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.
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.
Hopefully, things will work out so we can get back to normal later this year. If we are able to conduct our two-day launch event in October, 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.
Launch is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th.
As of this time, the launch will be held with the following restrictions:
All persons attending this launch will comply with the
TTRA COVID 19 Procedures, found here.
Spectators will be permitted at this launch.
Groups may be permitted at this launch.
All adult flyers MUST be current members of:
the National Association of Rocketry (NAR)
the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA).
During this launch event, TTRA will be operating under our Covid 19 Procedures to allow us to hold open launch events in the near future.
We will require sevaral volunteers during the day to
cover check-in, safety check, pad manager, and LCO duties. None of
us expects the same individual to sit at any station for the entire day.
Prefect and TAP should not volunteer for these positions, as they may be required to cover other responsibilities.
If we do not get a sufficient number of volunteers to
cover each area, we will terminate operations.
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.
Renewal is waived until we resume normal launch activities.
All waivers will need to be re-accomplished once we resume normal activities. At that time we will make a determination on the renewal fees and paid extensions.
Forms may be completed on the field, downloaded and completed in advance, or mailed to
TTRA, PO Box 984, Kathleen FL, 33849.