Current Launch Status


Sunday May 15th Launch is a GO!


Launch Procedures Our next Launch will be May 15th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Leonard. Setup will be at 12:30 pm and if you can lend a hand join us early..  You can prepare your flight cards ahead of time by getting the flight card form.


Meeting Information: Our next club meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th 2016 at 7:00pm  will be at Hardesty Regional Library, located at 8316 E 93rd St in Tulsa. Google maps link here. We will be discussing all things rockets so make sure to bring any show and tell you would like to share with the group


April 2016 Meeting Recap

Good afternoon,

We had a great meeting last night.

We have received our Prefecture Improvement Plan funds and are using them to build longer leads for the low power pads and for a backup remote for the launch system.

Randy Luhman has come up with artwork for High Frontier 13 and it is fantastic. I can’t wait to see it on a shirt.Great job Randy.

We have two upcoming events.

Thursday April 28 is a static display at Sequoyah Middle School from 6 to 8 PM. Sequoyah is located at 2701 S Elm in Broken Arrow. Bring some rockets and rocket related stuff and join us.

Saturday April 30 is a static display and launch demonstration at the Scout-o-rama at the First United Methodist Church, 1615 OK-88 in Claremore. The event runs from 9 to 4:30. The scouts will be providing some Estes rockets for us to launch and probably wouldn’t mind if you brought along a few to launch as well. We will be setting up our equipment and putting on a static display. Come and join us if you have some time.

We counted votes for the bylaws last night and 76% of members cast ballots. The vote was unanimously in favor of approving the bylaws and everyone agreed to donate the equipment from the old Tulsa Rocketry to the new corporation. Thanks to everyone for voting and we are now official.

We also took up dues and high power launch fees which are not specified in the bylaws. Dues and HPR launch fees will remain the same.

We had some great show and tell with Hal Ellis showing a simple way to increase the amount of ejection charge that can be put in a CTI 38 mm reload for larger rockets, Mark Piersall demonstrating his new Eggtimer wi-fi remote switch and Eggtimer GPS transmitter, and Chris Jones showing off a Black Star Voyager rocket he has been working on.

Mark Piersall also showed off the rocket scientist kit he is donating as a grand prize at High Frontier. It includes everything the young rocket scientist needs. Thanks for donating this Mark.

That’s all for now and have a great weekend.


Greetings To Our Friends in Toronto

Tulsa Rocketry would like to thank David, Maya, Emma, Caden, Stephanie, Jason, Matthew, Marquies, and Courtney for the visiting our site. We’re happy you found us on the Internet and found our website useful and interesting in learning about rocketry. Educating kids on rocketry is one of the things we love to do.

I’m glad to hear that in addition to finding Tulsa Rocketry’s site useful, Maya and Stephanie did some more research and recommends as a great introduction to rocketry for high school students. I agree.

Enjoy your studies on rocketry


March 2016 Meeting Recap

Good morning,
We had a full meeting last night that covered a bunch of upcoming events in April and a full agenda by the new Board of Directors. We even had a few green rockets and a visit by a former prefect which made it all the more interesting.

Educational outreach is one of the things that has defined Tulsa Rocketry for many years. It is part of our mission as a nonprofit and a lot of fun. We have three events in April where we have been been asked to participate. All of these events need members of Tulsa Rocketry to come out and help.

On Monday, April 11, we have been asked by Ms. Fore to participate in the Union Science Fair and put on a static display. Ms Fore’s class participated in RocketScience last year and is in Jeff Chaplins documentary Velocity. This is a large science fair and is a great opportunity to educate kids and their parents about rocketry and what we do. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Union 6th and 7th Grade Center on 61st Street just west of Highway 169.

On Monday, April 28, we have been asked by Ms Lee from Sequoyah Middle School in Broken Arrow to put on a static display. The event runs from 6 to 8 PM. Sequoyah is located at 2701 S Elm Pl in Broken Arrow.

Saturday, April 30, we have been asked by the scouts in Broken Arrow to put on a static display and launch model rockets that they have provided as part of their scouting event. The event runs from 9:30 to 4:30 in Claremore. We did this event in 2007 and there were over 450 scouts there. I’ll provide an address as we get closer. If you have some time, please come out and lend a hand.

