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Membership Fees

Individual - $10
Family - $20

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Non-members may launch for free at two of our launches. After that, a limited membership costing $5 will be required.

About Us

We have been in existence since 2000. From 2000 to 2007 we were the Fermilab Association of Rocketry. In 2008 we changed our name to Prairie State Rocketry. Our current launch site is a farm in Dekalb, IL.

Upcoming Launch

October 13th
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

DeKalb, Illinois

Map to the site     Local weather

Weather permitting, our launches are the second Saturday of each month.

Latest updates

September launch rescheduled

Our September launch has been rescheduled and will be on September 15th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, we will be flying out in Oswego ,IL. This will be a low, mid-power launch, with limited “G” size motors depending on size of rocket. Just like the previous launches parking will be at the end of Old Grove Road. Here is a link to the launch site https://tinyurl.com/Oswegomap

Published: Friday, September 7, 2018 | Comments: 0

July launch new location

Our July launch will be at a new location in Oswego IL. we will be limited to low and and mid power launches with “G” size motors allowed depending on size of rocket. The launch will be July 7th from 10:00 am til 3:00 pm. Here is a link to a map of the launch site. https://tinyurl.com/Oswegomap
Parking will be at the end of Old Grove Road.

Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Comments: 0

The Launch Report : March 22, 2014

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We had our first launch of the year on March 22nd. The tempature was in the mid to upper 30′s. At the start of the launch, the winds were coming out of the west at 10 to 15 mph and it was cloudy.

Considering the weather conditions we had a nice turn out, but we only had a handful of launches. The reason for that was even though our launch area was in decent shape, when you went further out in the field to recover your rocket it was extremely muddy and very difficult to walk.

The launch was attended by Justin Farrand, Tom, Chelsea, and Jared Maulsby, John Yuill, Bill Stearns, Gary Kawabata, and Dennis McAuliff. As for the launch numbers, we had a total of 5 launches for a total of 543 Newtons. Justin Farrand launched the largest rocket with a Cesaroni I-365 motor. While Tom Maulsby had the longest walk through the muddy field to recover his Areotech Strong Arm which he launched on a G76-7 motor. With just a handful of flights, all the flights were good and all the rockets were recovered. Please go and check out the launch logs to see who flew what. We also have a few photos from the launch in the photo gallery.

Even though we only had a handful of launches, it was still a good day to get out there after this long winter and see a few rockets get up in the air and talk about rockets.

Our next club launch will be on April 12th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Hopefully the field conditions will improve and we can have some nice weather and a lot of you are able to attend. Also coming up April 4 – 6 is Thunderstruck in Ash Grove, IN. Here is the website with details: Thunderstruck 5. Many of our club members will be attending and flying, so if you get a chance try to make it there.

Dennis McAuliff – President

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Comments: 0

The Launch Report : October 27, 2012

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For the club launch we had on October 27th, we had a sunny day with winds around 10 mph for most of the day and the temperature was in the 50’s.

We had a nice turn out for the day. We had 46 launches for a total of 2036 Newtons. We had 11 different people launching rockets for the day. The most prolific rocketeers for the day were Bill Wojtyla and John Yuill with 7 launches each and Paul Parkes with 541 Newtons.

We also finally got our Glider contest in and the winner was Chris Cantine. He ended up winning a $20 gift card to Hobby Lobby. We had a lot of great flights for the day. To see what was launched, please go and check out the launch logs. We also had some pictures taken, so go and check them out in the photo gallery.

Our next club launch is scheduled for November 10th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This will probably be one of our last launches of the year, so hopefully everyone will make it out. Our first club meeting is also coming up on November 17th. We should have a lot of fun things going on at our meetings this year, so come and join us at the Naperville Library located just east of Route 59 on 95th street.

Dennis McAuliff – President

Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 | Comments: 0

The Launch Report : August 2012

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We ended up having 2 launches in August. We had one launch on August 11th and another launch on August 25th. The weather for both launches was very good, The temperatures were in upper 80’s to low 90’s and the winds for both launches were around 10 mph.

We had good turn outs for both launches. We had 14 different people launch rockets on August 11th and we had 17 different people launch rockets on August 25th. We had a total of 121 launches for August with a total of 5927.5 Newtons. For the August 11th launch, the most prolific rocketeers were John Yuill with 9 launches and John Olevich with 763 Newtons. On the August 25th launch, the most prolific rocketeers were Michael Seibert with 10 launches and Gary Kawabata with 774 Newtons (1 rocket).

We had 2 new members join the club. They were Paul Glonek and Kevin Kunstman. We had our members only contest on August 11th for the month, it was scratch built rockets and the winner of the contest was Chris Cantine. He won a $20 gift card to Hobby Lobby. We also had our monthly club raffle and we raised another $86, thanks to everyone who participated. The winner of the raffle was Bill Stearns. He won 2 rocket kits – one was a PML “Black Brant VB” and the other was a Fliskits “Saturn 1B”.

Also, for the first time, we had a vendor out at both launches – Bill from Balsa Machining Services. It was very nice to have him out there with many of his items available. He is planning to come out to more of our launches in the future.

There were a lot of great flights for both launches from many people, so please check out the launch logs for who launched what. There were also some pictures taken, so please go and check them out in the photo gallery.

Our next club launch is scheduled for September 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, hopefully the good weather will continue and we have a lot of people come out and enjoy the launch. Thanks to everyone who made it out to our launches in August.

Dennis McAuliff – President

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Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012 | Comments: 0