Rocket Safety Code
This version of the safety code is Revision of February, 2001, from the NAR webpage: http://www.nar.org/NARmrsc.html
- Materials. I will use only lightweight, non-metal parts
for the nose, body, and fins of my rocket.
- Motors. I will use only certified, commercially-made
model rocket motors, and will not tamper with these motors or use them for any purposes
except those recommended by the manufacturer.
- Ignition System. I will launch my rockets with an
electrical launch system and electrical motor igniters. My launch system will have a
safety interlock in series with the launch switch, and will use a launch switch that
returns to the "off" position when released.
- Misfires. If my rocket does not launch when I press the
button of my electrical launch system, I will remove the launcher's safety interlock or
disconnect its battery, and will wait 60 seconds after the last launch attempt before
allowing anyone to approach the rocket.
- Launch Safety. I will use a countdown before launch,
and will ensure that everyone is paying attention and is a safe distance of at least 15
feet away when I launch rockets with D motors or smaller, and 30 feet when I launch larger
rockets. If I am uncertain about the safety or stability of an untested rocket, I will
check the stability before flight and will fly it only after warning spectators and
clearing them away to a safe distance.
- Launcher. I will launch my rocket from a launch rod,
tower, or rail that is pointed to within 30 degrees of the vertical to ensure that the
rocket flies nearly straight up, and I will use a blast deflector to prevent the motor's
exhaust from hitting the ground. To prevent accidental eye injury, I will place launchers
so that the end of the launch rod is above eye level or will cap the end of the rod when
it is not in use.
- Size. My model rocket will not weigh more than 1,500
grams (53 ounces) at liftoff and will not contain more than 125 grams (4.4 ounces) of
propellant or 320 N-sec (71.9 pound-seconds) of total impulse. If my model rocket weighs
more than one pound (453 grams) at liftoff or has more than four ounces (113 grams) of
propellant, I will check and comply with Federal Aviation Administration regulations
- Flight Safety. I will not launch my rocket at targets,
into clouds, or near airplanes, and will not put any flammable or explosive payload in my
- Launch Site. I will launch my rocket outdoors, in an
open area at least as large as shown in the accompanying table and in safe weather
conditions with wind speeds no greater than 20 miles per hour. I will ensure that there is
no dry grass close to the launch pad, and that the launch site does not present risk of
- Recovery System. I will use a recovery system such as a
streamer or parachute in my rocket so that it returns safely and undamaged and can be
flown again, and I will use only flame-resistant or fireproof recovery system wadding in
- Recovery Safety. I will not attempt to recover my
rocket from power lines, tall trees, or other dangerous places.
LAUNCH SITE DIMENSIONS
|Installed Total Impulse (N-sec)
||Equivalent Motor Type
||Minimum Site Dimensions (ft.)
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