This page was last updated on March 26, 2017
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 club officers.

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Texas Rocket Launches scheduled in the near future - see below for typical club launch windows

April 1, 2017

Tivy High School JROTC 3rd Annual Antler Classic Rocket Meet - 8 AM to Noon - Weather
Sign up on Facebook
April 1, 2017
The Alamo Rocketeers will be hosting TARC practice and qualification launch at the Kitty Hawk Flying Field from 3 PM to 5 PM - Weather
All TARC teams who need to complete their qualification flights are welcome to come.  There are no launch fees but we will accept donations to help cover the field use fee of $20/hour.
A NAR observer will be available.
Sign up on for this event on our FaceBook page
If we get rained out on Saturday, we will try again on Sunday, April 2nd.
April 15, 2017
Alamo Rocketeers Monthly Model Rocket Launch at Kitty Hawk Flying Field - 9 AM to Noon - Weather
Newcomers and families welcome.  There are no membership requirements or launch fees, however donations to cover the field use fee will be gratefully accepted.
There will be a club debriefing at Grumpy's Mexican Cafe immediately after the launch
If you would like to attend this launch, sign up at our Facebook page
Club members can sign up for range duty here
Saturday
April 29, 2017
Alamo Rocketeers NAR High Power and Model Rocket Launch at the Texas Double T Ranch near Paige, TX - 9 AM to 2 PM - Weather
FAA Waiver to 17,500 feet. Up to K impulse.  High power fliers must show their NAR or TRA cards.
Model rocket launch is family-friendly with no fees or club memberships needed.
If you would like to attend this launch, sign up at our Facebook page
May 27 to May 29, 2017

NAR National Sport Launch 2017 at Alamogordo, New Mexico - Weather
Art Applewhite Rockets will be an official vendor at this launch.  We will have kits and motors.  Order ahead of time, i.e. before May 1st, to get premium service and prices (50% discount on kits and 20% discount on motors) at the launch!
If you are a member of the Alamo Rocketeers, please sign up on our Facebook event so we can coordinate our trips.

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

Launch Reports
AARG , Alamo Rocketeers , DARS , HOTROCS, NHRCTripoli Houston #002, Balls 25

National Events

February 24, 25 & 26, 2017

NARCON 2017 hosted by NOVAAR at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chantilly, VA
April 6 thru 9, 2017

LDRS 36 hosted by Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association (MDRA) Tripoli Maryland#068
May 27-29, 2017

NAR National Sport Launch NSL 2017 hosted by FLARE in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Register for NSL here: http://nsl.nar.org/
Art Applewhite Rockets will be attending this launch as a kit and motor vendor.
July 29 through April 4, 2017
NARAM 59 in Muskegon, Michigan.
September 1 to 4, 2017

AIRFest 23 hosted by Kloudbusters (Tripoli #34) in Argonia, Kansas
September 22, 23 & 24, 2017

Balls 26 hosted by Tripoli Gerlach
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
Art Applewhite

Bertram

30*45'8"N,-98*04'43"'W, 1265'

Burnet

AARG

1st Saturday, April-August

Bertram

5K feet

J

Members $7
Others $10


Jim Jarvis

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

Center Point
29*54'36"N,99*03'10"W,1558' Kerr
Alamo Rocketeers
THCT#089
Varies
Center Point
5K feet
J
None
Art Applewhite

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

TH#002

2nd Saturday Commercial

Hearne

12.5K feet
call-ins to
16k 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

$1 Donation to Field Manager

Art Applewhite

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

Texas Double T Ranch

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

Bastrop

CenTAR,
Alamo Rocketeers

Varies

Paige

17.5k feet

K

Free

O.Lee James
Art Applewhite

The Competition Consortium

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