This page was last updated on April 21, 2018
NOTE: It's getting harder and harder to find and keep good rocket fields in Texas.  If anyone knows of a field that could be used for rocket club launches, please contact me directly at rocket877@aol.com with the location and owner's name and contact info.  Even a field that is available only once a year or during a particular season can be useful.  I'll do a primarily evaluation, contact the owner about access and pass on the info to the appropriate Texas rocket club officers.
Texas Rocket Launch SitesTexas Burn Ban Map , NAR Launch Calendar


Texas Rocket Launches
April 21, 2018

Tivy Antler Classic - JROTC rocket meet at Tivy High School in Kerrville Tx - 8 AM to Noon
The Alamo Rocketeers will be providing Range Safety and Contest Judging
Members, please sign up at the club Facebook event page
Canceled due to Rain
April 21, 2018

Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) Model Rocket Launch at Gunter - 10 AM to 4 PM
This launch may be rescheduled to April 28, 2018. Check
DARS website and Yahoo group for details
April 21, 2018

NASA/Houston Rocket Club (NHRC) High Power Rocket Launch at JSC - 9 AM to 5 PM
April 26-28, 2018
SystemsGo launch at Stewart's Hillview Ranch north of Fredericksburg off the Willow City Loop
Rockets launched all day. Schedules vary due to weather, student readiness, and other variables.
Go to the SystemsGo website for more information
Members sign up on our Facebook event
April 28, 2018
Alamo Rocketeers, Members only, Model Rocket and NAR HPR launch at the South Texas Regional Airport at Hondo, Tx - 9 AM to 1 PM
This is our first launch at this location so we are keeping it small, Alamo Rocketeers' members, their families and invited guests only. Members will be responsible for their guests at all times. Our rocket range will be in the middle of the South Texas Regional Airport surrounded on all sides by active runways. This will be a NAR model rocket launch with some HPR flying up to J impulse. A NAR L2 and Tripoli Prefect will be present and HPR certification flights will be permitted with advance notice. A motor vendor will be present but you much order motors in advance at rocket877@aol.com. Everyone flying HPR must show their NAR or TRA membership card with appropriate HPR certification. The FAA waiver is 13,500 MSL. The yellow circle on the photo to the right (click on the photo for a larger image) has a radius of 1500 feet! The center of the circle is where we will be setting up. The debrief will take place at El Restaurante Azteca , 1708 Avenue K in Hondo, immediately after the launch. Members can sign up for this launch on our FaceBook event page
April 28, 2018

Tripoli Houston #002 Research Launch at the Texas Double T Ranch
May 5, 2018

NASA/Houston Rocket Club (NHRC) Model Rocket Launch at JSC - 9 AM to 5 PM
May 5, 2018

Austin Area Rocketry Group (AARG) Tripoli Research Launch at the Apache Pass - 9 AM to 5 PM
May 6, 2018

Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) Model Rocket Launch at Arlington - 10 AM to 2 PM
May 12, 2018

Alamo Rocketeers Monthly Model Rocket Launch at the Kitty Hawk Flying Field - 9 AM to 1 PM
This is a family-friendly launch and new people are always welcome. There will be a debrief at Grumpy's Mexican Cafe immediately after the launch.
Please sign up at on our Facebook page if you are coming to this launch.
May 19, 2018

Dallas Area Rocket Society (DARS) Model Rocket Launch at Gunter - 10 AM to 4 PM
Canceled
May 19, 2018
Alamo Rocketeers NAR Model Rocket & High Power Rocket Launch at the Texas Double T Ranch - 9 AM to 1 PM
This is a family-friendly launch with no range fees or club membership requirements to fly model rockets.
High power flyers must present their NAR or TRA membership card with appropriate HPR certification.
This launch has been canceled because AARG and
TH2 will be holding monthly launches there and the land owner and his family want a weekend to themselves.
May 19, 2018

Tripoli Houston #002 Research Launch at the Texas Double T Ranch.
Sunday
June 17, 2018


Alamo Rocketeers Monthly Model Rocket Launch at the Kitty Hawk Flying Field - 9 AM to 1 PM
Happy Father's Day!  Best Estes Big Daddy wins a prize.
Please sign up at on our Facebook page if you are coming to this launch


