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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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Hi all, 
We had a great two day launch for the end of the season. COSROCS joined us for the launch on Saturday. Many students joined us both days. There were 10 successful level 1 certs and 5 unsuccessful. There were over 70 flight cards. Saturday was great weather for flying a little windy now and then. Sunday was perfect all day!
Thanks to everyone for turning out. And to all those who help set-up and tear down. Special thanks to Terry Hibbs for delivering and storing the launch equipment trailer. It is always there and ready to go on launch day! Thanks Terry Lee for all your help and bringing the tower trailer when needed. 
We will have our annual meeting sometime in January and of course The All Colorado Rocketry Dinner and Endless Raffle in February.  Please stay tuned in for dates on those and plan on joining us for both. 
JJ
John Jamieson
Prefect Tripoli Colorado
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