Waiver and liability information
Everyone attending the rocket launch in any capacity must complete the waiver and liability form upon arrival at the launch site in March 2023.
Please take a few minutes to read the entire liability waiver document -- there are some changes from previous waivers for WA Space Grant rocket launches.
We do need each attendee of the launch to complete and sign a waiver, as you are an event participant and a guest of the Yakama even if you are not launching a rocket. It's also important for all attendees to be aware of what a rocket launch entails so that you conduct yourself always with safety in mind.
You will sign this on-site at the welcome table when you arrive at the launch, but we do recommend that you download and read a copy in advance so you're aware of expectations.
WSGC Rocket Launch Waiver & Participation Agreement Expected conduct at White Swan
For the safety of all attendees, and out of respect for our hosts, the Yakama Nation, all attendees must to agree to the conduct expectations for this launch event. Please carefully read this page in full, then sign at the bottom. Failure to follow these conduct expectations during the launch may result in your being asked to leave the event.
A rocket launch requires careful observance of safety protocols, for reasons that should be obvious. Also be aware that we are guests of the Yakama Nation, and all launch attendees are expected to behave respectfully and courteously.
Space Grant is a community, and as such you are responsible for the conduct of everyone in your group.
Failure to follow the following conduct expectations during the launch may result in your being asked to leave the event.
Arrival at the site
Everyone will receive an escort to the launch site. All attendees must wait at the assigned meeting place (exact location will be shared with registered participants) -- DO NOT travel directly to the launch site itself without an escort.
Upon arrival at the launch site, check in with the welcome desk. Staff will also provide a safety briefing for all late arrivals.
There will be a safety huddle of all launch attendees at the beginning of the day. Late arrivals will receive a safety briefing at the welcome table.
Please be aware of the following safety guidelines in advance:
NO sparky motors
NO fireworks or munitions (this includes smoke grenades intended to aid rocket recovery)
NO pets -- service animals only
NO wandering beyond the site perimeter (established during the safety briefing) -- ensure you obey warning signs and exclusion zones
DO NOT leave the launch site to retrieve your rocket without permission (and a radio) from the welcome desk
DO NOT approach the launch pad or attempt to retrieve your rocket until the LCO has declared the range to be open
Don't insert your igniter into the rocket until the rocket is on the launch rail and locked in the fully upright position
And most important -- obey the instructions of the Launch Control Officer and Range Safety Officer at all times. For our launch, these officers are Mike and Tracy.
We operate under the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) high power rocketry safety code. You (should have) read this when you signed your waiver, but here's the link so you can bookmark it for reference:
NAR High Power Safety Code Courtesy guidelines
While this launch event has been coordinated by the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, we are all guests of the Yakama Nation while we are at the launch. We expect all attendees to be courteous toward our hosts. Please be aware of the following guidelines in advance:
DO NOT leave any garbage behind (pack it in, pack it out)
DO NOT remove anything from the launch site that you did not arrive with
Absolutely no scavenging or foraging
Depending on where your rocket lands, you may be assigned an escort for retrieval -- do not leave for retrieval without your escort, and follow any instructions they give you during retrieval
Preparing for comfort and safety
Rocket launches can be long days under (we hope) sunny, cloudless skies. Please consider the following and plan accordingly for maximum safety and comfort:
Bring your NAR/TRA card and/or number on the day of the launch!
Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes for hiking in scrub brush when retrieving rockets
We recommend dressing in layers for fluctuating temperatures, including a long-sleeved shirt / jacket and a hat to protect from the sun
Bring your own chair (there are no chairs on site)
Bring your own water and food -- there will be NO food at this launch event
Recommended -- Your group may also want to bring its own work table, FRS radios (i.e., walkie-talkies), a shade canopy
HIGHLY recommended -- WA Space Grant is not providing rocketry supplies, so you should plan to bring anything you need to launch your rocket (including motors, igniters, casings, &c.)
Info for March 2023 White Swan Launch Attendees with certification
Do you have a CURRENT certification with either NAR or TRA?
What's your certification level? * Member number(s)
If you have your member number for either NAR or TRA, it's helpful to list them here. (You do still need to bring your card or number to the launch event.) Remember that it may take 24 hours or more from time of application until you receive your member number, so be sure to apply at least a day before the launch!
Do not forget to BRING YOUR CARD (or number, if your card has not yet arrived) to the launch!! Launching in March 2023 Are you hoping to launch? *
If you are even SLIGHTLY interested in launching, we ask that you complete a flight card in advance. We will print all flight cards and have them ready for you when you arrive at the launch site. We'll have blank cards available, too, in case you say "no" but change you mind.
Will this be your first launch? *
This question is asking if this will be your first launch EVER.
That's AWESOME! Good luck!
Will you be launching a single rocket as part of a group? * Students in group launch *
Please list the names of everyone who is part of the group launching the rocket. Everyone in the group MUST ALSO complete the registration form.
Any nonstandard features?
Are there any particular non-standard features on your rocket? E.g.: multiple stages, radio telemetry, special avionics, clustered motors, etc.
Are you hoping to launch more than one rocket at the March 2023 launch? * Are you hoping to be certified during the launch? * Certification launches at March 2023 launch Are you going for a certification? * Do you need to take the L2 test on-site? * Do you need someone to provide and grade the exams *