RVs over 24 feet should travel West from Tucson on Ajo Way, then North on Sandario Rd. to Manville Rd. West to Reservation Rd. South to the launch site. Both the Picture Rocks and Gates Pass routes are not recommended for RVs over 24 feet.
Bring a lawn chair for best viewing
There is limited shade, so bring a hat and sunscreen, and please leave pets at home
Free parking! Restrooms with running water!
Mass launch of 50 rockets at Noon Saturday. Free prizes for kids!
Rocket rentals available for you to launch for $2 (includes motor)
Saturday: SARA members $10, all other adults $15
FAA Waiver up to 6,500 feet Above Ground Level
NAR or TRA membership card required at sign-up for proof of certification level for high power launches
Motors must be listed on the NAR S&T Combined Certified Motor List
Night launch limited to K motors and smaller.
RV and Tent Camping Available
Absolutely NO fireworks of any kind allowed
No potable water on site--bring your own drinking water.
No hookups, no dump station
Campfires must be in a container, and all wood and ash must be removed
Pre-registration required for:
See important details below for any pre-registration activities
Pre-register for these activities before March 29, 2016
The ordering deadline to guarantee delivery in time for Desert Heat 2016 is March 1, 2016. Mike Gentile drives the Bay Area Rocketry trailer to Desert Heat starting Monday, March 28, so any orders have to be placed at www.bayarearocketry.com by March 1 in order to arrive in time to get into the trailer and avoid hazmat shipping charges. So plan ahead and place your Bay Area Rocketry motor orders in February! Once on site, Bay Area Rocketry will be available during Desert Heat right by the flight line. Be sure to visit him for sport rockets and Estes motors, as well as high power Cesaroni and Aerotech single use motors and reloads, plus mid and high power rocket kits, and assorted accessories!
Desert Heat is at the TIMPA Modelplex, at 3250 N. Reservation Rd, Marana, AZ. You can use this Google map to find directions, or you can click here to download a PDF version of the directions and map.
Once at the site, you can find your way around the facility using this map:
Saturday's Night Launch from 6 - 9 pm is a special treat you won't want to miss. We take a break from launch operations from 5 - 6 pm while the sun sets. Take the opportunity to grab dinner from our food vendor, or fix your group dinner in your nearby campsite. Then, bring your lawn chairs and blankets back over to the spectator area for a spectacular show!
If you plan to launch at night, please follow these guidelines:
This is a great opportunity to camp with kids in a flat, sandy site close to the launch activities, so you don't need to drive home after the night launch ends! There are a number of rules and guidelines to take into account that will allow us to continue the camping tradition at Desert Heat.
Due to the number of spectators and the active launch range at Desert Heat, operation of sUAVs (drones) must comply with these rules:
Wireless launch controllers must be pre-registered, so the RSO can approve and coordinate their use.
Some controllers are susceptible to interference that can result in unplanned ignition.
We will decide approvals, 3 days in advance so you will know, if you need to make other arrangements, if your controller is not approved.
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