We realize that you may not find the answers to some of your questions on this web site. Just in case, here are some of the most common questions that can be answered here:
How high is the waiver?
Is NYPOWER flying under Tripoli Research Rules?
What is the Impulse limit?
At Geneseo we can fly up to “N” impulse.
How many launch pads will NYPOWER have?
- 25 low power 1/8 & 3/16 & mirco rails
- 3 mid power 1010 and mini rails
- 27 high power split in 2 banks with 1010 & 1515 rails
- 2 Mega pads
- A brand new hydraulic tower MARS calls the “Beast“!
Can I camp on the Field?
YES, self contained campers are allowed, Sorry NO TENTS. (No hookups of any kind are available PLAN AHEAD)
Do my kids need to pay range fees?
NO, kids fly free! and the MARS “Bucket of Rockets” will be there for them.
Does MARS fly here all the time?
Yes we do every month during the warm weather! Visit the MARS Calendar
Can I come to NYPOWER and just watch?
Yes, please do! Visit the spectators page.
Hours of operation?
Registration opens daily at 9AM
Range is open 10AM to 6PM. Closing a little early on Monday to cleanup!
I would like to volunteer to help at NYPOWER!
You sure can and we will have page up for that here!
Can we fly Sparky motors?
Generally Yes, field conditions during the event will dictate that.
Due to the requirements of the HP Safety Code, the use of “sparky” propellants is hoped for but cannot not be assured if dry conditions create a potential fire hazard. Therefore, consider having an alternate non-sparky motor planned should weather conditions in the weeks prior to the NYPOWER create hazardous conditions.
At MARS launches the range safety officer will designate the rail angles depending on the wind speed and direction. The angles are designed to keep rockets from flying over the flight line and towards the Museum buildings. There may be temporary altitude restrictions if the wind blows towards the Museum to prevent recovery drift into buildings/airplanes.
MARS requires all rockets flying on F powered and higher to use rail buttons. With the exception of spools, saucers and mono-copters ALL Rockets, F powered and above, both sport and competition models must be flown off an appropriate size rail OR flown out of an RSO approved tower! Launch rails are superior to round rods in every way and are an integral part of our system to control rocket flights. As stated above saucers, spools and mono-copters are exempt from the rail button requirement.
Specific requirements for composite clusters:
- All must use commercially made E-matches as the primary ignition source for each motor, and include details about any secondary pyrogens used.
- E-matches to be used in a harness are to be individually measured for resistance. E-matches should match within 10%. Others outside of that range are not to be used for the intended flight.
- E-matches must be wired in parallel.
- The rocket must be capable of a maximum of a 5-1 thrust to weight ratio with all engines ignited, a 4-1 ratio with one engine failing to ignite, and a 1-1 ratio in the event 2 engines fail to ignite
- You may not use a configuration that includes a central motor larger than 2 designations compared to surrounding motors, i.e. a central J with surrounding H’s is fine, but a central K with surrounding H’s is not.
- All composite clusters must be flown from a rail even the newer Quest/Aerotech A-E motors.
Specific requirements for composite multi staging:
- Must use electronics that are capable of detecting, and set to prevent staging beyond 10 degrees staging.
- Timers will not be allowed
- Maiden flights will not be allowed. The flier must have at least previously flown the sustainer and attached booster in a one stage configuration successfully.