Current Launch Status


Sunday August 14th Launch is a GO!


Launch Procedures Our next Launch will be August 14th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Leonard. This is our third “Beat the Heat” Launch of the year.  Setup will be at 8:30 am 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, July 21st, 2016 at 7:00 pm  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


July Launch Recap

Good Afternoon,

Sunday turned out to be a wonderful day for flying after the very low cloud layer burned off. We had a good turnout and put up a total of 27 flights with 13 of those on high power motors. The break down of motors is 1 A, 2 B, 1 C, 3 B (in cluster), 1 C, 2 D, 4 E, 1 F, 6 G, 3 H, 3 I, 4 J, and 1 K.

Highlights from the day include:

Dwayne Shmel flying a scratch built rocket called FLASH!!!! on an H669
Mark Piersall with a Wildman Darkstar on a J570
Randy Luman with his Duracell Warloc on a J350
Dan Littman flying a Loc Magnum on a K550.
Stewart Ohler with a scratch build rocket called Grey Fred on a H123
Chris Jones with a rocket called Valkyrie on a J293
Brian Wood with his PML Purple Puppy on a H110
Randy Luman with his SteamBertha on a cluster of 3 B6-4’s.

Thanks to everyone who came out and especially those who helped setup and take down the field.

We also had a build session on Saturday and made a lot of progress on both the Nike-ASP project and the RocketScience build. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to help out with those projects.

As a reminder, Thursday July 21 is our next meeting at 7 PM at the Hardesty regional library in Tulsa and if you have not contributed to our IRS letter of determination fund, please contribute what you can.

Thanks and have a great day.


June Meeting Recap

I’d like to start off by thanking those people who have already contributed to our IRS letter of determination fund. We are 25% of our way to our $400 goal for this project. The letter of determination will help Tulsa Rocketry in a variety of ways beyond allowing us to issue receipts for donations. Many organizations require a letter of determination before they will help out a non profit and it opens up a wide variety of services to help us with our mission. Anything you can contribute towards this will help.

We started off the meeting with a discussion on restrictions on Cesaroni VMax motors. Tripoli and NAR have both restricted flights using these motors to only rockets that have electronic ejection. The problem seems to be around the delay grain getting snuffed out due to the high burn rate. We also discussed reduced availability of some sizes and propellant types of Cesaroni motors due to their fire earlier this year. Contact me if you would like more information.

We went on to discuss updating the website and the renewal of our domains and hosting. The board approved the renewals and the outreach committee is working on updating our website.

At the last launch we ran out of flight cards. Mark Piersall has taken on getting more printed. Thanks Mark. I would like to thank everyone that preprinted cards before coming to the launch. That really helped.

We also revisited ordering motors for RocketScience and the Nike-Asp project and the board approved the ordering of motors for both projects.

Updates were presented on work on building a spare remote for the launch system, long power leads for the low power pads, the RocketScience rocket rebuild, and progress on the Nike-Asp project and the test flight of the ASP at the last launch. All of these projects are moving along and should be ready on time.

Next we started our planning for High Frontier 13 which is just 14 weeks away. We reviewed the list of task that need to be accomplished to make High Frontier happen and solicited volunteers for those tasks. We have some related projects that are in the works like the spare remote and longer leads and some new projects like repairs that need to be made at the September work session, working with the City of Pawhuska and the Chamber of Commerce on arranging the event, getting our website updated and online registration going, sourcing the items needed to make HF go like porta potties, trophies, t shirts, etc, and a number of smaller items.

Mark Piersal had previously committed to a rocket scientist kit that included and Estes starter kit along with building supplies and tote to carry it in as one of our grand prizes. The scouts had a starter kit that they donated from the event that we participated in at Claremore and Mark has generously committed to completing out a second rocket scientist kit for the other grand prize for the kids. Wildman Rocketry Oklahoma will be donating a kit for a drawing for everyone that volunteers at High Frontier.

We closed out the meeting with Randy Luhman showing a great looking Steampunk rocket and Mark Piersall showing the Jolly Logic Chute Release he bought. This device is really cool and can enable a single deploy rocket to fly higher without all of work that goes with dual deploy.

Thank you to everyone that helps make Tulsa Rocketry go. If you would like to help and be involved, just let me know.