Texas Rocket Club Launch Windows (Check Club websites for details)

1st Saturday

Austin Area Rocket Group at Hutto Tripoli Research launch (winter) or Apache Pass (summer)

1st Saturday

NASA/Houston Rocket Club at JSC - NAR High Power

2nd Saturday

South Texas Aerospace Club at Beeville Municipal Airport - NAR High power

2nd Saturday

Tripoli Houston Rocket Club at Hearne Municipal Airport - Tripoli Research

3rd weekend

Alamo Rocketeers at the Kitty Hawk Flying Field - NAR Model Rockets , alternating 3rd Saturdays and Sundays - See schedule above

3rd Saturday

Boots & Chutes at Hutto, Texas - NAR Model rockets - 10:30 PM - 1:30 PM

3rd Saturday

NASA/Houston Rocket Club at JSC - NAR High Power - September through May

National Events

May 16-20, 2018


Tripoli Central California will host LDRS 37

May 26-28, 2018

National Association of Rocketry (NAR) National Sport Launch (NSL-2018) at Genesco, New York
August 4 - 10, 2018

National Association for Rocketry (NAR) Rocketry Festival 2018 & NARAM 60 at Pueblo, Colorado
September 21-23, 2018

BALLS is THE premier Experimental Rocket Launch in the Continental US. The event spans 28 years however this year will be the 27th time it is held in the Black Rock Desert, North of Reno, near Gerlach, Nevada.

September 2018

Thunda 2 Down Under 2018 - YouTube Video

 Types of Rocket Launches

Class 1,
Model Rockets

Rockets are limited to 1,500 grams (3.3 Pounds) total weight and no more that 125 grams of propellant in commercially made and certified motors.  Some restrictions may apply based on field size and other considerations. Model Rocket launches are governed by the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code

Class 2,
High Power Rockets, Tripoli Commercial

Rockets may be larger than 3.3 pounds total weight.  The motors must be commercially manufactured and certified between "H" and "N" (great than 160 N sec and less than 40,960 N sec) impulse.  Maximum altitude and impulse is determined by the FAA waiver in effect and field size. Individual fliers must be certified by NAR, TRA or CAR if the launch is hosted by one of these organizations.  Most clubs allow model rockets to be flown at their high power launches but is best to check with club officers before showing up.  These launches are governed by either the NAR High Power Rocket Safety Code or the Tripoli Code for High Power Rocketry.

Tripoli Research

Hosted by Tripoli Rocket Association prefectures only.  All fliers must be current TRA or NAR members and TRA High Power Rocketry Certified Level 2 or higher to fly research (home-made) motors.  Commercially manufactured motors may be used, consistent with the certification level of the individual.  Maxiumum altitude and impulse are determined by the FAA waiver and field conditions.  Some clubs allow invited guests and spectators but it is best to check with club officers before showing up.  These launches are governed by the Tripoli Research Safety Code

Independent, Outlaw or Wildcat Launch

Rockets and motors appropriate to the field conditions and FAA waiver are generally acceptable.  Both commercially manufactured and homemade motors may be used.  All flights must be approved by the Range Safety Officer (RSO).  These launches are sometimes uninsured and individuals attending the launch may be asked to sign a liability waiver.

NAR Meet or Contest

Rocket competitions sponsored by NAR clubs.  The United States Model Rocket Sporting Code or "Pink Book" establishes the rules.  Rockets are limited to 3.3 pounds propellant and "G" or less impulse.  Meets can be classed as Local, Open, Regional or National depending on the scope of the meet, i.e. the number of participants and NAR sections. Regular or sport (non-competition) flying is usually allowed at NAR meets.

Snap

A launch that isn't regularly scheduled

Night

A launch conducted at dusk or night with modified or specialized rockets using lights.  A FAA waiver is not required for Night Launches which use only Class 1 rockets. Night Launch Yahoo Group

Model Rocket with benefits

Primarily a model rocket launch, however a FAA waiver will be in effect and high power certification and well-behaved HPR flights are welcome as long as they don't get in the way of the other flights.

