No January Launch

Hello everyone,

We are still waiting on the return of our waiver from the FAA for our approved 2017 launches. Because this has not been signed and completed yet by the FAA, we will not be able to launch this weekend.  Given how much rain we have (and will) recieve this week, it probably would not have been great conditions out in the desert of launching anyways.  In lieu of our launch this month, I would like to host a build session at my house.  I will be posting an event here shortly for this month that has all the information needed, as well as posting on the group Facebook page. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

This Weekends Launch

Hey all, just a reminder that the launches in Nov, Dec, Jan and even sometimes Feb tend to be very iffy due to weather and wind. I will do my best to ensure we get as many launches as possible, however, sometimes the weather is just not conducive to safe and reasonable launches.
So with that a reminder, that we will not launch in rain, or the morning after a rain heavy enough to leave the field flooded. NAR safety rules also prevent us from launching in winds over 20 mph.
Tomorrows launch, the wind profile is as follows

10% chance of rain
9AM 10mph
10AM 12MPH
11AM 16MPH
12pm 19MPH
1pm 21MPH
2pm 20MPH
As you can see it will be pretty windy. Personally I do not launch in anything above 15, as I have no interest in traveling that distance to hopefully recover a rocket. Best case scenario we only have 3 hours for launches. If there is anyone that wants to launch tomorrow morning, let me know and I am more than happy to head out and set up.
Sunday, as of right now looks as follows

10% chance of rain
9AM 13mph
10AM 13MPH
11AM 13MPH
12pm 12MPH
1pm 13MPH
2pm 14MPH

Definitely more stable than Saturday, but still bordering up there in the high end. Given this, I will leave it up to you guys on what you would like to do. please visit the facebook page to submit your poll answer, or email the club at

Sunday’s Launch update

Hello all,

I will not be able to make the launch today. The range is still available and cleared with Edwards AFB and the FAA if anyone would still like to go . I am not sure who all plans on being there, as Sunday launches tend to be much smaller than our normal Saturday launches. I apologize for the late notice, and look forward to seeing you all at our business meeting later in the month.



Club Meeting

Hello all,

I would like to hold a club meeting here this month, please go to our facebook page and vote on the poll for the best day and times available for you.

Launch and Event this weekend

Hello everyone,

This is just a reminder that our launch this week will be on SUNDAY Nov 13th. from 0900 to 1400 or when people are done (whichever is earlier).
Also, this Saturday, SKAR will have a booth at Tehachipi High School’s Super Science Saturday exposition, hosted by the Tehachapi Robotics Club from Noon to about 4pm. If you are interested in helping hangout at the booth and showing kids the awesomeness that is rocketry please come on by, Right now it is myself and Derrik, but the more we get, the more time we can all have to take shifts and walk around and check out the other booths!

If you would like to be on our email list, please let us know at skarclub (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Lastly, my shop is nearly complete! That means a large space for getting our build sessions and meetings going again FOR FREE! On that note, if you have any folding chairs and/or tables you don’t need any more and would like to donate for use at club events, please let me know!

Hope to see you all at both the launch and the event on Saturday.


Election Results

I have left the election polls up for awhile due to the online voting style. I believe they have been up long enough now to close them up and announce the results.
2016/17 Term
President: Christopher El Sergio Birkinbine
Vice President: Kevin Dolber
Secretary Treasurer: Kevin Dolber
Advisor Seat 1: Derek Ford
Advisor Seat 2: Dale Lovvik
Advisor Seat 3: Wesley Karkkiewicz
Advisor Seat 4: Empty

Launch this Saturday!

This Saturday is our June launch!

Don’t forget to place any orders you need from Bay Area Rocketry, and we will pick them up Friday evening and have them ready for you at the launch! Location is listed in the launch section to the left <-

New Items

Hello everyone,

Our Elections or coming up here in June. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for a role in the club, please use the following form. Please note that a member must be an active dues paid Junior or Senior member of the club to hold office. Please submit your nominations here:

Also we have an upcoming business meeting tomorrow morning from 10am to 11am. Location is available in the facebook event or in the events located here on site. If you would like to submit an item to be considered by the board, please submit it here:

Lastly there is an upcoming event sponsored by ROC in June that is a free to spectate event. Please see information below:

Lucerne Valley, California USA — The Rocketry Organization of California (ROC, announce that the annual Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (LDRS) launch will be held June 8 to 12, 2016 at the Lucerne Dry Lake near Victorville, CA.

This annual event is hosted in different locations throughout the United States and ROC is proud to have been once again selected by Tripoli to host this year’s event.

Hundreds of rocketeers experienced in the art and science of high-power rocketry are expected to attend and execute over a thousand rockets launches during the five-day event. The majority are expected to occur on the weekend of June 11 and 12. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waivers, required for high-altitude flights, have been obtained for flights up to 14,000 feet with special provisions to allow event management to call-in for flights up to 19,000 feet or approximately 3.5 miles above the lake bed floor.

While the participants will be demonstrating their expertise in rocketry and the attendees will be experiencing first-hand the sound and the fury of large, high-power rocket launches, the organizers are focused on safety for the entire event. That includes a launch field that comprises approximately eight square miles of dry lake bed and strict adherence to the updated Tripoli Range Safety Guidelines. To assure a successful and safe event the organizers are staffing the launch with trained, high-power rocket certified volunteers who will serve in key roles such as Range Safety Officer, Launch Director, Launch Control Officer and others who collectively will ensure that this year’s LDRS is both safe and spectacular.

There is no charge for spectators attending the event and they can expect to see rockets ranging up to six feet or more in height, equipped with HD video cameras, multiple parachutes and telemetry that routinely fly at speeds of 200 to 500 MPH. While the sonic ‘boom’ itself is modest, it is not unusual for some flights to exceed the sound barrier, Mach 1, which is approximately 750 MPH at the launch site elevation.

Supporting the launch event will be numerous vendors of rocket supplies, electronics and related gear. Participating vendors include:

Bay Area Rocketry (

Discount Rocketry (

Wildman West (

Multitronix (

Animal Motor Works/ProX (

And Daddy’s Famous Foods ( ) will be providing onsite catering

Lucerne Dry Lake (Google Maps: is located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. It is located between the towns of Victorville and Barstow. Many lodging options are available within 30 minutes of the launch site; Ontario International Airport (ONT) is just one hour away.

ry Organization of California (ROC) is Prefecture #48 of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc. ROC is also Section #538 of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). ROC is based in Southern California.

For further information: or

Rocketry Courses for free!

if you are not familiar with, check it out. Free classes on almost anything you can think of. These courses are taught by professors from major universities around the US such as MIT, Yale, Harvard, Colorado School of Mines, Corenell, Brown, etc etc. These are the same classes being taught there, give to you, for free.
Coming up are the following rocket related courses.
From Goddard to Apollo: The History of Rockets, Part 1 Self Paced.
The Conquest of Space: Space Exploration and Rocket Science. (startet Feb 9th but you can catch up):
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Astronautics and Human Spaceflight. TBA (I’ve taken this course, it is great!

Canceled Launch (March)

Well, it looks like we will have to cancel our launch this month due to weather. The big rain storm today has left the ground too muddy to get to our site in most vehicles, and tomorrow has lots of wind and potentially more rain making for a not so great launch day. Sunday looks to be bad also, so we will have to reconvene next month. Sorry everyone!