C.R.A.S.H. is launching at our Ft. Lupton site from 9 AM to 1 PM. Check the calendar on the right. The entrance gate is located at 40.08743, -104.73485 on County Road 14.
NOTE: We have new directions to the site as of 7/2/21, please follow them!! Low-clearance vehicles are not recommended at this time due to high grass.
The simplest way to get there is from Ft. Lupton – exit Highway 85, take 1st St. east to Denver Ave, turn north on Denver Ave. to 9th St, take 9th St. to the east, when 9th St. goes from paved road to dirt road, drive another 2 miles and the gate is to the north. Proceed through the gate and fasten the chain after you pass through. Continue north for ~0.78 miles (DO NOT TURN RIGHT at 0.52 miles as we did in the past) up the telephone lines northward to the parking area on your right.
Google Map Directions to the gate (DO NOT take the Speer Canal Access Road that is shown on Google; use the Highway 85 route as your primary)
We require that you keep the gate closed and secured with the chain, drive slowly, and stay on the road until you get to our site.
Currently, there are no restroom facilities on site. We are looking at options for that in the future but please be aware when you head out. When you get to Ft Lupton, please make a pit stop before heading to the site.
C.R.A.S.H. is National Association of Rocketry Section #482.
C.R.A.S.H. conducts non-waivered launches. Per the City of Lakewood and the NFPA 1122, Section 3.3.8 we are limited to motors with a propellant weight of no greater than 2 oz. If you are unsure if a certain motor – or combination of motors – is permitted, please ask before flying.
One of the biggest challenges we see beginners have is with igniters, please review our pdf about correct igniter installation to help ensure more successful rocket launches.
NOTE: Dry weather flight restrictions are currently in effect, please review them here.
C.R.A.S.H. holds sport launches twice each month year ’round. Launches are held on the first Sunday at 9 AM and the third Saturday at 9 AM. We will be flying mostly at our new Ft Lupton site and some dates at Bear Creek Lake Park. Please keep an eye on the calendar for future updates.
Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no fee for launching with us, but contributions are welcome, and will help us maintain and improve our equipment.
Please Note: NAR has imposed a temporary flight restriction on Cesaroni VMAX motors. Any flights on a CTI VMAX must use at least one electronic system installed for primary recovery. These electronics need to be able to handle the short G period of these motors to insure “Flight in progress” triggers.
STEM and Groups
C.R.A.S.H. members love to share STEM knowledge with anyone interested in model rockets. Did you know this simple toy teaches aerospace, aviation, engineering, chemistry, aerodynamics and mechanics? It appeals to anyone also interested in astronomy, 3D-printing and manufacturing. Kids love this hands-on learning method and putting principals into practice with safe, professional help.
Students who keep up with this activity, are top contenders for future jobs in the aerospace industry and other technical professions. The Colorado Front Range, known as “Aerospace Alley”, has one of the highest concentrations of aerospace companies in the nation. Colorado brings in students from all over the globe to meet job demands. Many of these companies have expressed interest in developing talent locally, so that the time spent achieving clearance levels could be shortened and their productivity would greatly increase. Your student could be earning these good-paying jobs, right here in Colorado, with skills learned from C.R.A.S.H.
Email us at crashonline.org so we can assist you with letting your
student or hobbyist fly.