High Power

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) certificationsCertification requirements are explained in the following procedures – copies are NOT available at the launch site:

Although BARC makes reasonable efforts to support these certifications, each applicant must do their part by being Prepared, Patient, and Mindful:

  1. Prepared:
    • 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.)
  2. Patient:
    • 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.
  3. 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
Lastly, BARC launch policy requires all rockets deemed high power to use the appropriate rail buttons instead of launch lugs.
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