The OregonRocketry Desert Heat launch will take place in a little over a week at our launch site in Brothers, Oregon. This will be a 3-day launch in our standard format: research on Friday, commercial motors on Saturday and Sunday. Hours will be 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday. If there is interest there will be night flights Friday and Saturday. The range may close earlier on Sunday if there are no rockets left to fly. Our standard waivers will be in place: 20,500’ AGL for the weekend, with a high waiver of 42,280’ AGL available with a call to the FAA.

The weather this time of year is usually predictably sunny, with highs in the 80s. Conditions this year are very dry, so there will be no sparky motors flying at this launch. Campfires are permitted in the two fire pits at the site, and firewood is available at the site for the usually chilly evenings. Porta-potties will be serviced prior to the launch, but there is no water on site. Please bring extra water (and sunscreen!). Shade is also highly recommended this time of year.

Sign-ups for RSO and LCO duty will be done via the website. Please click here to volunteer. The trailer should arrive at the site no later than Friday morning. If you are available to help with set-up please contact me with your arrival time. Given the high fire danger at the site this time of year, we will be trimming back some of the new sage and grass that has encroached on the launch areas. Please bring gloves and “implements of destruction” (shovels, pick-axes, etc.) if you would like to help with clean up of the site to prevent fires.

Families are encouraged to attend, and rockets of all classes will be flown. If you are an Oregon Rocketry member there is no fee for the launch. If you are not a member, there is a non-member of $20 for the weekend for those flying. Spectators are free – invite your friends.

See you in the sage next week -