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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

June 10th
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

Next launch May, 13th

Our next launch is scheduled for May, 13th at the Walter Farm in DeKalb, IL. from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We hope to have good weather and see many of you out there.

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 | Comments: 0

April 15th launch cancelled

The April 15th launch has been cancelled due to the forecast of heavy rain tonight and strong winds tomorrow.

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 | Comments: 0

Upcoming April launch re-scheduled

Due to the forecast of high winds in the 20 to 30 mph range for Saturday April 8th we have postponed the first club launch of 2017, it has been re-scheduled till April 15th weather permitting, at the Walter farm in DeKalb, IL. from 10:00am to 3:00pm. I apologize to all who hoped to attend this Saturdays launch but with the forecast of winds in the 20 to 30 mph range we decided to be safe and not risk anyone’s safety or property. Hopefully the weather will begin to cooperate and we can finally get a launch in next Saturday April 15th.

Published: Friday, April 7, 2017 | Comments: 0

The Launch Report: November 12, 2016

We had our final launch for 2016 on November 12th. The weather was fairly decent it was sunny with temperatures in mid 40′s to low 50′s, the winds were in the 10 to 15 mph range with occasional gust to around 20 mph, so we had to keep a close eye on the winds all day.

Overall we had a very good final launch for the year we had a very wide variety of rockets and motors that were used from “B” all the way up to “L”. We had 25 launches for a total of 7242 newtons.
We had a nice turn out, we had 11 different people launch, and we had a lot more spectators.

This was our final launch for the year and I want to thank Bob from Countyline Hobbies for coming out to our launches and being our onsite vendor. Also I want to thank everyone that came out this year and flew rockets with us or just came out to watch. I also want to thank the Walter family and Whiskey Acres for allowing us to use there field out in DeKalb, IL. I also want to thank Central Sod for allowing us to use one of there fields.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful year and I look forward to seeing many of you at our launches next year. We also will be having meetings in December, January, and February at the 95th Street library in Naperville IL. Our next meeting will be December 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in meeting room “C” I hope some of you are able to make it to our meetings.

Thank you all for a great year

Dennis McAuliff – President

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Comments: 1

The Launch Report: October 8, 2016

We had a very good launch on October 8th, the weather was very nice, we had sunny skies with minimal cloud cover, the winds were in the 10 mph range with temperatures in the 60′s. We had a nice turn out, we had 15 Hi-Power launches with the largest being by Jerry Vida an Aerotech K535 motor. We also had two Level 2 certifications one was by Bill Stearns using a Madcow Rocketry Sensor with a Aerotech J270 motor. Bill’s flight was a perfect flight to about 1800′ and rocket was recovered undamaged. The other Level 2 flight was by Dennis McAuliff he used a Loc Precision Warlock with an Aerotech J425 motor. It was another perfect flight to about 2300′ and the rocket was recovered undamaged. We also launched the old club project rocket which was built in the early 2000′s and last flew in 2004. It was a DG&A Armageddon it was flown by Bob Jablonski on a J425 to about 1600′ it still flew great after all these years.

All the flights for the day flew excellent, you can check out the Launch Logs for more details on who flew what.

We also had a cookout at the launch with Bill Stearns and Tracy Ramsey handling all the details, so thank you to both of them for the extra work they put into making it a success. I also want to thank our on site vendor Bob Jablonski from County Line Hobbies for coming out to the launch with all of his rocket merchandise.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the launch, I think everyone at the launch had a good time. Our next launch is scheduled for Saturday November 12th in DeKalb, I hope many of you are able to attend. We also have a meeting coming up on Saturday November 5th. It will be from 1:00 ā€“ 4:30 in meeting room ā€œCā€ at the 95th Street Library, Naperville.

If the weather does not cooperate and we are unable to launch in November I want to thank everyone who attended our launches this year, I think we had a very good year overall and a lot of that has to do with all of the people who attended our launches.

Dennis McAuliff -President

Published: Friday, October 14, 2016 | Comments: 0