer basis. This included supplying all the water used for the toilet. Unfortunately, this will no longer be possible. The upkeep will continue, but we will need our other members to begin supplying the water. If no one brings water, or only a few members, the facility will no longer be usable, and we will all have to make a trip into Plant City when we "feel the need". If everyone brings a couple of gallons, we can keep the facility running.

We have a problem with member email addresses. The last couple of times we have tried to send out notices to members, a lot of them came back as un-deliverable. At the next launch event, all members need to see Mike Nipper and verify that their contact information is correct.

Due to the Coronavirus, the launch for

March 21-22, 2020

is cancelled.

Next Launch

​Due to Coronavirus....


​Welcome to the TTRA website.  You will find information about our rocket launch activities and how to join us. If you need or want more information, just contact one of the members listed on the contacts page. 

There has been some interest from members about the use of ATV-type vehicles for rocket recovery. After discussing this with the landowners, it has been decided that the use of these vehicles is restricted to the one operated by the club, and a small one operated by the Boy Scouts during their annual visit in March of each year. The use of additional ATV's is not permitted by request of the landowners.


Marie Nipper is collecting used egg cartons for re-use by a local egg supplier and farmer. She will take any egg cartons in good condition.
Paper, foam, or plastic, they can all be re-used and not end up in the local landfill. 

Since we won't be meeting in July, members may bring them to the August bowling party. Any donations of used egg cartons will be greatly appreciated.

Memberships will expire at the end of December. 
Renewal is required before members may launch.

All waivers are also required to be re-accomplished.  

​Forms may be completed on the field, downloaded and completed in advance, or mailed to
​TTRA, PO Box 984, Kathleen FL, 33849. ​




(Bowling Party)