SARA has received permission from the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department to host low power launches at Udall Park on specific dates. Attendance is currently limited to 50 individuals, so we will be announcing the dates on an invitation basis on the SARA members email list until pandemic restrictions are lifted. We request that unvaccinated individuals wear masks at outdoor SARA events. All individuals are encouraged to wear masks.
These launches are generally limited to flights up to D motors, up to 1000 feet above ground level, and excluding clustered or staged rockets. This is not a blanket authorization for anyone to launch rockets in Udall Park or any other City of Tucson park, and these activities are prohibited without permission for City of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The site is open desert, with some cactus and debris throughout the recovery area. But it's a good area for rocket flights, with few tall trees and generally walkable terrain.
Public health precautions in effect include:
Parking for the launch site is off of Sabino Canyon Road, South of Tanque Verde Road. For driving directions, refer to this Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/CQtzYgrvHiyU5BDT7. From the overflow parking, across from Ramada, # 9 and southern baseball fields, follow the dirt trail 250 yards to the southeast. You can park near the softball fields or in the overflow parking lot during SARA launches at Udall Park. Park staff usually open the gates to the black gravel overflow parking area, and if it is open, you are welcome to drive directly to the range head; the route and range head area are shown below in yellow. Note that this range head area is about 100 meters east-northeast of our traditional range head at the garbage dumpster. This is an area that offers a better layout for vehicles and spectators.
SARA will provide launch equipment, including 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4 inch launch rods and a 1010 launch rail.
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