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NYPOWER BFR Guidelines/Registration

What is a BFR?
The biggest rockets you’ll see flown at Geneseo are BFRs. They fly on L or M motors (single motors that equate to between 2000 and 4000 Estes A motors) and are usually very heavy. They carry multiple electronic altimeters to control parachute deployment.

Do I have to register my rocket as a BFR?
Yes, if you plan to fly a rocket with an L or M motor. NYPOWER is a big event and we really need to have a good idea what to expect to support them. If you show up with a rocket that you have not preregistered, your flight will be allowed only at the discretion of the RSO and the BFR Manager.

General Guidelines
The form allows for uploading a RockSim or other simulation file. Please provide this as it helps the BFR committee understand your rocket. BFR flights tend to drift further and present greater recovery challenges than other flights. Please make a plan for recovery before your rocket is on the pad. Look at the aerial photo of the field and know where you are. Take a phone, take water, a vehicle if necessary to retrieve the rocket. If the flight crosses the river you MUST talk to MARS officers. Ask for advice if you don’t know the layout of the farm roads.

Local Rules:
The Geneseo site requires two (2) altimeters on board all L and M class rockets. Each altimeter is to fire a separate charge for both apogee and main deployment. Each altimeter must have its own power supply. Some new altimeters are capable of programmed multiple events as “back-up”. These do not meet the requirement for redundancy. The Geneseo field is limited to a single M. Clusters, staging and air-starts are not allowed.

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