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Rocketry Club Rare Night Launch

Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

On Saturday, October 10, Tucson’s own rocketry club, the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA) will host a rare night launch of model and high-power rockets. This unusual and spectacular event is completely free for everyone to enjoy. Rockets will begin launching at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter, and will continue until 9:00 p.m.

Night launches are rare, requiring special permission from the FAA, and unique rockets that are lit for visibility during flight. Small model rockets can use a simple key-chain flashlight for illumination, while our high-power fliers have 7-foot tall rockets using all manner of strobe lights, LED lights, and high-intensity flashlights to illuminate the rocket and, in some cases, the parachutes. One SARA member has a rocket with over 3,200 LEDs covering the entire fuselage of a six-foot tall rocket!

The larger rockets can also take advantage of commercial rocket motors that emit red, blue, green, or white flames. One particularly popular motor, called a “sparky”, sends showers of brilliant white sparks behind the rocket as it leaps off of the launch pad.

Night launches have become something of a specialty for SARA members, with this event being the largest in the western USA. The airspace above the launch site will be cleared by the FAA to 6500 feet above ground level.

For best viewing, bring a lawn chair or blanket. Please leave pets at home, as the sound of the larger rockets launching can frighten them.

The launch site is at 3250 N. Reservation Road, between Manville Road and Mile Wide Road where the Tucson International Modelplex Park Association flies remote-controlled airplanes. Restrooms and a parking area are available, but bring your own food and rocketry supplies, as on-site vendors will not be available.

Tucson is home to one of the best rocket launch facilities in the country, with an enthusiastic and dedicated group of rocketeers ready to teach both kids and adults about the rocketry hobby. Come spend an amazing, free evening cheering on the spectacular successes – and failures – that make rocketry such a fascinating hobby.

SARA is a National Association of Rocketry (NAR) section formed in 1994. In 2005 SARA also became a Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) prefecture. The club members promote model and high power rocketry, educate themselves and the public, and have fun. SARA has members with a wide range of interests and skill levels. Some are beginners building their first model rockets, while others enjoy the bigger challenge of high power rocketry.
Our website at outlines information about all of our activities including our monthly launches and detailed directions to the launch site. Sean Keane, Club President, can be contacted for further clarification on any details contained in this press release by email at [email protected] or by phone at 520-991-2477.
Events like our Fall Night Launch launch not only help us achieve our mission, but also serve to involve more parents and students in activities that underscore the many possibilities in the areas of science, math and engineering for future study.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0


Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA)
3250 N. Reservation Road
Marana, AZ United States
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