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  • 19 Dec 2021
  • 09:00 - 12:00
  • 3580 N Reservation Rd Marana, AZ
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  • Grants access to flight line when permitted by Range Safety Officer
  • Grants access to flight line when permitted by Range Safety Officer
  • Spectator Registration permits access to parking area and port-a-potty only. Launch Range Fee not included.
  • We need 1 person with a Class 2 trailer hitch to tow the trailer, and another to help move the trailer out of the TIMPA barn at 7:15 am.
  • We need 1 person with a Class 2 trailer hitch to tow the trailer, and another to help move the trailer back into the TIMPA barn after the launch.
  • Launch Control Officer is responsible for opening and closing the range for launch operations. 60 minute shift.
  • The Pad Manager assists with pad assignment and loading rockets onto pads, as well as other tasks as needed. 30 minute shift minimum.
  • We often have a launch photographer on site!
  • Range Safety Officer has the absolute authority to authorize flight of a model rocket, and over other range safety matters. The RSO's ruling is final. 60 minute shift.
  • Assist RSO in inspecting rockets prior to flight

Registration is closed

SARA's December 2021 launch is scheduled for Sunday December 19 from 9 am - Noon at the SARA launch site near Picture Rocks. 

  • Update Nov 18, 2021: SARA's board met in special session to discuss recent efforts to mitigate the overgrowth at the TIMPA launch site.  We anticipate being able to launch in December, after a 2 month hiatus, conditional on weather conditions, and size of motors, and type of rocket.  Considerations include:
    • Additional clearing of flammable materials around the pads will be needed; please arrive early to help, and bring tools like stirrup hoes, rakes, weed whackers or lawn mowers.
    • Weather conditions permitting, we anticipate ground conditions permitting flights of H motors and below.
    • High winds significantly increase risk of fire and may cause launch cancellation on the day of the launch.
    • We will need to avoid overflights of the north field.
  • Pre-registration is required.  Attendance will be granted on a first come, first served basis, so sign up as soon as you can.
  • There is a waitlist available, so if you make a reservation and can't attend, please cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund so someone else can use your spot.
  • Please consider volunteering to work for an hour during the launch to help keep our launch running smoothly. You must be qualified to serve as LCO or RSO, but the other positions are available to anyone. We will close the range any time we do not have staffing to support the launch.
  • Public Health precautions in currently effect include:
    • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear facemasks.
    • Facemasks are mandatory for unvaccinated individuals when away from your car.
    • Practice social distancing at all times--park every other space in the parking lot, and maintain 6 feet of space between you and others not in your group.
    • If you or anyone in your family are sick or may have been exposed to someone who's sick, stay home.
    • Consider staying home if you or any family member is at an increased risk of COVID-19 complications.

As always, while a specific waiver altitude and motor limit is expected, field and sky conditions at flight time may dictate restricted operations. Be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat, long pants and long sleeves, closed toe shoes, plenty of water, and always recover rockets with a partner. Watch out for gopher holes, snakes, and other desert hazards when recovering rockets.

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