Southern Arizona Rocketry Association

SARA's events require pre-registration to permit us to better manage staffing and other resources to help ensure launches and meetings run efficiently. Here is a list of upcoming events you can register for, and, where needed, pay fees online ahead of time.

Event Calendar

    • 1 Dec 2022
    • 19:30 - 21:00
    • Zoom Meeting (see description for details)
    Register

    Agenda:

    • Treasurer's report
    • Old business
    • New business
      • Standards for commercial test flights at SARA launch site
    • Committee Updates
      • Bylaws/Incorporation: (Matt) 
      • Range Ops
      • Safety/Training
      • Desert Heat
      • Membership
      • Comms/Public Relations


    Join Zoom Meeting

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    Meeting ID: 831 5721 7606

    Passcode: 280166

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    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:00
    • Udall Park's Southern Undeveloped Area (See Description for Details)
    • 43
    Register

    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:

    • Masks are required when you are near other people. Typically, this means you should mask up when you leave your vehicle or if others are visiting your camp.
    • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people. There is plenty of room at this launch site to spread out.
    • If you've been sick, or may have had a recent COVID exposure, please cancel your registration and stay home.
    • Consider staying home if you are at elevated risk from COVID complications.

    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.Udall Park Launch Area


    SARA will provide launch equipment, including 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4 inch launch rods and a 1010 launch rail.



    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:00
    • 3580 N Reservation Rd Marana, AZ
    • 40
    Register

    SARA's December 2022 launch is scheduled for Saturday December 17 from 9 am - Noon at the SARA launch site near Picture Rocks. 

    • 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:
      • 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.

    • 31 Mar 2023
    • 2 Apr 2023
    • 3250 N Reservation Rd, Marana, AZ 85653

    Save the date!  SARA's Desert Heat 2023 launch is scheduled for the first weekend in April, 2023.  DH23 will feature 3 days and 2 nights of flying model rocket and high power rocket flights up to 5000 ft, with on site tent and RV camping, food and rocketry vendors, a raffle, and more!  Registration expcted to open in January 2023.

Past events

20 Nov 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
12 Nov 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
5 Nov 2022 2022 Annual Meeting and Swap Meet
3 Nov 2022 November 2022 SARA Board Meeting
21 Oct 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
8 Oct 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
6 Oct 2022 October 2022 SARA Board Meeting
16 Sep 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
10 Sep 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
1 Sep 2022 September 2022 SARA Board Meeting
14 Aug 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
4 Aug 2022 August 2022 SARA Board Meeting
15 Jul 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
7 Jul 2022 July 2022 SARA Board Meeting
12 Jun 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
2 Jun 2022 June 2022 SARA Board Meeting
21 May 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
6 May 2022 SARA Launch @ Agua Blanca
5 May 2022 May 2022 SARA Board Meeting
24 Apr 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
9 Apr 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
7 Apr 2022 April 2022 SARA Board Meeting
1 Apr 2022 Desert Heat 2022
30 Mar 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
23 Mar 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
16 Mar 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
14 Mar 2022 March 2022 SARA Board Meeting
12 Mar 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
9 Mar 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
2 Mar 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
24 Feb 2022 SARA Membership Committee Meeting
23 Feb 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
20 Feb 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
16 Feb 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
12 Feb 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
9 Feb 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
3 Feb 2022 February 2022 SARA Board Meeting
2 Feb 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
28 Jan 2022 vNARCON 2022
26 Jan 2022 Desert Heat Planning Meeting
15 Jan 2022 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
8 Jan 2022 SARA Launch at Udall Park
6 Jan 2022 January 2022 SARA Board Meeting
19 Dec 2021 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
12 Dec 2021 SARA Launch at Udall Park
4 Dec 2021 Work Day @ TIMPA
2 Dec 2021 December 2021 SARA Board Meeting
18 Nov 2021 November 18 SARA Board Meeting
14 Nov 2021 SARA Launch at Udall Park
13 Nov 2021 CANCELLED: SARA Launch at TIMPA
6 Nov 2021 SARA Member Meeting
4 Nov 2021 November 2021 SARA Board Meeting
17 Oct 2021 CANCELLED: SARA Launch @ TIMPA
10 Oct 2021 SARA Launch @ Udall Park
7 Oct 2021 October 2021 SARA Board Meeting
18 Sep 2021 Range Maintenance @ TIMPA -- Please Help!
18 Sep 2021 CANCELED: SARA Launch @ TIMPA
12 Sep 2021 SARA Launch @ Udall Park
2 Sep 2021 September 2021 SARA Board Meeting
15 Aug 2021 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
8 Aug 2021 SARA Launch @ Udall Park
5 Aug 2021 August 2021 SARA Board Meeting
17 Jul 2021 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
11 Jul 2021 SARA Launch @ Udall Park
10 Jul 2021 SARA Membership Meeting
1 Jul 2021 July 2021 SARA Board Meeting
13 Jun 2021 SARA Launch @ TIMPA
6 Jun 2021 June 6 Udall Park SARA Launch
3 Jun 2021 June 2021 SARA Board Meeting
15 May 2021 SARA May 15 2021 Launch - Late Session
15 May 2021 SARA May 15 2021 Launch - Early Session
1 May 2021 Udall Park Low Power Launch
27 Mar 2021 March 27 2021 Launch

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