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Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone come out and watch your launches?

Our launches are open to the public.   Just remember, that what goes up must come down. Rocketry is a very safe activity but there are some risks (just like riding a bicycle). General horseplay can cause an unsafe condition where you may be asked to leave.  All children on the launch site will need to be closely supervised at all times, PARTICULARLY while flight operations are underway.  Rocketeers are always prepping rockets for launch. Children are asked to keep a safe distance to avoid damaging expensive rocketry components.  Don’t hesitate to talk to the rocketeers and ask questions. Most flyers are happy to talk about rockets.

All flyers over 18 must be a member of Tripoli or NAR, Anyone under 18 must have parent or guardian sign new TRA waiver. Anything in excess of G-impulse proof of high power certification and a current NAR or Tripoli membership card will need to be presented.

How often does Tripoli Houston Rocket Club meet?

Tripoli Houston meets every second Saturday of every month

(weather permitting) at the Hearne airport,

Hearne Tx. We launch everything from model rockets to

monster high power rockets that push our FAA waiver

of 16,000 feet high.

Newcomers are always greeted with a smile

(especially if they bring kolaches) and we look forward

to meeting you at our next launch.

 

Tripoli Houston South Site - We will launch at the

new site the 4th Saturday of each month  -

February thru September .

 

Current waiver is 17.5 kft

 

This is a Tripoli Houston Members only site and we require pre-registration .

 

For information please email

 Tripolihouston@gmail.com 

TH South site is TH members only

Members and invited guests only.  Invited guests will generally include university teams and friends of members.  We will use membership badges or bracelets for all attendees

South site road conditions.

Road conditions: About 5 miles of gravel/dirt roads from highway to launch site.  Conditions will vary based on weather conditions. When dry, most vehicles will have access to the site.  Vehicles must stay on roads or paths, not allowed in fields. 

Are ATV allowed.

ATVs, ect:  Yes at both sites, allowed only for retrieving rockets.  Please do not go exploring the area.  Please use caution for dams and other obstructions in fields.  Do not go fast across fields.  Cars / Trucks /ATV ect must remain on roads and Not allowed on the runways or taxi ways not shown on our maps.

Are sparky motors allowed?

Sparky motors are allowed at the Hearne location when the conditions permit and not under burn ban.

Sparky motors are not allowed at the south site.

Are Camp / Open fires allowed?: 

No 

Grills / enclosed cooking fires: Only gas grills in designated areas away from pasture.  No charcoal grills or open fire

Area Facilities: 

Subway Restaurant located 2 miles from main entrance.  8150 FM 2917, Alvin, TX  77511

Will there be a motor vendor?

Motor vendor

Hearne available at launches

South Site does not attend arrangements can directly with the-motorman.


Website is:
www.the-motorman.net

Launch Schedule: 

Hearne 2nd Saturday of each month.

South Site

4th Saturday of the month, February - September.

Do you have restroom facilities?

Yes

Hearne has restroom in pilot lounge 

South Site porta potty located in container

Hearne launch site environment

1. The THRC Sites are in an semi-improved, semi-wilderness state.

2. The Property Holders and THRC have no obligation to improve, alter or repair any THRC Site or to make it safe.

3. The Property Holders and THRC have no obligation to warn of dangerous conditions, whether latent or patent, that may exist upon any THRC Site.

4. The Property Holders and THRC have no obligation to patrol any THRC Site or to enforce any applicable laws, rules, and regulations thereon.

5. Various other activities may be conducted concurrently upon said THRC Site while I am there; including, but not limited to, hunting, woodcutting, oil explorations and/or drilling, farming, low-flying aircraft, aircraft take-offs and landings, aircraft maintenance, discharging of firearms, managing livestock, constructing and maintaining roads, fences, pipelines, utility lines and other improvements, and such other activities that may create hazards to my safety or others.

6. Other persons may be present from time to time within the same area, and my own activities need to be conducted in a careful and prudent manner with due regard for the safety and well-being of such other persons.

7. The acts or omissions (including the active or passive negligence) of the Property Holders and/or THRC, its trustees, officers, directors, managers, employees, agents and/or such other persons or entities may result in my experiencing losses, damages or bodily injury (including death).

