The media are always welcome at STAC launches. Rocketry is a fun, safe and educational hobby. As rocketeers, we enjoy having the opportunity to share the passion for our hobby with an appreciative audience.Whenever we hold an event involving hundreds or thousands of people, there are a some rules that we ask everyone, including the press, to follow, in order to maintain our excellent safety record and avoid accidents or injuries:
1. No non-essential personnel are allowed on the flight range whatsoever. We will be launching a lot of rockets every day, and to do so safely, tight control of who is allowed onto the flight range and where they are allowed to go while flight operations are underway must be maintained. Flyers will be allowed out on the range to load or recover their rockets only when directed and/or escorted by a member of the flight range staff, Press photographers will only be allowed onto the range with a press badge, which will be available, after signing a liability release form.
2. Range staff officials are the ones with experience running a safe rocket launch; the general public, including reporters and photographers, are not. If a range staff official asks you to move further back, or directs you to a different area, please follow their instructions. Also, please pay attention to the posted signs, and to any announcements made over the public address system. We want this launch to be fun and safe for everyone, and we appreciate your cooperation in assisting us to achieve that goal.
3. Flyers are generally quite willing to discuss their rockets and the hobby at almost any time, but we ask that you refrain from interrupting them while they are doing something requiring their full concentration, such as assembling a reloadable rocket motor, or wiring the parachute ejection charges to their rockets’ altimeters or other electronic deployment devices.
4. If you hear someone call “Heads Up!”, look up immediately. We do our best to try to ensure that rockets land out on the range, but occasionally something will go wrong, and a rocket will fly back in the wrong direction. “Heads Up!” is the universal “look up to make sure something isn’t coming down on you” call, and it’s your responsibility to make sure you get out of the way of anything that might be coming your way.
5. While rocketry is a very safe hobby (much safer than baseball or football for instance), with almost no serious injuries in the near half-century that it’s been around, there is always an element of risk involved when you throw something heavy high into the air. By attending STAC launches, even as a spectator, you are doing so at your own risk. You have a responsibility to be aware of your surroundings, to follow the posted rules & the instructions of the event staff and to use common sense at ALL TIMES.