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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 8th
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

DeKalb, Illinois

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

Latest updates

Upcoming Launch

Our next launch will be May 14th out in DeKalb from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Comments: 0

Upcoming February Meeting

We have a meeting on Saturday February 13th. It will be from 1:00 – 4:30 in meeting room “B” at the 95th Street Library, Naperville

Published: Friday, February 5, 2016 | Comments: 0

2016 Launch Schedule

Our launch schedule for 2016 has been updated on the launch schedule page. The launches for July, August and September are currently listed as To Be Announced (TBA) due to the crops at the farm in DeKalb being too tall at that time of year. We do tentatively have another launch site, but are waiting for verification of availability of launch field from the owner.

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016 | Comments: 0

The Launch Report: May 10, 2014

We had our club launch on May 10th. The weather was excellent, the temperature was in the 70′s and we had light wind most of the day in the 5 mph to 10 mph range.

We had a great turn out. We had 41 launches for the day for a  total of 1433 Newtons. We had 15 people launch rockets for the day. There were many excellent flights. For details on what everyone launched you can check out the Launch Logs. There was also many pictures taken. I’ll get those up shortly.

We also had three new members join the club – Brad Marsh, Jon Snyder, and Scott Cambell. There were also quite a few spectators out there for the launch, and I do believe everyone had a great time.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the launch and hope to see all of you at future launches.

Our next launch will be June 14th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The crops will be in the field,so we need to be somewhat careful and try to avoid damaging the crops as much as possible. I hope a lot of you are able to make it out and join us for a fun day of launching rockets.

Dennis McAuliff – President

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | Comments: 0

Club Report from Thunderstruck 5

The following is a report of the launch activities by members of Prairie State Rocketry at the recent Thunderstruck 5 launch hosted by Indiana Rocketry. This report was written by Gary Kawabata.

Well Thunderstruck 5 has come and gone once again, and Prairie State Rocketry was well represented.
There are a few of our members who should be congratulated, because of their accomplishments at Thunderstruck 5.

First what several members were able to accomplish at Thunderstruck 5.

  • Tom Maulsby got his NAR L1 and L2 certifications, congrats and welcome to High power!
  • Chelsea Maulsby got her Tripoli junior L1 certification, congrats and welcome to High power!
  • Jared Maulsby got his Tripoli junior L1 certification, congrats and welcome to High power!
  • Paul Glonek got his NAR L1 certification and was last seen buying more cases and propellant, congrats and welcome to High power!
  • John Olevich, again won Mach madness against a field of 4 competitors with a top speed of 2054 , congrats John on another great win!

Members in attendance at Thunderstruck from Prairie State were: Gary Kawabata, John Olevich, Don Kennedy, John Yuill, Paul Glonek, Tom Maulsby, Chelsea Maulsby, Jared Maulsby, Don Kennedy’s grand daughter even came out and got 1 flight in. We had alot of great flights from the members that were in attendance, from 29mm to 98mm motors. Friday was a wash as the winds were gusting to 50 mph, but Saturday and Sunday calmed down and turned out to be some awesome flying days. Some large group projects that were flown at Thunderstruck 5 were; The full scale Patriot from SCAM on a “P” motor, TH scale Soyuz, which had an air start and the strap on boosters deployed, totally awesome flight, The upscale Estes Outlander which had a successfully flight and staging and touchdown was awesome.

Thunderstruck 5 this year was better and bigger than last year and is getting a reputation as a premier Midwest launch, the vendors were numerous so you had a variety to shop from with rocketry related items. Some of the vendors I remember there were: Wildman, Wildman Kentucky, Red Arrow Hobbies, Starlight Rocketry, 3D rocketry, Railbuttons, Python Rocketry, and I think there were a few more.

I would encourage anyone if you have the opportunity to attend a large regional launch like this it gives you the opportunity to see and experience and best of all fly anything from 18mm to 98 mm motors. And, if nothing more it gives you the opportunity to shop with the various vendors. I saw that all of the motor vendors that were there had certifications specials where you buy the reload and you get the case free.

All in all, all of us that attended had a great time and new friendships were made and old ones renewed, with others from around the country. Another awesome Thunderstruck 5 was another great experienced that I was able to be part of with my rocket friends.

Gary

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 | Comments: 0