Club News

Upcoming Launches update

Due to COVID19 we have canceled our scheduled April launch. This is based on NAR telling all sections to cancel or postpone all April launches until April 16th. Our club officers have made the decision to cancel any launches for April. As of right now we have a launch scheduled for May 9th, but consider this date as tentative. We will continue to follow all recommendations from NAR concerning all future launches.

Dennis McAuliff
Prairie State Rocketry – President

Published: March 29, 2020 | Comments: 0

NAR update on COVID19

Update on COVID-19 for National Association of Rocketry Recently, the recommendations from the Whitehouse and CDC on minimizing the risk and spread of COVID-19 have been updated to ask that all “Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 people.” This recommendation is pretty clear and should be followed by all to help slow down and stop this rapidly growing health concern. Based on the recommendation of the President and CDC, as the President of the NAR Board, I am instituting the following policy to take effect immediately and be in effect for a minimum of 15 days (March 17 -April 1, 2020): 

  1. All NAR Sections shall postpone or cancel Section launches, meetings, and other group activities during this period.
  2. There should be no organized launches, meetings, and other group activities of 10 or more persons during this period.

I will send an update on the policy on or before April 1. I ask that all members please adhere to the intent and spirit of this policy and help to protect all who would be attending a launch from the possible infection of this virus. TARC launches have been suspended indefinitely by AIA and the NAR, so there will not be any TARC teams needing our help with qualification flights. I understand this is a potential hardship for some, but the desire to fly rockets in large groups does not supersede the potential risk of infecting someone attending a NAR launch. Thank you and please be safe! John N. HochheimerPresidentNational Association of Rocketry

Published: March 18, 2020 | Comments: 0

First launch of 2020

Our first launch of 2020 is scheduled for March 14th at the Walter farm in DeKalb, Il. it will be from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. This will be a Hi-Power launch with a waiver for 5,000′ AGL

Published: March 2, 2020 | Comments: 0

Upcoming Meetings

For the next 3 months we will be having meetings at the 95th Street Library in Naperville, IL. the street address is 3015 Cedar Glade Dr.

All of the meetings will be from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in Meeting Room “C”. On the following Dates:

December 7th, January 11th, and February 8th

We will be setting up our flying schedule shortly and our first launch will be sometime in March, 2020.

Thank you, to everyone who attended launches this year, and hope to see all of you at our meetings, and at our launches in 2020.

Published: November 21, 2019 | Comments: 0

October Launch

Our October launch is currently scheduled for October 12th. We have not determined where the launch will take place, if the crops are harvested we will be launching out in DeKalb if they have not been harvested we may be launching in Newark. As soon as we determine were we will be flying it will be posted here.

Published: September 20, 2019 | Comments: 0