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Night Launch Requirements - Aurora

All rockets to be flown at night shall be continuously illuminated from a time just before connection of igniter leads until recovery. Illumination may consist of glow sticks (securely attached or in a clear payload bay), strobes, electro-luminescent strips, high-intensity LEDs, etc. The illumination system shall be visible from all sides of the rocket.

Glow-in-the-dark paint, stickers, etc. are not acceptable as the only source of illumination. These materials cannot be seen when your rocket is hundreds of feet in the air.

There will be no first flights during the night launch. Rockets to be flown at night are subject to review by the range safety officer, launch control officer, and other experienced fliers. Rockets of questionable or marginal stability will not be launched. If you have a new rocket or a rocket of suspect stability, launch it during the daylight sport launch to verify its suitability for night launching.

Our standard Flight Cards will be used for the Night Launch. Additional information pertinent to night-time launching shall be added to the Comments/Features section of the Flight Card. Describe the illumination system and indicate whether the rocket has been flown during daylight hours with that illumination system and the listed motor(s).

Anyone flying a model rocket, assisting at the pads, or recovering rockets shall carry their own individual flashlight. All lights (other than glow sticks and rockets) on the range and in the spectator area shall be equipped with red filters. Red filter material (red film wrapping) will be available at the launch. Red filters on lights help to preserve your ability to see in dim lighting.

All participants and spectators shall be present for a safety meeting to be held before sundown. This meeting will provide the launch officers the opportunity to point out the location of all ground support equipment, the designated spectator area, and all known obstacles and trip hazards.

Schedule of Events
6:45 pm - Safety Meeting (attendance is mandatory for all)
7:00 pm - Prepare Range for Night Launch
7:45 pm - Night Launch begins


Last updated: September 18, 2019