High Power Rocketry (HPR) is a thrilling next step in the model rocketry experience that allows the opportunity to use more powerful (and diverse) motors (H – O class).
Because of the nature of HPR motors and the associated regulatory requirements, a certification must be completed for each HPR level before rocketeers are permitted to purchase (or use) HPR motors. In the U.S., two organizations oversee this process – the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). Presently BARC offers Level 1 & 2 NAR High Power Rocketry (HPR) certifications. Certification requirements are explained in the following procedures – copies are NOT available at the launch site:
- Level 1: H – I impulse, & certain F & G, class motors Procedure; Application
- Level 2: J – L impulse class motors
- Level 3: M – O impulse class motors Procedure; Application
Although BARC makes reasonable efforts to support these certifications, each applicant must do their part by being Prepared, Patient, and Mindful:
- Read, understand, and comply with the NAR HPR certification procedure that corresponds to the certification level being attempted. Bring a copy with you.
- Where possible, pay for your BARC membership in advance of the launch day via the PayPal process.
- Bring the required ID and completed documentation (BARC Membership Application , BARC Launch Liability Acceptance form , and HPR documents.
- Read, understand, and comply with BARC‘s HPR Policy Document.
- Bring the tools and materials necessary to support preparing a HPR for launch (delay drill, masking tape, side cutters/ wire strippers, etc.)
- Certification support will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be more limited towards the end of the launch day.
- Recognize that BARC members who serve as certification witnesses take time away from their own launch activities to provide this support.
- Mindful that based on historical membership launch attendance it is reasonable to expect certification support to be available for 1-2 applicants each launch day.
The following local rules were established in May 2018 as a condition of continued use of our launch site:
- HPR Level 1 certification flights are limited to 3,000 ft.
- HPR Level 2 certification flights are limited to 4,500 ft. Applicants must have certified Level 1 with BARC, and/or demonstrated a history of HPR build, flight performance, and safety proficiency with BARC.
- Rockets expected to exceed 3,500 ft. must employ redundant airframe separation methods that must be proven at a BARC launch or by a separation test video.
- Complete requirements are found in this document, BARC Ballistic Impact Corrective Actions