Located a few miles out on the outskirts of Blacksburg farmland and situated near the New River, the Virginia Tech Kentland Farms property has been one of NRV Rocketry’s main launch sites since our first launches in 2011. Thanks to the generous sharing nature of the VT Agg department, VT Aerospace and other interested parties, we have been able to hold everything from small monthly launches to large scale, 200 flight, 300+ person educational STEM outreach events. We’ve even hosted special launch events such as Homer Hickam’s visit to NRVR in 2014.
The property usually carries a 8,800ft AGL FAA high power flight waiver, but due to near by tree lines and the aforementioned river, we try to keep most flights under 4,000ft, with special exceptions for call aheads and RSO approvals for up to 6,000.
Location and Launch Accommodations:
The address of Kentland Farms is 5278 Whitethorne Rd Blacksburg, VA 24060. out Prices Fork just a few miles from Hwy 460. Depending on the time of year and the VT crops, the actual launch site on the farm does change with the crops and seasons but is often somewhere near GPS coordinates 37.198236,-80.582786 .
We can readily accommodate all model, medium power, high power up through I, J & some K impulse, please contact the RSO(at)nrvr.org about your flight or officers(at)nrvr.org to discuss specific large L and M launch needs.
We will most always have at least one to two low power/model pads equipped with 1/8″ and 3/16″ rods, a separate 1/4″ thru 1/2″ rod pad, and a 1010 rail for medium that can handle up through 20lb rockets. Anything over 20lbs or requiring our 1515 rail setup, again, please contact RSO(at)nrvr.org to check for field setup availability.
New in 2016 we will have mini and micro rails Rail guides for these can be found at http://rail-buttons.com/minimicro.html . We have a limited supply on hand for anyone wanting to try these new launch guide options.
All attendees are welcome to bring chairs, canopies, food, drink and pets. There are no permanently available facilities on site, but for larger events we will occasionally acquire a port-a-potty.
Safety is always our top priority, and as such NFPA/TRA required safety distances, boundaries, spectator and parking areas will always be clearly marked and strictly enforced.