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The Next SEARS Samson Launch is Oct 6, 2018

August 30th, 2018

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

 Equipment setup is at 8:30. Launching of rockets begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 10:00 to 10:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per carload of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS App.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

New for 2018 See NAR National Rocketry Competition

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/

Samson, Alabama Launches

6 October
3 November
1 December 
5 January 2019
2 February
2 March

Check this website for any schedule updates. 

NAR National Rocketry Competition (NRC) at SEARS

August 30th, 2018

New for the 2018/2019 launch season!  In addition to our normal sport/high power rocketry activities, and continued TARC team support, SEARS will begin supporting the NAR National Rocketry Competition (NRC).  NAR members may fly any/all of the 6 selected NRC events throughout the contest year, leading up to NARAM 61 in Muncie Indiana at the end of July 2019.  All events will be flown according to the NAR Model Rocket Sporting Code, please visit http://www.nar.org/contest-flying/ for complete details.  Plan on bringing everything you need to fly an event (Altimeters, NAR payloads, Eggs).  There may be supplies you can use/borrow at the field but we cannot guarantee that everything you need will be available.  We will have everything required to check in, record, and report your flight results to the national NRC scoreboard.  Never flown a NAR contest before?  Check it out on the NAR website and then bring your rockets and give it a try.

2018-2019 NRC Events:

1/4A Parachute Duration (Sum of two flights)

1/4A Helicopter Duration (Sum of two flights)

A Boost Glider (Sum of two flights)

B Eggloft Duration (Best flight out of two attempts)

B Payload Altitude, Altimeter (Best flight out of two attempts)

C Eggloft Altitude, Altimeter (Best flight out of two attempts)

Direct NRC questions to Matt Bond.

2018/2019 SEARS Launch Schedule

August 1st, 2018

Samson, Alabama Launches

8 September 2018
6 October
3 November
1 December 
5 January 2019
2 February
2 March

Check this website for any schedule updates. 

Happy Independence Day July 4th

July 4th, 2018

SEARS will resume Samson launches in August or September. Dates are TBA. John Hansel, SEARS Advisor, is doing well after his knee replacement.

The March 3rd Samson Launch is a GO!

March 2nd, 2018

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

 Equipment setup is at 8:30. Launching of rockets begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 10:00 to 10:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per carload of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/

The Feb 3rd Samson Launch is a GO!

February 1st, 2018

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

Equipment setup is at 8:30. Launching of rockets begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 10:00 to 10:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per carload of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/

The Jan 6th Launch Starts One Hour Later

January 4th, 2018

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

Equipment setup is at 9:30. Launching of rockets begins at 10:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 11:00 to 11:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per carload of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/

The Dec 2nd Samson Launch is a GO!

November 29th, 2017

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

Equipment setup is at 8:30. Launching of rockets begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 10:00 to 10:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per car load of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sun screen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/

The Nov 4th Samson AL Rocket Launch is a GO!

November 1st, 2017

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

Equipment setup is at 8:30. Launching of rockets begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 10:00 to 10:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per car load of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sun screen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/

The Oct 14th Samson Launch is a GO!

October 11th, 2017

Observers, beginners, youth, scouts, families all are welcome to attend. Middle and High School Students should consider the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). See http://www.rocketcontest.org/. Bring rockets if you have them. SEARS provides all launch equipment. Always recheck this site for the latest updates before departing for the field.

Equipment setup is at 8:30. Launching of rockets begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00. If you get there by 10:00 to 10:30, you will see most of the action. A port-a-potty provided. There is a $10 range fee per car load of flyers. Bring a sack lunch, sun screen, and water. You are invited to join us at Crews BBQ in Samson for an early supper after the launch.

Use the map at this link http://goo.gl/maps/7BEXk or put Sod Road Samson AL in your GPS.

Here are directions to Launch Site from the intersection of AL 52 and AL 87 in downtown Samson, AL. Go west on AL 52 9/10 miles and turn right onto County 17, Go 8/10 miles on County 17; (with a cemetery on the right), turn left onto a wide graded dirt road. You will come to a short paved section and at 4/10 miles onto this road turn left at the SEARS rocket sign. Continue on one lane dirt road past the sod farm offices into the middle of the field. Stay on the road and observe the signs.

Chris Short is our vendor for rocket motors and kits. See http://www.csrocketry.com/