LAUNCH SCHEDULE

Please see our Launch Site Maps page for maps and directions to our Federal Road, Rip Rap Road, and Lowry Road fields, as well as some of our neighboring clubs whose events appear in our schedule.

Our onsite  motor vendor is Merlin Missile Solutions. If you have a special need (including high power motors, reloads or casings), please contact Lee Berry well in advance of the launch at 937-232-1240 or lee.berry@merlinmissiles.com . 

Dates in italics are nearby opportunities to launch away from our fields, or events where WSR is not the presenting sponsor WSR is not responsible for the accuracy or timeliness of this information; please consult the host organization for the latest updates.

Archive of past events and flight reports can be found here.

2020 Dates

* Proposed or tentative event

January 4 (Sat) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Due to high winds.

January 12 (Sun) – Sport Launch CANCELED

January 25 (Sat) – Sport Launch
Federal Rd. Field. 11am-5pm.

February 8 (Sat) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Due to an issue at the field.

February 15-16 (Sat-Sun) – TechFest 2020
Sinclair Community College, Building 12. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. WSR will have a huge presence at TechFest, and we will need club members to bring their absolute best rockets for display and to be ready to engage the public to talk about rocketry, the club, and how we can work together to help them incorporate rocketry into their curriculum. More details to come.

February 22 (Sat) – Sport Launch
Federal Rd. Field. 11am-5pm.

March 6 (Fri) – Secrets Revealed: Celebrating the Stories of the U-2 and SR-71
National Museum of the US Air Force, Building 3. 5:30pm-9pm. Event includes exciting speakers, artifacts that are not normally on display, and after-hours access to view the SR-71 and U-2. If you are interested in attending, please go to www.afmuseum.com/secrets20 to register you and your guests.

March 7 (Sat) – Sport Launch
Federal Rd. Field. 11am-5pm.

March 22 (Sun) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Due to Coronavirus outbreak per NAR guidance.

March 23 (Mon) – STEMFEST CANCELED
Due to Coronavirus outbreak per school administration.

TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE!!!
Until the state lockdown is lifted, you can join us virtually for Build Night by using this link:
https://zoom.us/j/429159732?pwd=dzVuVStKNXZ1QnhFcklxeXpMZHdjQT09

April 4 (Sat) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Due to Coronavirus outbreak per NAR guidance.

April 18 (Sat) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Due to Coronavirus outbreak per NAR guidance.

April 18 (Sat) – Xtreme BOTS Competition CANCELED
Due to Coronavirus outbreak per the organizers.

May 2 (Sat) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Per ODH guidelines.

May 9 (Sat) – ROCI HPR Sport Launch
AMA IAC, 5151 East Memorial Drive – Muncie, Indiana 47302

We have been given the opportunity by our friends at ROCI to provide a high-power launch at the AMA International Aeromodelling Center in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday, May 9 from 11am to 5pm. Setup will be at 10am at the field. For familiarity’s sake we will be using mostly WSR equipment (pads and launch system) so we will be loading gear at eRockets  Friday night (a time will be published later).

The waiver ceiling is 6000’ AGL, so plan your flights accordingly, including deployment regimes and recovery.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Indiana’s health professionals have decided to allow gatherings of 25 people. While at the field, we are requiring the following to adhere to the local regulations:

1.       While you are on site, you MUST wear a mask or similar suitable face covering AT ALL TIMES.
2.       All vehicles must be parked with a minimum of 6’ of open space between each other.  So if you see an opening between two cars, please do not pull between  them and  select another spot to park.
3.       You should plan to bring your own food and refreshments for consumption at the field. There will be no communal water bottles or coolers.
4.       Whoever is running the LCO table will be required to wear gloves at all times; a supply will be made available. (Individual members are strongly encouraged to bring their own gloves; they can be the same ones that you  would use to assemble an engine reload.)
5.       As always, please do your best to maintain social distancing when moving about the field, the prep area, and the flight line.
6.     If more that 25 members show up, someone will have to leave or you will be asked to return at a later time.
7.     We will have a sign up sheet. With flyers names and phone numbers.
8.      Also remember to use hand sanitizer.  Bring a bottle or we will have a couple bottles on the RSO and LCO table. 
9.     Comply with all NAR safety rules.

