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.
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!
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)