8. Fire hazard conditions normally exist upon said THRC Sites because of abundant dry grasses, leaves and vegetation. Extreme caution is required in smoking, cooking and using vehicles upon said THRC Sites to prevent grass and forest fires. Additionally, if camping on any THRC Site, NO OPEN FIRES ARE ALLOWED.

9. The roads and trails upon said THRC Sites are not maintained free of ruts, rocks, loose materials, overhanging branches, and other hazards, and the steepness nature of the roadbeds and other attendant conditions are such that many of such roads and trails can only be traveled by 4-wheel drive vehicles driven by a person well experienced in driving such a vehicle in rugged terrain, and the hazardous condition of certain roads and trails is such that only an experienced driver will recognize that they should not be traveled at all.

10. Water found in streams, springs, lakes, ponds, ditches, canals, pipelines, tanks and troughs is untreated, its quality and potability is uncertain, and such water should not be consumed because of the risk of its possible contamination.

11. My presence on any THRC Site exposes both me and my property to dangerous conditions, risks and hazards, including but not limited to: launching of high and low power rockets, poisonous snakes, insects and spiders; erosion and general condition of the land, both on and off roadways, creating rough, hazardous and dangerous driving and walking conditions; animals, both wild and domestic that may be diseased and/or potentially dangerous; deep water; persons with firearms, both on or off the THRC Site; low-flying aircraft and aircraft take-offs and landings; and the use of vehicles and launch equipment.
 

South Site environment

1. The THRC Sites are in an unimproved, semi-wilderness state.

2. The Property Holders and THRC have no obligation to improve, alter or repair any THRC Site or to make it safe.

3. The Property Holders and THRC have no obligation to warn of dangerous conditions, whether latent or patent, that may exist upon any THRC Site.

4. The Property Holders and THRC have no obligation to patrol any THRC Site or to enforce any applicable laws, rules, and regulations thereon.

5. Various other activities may be conducted concurrently upon said THRC Site while I am there; including, but not limited to, hunting, woodcutting, oil explorations and/or drilling, farming, low-flying aircraft, aircraft take-offs and landings, aircraft maintenance, discharging of firearms, managing livestock, constructing and maintaining roads, fences, pipelines, utility lines and other improvements, and such other activities that may create hazards to my safety or others.

6. Other persons may be present from time to time within the same area, and my own activities need to be conducted in a careful and prudent manner with due regard for the safety and well-being of such other persons.

7. The acts or omissions (including the active or passive negligence) of the Property Holders and/or THRC, its trustees, officers, directors, managers, employees, agents and/or such other persons or entities may result in my experiencing losses, damages or bodily injury (including death).

8. Fire hazard conditions normally exist upon said THRC Sites because of abundant dry grasses, leaves and vegetation. Extreme caution is required in smoking, cooking and using vehicles upon said THRC Sites to prevent grass and forest fires. Additionally, if camping on any THRC Site, NO OPEN FIRES ARE ALLOWED.

9. The roads and trails upon said THRC Sites are not maintained free of ruts, rocks, loose materials, overhanging branches, and other hazards, and the steepness nature of the roadbeds and other attendant conditions are such that many of such roads and trails can only be traveled by 4-wheel drive vehicles driven by a person well experienced in driving such a vehicle in rugged terrain, and the hazardous condition of certain roads and trails is such that only an experienced driver will recognize that they should not be traveled at all.

10. Water found in streams, springs, lakes, ponds, ditches, canals, pipelines, tanks and troughs is untreated, its quality and potability is uncertain, and such water should not be consumed because of the risk of its possible contamination.

11. My presence on any THRC Site exposes both me and my property to dangerous conditions, risks and hazards, including but not limited to: launching of high and low power rockets, poisonous snakes, insects and spiders; erosion and general condition of the land, both on and off roadways, creating rough, hazardous and dangerous driving and walking conditions; animals, both wild and domestic that may be diseased and/or potentially dangerous; deep water; persons with firearms, both on or off the THRC Site; low-flying aircraft and aircraft take-offs and landings; and the use of vehicles and launch equipment.
 

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