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LUNAR Launches

Our monthly launches at Nasa Ames, Moffett Field are generally held from 9:00am to 1:00pm on the third Saturday of the month, unless preempted by other NASA events. Our monthly launches at Snow Ranch are held on the first saturday of the month when there is no fire danger. See the online calendar for details.

The NASA Ames Launch Site

The NASA Ames launch site is located on Moffett field at the south west corner of San Francisco bay. It is an operating airfield and we launch from the East side of hanger 1, the historic derigable hanger at Moffett field. See the launch directions below for information on how to get to Moffett field and what you need to do to get on the base. Flights on Moffett field are limited to G engines and 1000 feet AGL maximim altitude.

Generally we hold sport launches, where you are free to launch any sort of rocket that conforms to the NAR or Tripoli safety code. All rockets are subject to a preflight safety inspection by the Safety Check Officer, and are flown following our established field procedures.

Snow Ranch Launch Site

The Snow Ranch launch site is located on highway 4 about 30 miles east of Stockton. Here is a rockets eye view of the launch site by Jamie Clay and a topographic map of the area (the map is centered on the launch site). The Ranch is about an hour drive from Livermore. The field is certified Level 2 with a 15,000 foot ceiling. We are currently allowing up to M motors on that field though you will need to get LUNAR board approval before flying L or M class engines. The Snow Ranch (http://www.orvisranch.com) launch site is a field on an operating cattle ranch so normal ranch rules apply.

There are no amenities at the field so bring everything that you will need. We will rent a porta potty for the event.

LUNAR has a Rocket Hunter radio locator receiver you can use to find lost rockets. You must supply the transmitter. See the Radio Locator page for more information.

Note, however, that you can only count on flying motors up through "G" on a drop-in basis. Flying "H" and larger motors requires both HPR Level 1 certification (NAR or TRA) and the presence of a licensed Class III Pyrotechnician to supervise the flight. There are a few licensees in the club, so it is likely (but not guaranteed) that one will be on hand at any given launch.

Flight Costs

Non-members are charged a $10/day flying fee to help cover our costs for insurance and equipment maintenance. However, if you are going to be flying with us more than once during the year is is usually less expensive to join LUNAR.


Contests

Once or twice a year we hold sanctioned contest launches for points in the NAR national contest standings. These are often organized in conjunction with other rocket clubs in the area (BayNar, AeroPac) but you don't have to be a member of any of them (or even the NAR) to participate. You are welcome to join just for the spirit of competition! See the contest calendar for a list of dates.


LUNAR Education

In keeping with our youth education and community involvement charter, LUNAR will support, where possible, the rocketry activities of community youth groups. We have in the past supported launches (and in some cases building sessions) for the Scouts, 4H, Indian Guides, Livermore Science Camp and local schools. For these launches, the young people are not required to join or be members of the club, and each will receive 3 free flight cards for the day of the launch. Please contact one of the club officers for further details and to make arrangements for your club.


LUNAR Meetings

LUNAR section meetings take place every other month. See the online calendar for dates and topics.

A typical LUNAR meeting covers club business, followed by a presentation by a club member and/or visiting expert on some aspect of rocketry, ranging from simple building tips to advanced science and engineering principles.

The meetings are held at the Livermore Library in Livermore or the Greenmeadow Neighborhood Community Room in Palo Alto. Consult the calendar to see where the next meeting is being held and the directions page to see how to get there.


LUNAR Promoting Rocket Science

In addition to teaching rocketry in the schools and for Scouts, 4H, and other organizations, LUNAR members promote rocket science at local Air Shows, Model Rocketry meets, and other public gatherings.

Boing Boing at the 11/26/13 LUNAR Launch

NARCON 2013

LUNAR Bay Area Parent magazine. (January 2009)

LUNAR in the San Francisco Chronicle. (10/19/2007)

LUNAR mentioned in the California Rangeland Trust News. (Fall/Winter 2006)

LUNAR at the EBRC Air Show 2005.

LUNAR at the EBRC Air Show 2003.

LUNAR on Channel 2 News 2/26/2003.

LUNAR on Evening Magazine 11/7/2002.

LUNAR at the EBRC Air Show 2002.

LUNAR highlighted on the Fresh Gear TV show.