Other events in April include a work session on April 9, a scheduled launch on April 10, and our next meeting on April 21.

The Board of Directors held its first meeting last night. The first item up was approval of the bylaws and sending them to members for approval. I will be sending paid members as of March 17 a copy of the bylaws and a ballot to approve or reject the bylaws. 2/3 of the members need to approve the bylaws for them to be ratified and take full effect. The ballot also contains a release to transfer all assets of the old Tulsa Rocketry to the new corporation Tulsa Rocketry Inc.

We created three officer positions (denoted with an *) in addition to the ones specified in the bylaws and elected the following people to the officer positions:

President and Prefect – Paul Reed
Vice President – Hall Ellis
Secretary and Treasurer – Chris Jones
Assistant Treasurer* – Mark Piersall
FAA Liaison* – Glen Thomason
Webmaster* – Jeff Chaplin

We created one additional committee called Outreach in addition to the Executive and Finance committees specified in the Bylaws. The Outreach committee will be responsible for our interaction with the public which includes coordinating events like the static displays mentioned above, RocketScience, High Frontier, creating educational and promotional materials, our website, social media, etc.

The executive committee consists of myself and Hal Ellis and will have operational oversight. The finance committee will have financial oversight and consists of Chris Jones and Glen Thomason. The Outreach committee consists of myself, Jeff Chaplin, Hal Ellis, Brien Wood, and Jon Kerfoot. If you would like to participate in the Outreach committee, let me know.

We also took care of some other getting organized business and approved our submission to Tripoli for a prefecture improvement grant. Tripoli is giving prefectures up to $250 this towards improving their equipment and other qualified expense. We will be submitting our project to create longer low power leads and building an additional remote unit for the launch system.

Nonprofits are only as strong as the volunteers that support them. If you want to be involved, let me know and I will find a way to get you involved. If you have a talent that you think can make us better, let me know and I will look for a way to harness your talent. If you’ve already volunteered, thank you.

Have a great day and a great weekend.


February 2016 Meeting Update

Good Morning,

We had a very interesting meeting last night discussing the future direction of the club. We looked at remaining an unincorporated association, forming a for profit corporation, and forming a 501(c)(3) non profit charitable and educational corporation. After much discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, we decided to proceed with forming a 501(c)(3) non profit.

We also discussed the various projects that we have in progress. The RocketScience rocket is in the process of being rebuilt with much to get accomplished before October. We also have much to get done on the Nike-ASP two stage project before Airfest and we need to work on protecting the electronics. The next club work session is scheduled for March 12 and we can use all the help we can get.

The launch for this weekend is questionable. The smoke was thick in the air last night and unless something drastically changes I don’t see the fire danger diminishing to the point where we can safely launch. The final decision on this will be made Saturday morning.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30. The scouts have asked us to come to Claremore for a scout gathering and show off our rockets and to launch some small Estes rockets for them. The event runs from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I will send out more details when I get them.

That’s it for now.


January 2016 Meeting Update

Good Morning,

We had a great meeting last night to start off the new year.

The first order of business was election of officers. Officers for 2016 are:

Prefect – Paul Reed
Secretary/Treasurer – Chris Jones
FAA Liaison – Glen Thomason
Web Master – Jeff Chaplin

I’d like to thank Hal Ellis and Mark Piersall for their many years of service to the club in their roles as prefect and secretary/treasurer.

Next up was setting the launch schedule for 2016 which is as follows:

2/21 – Noon to 4 PM
3/13 – 1 to 5 PM
4/10 – 1 to 5 PM
5/15 – 1 to 5 PM
6/12 – 9 AM to 1 PM
7/10 – 9 AM to 1 PM
8/14 – 9 AM to 1 PM
9/24-25 – High Frontier at Pawhuska
10/9 – Rocket Science 1 to 5 PM
11/13 – Noon to 4 PM

The launch controllers have been fixed over the winter break and are ready for the upcoming season. New clips have been added to all of the high power leads. In the process of going through the launch equipment, it was discovered that most of the bubbles on the bubble pack the controllers were stored in were gone. It was decided to build a wood structure inside the storage box with padding to properly store the equipment. This project will be tackled at our regular work sessions.

