What is a Big Rocket?
A big rocket flies on L – N motors and are usually very heavy. They carry multiple electronic devices to control parachute deployment. The NWM is a huge flat range, we fly in the center of a square mile of mowed grass that is surrounded by miles more of open, flat farmland. It’s huge, but it is not the desert, we have neighbors, we need to keep our host and our neighbors happy. We need to review what you are bringing if you are planning to fly a Big Rocket.
Do I have to register my Big Rocket?
Yes, if you plan to fly a rocket with an L or larger. NARAM is a big event and we need to have a good idea what to expect to support them and you! If you show up with a rocket that you have not pre-registered, your flight will be allowed only at the discretion of the Big Rocket Manager.
The form allows for uploading a RockSim or other simulation file. Please provide this as it helps the Big Rocket team understand your rocket. Big Rocket flights present greater recovery challenges than other flights, make a plan for recovery before your rocket is on the pad. Look at the aerial photo of the field and know where you are. Take a phone, take water, a vehicle if necessary to retrieve the rocket. If the flight crosses the river you MUST talk to MARS officers. Ask for advice if you don’t know the layout of the farm roads.
- The Geneseo site requires two (2) altimeters on board all Big Rocket class rockets. Each altimeter is to fire a separate charge for both apogee and main deployment.
- Each altimeter must have its own power supply. Some new altimeters are capable of programmed multiple events as “back-up”. These do not meet the requirement for redundancy.
- HP Composite Cluster flights must be wired in “Parallel”, thrust ratio must of 5 to 1 must attained by 2/3 of the installed engines.
- HP staged rockets are limited to a max altitude of 8K and the flyer must provide a sim.