Paul Reed

June 2016 Launch Recap

When I arrived at the field Sunday morning, I was having my doubts about the launch. We had low clouds, it looked like rain, and the irrigation sprinkler was going. It turned out to be a really great day for flying rockets and it wasn’t the weather that shut us down, but the irrigation sprinkler finally making its way around to where we were launching. The low clouds went on by which left us with a several thousand foot ceiling and although the winds kicked up a little, they remained light.

A total of 31 flights were put up with 11 of those being high power. The impulse breakdown was:

A – 5
B – 3
C – 2
D – 2
E – 1
F – 4
G – 3
H – 1
I – 7
J – 2
K – 1

Notable flights included:

Dwayne Shmel with a LOC Bruiser on a K535
Hal Ellis flying a scratch build Fat Boy on a I211
Bill Koropsak flying a scratch 54 Hornet on a I161
Lee and Grace Hester with a Mad Cow rocket called Grace’s Fred on a I154
Mark Piersal and his Utility Rocket on an I245G

We flew the ASP part of the two stage Nike-ASP project on a J800. The flight proved all of the electronics and the rocket and showed that we have some things to tweak before we go to Argonia.

We also saw more of the Jolly Logic Chute release devices that continue to look like a good way of doing dual deploy in a single deploy rocket and a 3D printed self releasing rail guide on one of Bill Koropsak’s minimum diameter rockets. Cool stuff.

Thanks to everyone that came out to the launch and especially to those who helped setup and take down the field.

Just a reminder that our monthly meeting will be this Thursday, June 16 at 7 PM at the Tulsa Hardesty regional library. Hope to see you there.


May 2016 Meeting Recap

Good afternoon,

We had a well attended meeting last night. We discussed motors for RocketScience and the Nike-ASP project, moving forward with our letter of determination from the IRS, updates on our ongoing projects, and had a great presentation on the history of the Nike rocket program.

Tulsa Rocketry will need to buy 3 large motors this year and the board discussed options for purchasing and getting the best price. Some additional information was requested and the final decision moved to the June meeting.

We also discussed moving forward with getting our letter of determination from the IRS. The letter of determination is what gives us formal 501(c)(3) non profit status and enables us to write tax receipts for donations. It also helps us with discounts on postage and free or reduced price products and services. Overall this is very much in our interest to do, with the biggest obstacle being the $400 that the IRS wants as a filing fee.

The board of directors would like your help in raising donations towards the filing fee. If you would like to donate, go to and select the general donation button or contact me to arrange the donation. Any amount that you can contribute would be appreciated and we should be able to write you a receipt upon getting our letter.

We also updated everyone on our ongoing projects. With the Prefecture Improvement funds we have purchased new wire and connectors to make longer leads for the low power pads and to make a backup remote for the wireless launch system. At our monthly work sessions we have fabricated a new section of airframe for the RocketScience rocket, built the internals for a new avionics bay, and slotted the airframe for the ASP so the completed fin canister can be glued in place.

Hal Ellis did a brief presentation on the history and development of the Nike rocket and why the booster is featured in so many rockets. It was a great presentation and answered a number of questions about the program and why that era saw such a explosion of the number of rockets we still model today.

One last note. Gmail has been rejecting my updates so I’m going to have to look for an alternate way to send these out. Stay tuned.

That’s all for today.

May 2016 Launch Recap

Good afternoon,

What a great day Sunday turned out to be! The clouds stayed well above our waiver for most of the day, the winds were light, and the temperature was just right. We put up 58 flights for the day with 7 A, 12 B, 11 C, 5 D, 2 E, 5 F, 5 G, 5 H, 4 I, and 2 J motors used.

Charles Rhine from Springdale, AR got his level 1 certification flying a Madcow Super DX3 rocket on an H242. Let’s all welcome Charles to High Power!

Other highlights from the day are:

Randy Luhmen flying a scratch build Viper-4 in a I218
Hal Ellis and his scratch built Eagle on a J357
Nathan Reed with his Escape Velocity on a H295
Les Tolbert and David Bar both flying Aerotech Mustangs
Mike Eavey flying Experienced on an H128
Brian Wood with his Purple Crayon on an I566
Dwayne Shmel and his scratch built Lets Get Kraken on an I211
Paul Reed flying a Dark Star on a J760

It was also good to see both Les Tolbert and Jim Danforth on Sunday. Both are original Tulsa Rocketry members.

The monthly meeting is this Thursday at 7 PM at the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa. Hope to see you at the meeting.

Have a good day.

Paul Reed

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.



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.