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Paul Joyce's rocket on a Cesaroni N10,000 at Bonneville Salt Flats, 2019
Covid-19 Update: LDRS 39 dates postponed to 2021

Dear Rocketry Community:

The Utah Rocket Club (UROC) LDRS 39 organizing committee held a Zoom meeting recently. The purpose of the meeting was to review the current and projected status of COVID-19 as it relates to UROC conducting a successful LDRS 39 launch.

With country-wide layoffs and furloughs, the income of a significant portion of rocketeers will most likely be impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even if safety restrictions are relaxed, the committee believes that many of the hopeful registrants may not be able to afford the costs of travel and registration for the trip to Bonneville. It is more likely that flyers will attend local and regional launches for the remainder of 2020, and that's assuming local launches can be safely organized.

After much listening, discussion, careful consideration, UROC has made the difficult decision to postpone LDRS 39 until 2021. Given the reality of COVID-19 and the unknown impacts on a large launch like LDRS, UROC believes this is the correct decision. The health and well-being of rocketry participants, spectators, and staff is our top priority.

With a unanimous vote, the Tripoli Board of Directors supports this decision and has graciously agreed to allow UROC to host LDRS in 2021. At this time, UROC believes the dates will be Thursday, July 29 through Sunday, August 1, 2021.

Some of you who already registered for LDRS 39 may need that money now more than ever. Anyone who has paid for registration (including shirts and banquet tickets) can receive a full refund upon request. Send a request to with your name and phone number, and someone from UROC will be in touch promptly.
You also have the option of keeping your registration, (including shirts and banquet), and volunteer slots on file for LDRS 39, 2021.

Any registrant that reserved a room at the event hotel should cancel their reservations. There's no cancellation fee, but you must cancel through the hotel. Please note, you may have to call several times or leave messages as the hotels and casinos in Wendover are currently shuttered. UROC will provide new hotel information as the new dates approach. The event hotel may change for next year's event.

The LDRS 39 Committee will contact any vendor who has already committed prizes or goods directly. UROC will work with vendors regarding how they would like the committee to proceed with their donations.

UROC is grateful to Tripoli for allowing us the opportunity to host LDRS 39 and share the Salt Flats with our rocketry community!

Please stay safe and fly high (if you can). See you in 2021!
The Utah Rocket Club

LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) is the premier annual rocketry event for the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). LDRS is the venue for rocketry enthusiasts to share their special projects and for manufacturers and vendors to display and demonstrate the latest products available.

For 2020, LDRS 39 will be hosted by Utah Rocket Club (UROC) at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. This is UROC's second time hosting the event. 

Come join us for 4 days of launches July 29 – Aug 1, 2021. 

The Bonneville Salt Flats launch site provides over 40 square miles of a completely flat recovery area. When we say flat, we mean flat. So flat and smooth we’ll be flying at the same place where Speed Week occurs and new land speed records are set on a regular basis. We promise you won’t want to miss the incredible experience of launching on the salt. LDRS 39 will take place at the peak of the hot season on the Salt Flats. This allows us to have a fairly safe expectation for the flying conditions on the salt. 

For our HellFire Launch regulars, you will enjoy all the great conditions you have found at past launches: the wide-open space of the salt flats; plenty of launch pads - no waiting; a 25,000' waiver and the opportunity to meet friends from across the state and across the globe. Rocketeers will bring their projects to Bonneville to enjoy the great launching conditions. 

We will have an incredible list of Rocketry Vendors on site. 


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Don’t forget the TRA Banquet on Saturday, August 1st. Seating is limited, so reserve your spots early by pre-registering.

All of us at Tripoli Utah/Utah Rocket Club are excited about sharing our sky with you. We want to make your visit to the salt one that you will remember fondly for years to come. Please make sure to let us know of any questions, concerns or thoughts you might have and we look forward to flying with you this summer!