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Tripoli-Colorado has a very active research community. If you are curious about "taking the plunge" into research activities, please feel free to ask at the launches or on the mailing list. We love to talk about our projects!

You may occasionally hear the word "experimental" used synonymously with "research." These two terms refer to the same thing: Tripoli Research. But what does this mean?

What is Tripoli Research?

The purpose of Tripoli Research is foster the research and development of rocket motors, electronics, recovery devices, and airframe design and construction. It is Tripoli-Colorado's purpose to provide members with the facilities to safely test and fly their research creations.

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Static test of a hybrid "L" motor

Who may participate?

All members of Tripoli Rocketry Association in good standing may participate in research activities, including motors up to the member's certification level. Members under the age of 18 may participate under the direction of an adult member. NAR members may not participate in research activities, but they may attend Tripoli Research launches and may fly commercially-certified motors up to their current certification level.

What types of motors are allowed?

Any type of composite motor using ammonium perchlorate or ammonium nitrate as the oxidizer may be flown at a Tripoli Research launch, as well as non-certified hybrid motors. Sugar-based propellants are permitted. Formerly certified commercially produced motors whose certification has expired may be used. No home-built black powder motors, nor any motors that use PVC casings may be used at a Tripoli Research launch. Motors that use liquid propellants are prohibited, with the exception of nitrous-oxide hybrid rocket motors.

Where/when may I fly research?

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Tripoli-Colorado launches are designated as Tripoli Research launches; no special arrangements are necessary. There is no longer any distinction between commercial and non-commercial (research) launches at Tripoli-Colorado. If you have a project that qualifies as Tripoli Research, please bring it out and fly it!

Resources:

Tripoli-Colorado adheres to the Tripoli Research Safety Code. For your safety and everyone else's, please familiarize yourself with the following two documents:

Tripoli Research Safety Code (at Tripoli HQ)

Tripoli Research Frequently Asked Questions (at Tripoli HQ)

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Next Event

NOTAM has been issued and we are go!

The only road we are allowed to use is the one between the gate and the launch site. No off road driving for recovery.

There will be a porta potty (tent type) on site. 

Fall Frenzy launch is a go for September 17-18 . It is a two day launch with COSROCS  from Colorado springs. COSROCS mostly launches on Saturday but everyone is welcome both days. 

Jon Skuba will bring the Moto Joe store. If any other vendors are coming please let me know and I'll help get the word out. 

Keep in mind while traveling that 285 is diverted due to bridge replacement  so we can expect heavier than normal traffic between Fairplay and Highway 24 along Hwy 9. 

As always there is no camping on site. There is Antero which is free, the Chaparral campground (private but reasonably priced) Eleven mile by reservation, and Motels in Fairplay.

I will be on site at 7 AM and we can launch as early as 8 AM if we are set up and ready.  

I think there will be several level 1 attempts. Probably some L2's as well. 
 
Normal altitude will be limited to 7,000 feed with windows to 14,200 feet AGL Please let me know when you arrive so we can coordinate windows with the FAA and limit the number wof window requests. I like to make it as easy for them as possible. 
 
NOTAM will be issued on Thursday and I will update then. 
 
Sparkies allowed!

John Jamieson
Prefect Tripoli Colorado
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