Safety Rules

Range Safety Rules

Safety is our first priority; we want everyone – fliers and spectators alike, to enjoy themselves, and to be safe while doing so. While some at the launch will have specific safety roles it is vital to remember that safety is the responsibility of EVERYONE. Anyone who perceives an unsafe situation has the responsibility and authority to point out the unsafe situation and have it resolved. To this end we offer the following safety rules.

Plaster Blaster is a Tripoli event, and will be conducted in accordance with Tripoli Rocketry Association safety rules. In all cases the Tripoli rules will be taken as a starting point, and the launch organizers may impose stricter rules or limits.


FIELD ACCESS WILL BE CONTROLLED. No unnecessary spectators will be allowed on the field during launch operations. All field support personnel for rocketeers must have a "Level 0" arm band and must sign a medical/photo waiver. Professional or amateur photographers will also need a "Level 0" arm band and must sign a medical/photo waiver.

Rocketry is an inherently dangerous activity. Accidents happen; motors fail on ignition; ejection charges go off prematurely; parachutes fail to deploy or open, and even when everything works perfectly rockets (sometimes very heavy ones) can land among the spectators and their vehicles.

  • Pay attention to what is going on.
  • Spectators are allowed only very limited access to the flight area. Taking pictures is acceptable, but we will limit the number of photographers in the launch area.
  • Feel free to wander through the rocket prep area and see the rockets up close, but remember that the people prepping rockets need to concentrate; do not disturb them unless they first acknowledge your presence.
  • Do not smoke near rockets being prepped, or near vendors selling rocket motors.
  • If the LCO announces a “Heads-Up” flight, everyone is expected to be out of vehicles and on their feet.
  • Do not consume alcohol when rockets are being flown.
  • Do not touch a rocket or its components without permission.
  • Please, do not drive vehicles along the flight line, this includes cars, trucks, bicycles, quads, motor bikes, and skateboards. Wheelchairs and power chairs are the only exceptions.
  • Control your children.
  • NO R/C is allowed at the site EXCEPT for R/C rocket gliders.


Rocketry is an inherently dangerous activity. It is the responsibility of every flier to minimize risks and maximize safety.

  • Pay attention to what is going on.
  • All rockets, including certification flights and large (or small) projects must be inspected by the RSO before flight. We will have roaming RSO’s for large or complex projects, but the RSO on duty still has the final authority to inspect each rocket before flight.
  • If an RSO refuses to allow your rocket to be flown, you may ask for a second opinion but that opinion is not binding and the RSO on duty has final authority.
  • Be prepared to show that large, complex, or ‘odd’ rockets will be safe and stable. Expect to be asked the weight, CG, CP, and expected altitude.
  • Only A-M Tripoli and NAR certified motors bearing the California Fire Marshall's seal may be used.
  • Do not insert ignitors into rocket motors larger than G until your rocket is on the pad.
  • All electronic recovery devices must be safed/powered off until the rocket is placed on the launch pad.
  • Carry plenty of water when retrieving rockets in the desert. Let someone know you are out chasing a rocket and if possible take a two-way radio along.
  • If you find a high power rocket, do not touch it since there may be unfired ejection charges.
  • Limit the number of people in the launch area to one or two helpers and/or photographers.
  • NO R/C is allowed at the site EXCEPT for R/C rocket gliders.

Click Here to review the Tripoli Safety Code.


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