CLASS 3 FLIGHTS
THIS IS IMPORTANT
THIS INFORMATION IS SPECIFIC AND PERTINENT TO ALL BALLS LAUNCHES
ALL PERSONS PLANNING ON FLYING AT BALLS SHOULD READ, UNDERSTAND
AND COMPLY IF RELATED TO THEIR PARTICIPATION
A Class 3 Rocket is any rocket that contains more than 40,960 Newton Seconds of installed impulse (a full O class motor). This is the threshold for those who are required to submit a Class 3 Form to the Class 3 Committee. Simply do the math. Add up total impulse of all the motors and compare the sum to 40,960 Newton Seconds. If it's more, it's Class 3 and a Class 3 form must be submitted to the Tripoli Class 3 Committee. It is mathematically impossible to have two O motors in the same rocket without it being Class 3. Or an O and two Ns. For that matter, if you have a 100% O motor in the rocket, even an additional 'A' motor would force it into the Class 3 realm. A baby P motor which is a Newton Second over 40,960 is Class 3. - File a Class 3 Form.
CLASS 3 FORM
Any flight that will exceed our 100,000 ft Certificate of Authorization (COA), even if its total impulse is less than the mentioned 40,960 Newton Seconds, MUST file Class 3 paperwork with the Committee. If approved it will be sent on to the FAA & AST to acquire its own Personal Class 3 COA - and will be launched from an Away Cell beyond the 2,500 ft distance of the normal BALLS operations.
IMPORTANT – REQUIRED TIME FOR CLASS 3 APPROVAL: Those planning to fly a Class 3 Project at BALLS 29 must submit their paperwork to the Class 3 Committee Chairman at least 90 days in advance; the earlier, the better. Check your calendar and your intended departure date for Black Rock. If you have neglected to send your paperwork until July, you are likely too late. If you haul your Class 3 level project to BALLS and you have not received committee approval, you will not be permitted to launch it.
BE SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND 'AWAY CELLS' IN THE MENU ABOVE
BALLS Certificate of Authorization (COA) is good to 150,000 feet. If you plan on exceeding 100,000 feet, even with a vehicle using less than 40,960 Newton Seconds you MUST file a Class 3 Form to the Committee. This is not to acquire a personal Class 3 COA but a requirement of Tripoli itself. Without Committee approval the flight will not be approved for launch.
PLEASE NOTE: Any multiple stage rocket intended to exceed 100K+, no matter if it is over or under 40,960 installed Newton Seconds, not only will be required to file Class 3 paperwork but will be launched from an Away Cell at Ground Zero, beyond the 2,500 feet operating distance of the event.
The Tripoli Class 3 Committee is co-chaired by Greg Deputy and Kevin Trojanowski. All Class 3 applications must be sent to either Greg or Kevin at least 90 days in advance. They will in turn submit your form to various Committee Members for review and action. Your application will be sent on to the FAA/AST if applicable or approved for BALLS activities.
The national Tripoli Website has a complete page dedicated tro Class 3 Proceedures and form. It is advisable you check it out and use it as the official source for Class 3 operations. .If you will be submitting a Class 3 project please go to http://www.tripoli.org/C3RC. and follow it as the Official Class 3 source.
|Information to be submitted is as follows:
1. TRA Class 3 Project Sheet (.pdf or .doc file located on this page below)
2. RASAero II project file (.alx1) (www.rasaero.com)
3. Rocksim project file (.rkt) (www.apogeerockets.com/rocksim)
4. RASP (.eng) motor file(s) (burnsim.com/ or similar software)
Again Procedures and form for submittal may be found under the Class 3 Committee Section of the Tripoli Web Site at http://www.tripoli.org/C3RC
Please forward completed Form to either as per instructions.:
Greg Deputy - firstname.lastname@example.org
18815 Greenwood Place
Bonney Lake WA 98319
Kevin Trojanowski - email@example.com
Bellevue, NE 66005
VIOLATORS COULD LOSE THEIR TRIPOLI MEMBERSHIP
AND/OR BE BANNED FROM FUTURE BALLS EVENTS
You can fly any single stage rocket, without paperwork or concern
- up to a full O motor -
provided you do not exceed 100,000 feet.