One of the projects from the High Frontier post action review was to get 60 ft leads built for the low power pads and we be moving ahead with that for pads 1 – 6. Another set will need to be built for pads 7 – 12 before High Frontier. Thanks Brien Wood for taking this on.

At the last work session, it was discovered that the tubing we have to build a new dual deploy AV-bay module for the Rocket Science rocket is 10” OD and the existing airframe is 10” ID. After going through our options, it was decided to expand a section of the smaller tube to make it fit the existing airframe and nosecone. The expanded tube will be covered in fiberglass which will hide the expansion and make it strong.

The Nike-ASP project has progressed to the point where the Nike needs to be retrieved from Hobbytown. The two dates proposed are 1/17 or 2/3 at around 7 PM. Hal is checking with Hobbytown to see which works better for them. This is a big rocket and we will need as many hands as we can get to retrieve it.

As a reminder, its time to renew your membership. The fee is $15 and can be done through the website.

The next scheduled work session is 2/13 at Hal Ellis’s house from 2 to 5 PM. There is plenty to do, so stop by if you can.

Wildman Rocketry Oklahoma will be placing a motor order to replenish their stock on 1/25. If you have something you would like them to order or would like to be on their mailing list, e-mail them at

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend.

Paul Reed

Club Project Update

Good Morning:

We had an excellent work session on Saturday afternoon and made
significant progress on both the Nike-ASP and RS projects. We completed
the bayonette insert portion of the Nike-ASP interstage, so the only
thing remaining on that sub-project is more fiberglass on the transition
section. Next time we’ll start on the ASP motor mount and fin assembly.

On the RS project, we cut the existing components apart, to make them
ready for “re-purposing” into the new configuration. We’ll start on
that work next month as well. I’ll get some pictures of our progress to
Jeff for the web site ASAP.

On Saturday we were speculating about how much the RS payload module
weighs, so on Sunday I got out my digital scale and weighed it.

The payload insert module containing the 16 empty canisters = 8.3 lbs.
I also weighed some eggs. A dozen eggs weighs 1.72 lbs. However, with
a full load of 16 eggs on board, the egg weight = 1.72 * 1.333 = 2.29
lbs. So, for the canisters and the eggs, that gives us 8.3 + 2.29 =
10.59 lbs.

However, that doesn’t count the additional “cushioning” for the eggs in
each of the canisters, so full up, ready to fly, let’s just round this
off at 11 pounds. So the existing rocket flew with 11 pounds of “nose
weight”. No wonder it weathercocked!

The section we removed from the booster was 25″ long, so our
modifications will move that 11 pounds about 2-feet closer to the CG.

Can’t wait to see the new rocket fly!

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped, we’ll move both projects
forward again in January.


December Club Update

Good Morning:

As a reminder, we will NOT have a meeting tomorrow evening.
Traditionally, we take a break from meetings (and launches) in December,
in order to allow extra family-time during this busy Holiday season.

However, we will have a Club Work Session this coming Saturday afternoon
(12/12), at my place (3720 E. 82nd Court in Tulsa), from 2-5 PM. We’ll
continue our work on the Nike-ASP project and hopefully begin work on
the modifications we’re making to the RocketScience rocket. If you have
a couple of hours to spare on Saturday afternoon, stop by and lend a

Secondly, I received an email from Marty Beck of the Piedmont Rocketry
Club, inviting us to a “rocketry swap meet” their Club is hosting on
January 16th. See Marty’s email below for details.

That’s it for now, have a great day, and I’ll hope to see everyone on


Hi Hal

We want to extend an invitation for Tulsa Rocketry club members to
participate in a rocketry swap meet we’re holding on January 16th at the
Fina Community Center, 314 Edmond Road NW, Piedmont, Oklahoma, 73078,
from 9am – 1pm. The Fina Center is actually half of the building the
local fire department operates out of. You enter the building from the
rear parking area.

This is an opportunity for rocketeers to part with all that excess
rocketry “stuff” we all have. And maybe go home with that special kit
or part to complete a project.



Marty Beck