This year we had lots of great flights, some not-so-great flights, but all in all the whole event was a whole lot of heated up fun! Always a good time to see old friends, make some new friends, learning something new and remembering something that you should have.
We had quite a bit of media coverage this year. Here is a list of some of the coverage.
If you know of any other media about HellFire, we'd love to have you share it. Please send a note with the link to it so we can add it to this document.
Rockets to soar to 25,000 feet over the Bonneville Salt Flats at this year’s Hellfire, August 2-5, held each year by the Utah Rocket Club.
Let’s put it in perspective: 25,000 feet is about five miles, or about two thirds of the height where jumbo jets cruise. Yet unlike jetliners, these mega rockets zip to that height in mere seconds. You can see it for yourself August 2-5 at Hellfire, the Utah Rocket Club’s annual launch, held on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It is one of few events where launching rockets to that height is allowed. The club obtains official clearance and pilots are advised to avoid that part of the sky until the event closes. No wonder Hellfire draws specialists and spectators nationwide.
Rockets range from simple one-footers to 15-footers sporting complex high-tech systems. When one of the latter roars into the sky, it’s a thrill like no other. Watching safely from hundreds of feet away, you’ll feel the heat hit you and the ground shake under your feet. Between launches, you can see the rockets close-up and visit with the experts who build and launch them.
Admission is free and the public is welcome. Hellfire takes place Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5 on the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. (Take Exit 4 on I-80 and follow easy-to-spot signs.) Launches begin daily at around 9 a.m., subject to weather. Bring binoculars, hats, chairs, shade, lots of sunscreen and plenty of drinking water.
For information about the Utah Rocket Club, visit www.uroc.org.
Video from last year’s Hellfire:
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||Art Applewhite Rockets
Art makes some of the most ingenious and exciting "different" rocket designs out there. You must check out his website and look through his arsenal!
What's Up Hobbies
Public Missiles Limited
|Rocket Dog Hobby
UROC Member and former Prez, Bruce Bell. Always has the stuff you need!
Bruce will be onsite flying but not setting up shop. If you need something from him for HellFire, contact him early to make arrangements to pick up prior.
Giant Leap Rocketry
This is a Tentative schedule, as new events are added and other items considered this schedule will change. Please check back often.
HellFire's excitement carries through 4 days. Each day holds something a little different from the next. Below is a brief explanation of each day and it's activities. Below is a short list of how the days will play out. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. This is the same schedule we have followed for the past several years. It has worked well and attempts to address the needs of all of our flyers.
First day of HellFire! This is when the majority of the flyers make it in to the site. Registration table will be ready to pass out your flyer's packets and to register you if you didn't already register (Shame). Most of the flyers spend their time setting up their base and prepping their rockets. Waivers will be in effect and we will be flying under NAR High Power rules. Both NAR and Tripoli members are welcome to fly today.
Research Day, this is day is in place to allow those members requiring to fly their projects under Tripoli's Research Launch rules to get their stuff off the ground. Due to Insurance restrictions, only Tripoli members can fly high power on Friday. This is an excellent day to see some big projects go up. The volume of flights will be fairly low because of the restriction to Tripoli members only. However, the quality of the flights is usually very impressive. If you would like to fly on this day, you can sign up as a Tripoli member by visiting the Tripoli Prefect on site. Tim will sign you up, your NAR certification will come across to Tripoli's equivilant cert level.
This is where it starts getting crazy. Saturday is flown as an NAR Sport launch. All NAR and Tripoli members are welcome to fly. It's a good idea to have your projects ready to go. It does get busy through out the day, it's very possible to find yourself waiting in a line at times. Please be patient, our Range officers will be working to move everyone through as quickly and more to the point, as safely as possible. Lots of flights.
Last day, sigh... The launch will again be held under the NAR Sport Launch Safety rules. Both NAR and Tripoli members are welcome to fly on Sunday. Clean up will usually start somewhere between 12 and 2pm depending on the activity and interest. Most people agree that it's time to go by Sunday afternoon. We invite anyone that can stay and help pack up to do so. We hand out raffle tickets for a special "Clean Up Raffle" with some great prizes.given out once the salt is cleaned up.
The salt is dry and hard. I led the scouts on an intriguing campout last weekend. We left the freeway, turning hard right, a few hundred yards past (West) of the Tree of Utah sculpture along I-80. This takes you along the narrow dike all the way out to Floating Island Peak. We camped just on the NW side of Floating Island Peak in one of the bleakest spots imaginable.
We then hiked up the peak the next morning. Our troop does quite a bit of hiking, so this was a pretty simple hike. The views up there are spectacular. I never realized just how far NE the salt extends towards the Gunnison Mountains across the bombing range.
The peak has a wicked cliff on the North side that must invite parachute activity. As near as we could tell, hardly anyone ever goes out to Floating Island Peak and not many people ever bother to hike up it. Amazingly enough, the peak is so short and so close to the higher mountains that form the Silver Island Peaks, that you cannot see Pilot Peak from Floating Island Peak. Pilot Peak cannot be more than 15-20 miles away or so over on the Nevada border, but it does not poke its head high enough to be seen.
We broke camp and drove back via the Silver Mountains bypass road, coming out down by the gas station at Exit 4 near Wendover. It was a memorable campout.
The salt looks to be as dry and hard as I have ever seen it. The conditions are probably about what you would expect in August, not in May.We will be out of town at the beginning of August, so I am afraid we are out of HellFire again this year.