WELCOME TO OUR WORLD
Tripoli Vegas is Prefecture #24 of the
ASSOCIATION, INC., and as such abides by all rules
and regulations set up by the national organization. As a
local club, we are free to set our own local bylaws to govern
If you intend to launch High Power with us you should become
a member of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, which provides
launch insurance, with national membership.
Tom Blazanin encouraged any and all of us interested in rockets
to come to a "get together" and form a local Prefecture
of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc. We had about 12-15
people come to that historic first meeting. Tom gave us a
pep talk and said he would serve as an officer, but not a
president. When we asked him how he felt about being Prefect
and vice president he agreed. Denise Rosenfield said she'd
serve as Secretary/Treasurer, and Les Derkovitz made the mistake
of walking in with the biggest rocket and got railroaded into
being president (He didn't kick and scream too much!).
Now that we had our officers, we set off to get some work
done. Charter/Bylaws were written (we're recognized by national),
launches were planned and it wasn't long before a long term
project-our own altitude attempt-was planned. At that time
most of us weren't too "mature" in our high power
endeavors. But after couple years flying, building, and launching
our altitude rocket combined with holding a couple of "Turkey
Shoot" and Delamar launches changed all that. These days
you'll see our members building projects with fiberglass and
metal, using all kinds of electronic do-dads, clustering,
and staging and very impressive motors. Our personal interest
in the hobby and the support/help from each other have "propelled"
us to becoming the builder/flyers you see today.
Our bylaws have been extensively reworked with expert guidance
and are used as a model for other prefectures across the country.
We stress safety as the highest priority at our club launches.
Tripoli Vegas holds monthly meetings to keep
members up to date in High Power Rocketry, conduct presentations,
answer questions and keep members and guests abreast of safety
issues involved in High Power Rocketry. These meetings are
open to anyone interested in finding out more about High Powered
Rocketry as a Hobby and Sport. To find out date, times and
location of the next Tripoli Vegas Meeting please look to
the Home page. Most meetings are held at the launch site on
Saturday 10AM on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
LAUNCHES Tripoli Vegas conducts launches for its members
and guests once a month. Club launches are held the third
Saturday of the month at the Jean Dry Lake bed. Certified
Tripoli and NAR members are permitted to fly High Power Rockets
up to their certification level. Children under 18 years of
age may fly model rockets at our range. Adults must join Tripoli
National to be covered under our insurance and to use our
launch equipment and range. Join Tripoli
here If you have never flown rockets before or if you
have any questions, we are happy to answer questions and show
Tripoli Vegas also conducts the Springfest regional launch
which draws a far larger crowd than our regular club launches.
Springfest is more dedicated to larger High Power Rockets,
however the launch is open to visitors and guests.
Tripoli Vegas conducts monthly Research Launches under the
Tripoli Research Safety Code.
All Tripoli Vegas Launches are conducted with legal FAA Clearance
Waivers and under the strict Tripoli Rocketry Association's
Safety Code. For more information on the dates, times and
locations for our launches please select LAUNCHES in the top
If you are attending a rocket launch for the first time,
we encourage you to contact us to let us know you plan on
attending, any groups attending are requested to contact us
for special information. Jean Dry Lake is a desert environment,
so bring appropriate clothing, food, water and shade for the
We proudly support local schools, the Boy Scouts of America,
Girl Scouts, and the Civil Air Patrol Scouts, among other
organizations, with launch capability and technical support.
TRIPOLI LAS VEGAS
Tripoli Las Vegas is the local club for the national
Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). In order to fly with Tripoli
Las Vegas, adults must join TRA. The dues for joining TRA
are $70 per year. For more information about TRA go
Joining TRA can be accomplished by Paypal on their site,
or at our club launches with the Prefect.
Tripoli Las Vegas dues are $30 per year which entitles you
to all club benefits for your national certification level,
including the right to vote and waiver of monthly launch fees.
Your local club dues pay for our equipment, maintenance, BLM
fees, yearly club dues to national, trailer registration,
website and all the costs of maintaining a local club. NOTE:
Tripoli national dues are for the national club and insurance,
and Tripoli Las Vegas dues are for the local club, they are
here Join Tripoli Vegas
For questions regarding anything related to Tripoli Vegas,
Membership, Launches, Safety, Rocketry, etc. select CONTACTS
in the top left menu. Thank you for your interest. Come fly