General Information

Why is it called Spudnik 2020?

NSL “Spudnik” 2020 is being held in one of the nation’s largest potato growing regions. In recognition of the area’s agricultural significance we named the event Spudnik. Look for our special Spudlofting contest during the event.

When is Spudnik 2020?

Spudnik 2020 is scheduled for thee days, Saturday May 23 through Monday May 25. Volunteers have a special launch on Friday May 22 in the afternoon. Please check our Schedule Page for more information.

What are the fees and membership requirements?

Registration fees for Spudnik 2020 are as follows:

  • Regular participant flyers $49 for all days.
  • Youth 0-17 = free
  • Volunteers get access to the Friday Afternoon Volunteer and Vendor Launch
  • Spectators = free
  • Camping on site = free
  • Parking = free

You absolutely, positively, must be a registered member of NAR or TRA in order to access the launch pads. Please come with a current membership card in-hand and present it along with your valid ID at check-in. Local youth (San Luis Valley communities) participating with a registered group are exempt from the membership requirement.

If you do not have a valid NAR or TRA card at time of check-in, you will be required to register or renew your NAR membership and pay the annual fee. Bring cash; there’s no credit card service on site.

Where the heck is Alamosa, CO?

Alamosa CO is in south-central Colorado, in the heart of the amazing San Luis Valley. We enjoy 350 days of sunshine per year tucked between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Ranges. We are 4 hours from Denver, 3.5 hours from Albuquerque, 3 hours from Durango, and 7 hours from Lubbock. We are 10 hours or less of drive-time from Las Vegas NV, Salt Lake City UT, Phoenix AZ, Sheridan WY, Lincoln NE, Topeka KS, Oklahoma City OK, El Paso TX, and points between.

What’s the waiver going to be?

HPR flights at Spudnik 2020 will be 12,000 feet AGL. The base elevation is 7,800’ (yep, that’s seven thousand eight hundred feet above sea level at RSO….) so we STRONGLY recommend that you take a look at your parachute plan. Air density is about 30% lower here, and the rockets come in faster under parachutes sized for denser air.

Motor Requirements?

Motors must be a NAR or TRA certified, commercially manufactured rocket propulsion device as specified by the NAR Safety Code. The field is open to O motors. However, Registrants intending to launch motors of N and O impulse must contact the event director through nationalsportlaunch2020@gmail.com more than 60 days ahead of time to discuss logistics.

What size launch pads will be available at Spudnik 2020?

There will be a variety of pad sizes, with rods and rails. These will range from low power pads with 1/8″ and 3/16″ rods,  mid-power pads with 1/4″ and 3/8″ rods and 1010 rails, up to large high power pads with rods up to 1515 rail. If you need something special, please plan on bringing it and contact us well ahead of time so that we can do our best to accommodate.

Will there be night flying at Spudnik 2020?

Night flying is TBD.

Is there camping on site?

Yes! Dry camping, no hookups. It may be close to freezing at night so plan accordingly. Camping is free. When registering, please pick the camping option so we know how many people will be camping. Again, camping is free. Please set up camp in designated areas.

Can I drop-ship stuff to myself for the event?

Absolutely. Big Valley HobbyTown is our drop-ship location. Send your stuff as follows:

NSL 2020 care of HobbyTown
709 Main St
Alamosa, CO 81101

Hobbytown will receive your packages and store them for free until you come to retrieve them. Make darn sure your name is on the package somewhere and that you have matching ID.

Can a youth group attend Spudnik 2020?

Absolutely. Youth 0-17 fly free. 18+ must pay the flying fee. All flyers must register through the website regardless of age. Spectator / non-flyers are welcome to come watch for free. If your youth group is looking for a church, gymnasium, or similar space to camp/sleep in, contact the San Luis Valley Rocketeers and we will help you find a place to crash. Erm, sleep. Crash probably isn’t the best word.

Volunteer Perks?

  • Volunteer for one shift and get access to the vendor-volunteer only launch 12-4 p.m. on Friday.
  • Volunteer for one or more shifts and get a TBD goodies bag.
  • Volunteer for two or more shifts and get the above stuff plus primo reserved parking at the flight line and line-cutting privileges. There are only 30 of these available.

Can I bring my dog to NSL?

No. This is not a good idea. The launch site is an extreme environment that is potentially dangerous to dogs (and other living things). The only shade is what you bring with you. A dog, or anyone else, who is not acclimated can overheat and dehydrate very quickly. For a dog, it is difficult to tell anyone about the symptoms in time to get help. Heat illness can become life-threatening in the time it takes you to launch and recover a rocket. We have a very good dog boarding place called All 4 Paws. To board your animal visit: http://www.all4pawsco.com/

How can I help Pay It Forward?

  1. Volunteer for Range Duty while registering for NSL.
  2. Donate $25 during registration to buy a youth membership for a local kid.
  3. Slow down and take time to make the kids at the event welcome. Take one (and their parents) under your wing and show them how to enjoy the event.
  4. Be safe and have fun.

How do I become a vendor at Spudnik 2020?

San Luis Valley Rocketeers welcomes all vendors to NSL 2020. Please visit the Vendors page for info.

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