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The NRV Rocketry “2018 BFSL” (two day summer launch)

BFSL (Big Fine Summer Launch) 2018!
July 28-29th

Chris’ Rocketry Supplies On Site!
Order Motors for “NRVR Summer Launch” Delivery Now!

When:  July 28-29th, 9am-6pm

Where:  Kentland Farms 5250 Whitethorne Rd. Blacksburg, VA 24060
(Private land open to the public on these dates only!)

If you’re interested in flying rockets or just relaxing outside and watching some cool flights, all are welcome!

New River Valley Rocketry (NRVR) is prefecture 143 of the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and we’re looking forward to flying a lot of rockets in the mountains of Virginia this summer!  While many clubs have crops and are restricted to low or mid power, NRVR has a beautiful site for moderate high power flights nestled in the cool hills of south western Virginia.  Our July launch is shaping up to be one of our biggest yet and we’re excited to fly with as many HP flyers as possible!

Launch site, local hotels, camp grounds and amenities are detailed here.

Want To Attend? Please RSVP!

If interested in attending, please:
1) Either RSVP to our facebook event, or clubs please email officers(at) so that we can get an accurate headcount for HP parking and food!
2) HP Flight-line Reserved Parking (included with $10 launch fee, first come first serve this year)

Launch Details

  • Launch Site: Our regular launch site is just 15 minutes from the Virginia Tech campus so there are lots of amenities and places to stay nearby (see here for accommodations)
  • Ceiling: 10,000’ standing FAA waiver.
    Please inform  officers(at) for approval for certification flights/exams, before flying anything over 6,000, or any complex/research rockets.
  • Launches/Recovery: Our recovery area is a large, multi-use farm with research grasses, crops, and a dairy complex. Our FAA waiver is for 10,000ft AGL (8,000 for research), and prevailing winds usually provide adequate recovery area for flights in the 5000’ – 6000’ AGL range. With RSO approval you can take it up to 8k, but we do like to bring them down fast and pop’em low! 🙂
    (launch/recovery interactive map coming soon)
  • $10/day Launch Fee: NRVR charges $10 HP launch fees, but volunteer to help with RSO/LCO or HP pad duties and get $5 back! We take cash or check at the launch. Email officers(at) to reserve a volunteer slot and get your discount!
  • Pads: Plenty of pads, 1010, 1515 rails and unistrut mounts to accommodate low, mid, and high power rockets all the way up to M-impulse.
  • Motor Vendors:
    Chris from Chris’ Rocketry Supplies will be on-site all weekend. But Get your orders in ASAP! Allow 1 month lead time for anything over 54mm!
    To order motors for launch delivery:
    1) Place order on Chris’ Website (real time inventory!)
    2) For larger or >54mm motors, order before June 29th!
    2) Mark delivery as “NRVR Summer Launch”
  • Saturday –  will be a TRA Commercial Launch (w/10,000ft waiver)
  • Sunday – will be a TRA Research Launch (w/8,000’ waiver) (please contact our TAP/RSO at officers(at) for any complex/research launches)
  • Facilities: On site, running water bathrooms!

    Food type/prices to be announced soon…

We look forward to putting up some awesome rockets and we hope to see you there!

New River Valley Rocketry board of directors

Updated: July 16, 2018 — 10:49 pm
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