USR Industrial and Educational Rocket Operation Guidelines
- Operating Clearances. I will fly high power rockets only in
compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations Part 101 (Section
72 Statute 749, 49 United States Code 1348, "Airspace Control and
Facilities," Federal Aviation Act of 1958) and all other federal,
state, and local laws, rules, regulations, statutes, and ordinances.
- Motors. I will use only commercially-made motors in the
manner recommended by the manufacturer. I will not alter the rocket
motor, its parts, or its ingredients in any way, except as expressly
allowed and described by the manufacturer.
- Recovery. I will always use a recovery system in my
rocket that will return it safely to the ground so it may be flown
again, or will assure its landing or impact area is free of people
- Stability. I will check the stability of my rocket
before its first flight, except when launching a rocket of already
- Launch Site. I will launch my rocket outdoors in a
cleared area, free of tall trees, power lines, buildings, and dry brush
and grass. My launch area will be at least as wide and long as 1/4 the
expected altitude of the rocket. My launch area will be large enough to
ensure that the distance between my launch pad and the nearest boundary
of the field is at least 1/8 of the expected altitude of my rocket.
- Launcher. I will launch my high power rocket from a stable
launch device that provides rigid guidance until the rocket has reached
a speed adequate to ensure a safe flight path.
- Ignition System. The system I use to launch my
rocket will be remotely controlled and electrically operated. It will
contain a launching switch that will return to "off" when released. The
system will contain a removable safety interlock in series with the
launch switch or a removeable plug on the wire to the launch pad. All
persons will remain at a distance from the rocket and launcher
as determined by the total impulse of the installed rocket motor(s)
according to the accompanying Launch Distance Guidelines Table.
- Launch Safety. I will ensure that people in the launch area
are aware of the pending rocket launch and can see the rocket's liftoff
before I begin my audible five-second countdown or more. I will use only
electrical igniters. If my rocket suffers a misfire, I will not allow anyone to
approach it or the launcher until I have made certain that the safety
interlock has been removed or that the battery has been disconnected
from the ignition system. I will wait one minute or more after a misfire before
allowing anyone to approach the launcher.
- Flying Conditions. I will launch my rocket according to range rules,
or, only when the wind is no more than 20 miles per hour and under conditions
where the rocket will not fly into clouds or when a flight might be
hazardous to people, property, or flying aircraft. Prior to launch, I
will verify that no aircraft appear to have flight paths over the launch
- Pre-Launch Test. When conducting research activities with
unproven designs or methods I will, when possible, determine the
reliability of my rocket by pre-launch tests. I will conduct
the launching of an unproven design in complete isolation from persons
not participating in the actual launching.
- Recovery Hazards. If a rocket becomes entangled in
a power line or other dangerous place, I will not attempt to retrieve
it. In practice, this is the most critical safety guideline.
LAUNCH DISTANCE GUIDELINES TABLE
to launch pad
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