  Texas Amateur Rocket Launch Sites - Burn Ban Map
Note: Most of the fields listed below are on private property.  Permission to fly at these fields is given only to the clubs listed.  No individual should attempt to launch rockets at these fields without first consulting with the club contact.

Name of the field

Location as Longitude, Latitude
 (NOT GPS) + Elevation. 

County

Club Website

Normal Launch
Window

Current Weather

FAA Waiver (if applicable)

Impulse Limit

Range Fees

Contact

Apache Pass Airport

30*40'47"N, 97*08'33"W, 402'

Milam

AARG

1st Saturday

Rockdale

10,000/14,000

N

$10 Adults /$7 Members/$5 Range

Jim Jarvis

Arlington

32*46'50"N, 97*07'25"W, 531'

Tarrant

DARS

3rd Saturday

Arlington

N/A

D

???

Jack Sprague

Beeville Municipal Airport

28*21'40"N,97*47'29"W, 272'

Bee

STAC, THCT#089

2nd Saturday

Beeville

15K with call-ins to 24.5K

M

None

Bill Yates

Boots n' Chutes

30*37'29"N,-97*32'44"W, 612'

Williamson

Boots n' Chutes

3rd Saturday
10:30AM to 1:30PM

Hutto

N/A

D

$1 Members
$2 Non-members

Donna  Johnson

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch

35*31'53"N,-102*15'15W, 3190'

Oldham

POTROCS

Varies

Tascosa

18K feet

Unknown

$5 members
$7 Non-members

Barre Wheatley

Corsicana

32*05'45.0"N,96*16'18.0"W, 362'

Navaro

DARS

Varies

Corsicana

9250 feet AGL

M

Modroc $5, HP $10 members
$20 non-member

Chuck Crabb

Gunter

33*25'10"N, 96*48'50"W, 649'

Grayson

DARS

Varies

Gunter

1 mile AGL

J

Members HP $10, Non-mem HP $20
Adult Modroc $5

Jack Sprague

Hearne Municipal Airport

30*51'39"N,96*37'16"W, 285'

Robertson

TH2

2nd Saturday

Hearne

12.5K feet
call-ins to16k feet

M

$5/day MR
$10/day HPR

Andy Burger

Hutto

30*36'49" N,-97*29'51"W, 650'

Williamson

AARG

1st Saturday, September-March

Hutto

10,000' AGL

N

Members $7
Others $10

Jim Jarvis

Johnson Space Center (JSC)

29*33'30"N,-95*05'51"W, 16'

Harris

NHRC

1st, 3rd & 5th Saturday

Houston

2K feet

H

NHRC membership required

Warren Benson

Kitty Hawk Flying Field

29*37'25"N,-98*16'15"W, 735'

Comal

Alamo Rocketeers

Varies

Garden Ridge

N/A

G

$20/hour field fee, Donations grateful accepted

Art Applewhite

Lake Wichita Park
33*50'42.7"N, 98*33'32.5"W, 976'
Wichita
NTAC#818
TBD
Wichita Falls
N/A
G
???
Doug Underwood

Prairie Hill

31.635857,-96.787907, 565'

Limestone

DARS

Varies

Prairie Hill

2.5K feet

K

???

Jack Sprague

Roberts Ranch

29*21'06"N,-95*51'38"W, 75'

Fort Bend

Old Rocketeers

4th Sunday

Needville

N/A

G

None

David Montgomery

Rust Field
29*57'25"N,-98*47'25"W, 1331'
Kendall
Alamo Rocketeers November to March
Waring
17.5K MSL
G
None
Art Applewhite
South Texas Regional Airport
29*21'33"N,-99*10'39"W, 930' Medina
Alamo Rocketeers 4th or 5th Saturday
HDO
13.5K MSL

Donations accepted
Art Applewhite

Texas Double T Ranch

30*12'28"N,-97*11'36"W, 523'

Bastrop

AARG,TH2

2nd Saturday

Paige

17.5k MSL

???

???

Jim Jarvis
Andy Burger


The Competition Consortium

NAR CONTEST INFORMATION, TIPS, AND NATIONAL RECORD ANALYSIS

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