Flyer and Spectator Info

This applies to everyone, including spectators.

Everyone is welcome to come out and watch us fly. However, rocketry is an inherently dangerous activity – objects often fall from the sky, sometimes at a very high speed. We have rules and procedures to make this activity as safe for everyone as possible, but bad things can happen. Everyone attending must understand and follow these rules to ensure safety:

  • Before you come to NSL , please read the information on the Launch Site page about the weather and conditions we expect.

  • Check in at Registration as soon as you arrive.
  • Pay attention! Every flight is potentially dangerous to you and your family. If the Launch Control Officer (LCO) yells “Heads up!” he means it!
  • Parents please keep your children under control and be sure they understand these rules.
  • Please stay behind the flagged flight line barrier, and please do not set up your chairs, etc. at the barrier or in the safety zone.
  • Spectators are not allowed on the range at any time. Only registered flyers may go onto the range. No badge, no range access.
  • If the LCO announces a flight as a “Heads Up” flight, that means get on your feet and pay attention until the rocket’s recovery device deploys, or until the rocket is on/in the ground.
  • Do not attempt to catch any rocket as it lands. Even a small rocket can cause an injury.
  • Do not pick-up or move any rocket that is not yours, unless you have the owner’s permission.
  • Do not drive wheeled vehicles along the flight line. This includes ATVs, bicycles, tricycles, etc.
  • Park your car behind the line marked on the lakebed, and please do not park in any areas designated for vendors or for launch administration.
  • RVs, tents and motorhomes must set up in designated areas.
  • Please drive 5MPH or less as you approach the launch area, and within the launch area. A vehicle moving any faster can raise a surprising amount of very annoying dust!
  • SLVROC 774 does not allow anyone to operate R/C toys, vehicles, or aircraft, including “drones” at the launch site. Period. None, Nyet. Nada. R/C aircraft in the area will result in the range being closed until the situation is corrected. This is regardless of size or registration of the aircraft. Drones from approved videographers are permitted with prior permission. Contact the event more than 3 weeks in advance to arrange for accommodation.
  • Drones or helicopters on the range require permission from the Launch Director (or designee), the LCO, and RSO at the range head. Drones or helicopters may only fly over the range during launching–not when the range is open for loading or recovery. No R/C aircraft may fly over or near any person, vehicle, launch pad, or other structure, and must be clear of any rocket during all phases of flight.
  • Please use only the provided toilet facilities (portapotties). Please do not throw trash into the portapotties!!
  • Please keep control of your trash and carry it off the lakebed when you leave.
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