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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

November 12th
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

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 – 4:30 in meeting room “C” 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

Upcoming club schedule

We have a meeting on Saturday November 5th. It will be from 1:00 – 4:30 in meeting room “C” at the 95th Street Library, Naperville. We also have a launch scheduled for November 12th form 10:00 – 3:00 in DeKalb, IL.

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

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