Orlando Sentinel Article About Our Local Launch

sentinel-253x300We try to attend each of ROCK’s monthly launches in Oviedo, Florida. At this month’s launch was a reporter, Caitlin Dineen, from the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. She interviewed several of the launch participants including our club’s president, Brian Coyle.

Jordan Krumbine, the Sentinel photographer, took photos of people prepping rockets for flight, launching rockets, and watching the flights.  Carl Campbell, of Real Space Rockets is featured in one of the photographs.

Later the same day, Dineen’s artice, titled “Rocket Enthusiasts Find Great Heights,”  appeared in the Space News section of the Sentinel’s web site. The article includes a gallery of the photographs taken by Krumbine.

Georgia Rockets In The Sky (GRITS) 2016

GRITS LaunchFor the third year in a row, JonRocket.com is attending GRITS as a vendor. GRITS is a regional launch sponsored by by SoAR (Southern Area Rocketry), a National Association of Rocketry section, serving Atlanta and North Georgia.

The launch site for GRITS, though, is in South Georgia, near Tifton. The 2016 event begins on Friday, April 1, and continues through the weekend with rockets flying from 10am to 6pm all three days.

With a waiver to 20,000 feet and support for rockets with up to N motors, many large rockets take flight at GRITS. But, the launch also supports low-power and mid-power flyers.

JonRocket.com TentJonRocket.com will be at the launch all three days with a selection of model rocket kits, motors, supplies, and accessories.

If there is anything specific you would like us to bring to the event, please let us know.



Shipping Charges

ShippingLast month, USPS rate changes went into effect which increased our cost of shipping packages an average of about 10%.

This is the second major rate increase by the USPS since Bracha and I began operating JonRocket.com in 2009.

Also, since 2009, the other major carriers, UPS and FedEx, have increased rates. In particular, they made the size packages a greater factor in the cost of shipping. This especially affected us because model rocket kits and parts tend to be lightweight so the cost of shipping increased more than it would have for heavier items.

These increased costs hit us twice since we pay the shipping cost for most of the items we receive as well as the ones we ship.

So far, we have absorbed the cost of these increases with only a modest rise in our fixed shipping charge and “Free Shipping in the US for orders of $40 or more” offer.

These increases in shipping charges have forced us to increase our shipping and handling charges.  Our standard shipping and handling charge is now $8.95 (about an 8%) increase. Our free shipping to US addresses now requires an order of $48 or greater. This is our first increase in shipping and handling charges since we took over JonRocket.com in 2009.

We tried to keep the increases as small as possible while still allowing us to provide the quality service that you have come to expect from JonRocket.com.


JonRocket.com’s 2015 Holiday Sale

Begin the holiday season with savings during JonRocket.com’s 2015 holiday sale.

JonRocket.com’s annual Holiday Sale will run from Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30 (EDT). Almost everything at JonRocket.com will be on sale at discounts of up to 50% off our regular low prices.

Orders shipped to the US which are $40 or more ship for free and all orders earn Rewards Points.

During the sale, please understand that we won’t be able to ship orders as quickly as normal. Sale prices are good only on in-stock items and the sale prices will be updated daily based on remaining stock.

During the sale and through the end of 2015, you will earn one Rewards Point for each $10 spent. Starting on January 1, 2016, we will be awarding one rewards point for each $20 spent. You will still be able to redeem each Rewards Point for $1 towards a future purchase.

The “New” Estes Goblin Kit

Estes GoblinIn 1970, Estes introduced the Goblin as a free kit which they included with some orders. In 1972, it appeared for sale in their catalog.

Estes recently reintroduced the kit which is available at JonRocket.com. With a 24mm motor mount and streamer recovery, the Goblin is designed for high-flying. And, with a yellow and black paint scheme and classic decals, the Goblin also looks good sitting still.

Local Launches this Summer

ROCK LaunchROCK holds launches on the first Saturday of each month.  This July, the first Saturday is July 4.  Because of the holiday, ROCK is skipping their July launch.  The next ROCK launch will be August 1.

The next NEFAR launch is Saturday, July 11.  We will be at the launch, but don’t expect to have our trailer with us.  So, if there are any items you think you will need, please Contact Us and we’ll try to bring them.


JonRocket.com Will Be at the National Sport Launch (NSL 2015)

JonRocket.com Vendor TentWe will be at the National Association of Rocketry’s National Sport Launch (NSL) from May 23 to May 25 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. We will have a selection of model rocket kits, supplies, and accessories including Estes black powder and composite motors.

NSL is an annual event drawing hundreds of rocketry hobbyists from around the country each spring.  The location of NSL changes each year.  The 2015 launch is sponsored by the Rocketry Organization of South Carolina at Orangeburg (ROSCO), NAR Section 648.  ROSCO’s launch site is an 80-acre sod farm to the east of Orangeburg which provides great terrain for launching and recovering rockets.

NSL 2015 begins on Saturday, May 23, and runs through Monday, Memorial Day, May 25. Rockets will be launched from 10am to 5pm each day with a special night launch Saturday evening.

For more information, and to register for NSL, please visit the NSL 2015 web site at:


GRITS Winternationals – February 27 – March 1, 2015

GRITS LaunchWe’ll be at the GRITS Winternationals launch near Tifton, Georgia, from February 27 to March 1.

  • LOCATION: The Gaskins Farm near Nashville, GA
  • DATES: February 27 – March 1 (TRA Research sanctioned all 3 days; NAR flyers welcomed)
  • TIMES: 10am to 6pm all three days.
  • WAIVER: 20,000 ft. MSL (19750 ft. AGL)
  • MOTOR SUPPORT: Anything from 1/8A up to N

JonRocket.com TentWe’ll be set up on-site to sell Estes A through G black powder and composite motors, rocket kits, starter sets, and supplies.  We accept cash and credit cards for payment. If there is anything special that you would like us to bring to the launch, please Contact Us.


JonRocket.com Sponsors UCF’s Participation in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at the University of Central Florida (SEDS-UCF) have created a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to support their participation in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition.

JonRocket.com is happy to support SEDS-UCF.  We have been impressed with their accomplishments so far and know that they will do well in the future.