Spaceport Rocketry Association

Premier rocketry organization serving the Florida Space Coast since 1973


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Spaceport Rocketry Association, Inc. (SRA) is the premier rocketry organization serving the Florida Space Coast since 1973. Highlights include demonstrations at the Kennedy Space Center & Patrick AFB, a Commemoration Launch with Astronaut Alan Shepard and a space tribute launch at EPCOT. SRA continues community involvement by providing demonstrations and supporting educational programs. Combined low and high power launches are conducted (up to 13.5K') on the 3rd Saturday in Palm Bay from 10am to 5pm.

SRA is a Florida Not For Profit Corporation and is tax exempt under IRS Code, Section 501 (c) 3.


What's New at Spaceport Rocketry Association


 

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Recent News or Updates

03/02/2021 Posted the March Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area
02/25/2021 Posted the Febuary Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area
02/10/2021 Posted the January Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area
  SRA is on Facebook and Facebook users that participate in SRA launches are encouraged to join the group. SRA will be posting photos and events, and it will be a great place for SRA members and guests to share and inquire about our hobby/sport.Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/srapalmbay/ and click the Join button. Or if in Facebook, search for "Spaceport Rocketry Association" and select the Public Group.
01/25/2021

Addressing the happening at the last scheduled launch of January 16th.

The City of Palm Bay decided to crack down an all of the illegal uses of the “Compound”. This included the ATV's running wild in the area by driving unregistered vehicles on the City Streets, speeding on the streets (there is a 30 mph speed limit on all of the Compounds roads), blocking the roads, tearing up the private properties of the lots in the Compound, drag racing on the streets, drifting on the streets, shooting firearms within the city limits, bonfires unattended, unrestrained parties and drinking, leaving huge amounts of trash, other illegal actives, causing traffic accidents with injuries and deaths, harassing people who are using the area peaceably, and possible murders.

Our launch event was caught up in the Police shutting all activity down in the area and continuing the shutdown of actives are on land without the express permission of the land owners. The Police also stated that we can't launch rockets from city streets (we are looking into that).

What is the Board of Directors doing in the interim to restore the launch area is the following:

*Trying to get land owner permission to use their adjacent lots.

*Getting with the Police to define blocking the road's so that only using one lane of the road(s) for the launch pads would unblock the road for Emergency Vehicle access?

*Getting with the Fire Department about the definition of launching rockets from the roads (what NFPA regulation is applicable for model, high power rockets, and not fireworks).

*Getting Special Permits to block the road for a recurring event. Might be cost prohibited.

*Relocation the launch pads to the two cul-de-sac's to the East, thus not blocking a through roads. This would mean that if we can get to launch off the asphalt the pads would be 15', 50', 100', 200' and 500' (may have a problem with the closeness to the roads to the East and West).

*Searching for another permanent launch area. A long and hard path to accomplish.

 

NEW RULES OF CONDUCT AT THE LAUNCHES

Following guidelines set forth from NAR, TRA, state & local authorities, the following rules of conduct must be adhered to:

Rule 1: If you are sick, not feeling well or are experiencing a fever, stay home! 

Rule 2: Masks MUST be worn at or near the LCO table.

Rule 3: No crowding the LCO area and unless you are flying with family & close friends, everyone will maintain safe distance of 6 feet. Violators will not be tolerated!

Rule 4: No one touch anything on LCO table other than launch cards. Launch cards will be filled out away from the LCO. Regardless of motor impulse class (HP or LP), each flyer will use an individual launch card for each rocket.

Rule 5: Everyone should have their own writing utensil and this writing utensil shall be used for continuity testing at the pad (zero human contact if at all possible).

Rule 6: Any rocket that needs an RSO inspection will not be handled by anyone other than the flyer. The flyer will point out any items on rocket that might be a concern.

Rule 7: Flyers are expected to have some type of hand sanitizer.

 

01/16/2021

The Launch for today (January 16th) has been canceled. The City Of Palm Bay has shut down the area of all recreational activity. Including our using the area for rocket launches. The Palm Bay Police are enforcing the removal of all People who are trying to use the area as a recreation area.

01/02/2021 Posted the December  Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area
12/14/2020 Posted the November Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area
11/19/2020 Posted the September Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area

Posted the October  Newsletter. The club newsletters provide a recap of the monthly launch activities, upcoming events and other items of interest. SRA members have access to the newsletter archive in the Member Only area
01/11/2020 National Assoiation of Rocketry has changed the Requirements for the Junior HPR Level 1 Participation Progragam 

You can find information for the 14 to 17 year old requirements at
https://www.nar.org/high-power-rocketry-info/formal-participation-procedure/

The club now has the the tests on hand and they can be given at our launches.

 

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