Lee Berry put in a great deal of work to make this launch happen and enlisted a number of people to cover the necessary bases with the FAA, the AMA, and ROCI. Please give them an air high-five when you see them.

We are keeping a close eye on the weather. Conditions are borderline acceptable right now, but the main concern is wind; it will be coming out of the northwest at a potential sustained 15mph with gusts to 20.  

We will make a final go/no-go decision no earlier than 8pm on Friday night, so stay tuned to our normal communication channels. We do not want to have people driving 2 hours to Muncie only to get blown out. Keep your fingers crossed!

May 16 (Sat) – Sport Launch CANCELED
Per ODH guidelines.

May 23-25 (Sat-Mon) – NSL 2020 POSTPONED
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, NSL 2020 will be postponed until 2021. See the NAR website.

May 30 (Sat) – Sport Launch
Rip Rap Rd. Field. 11am-5pm.

May 30-31 (Sat-Sun) – Armstrong Museum Rocket Weekend
500 Apollo Dr, Wapakoneta, OH 45895. Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Arrive at 9:30 or earlier Saturday and 10:30 on Sunday for setup. WSR will be conducting demo flights as well as helping Rocket Workshop participants launch their rockets. Setup will be in the same area we usually get, and B impulse limit is wise for this facility.

June 10 and 12 (Wed and Fri) – STARBASE Summer Camp Launch
STARBASE Wright-Patt, 156 Spinning Road, Bldg 6933, Dayton, OH 45433. Setup 1130am, launches from 12pm to 115pm. Ron Stauffer is looking for flight line crew to assist summer campers launch their rockets on the baseball diamond south of the building. The venue is not on base property so you do not need base passes. If you are available, please contact Ron at rstauffer001@gmail.com.

June 13 (Sat) – Sport Launch
Rip Rap Rd. Field. 11am-5pm.

June 27 (Sat) – Sport Launch
Rip Rap Rd. Field. 11am-5pm.

July 11 (Sat) – NMUSAF Mass Build/Fly POSTPONED
National Museum of the US Air Force, 9am-4pm. Event postponed until later in the year per the Museum. This is the annual mass build/fly; the Museum staff handle the build inside, and WSR manages the flight operations. This is an ALL HANDS event so we need every willing and able body we can get to make sure the launch runs smoothly. We will also have a display area inside the museum, so you can bring one or two of your best models to show and talk to the public. More details to come.

July 18-19 (Sat-Sun) – Armstrong Museum Summer Moon Festival
500 Apollo Dr, Wapakoneta, OH 45895. Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.

July 25-31 (Sat-Fri) – NARAM-62
National Warplane Museum, Geneseo, NY. Details on the NAR Website.

August 16 (Sun) – ROCI HPR Sport Launch
AMA IAC, 5151 East Memorial Drive – Muncie, Indiana 47302

September (tenative) – WSR’s 1st Annual Ohio Cup
Rescheduled due to Coronavirus outbreak per TARC guidance.
Rip Rap Rd. Field. 11am-5pm. TARC resumes operations starting in September 2020, and the 2021 competition will utilize the same rules as 2020 to preserve the teams’ investment in time and materials. This is the inaugural installment of what we hope will become an annual event. The Ohio Cup is an invitational launch open to all the registered TARC teams in the state of Ohio. Teams can come to the field to do qualification flights or practice flights to fine tune their designs and motor selections. WSR will have staff on hand to run the meet as if it were an actual TARC competition meet, and we will be scoring all flights in order to present trophies to the top 3 teams.

September 12-13 (Sat-Sun) – ROCI HPR Sport Launch
AMA IAC, 5151 East Memorial Drive – Muncie, Indiana 47302

October 17 (Sat) – ROCI HPR Sport Launch
AMA IAC, 5151 East Memorial Drive – Muncie, Indiana 47302

November 14 (Sat) – ROCI HPR Sport Launch
AMA IAC, 5151 East Memorial Drive – Muncie, Indiana 47302

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