Tampa Bay 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

January​ 21 


February 18Complete
March 25 - 26Complete
April 15Complete
May 20Complete
June 17Green
July 15No Launch
August 19 

Bowling !!

September 16 Green
October 21 - 22Green
November 18Green
December 16Green

             *******  NOTICE   *******

Due to current drought index of 587* for Hillsborough County, Sparky motors will

not be permitted until further notice.

              No exceptions.
* Updated 5-19-2023, 2:54pm

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. Note the captions in each photo.

The property immediately to the south of the current launch field has been sold, and is no longer a part of the Rocking V Ranch. We have met with the new landowners, and have permissions to enter the properties as needed for recovery.
However, we could lose these permissions if we abuse them.
Please take care not to climb fences or gates, and and be respectful of the property. 

                           TOM'S ROCKET GEAR

Tom's Rocket Gear is in the process of closing up completely. Tom has been a supporter of TBRA and many other rocket clubs for many years. All remaining merchandise is at reduced prices. If anyone would like to take over, and become a rocketry vendor, see Tom at one of our next launch events, or contact him at info@tomsrocketgear.com


Everyone planning to attend a TBRA 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.

If you are new to TBRA, or have not attended a launch recently, please contact one of our officers for directions. 

                                       !!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!! 
Everything east of where we now launch was sold to a strawberry farming group. We are not permitted to enter the property to recover rockets without permission. If we put a rocket into that area, we have to contact the new owners, and they will come out and escort the rocket owner to recover it. After several emails, telephone calls, and a meeting with the new owners in person, they will not permit us unescorted access to the property. It will be an inconvenience, but we will honor their request. 
                                                     NO EXCEPTIONS. 

  Memorial Day is not National Cookout Day.

Please reflect and remember it as a day to honor all the

servicemen and women who have not come home.

And the families who now go thru life without them.

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.

2023 Launch Schedule
   Subject to Change         Without Notice

​We conduct low, mid, and high rocket launch activities near Plant City FL. We are a dual affiliated group, operating as the Tripoli Rocketry Association Prefecture 17, and as Section 934 of the National Rocketry Association.

Memberships expired at the end of December, 2022. 
Renewal is required, and may be completed on the field.

                       All waivers will need to be re-accomplished at this time.