Upcoming Launches – Bunnell Blast and (Turkey and) GRITS

JonRocket.com will be at NEFAR’s Bunnell Blast the weekend of November 11 and 12 near Daytona Beach, Florida. Then we will be at the GRITS Launch near Tifton, Georgia, November 25 and 26.

Bunnell Blast is a two-day TRA Research launch.  Two sets of launch pads, low-power and high-power, will be in operation on Saturday from about 10:00 am to sundown and on Sunday from about 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Georgia Rockets in the Sky (GRITS) is a two-day launch that has moved to Thanksgiving weekend this year.  Taking place in rural Georgia, GRITS offers a large launch site allow very high-altitude flights of high-power rockets.  But, the launch is also model rocket friendly.

Both of these launches are expected to attract flyers from all over the Southeast.


NEFAR Half-Blast – April 22 and 23, 2017

We’ll be at the NEFAR launch this weekend, April 22 and 23, in Bunnell, Florida. The “Half-Blast” is a two-day TRA Research Launch. Normally NEFAR’s launches are held the second Saturday of each month. Due to conflicts with other events, however, this month’s launch date has been moved.

We will have a selection of rocket kits as well as supplies and accessories including motors. In addition to Estes and Aerotech model rocket motors, we have some of Aerotech’s high-power DMS (single-use) motors for sale.



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.



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.


We Will Be At ROCK’s March Launch

We’re planning to attend ROCK’s March launch on March 2 in Oviedo, Florida.  Look for for the JonRocket.com trailer and stop by to say “hello!” to Roger, Bracha … and Oscar. 

We stock a supply of Estes model rocket motors (including the new composite F and G motors).  We also have some Aerotech motors and many of the supplies you might need such as igniters, recovery wadding, glue, and tape.

Upcoming Central Florida Rocket Launches

We plan to be at the February ROCK and NEFAR launches, but we will not make it to the TTRA launch.

The Rocketry of Orlando’s Community Kids (ROCK) launch will be held Saturday, February 2, at the Barr Street entrance to the Little Econ State Forest in Oviedo, Florida [directions]. 

The Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR) launch will be held on Saturday, February 9, in Bunnell near Daytona Beach [directions].

The Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association (TTRA) launch will be held on Saturday, February 16, in Plant City between Orlando and Tampa [directions].

We Will Be at NEFAR Bunnell Blast, November 10 & 11, 2012

JonRocket.com plans to attend the Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR) launch this coming weekend. This is the annual, two-day “Bunnell Blast” launch which usually attracts more fliers and more interesting rockets.

Currently the weather forecast calls for Saturday to be cool and clear with light winds. Sunday should be a bit warmer and windier.

In addition to the model rocket motors, igniters, parachutes, and other supplies we usually bring to sell at launches, we will have a number of kits, from small model rockets to large, high-power ones.  Don’t forget that we accept credit cards on-site!

I’ll be flying my “YouBee” rocket.  It’s a 12-foot tall upscale of the Odd’l Rockets Breakaway kit which we sell. The original Breakway flies on 18mm A, B, or C motors. The YouBee will use a 54mm diameter, composite K motor to travel to about 2500′ in altitude. As it reaches apogee, an onboard electronic altimeter will fire an ejection charge splitting the rocket into five sections, connected with four 15′ long tubular nylon shock cords. The rocket will descend, “Wacky Wiggler” style, until it reaches about 700′ in altitude at which time, the altimeter will fire a second ejection charge which will deploy a large parachute to gently lower the rocket to earth.

We’re also planning to use a K motor to power our Big Daddy Akavish.  But, the furry four-foot tall rocket will only reach about 600′ in altitude before it deploys its parachute.