Southern Arizona Rocketry Association

Desert Heat 2022!

We are happy to return Desert Heat to Southern Arizona on April 1 - 3, 2022.  Pre-registration is now open, and we encourage you to pre-register early--you'll save $5 per day by pre-registering by March 27, and by pre-ordering before Monday March 21, you can ensure you can get one of the cool Desert Heat 2022 T-shirts! The  final artwork design is to the right.

Starting with the inaugural Desert Heat in 2005, SARA has traditionally hosted this 2 day model rocketry festival at the main TIMPA facility near the town of Picture Rocks. After a 5 year break, we're excited to bring it back in 2022! The event is open to the public, features flights on motors up to M power, a night launch and support for more low power and high power model rocket launches than our usual monthly launches. Ceiling for class 2 high power rocket flights will be 5,000 feet above ground level during the day, and 3,000 feet after dark. Food and model rocketry vendors are on site, and overnight tent and RV camping are available.

Schedule of Events

     Friday, April 1: Volunteer Appreciation Launch

 1:00 p.m. 

 Set up the range
 3:00 p.m.  Open range to volunteers who helped
 keep SARA flying this year!
 5:00 p.m.  Pot luck dinner for volunteers 
 6:00 p.m.

 Night launch for volunteers who helped
 keep SARA flying this year!

 9 p.m.  Launch concludes for the day

     Saturday, April 2

 8:00 a.m.  Registration opens at the launch site
 8:00 a.m.  Range opens to all registered flyers
 Noon  Remote control plane demo!
 6:00 p.m.  Night launch begins!
 9:00 p.m.  Launch concludes for the day 

     Sunday, April 3

 8:00 a.m.  Registration opens at the launch site
 8:00 a.m.  Range opens to all flyers
 Noon  Launch concludes. Please help with cleanup!


Pre-registration runs through Sunday, March 27, 2022, which will save you $5 per day off regular registration fees. You can pre-register or register online to save time at the registration desk on the day of the launch.

Registration Type  Member Cost  Non-Member Cost 
 2 Day Pre-registration (through March 27)  $20  $30
 Saturday Pre-registration (through March 27)  $15  $20 
 Sunday Pre-registration (through March 27)  $5  $10
 2 Day Registration (after March 27)  $30  $40
 Saturday Registration (after March 27)  $20  $25 
 Sunday Day Registration (after March 27)  $10  $15
 Spectator Registration  Free  Free 
 Camping (for the whole weekend)  $25  $25
 Desert Heat T-shirt (varies, depending on size) $25 to $29.50  $25 to $29.50

Anticipated Pandemic Precautions

With recent changes in CDC guidance on pandemic precautions, and Pima County's recent change to medium COVID-19 risk, we anticipate no mask mandate at the launch, but we ask that all attendees wear a mask when in congested areas, such as the registration, safety inspection, flight prep, pad assignment, or launch pad areas. Precautions may change if conditions change.

Volunteers Make this Happen

Desert Heat only happens because of our volunteer support, so all fliers must work a 2 hour shift to keep the range running.  We have jobs for all experience levels, so let us know how you'd like to help during pre-registration, or check out our volunteer page for details. 

What to Expect

Deset Heat can support large projects up to M power!

Tent and RV camping is available for $25 per family.
NO FIRES are permitted this year, though gas cooking is OK.

Saturday night we'll fly after dark--rockets must be properly lighted.

SARA Video from Desert heat 2016

The Details

There are plenty more details about the launch under the Desert Heat menu in the upper right of the SARA website.  Check out the event overviewdirections for getting thererocket and food vendor informationcamping opportunities, and range procedures.

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