LUNAR on the SciSquad TV show.

LUNAR at the East Bay Radio Controllers Aeromodeling Show, October 8, 2000. Demonstrating model rocketry to the aeromodelers.

LUNAR Goes To The Moon, July 17, 1999, 30 year anniversary of the moon landing.

NAR Regional meet III, 21 April 96

Livermore Air Show, 9-10 Sept 95

NAR Regional meet II, 20 Aug 95


Directions to Moffett Field/NASA Ames Launch Site

We launch from the concrete taxiway between Building 158 and hanger 1.

Map of Moffett Field NAS, Mt. View, CA 94550


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NASA Ames is a unique place to fly rockets. We launch and retrieve onthe ramp and grass area between Hanger 1, Building 158 and the runway, in the shadow of historic Hanger 1, the airship hanger. This is a special opportunity for LUNAR, offered to us because of our emphasis on education and outreach, and our outstanding safety record.

As guests of NASA Ames, it is important for you to help us show that the LUNAR members are a responsible group of Rocketeers. There are several things that you will need to be aware of:

All launches at Ames must stay under 1000 feet and land within 500 feet of the launch site. We have a spreadsheet to help you estimate the altitude that your rocket will fly. Rockets that we believe will break the 1000 foot limit will not be allowed to launch.

All rocketeers entering NASA Ames must have a printed copy of the following procedure, including the map, in their car before entering the site.

Printable copy of the access procedures is available here.

NASA Ames Access information:

A valid drivers license is required for entrance on to the NASA Ames property.

All Rocketeers shall enter NASA Ames through the Main Gate, please see enclosed map on the next page for the specific route you shall use when entering and exiting NASA Ames.

The altitude limit is 1,000 feet! Certified Motors A through G.

From the North (San Francisco) or South (San Jose)

Take 101 to Mountain View and take the Moffett Blvd exit. Turn Right and proceed to the NASA Ames Main gate. Present your Valid Drivers license and follow the directions on the map above to the parking lot in front of Building 158 with the control tower. Park in the gravel lot to the north of the building.

From the East Bay

From Livermore-Pleasanton, go south on 680 to 262. Go west on 262 to 880 and go south on 880. From Oakland go south on 880. Take 880 south to 237. Go east on 237 to 101. Go north on 101 two exits and take the Moffett Blvd exit. Turn Right and proceed to the NASA Ames Main gate. Present your Valid Drivers license and follow the directions on the map above to the parking lot in front of Building 158 with the control tower. Park in the gravel lot to the north of the building.


Directions to the Snow Ranch Launch Site

The Snow Ranch is located about 30 miles east of Stockton on highway 4. turn in at the stone gateposts shown here.

[ Yahoo! Maps ] Map of 9601 E Highway 4, Farmington, CA 95230-9607

Road on the ranch from the highway to the launch site.

View LUNAR Snow Ranch Launchsite in a larger map

From The North Bay And East Bay From Oakland Northward:

Take I-80/580/680 (whichever is closer to you) to State Route 4 and head east. Continue on 4 all the way to Stockton where it goes north on I5 one exit and then east to 99. Go south on the combined 4/99 two exits until 4 splits off again at the “Farmington” exit. Continue east on 4 and in about 17 miles you'll come to Farmington. This is your last chance to buy food or other supplies (but there is presently no gas station). Continue about 10 miles further on 4 east and you will cross the Milton-Eugene road. About 1 mile beyond the Milton-Eugene road, Highway 4 bends slightly to the right. On your left you will see two stone gateposts. This is the entrance to Snow Ranch (the sign reads “Orvis Cattle Company”). Turn in and travel up the driveway until you reach the houses and garages. Turn right immediately before the garage, go over the cattle guard and follow the road into the field. A few hundred feet beyond the cattle guard the road branches. Take the right branch and continue about one mile to the launch site. There is a gate about halfway along that you must open, and be sure to close and re-latch it after you have passed. CAUTION! Stay only on the road. The land on either side can be very soft and a car (even a 4WD) can easily get stuck.

