While we have been holding regular rocket launches at the Connaught Range in Kanata for many years, we are currently on hiatus and trying to renegotiate access to the field.
Who are we? A club made up of rocketry enthusiasts from the Ottawa area. We launch rockets year round at the Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre (CRPTC) located in the west end of the city.
Must I join to just watch rockets fly? No. We welcome guests and spectators who are just curious, want to see what launches are like, or have questions about the club or the hobby.
What does it cost? A beginner’s model rocket kit costs around $15, and can be launched over and over. The rocket motors for the beginner’s kit cost around $4 a flight.
How do I start? Come out to a launch event and see what we do. ORG members are friendly and love to share their hobby with interested individuals.
Want to join? Membership in ORG costs $30 per year for adults, $5 a year if you’re under 18 and $35 for a family. Dues are payable to the club secretary when joining. You can join the club at any scheduled launch or at the annual general meeting, usually held in late October, early November.
How to get there? We are visitors that have been granted access to a secure, military installation so we have DND supplied procedures to follow to get to our launch site. Please READ and follow the information on the Launch Site page on how to get to the P1 parking lot at the end of Rifle Road.
Please note that you need to be at the P1 parking lot on time. We enter the base and the controlled access launch site as a group. If you are late, Range Control will NOT grant you access.
Once at our launch site, we cannot see or hear people at the secure entry gate. Another reason for being on time is that all flyers and spectators need to attend the MANDATORY safety briefing before the start of the launch.
When do you launch rockets? We generally fly every two weeks on Sundays subject to weather conditions. Summer launches are 10 AM to 4 PM and winter launches are 12 Noon to 4 PM. It is important to either join our Facebook Group or Groups.io Forum in order to see the Go / No Go call made early in the morning on the day for our scheduled launches. The launch calendar is here.
What about safety? The Ottawa Rocketry Group is prefecture #69 of the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA), and follows the safety procedures defined by that body. For more information, see http://www.tripoli.org. Please note that only commercially manufactured and certified motors are allowed at ORG launches.
More questions? See our FAQ.