Place to launch model rockets in B/CS?

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My son got his first rocket through cub scouts and they are going to launch at the Museum of the American GI later next month, but he is very excited to launch a rocket and I thought we would just build another and do so, but I'm racking my brain to think of good places to launch them in College Station. Anyone have ideas on places we could launch small/medium model rockets?

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Probably not Easterwood.

Kidding aside, will it harm the grass much? If not, then maybe one of the larger parks? Anderson? If so, maybe that big gravel parking lot that is used for football games (north of the Bush library on campus). They might not mind if it is not during a peak time.

Edit, clarity
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Model rockets won't burn the grass (assuming you use the metal deflector plate on your launch pad), but you need a big area since they float down on parachutes, so they could float quite a ways depending on wind intensity and if you actually had them pointed directly upwards.

I'm not sure how Millican Reserve works (if you can just go in like a park or if it is private property, but they have a huge area that is devoid of trees that could work).

Veteran's park if it is empty of games. Usually best time to shoot rockets is very early in the morning when there is no wind.

I am not 100% sure of College Station's ordinances on model rockets in their parks or city, though.

I know some people shot some in Shenandoah in the main park, but they probably used A or B engines that didn't go very high.
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We launched them from my yard before being overrun by COCS. The GI museum is a pretty small space but Estes says only 200ft required for A &B engines. That would easily be covered by Bachman or Central park. The old Bryan golf course is way beyond that. On off hours some place like central baptist parking lot might work. The Bryan R/C club has a flying field also might be a possible site.
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We used to use the soccer fields in North Bryan.
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We launched them on the field next to pebble creek elementary.
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I used to launch them in the big field at the corner of Texas and University or the South Knoll playground. But that was the early seventies and model rocket engines are classified as fireworks so probably not legal to launch inside city limits.
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Used to see lots of them in the Consol parking lot/ practice fields when I lived on Arboles. I think there was a club that met there on Sunday mornings....
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I have seen people launch rockets at Veterans Park. They are always in the first parking lot to the left when you turn into the park from University, although turning in from University is closed right now.
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Good info. Have also been wondering where to launch. Thanks
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We've done ours in the field between Creekview and Cypress Grove. Veterans is good too if there's nothing else going on.
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We took our Weblos den to the fields by Consol in the past. Worked out pretty well.
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91_Aggie said:

Model rockets won't burn the grass (assuming you use the metal deflector plate on your launch pad), but you need a big area since they float down on parachutes, so they could float quite a ways depending on wind intensity and if you actually had them pointed directly upwards.

It's been a while for me, but I seem to recall some "strip chutes" that we're basically long pieces of cloth that allowed the rockets to come relatively straight down, floating away less than a regular chute. If still available, might be something to consider if firing off near houses.
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Streamers are long strips of materials designed to bring rockets down more or less on the same trajectory they went up.

Model rocket engines are not considered fireworks.

Here is the National Association of Rocketry's webpage about rockets and safety:

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Oogway
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Some of those gates at Consol have locks (the last time I was by the practice fields) so you might want to double check. The high schools have had to become more security and vandal conscious.
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taxpreparer said:

I used to launch them in the big field at the corner of Texas and University or the South Knoll playground. But that was the early seventies and model rocket engines are classified as fireworks so probably not legal to launch inside city limits.
I used to hunt dove where CSHS is, but I'm pretty sure that's frowned upon now.
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I'm pretty sure the doves have been replaced by grackles now so if a rocket took a few of those out I wouldn't say a word.
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I use Pebble Creek park when taking my son. C level engines will go too high there though. Sandstone park had been good to me as well. Also, cut a hole in the top of the chute and it will drift less. Anderson Park, Veterans Park and South Knoll would all be good ones, though South Knoll and Anderson would be limited to A/B engines.
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Thanks to all for the input. I was wondering about sandstone as well. I have already put holes in the chute to decrease drift so hopefully that will work. I will def try veterans park if/when we get into the bigger rockets.
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Which engines could you use on the polo fields?
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In the 70s it was class c. I lost my best rocket in the suoer structure of the original Zachery build.
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BQ_90 said:

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I would be afraid of hitting traffic on Texas or University.
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Back in the 70's and 80's we mostly launched them on the Polo Field. There was plenty of room, even for the D powered rockets of the day. We used to shoot them at A&M Consolidated as well, but unfortunately that's not possible anymore since they paved everything over.

Anyone know if the still have the weekend meets up at the Hearne Airport? I went to one back in the 90's, and it pretty cool, but I got sidetracked by life and never got back up there for another one.
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