BALLS is THE premier Experimental Rocket Launch in the Continental US. The event spans 33 years however this year will be the 31st time it is held in the Black Rock Desert, North of Reno, near Gerlach, Nevada. There was no event in 2001 because of 9/11. In 2020 we canceled because of the Covid Pandemic. To see our Official BALLS History click BALLS HISTORY in the menu above.
BALLS brings together dedicated rocketry enthusiasts devoted to the leading edge of non-professional rocketry activities for the best demonstration of experimental design, using today's best technologies, and probably the largest non-professional rockets seen anywhere.
BALLS 31 is a venue for projects that should NOT be flown at other events or locations due to safety considerations and potential altitudes. This may include, but is not limited to, LARGE rockets, complex staging or clustering, metal rockets, self-designed and/or fabricated rocket motors and new technologies being developed or proven. Black Rock Dry Lake has always been the site of large rocket launches. Its wide-open vastness is unparalleled for its high altitude recovery record. Through the years BALLS has grown into non-professional rocketry's show place of the best there is. The quality, craftsmanship, sheer size, power and technological edge cannot be compared to any other launch anywhere. One of the best aspects of BALLS is the exchange of new thoughts and methods that are presented openly to anyone who asks. This launch will be primarily for Research Motors and/or Dangerous projects. Only Tripoli, and NAR Members with reason, will be permitted to be present out on Pad Areas and Away Cells. This will be strictly enforced.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE RULES AND ASSOCIATED PAGES BEFORE YOU REGISTER.
BALLS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL TRIPOLI LAUNCH
All Media (photographers, film & video) will need to apply for accreditation for this event.
For accredidation please contact our Media Liaison: David Wilkin
Registration is REQUIRED by EVERYONE, Flyer or Spectator, planning to attend.
THIS IS NOT A FAMILY EVENT, CHILDREN ARE DISCOURAGED
Like all big launches the members of the BALLS Committee could use some help. If you are interested in assisting us we would appreciate your help. You must be a Registered Flyer or Spectator AND you must be a current member of Tripoli. RSOs & LCOs must be at least Level 2. To volunteer check out our Volunteer Page by clicking HERE .
DUE TO PAST SITUATIONS, NO ROCKETS WILL BE LAUNCHED AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE DAILY FAA WAIVER, AND FIREWORKS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. VIOLATION OF EITHER WILL BE CAUSE FOR EXCLUSION FROM ALL FUTURE BALLS EVENTS.