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
Due to landowner requirements, we have to use a different route into the launch site. We still enter from Knights Griffin road, but have a new route to follow. We do not pass thru the second gate, and the route will be flagged. There are a couple of rough spots, but it is accessible with care.
The March night launch was a success. We will hold another one during the October 2-day event.
We are now in the dry season, which means no rain to refill our outhouse water supply. So for now, we each need to bring a couple of gallons of water to the field on launch day. Drive over to the outhouse and dump it in the blue barrel near the back of the outhouse. Take your empty containers back with you to refill for the next launch. Do not leave any empty containers in or around the outhouse.
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.
Everyone planning to attend the next launch needs to read over the updated rules and policies. After reading them, you must acknowledge that you have done so. This includes all fliers, vendors, and spectators.
We will no longer enter the field from Varn Road. We have a new entrance/exit point off of Knights Griffin Road.
Proceed on Knights Griffin road approximately 1 mile west of Varn road.
The new entrance is just past Cork road, at 4806 Knights Griffin road. There is a stone mailbox post with the address marked. Turn right onto the dirt drive and proceed north to the ranch gate. If the gate is closed, open the gate, proceed thru the gate, and close the gate. Continue north across the pastures, you will pass thru 2 more gates. You will reach a fork in the road, where sod trucks are turning to the right. Stay to the left, and continue into the next pasture, where we will be setting up.
The ranch road has seen some heavy sod trucks, and there are quite a few large depressions in the road. Do not exceed 10 mph, and you might need to go a little slower, depending on your vehicle. Use caution! Neither TTRA nor the landowner will be responsible for damage to your vehicle.
Do not attempt to use the Varn Road entrance.
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.
We have a brand new "out house" facility, thanks to the hard work of Rick, Dan, Jim, Dakota, and a few others.
It features an actual, working toilet with a water supply.
Please help us keep it clean and in good shape.
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.
Please note: the April 17 launch has been moved back one week.
The launch will take place on April 24th.
During the two-day launch event in March, we will be having our normal raffle to help raise funds to maintain and improve our launch equipment. One of the prizes will be a 1/100th scale Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower, This is a display piece only, do not attempt to launch off of it! The Estes 1/100th scale Saturn V looks pretty good on it.
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.
Memberships expired at the end of December, 2020.
Renewal is required, and may be completed on the field.
All waivers will need to be re-accomplished at this time.
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