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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

Our Next launch is scheduled for October 17, 2021
 
Fall Frenzy Launch Summary:
 
I believe this was the biggest launch we have had in the last few years!  Lots of Certifications, big engines, small engines, visitors, and a world record flight! Overall a great time. 
 
Congratulations! : 
  • 6 - Level 1 Certifications to Benjamin St John, Jerry Amrhein, Jordan Akins, Kurt Eherenman, Matt Golubski, and Andy Plotkin. 
  • 5 - L2 tests passed Chip Reid and Justin Redding Aced it!
  • 4 - Level 2 Certifications to Jordan Akins, Justin Redding, Chip Reid, and Steve Ghioto. 
Sincere condolences to David Tan and Hayden Yearout on certification attempts. Both rockets were very capable in my opinion and only failed due to CATO's (engine failure). 
 
There was a total, 53 flight cards. 
 
We had some visitors. The Ruland family from Lawerence Kansas, Scott Storey from Des Moines IA, some from Utah, and Bryan Duke came from Eads TN. 
 
Flights of note:
  • Bruce Lee attempted a 15 engine C6-0 cluster unfortunately not all got lit. He is going to attempt a few hundred engine cluster at Balls.
  • Randy Kennedy launched  J450 and K1080 engines with very nice crowd pleasing flights as usual.
  • Steve Ghioto had the most flights with 5, maybe more. 
  • Dave Bauer launched a very nice Nike Hercules unfortunately not all 4 D12's lit. Great Pyramid launch too. 
  • Kenneth Olaverria (CU Sounding Rocket Lab) Launched a L1395 pretty impressive!
SPECIAL flight by Bdale Garbee(Altus Metrum), launched his Mega Nuke on a CTI N3301.  Very Impressive!  See some of the pictures in the Tripoli-Colorado Facebook Group. It was launched off of Terry Lee's trailer tower. 
 
WORLD RECORD!! Pending Tripoli Certification, Bryan Duke Launched his Vanish 24 on a CTI G150 to 10,093 feet. As near as I can tell this was over 1,000 feet higher than any previous NAR or Tripoli Record for a G engine! Congratulations Bryan! 
Very amazing! It pulled 90G's! See pictures at Tripoli-Colorado Facebook Group.
 
Special thanks to Jon Skuba for bringing the Moto Joe Store and getting in some flights too! and Thank you George Barnes for all the great pictures and some nice flights!
 
I know I'm leaving some things out. Some of the founding  members of Tripoli Colorado attended too. Feel free to fill in the blanks or make corrections at Tripoli-Colorado Facebook Group. 
 
For those who are curious, the last two flights were recovered!
 
Thanks to all who attended. It was a fun time!
JJ
John Jamieson
Prefect Tripoli Colorado
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