From The East Bay From San Leandro Southward:

Take 580 east over the Altamont Pass. Continue straight when 580 splits off to the right and the road changes to 205. Continue on 205 until it merges with I-5 north in Tracy. About 10 miles up I-5 you will come to the junction with SR 4. Take 4 east (that’s the second “4” exit, the first one is west) about three miles where it merges with 99. Go south on the combined 4/99 two exits until 4 splits off again at the “Farmington” exit. Continue east on 4 and in about 17 miles you'll come to Farmington. This is your last chance to buy food or other supplies (but there is presently no gas station). Continue about 10 miles further on 4 east, and you will cross the Milton-Eugene road. About 1 mile beyond the Milton-Eugene road, Highway 4 bends slightly to the right. On your left you will see two stone gateposts. This is the entrance to Snow Ranch (the sign reads “Orvis Cattle Company”). Turn in and travel up the driveway until you reach the houses and garages. Turn right immediately before the garage, go over the cattle guard and follow the road into the field. A few hundred feet beyond the cattle guard the road branches. Take the right branch and continue about one mile to the launch site. There is a gate about halfway along that you must open and be sure to close and re-latch it after you have passed. CAUTION! Stay only on the road. The land on either side can be very soft and a car (even a 4WD) can easily get stuck.

From The South Bay:

Take I-680 north over the Mission Grade. After you're on the far side of the grade, you have a choice of continuing up 680 to 580, or taking SR 84 to Livermore and through town to 580. The all-freeway route adds about 12 miles to the trip, but there are now a large number of stoplights along the route through Livermore, so time-wise it’s about the same. Once on 580 east, continue over the Altamont Pass. Continue straight when 580 splits off to the right and the road changes to 205. Continue on 205 until it merges with I-5 north in Tracy. About 10 miles up I-5 you will come to the junction with SR 4. Take 4 east (that’s the second “4” exit, the first one is west) about three miles where it merges with 99. Go south on the combined 4/99 two exits until 4 splits off again at the “Farmington” exit. Continue east on 4 and in about 17 miles you'll come to Farmington. This is your last chance to buy food or other supplies (but there is presently no gas station). Continue about 10 miles further on 4 east, and you will cross the Milton-Eugene road. About 1 mile beyond the Milton-Eugene road, Highway 4 bends slightly to the right. On your left you will see two stone gateposts. This is the entrance to Snow Ranch (the sign reads “Orvis Cattle Company”). Turn in and travel up the driveway until you reach the houses and garages. Turn right immediately before the garage, go over the cattle guard and follow the road into the field. A few hundred feet beyond the cattle guard the road branches. Take the right branch and continue about one mile to the launch site. There is a gate about halfway along that you must open, and be sure to close and re-latch it after you have passed. CAUTION! Stay only on the road. The land on either side can be very soft and a car (even a 4WD) can easily get stuck.

From The Central Valley:

From anywhere in the Central Valley, take I-5 towards Stockton. On the south side of Stockton is the junction with SR 4. Take 4 east about three miles where it merges with 99. Go south on the combined 4/99 two exits until 4 splits off again at the “Farmington” exit. Continue east on 4 and in about 17 miles you'll come to Farmington. This is your last chance to buy food or other supplies (but there is presently no gas station). Continue about 10 miles further on 4 east, and you will cross the Milton-Eugene road. About 1 mile beyond the Milton-Eugene road, Highway 4 bends slightly to the right. On your left you will see two stone gateposts. This is the entrance to Snow Ranch (the sign reads “Orvis Cattle Company”). Turn in and travel up the driveway until you reach the houses and garages. Turn right immediately before the garage, go over the cattle guard and follow the road into the field. A few hundred feet beyond the cattle guard the road branches. Take the right branch and continue about one mile to the launch site. There is a gate about halfway along that you must open, and be sure to close and re-latch it after you have passed. CAUTION! Stay only on the road. The land on either side can be very soft and a car (even a 4WD) can easily get stuck.


LUNAR Meeting Directions

LUNAR meetings are held at the Livermore Library at 1188 South Livermore Ave. or at the Greenmeadow Neighborhood Community Room, 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto, CA

Livermore Library

At the Livermore Library, we meet in the Community room which is to the right after you enter the library.

Map and directions

From the North and East Bay:

From the South Bay:

From Pleasanton:

Greenmeadow Community Association

Greenmeadow Neighborhood Community Room , 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306 map


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