In recognition that all CAR/ACF ranges are staffed by volunteers, and
frequently by people who are relatively new to the hobby, this page is
designed to briefly outline the expectations and responsibilities of
the various positions.
The Rocket Inspector (RI), along with the LCO is responsible for
ongoing active management of the range during launch operations. While
the Range Safety Officer for the launch event is ultimately
responsible for safe launch operations, the Rocket Inspectors provide
active and ongoing management at the Rocket Inspector's station. The
responsibilities of the Rocket Inspector include:
- Oversee and provide guidance to RIs in training.
- Participate with the RSO and the Launch Organizer to protect
people, property and the environment from safety risks that may arise
during launch activities.
- Inspect all rockets to ensure safe, stable flights.
- Ensure that persons presenting high power rockets for inspection
are appropriately qualified and/or authorized.
- Ensure that rockets fall into the limits imposed by the RSO and
the Authorization to Launch High Powered Rockets.
- Ensure that all appropriate records are provided for each high
power rocket launched and forward the information to the LCO upon
completion of the inspection of the rocket.
- In the event of a mishap, assisting the RSO and the LCO in
securing the launch site and ensuring that all relevant data and
materials are impounded for investigation.
The Rocket Inspector's checklist may also be found at the CAR/ACF's
website. This checklist shall be utilized and fully completed for
every rocket inspection carried out by the RI and shall be forwarded
on to the LCO prior to launching the rocket.
CARWeb has information on the RI program and RI requirements.
Download the RI Certification Program pdf file for details on becoming
a certified RI; and also have a look at the Transport Canada document
on RSO requirements.
||Launch Control Officer|
The Launch Control Officer (LCO) works with the RI and RSOs as well as
the Pad Managers. While the Range Safety Officer for the launch event
is ultimately responsible for safe launch operations, the LCO actively
oversees the ongoing management of the range during launch
operations. The LCO's duties and responsibilities include:
- Participate with the RSO and launch organizer to protect people,
property and the environment from safety risks that may arise during
- Brief all spectators and participants of expected behavior,
boundaries, accepted practices for certification flights, review
countdown procedure and recovery process for rockets.
- Ensure launch cards match rocket being launched.
- Ensure that rockets are on the appropriate pad prior to launching
- Conduct countdowns and launch announcements of each flight over a
public address system.
- Announce "heads up" for all flights designated as heads up flights
by the RSO and ensure compliance of the .Heads Up. call prior to
launching the flight.
- Ensure that the sky is clear of all traffic prior to the
commencement of the countdown and launch of each flight.
- Ensure that the launch pad area is clear of all people and/or
hazards prior the commencement of the countdown and launch of each
- Ensure that the designated ballistic impact area is clear of all
people and/or hazards prior to the commencement of the countdown and
launch of each flight.
- Listen for any calls to halt the launch and investigate the reason.
- stopping a launch countdown and/or launch when winds exceeds
specified launch limits
- Press the ignition device for each rocket.
- In the event of a failed flight, record the observed failure on a
Failed Flight Report and inform the RSO.
The Pad Manager is primarily responsible for assigning rockets to the
appropriate launch pad. The Pad Manager responsibilities include:
- Ensure that rockets are loaded onto the assigned pads.
- Assist rocketeers in mounting rockets on the assigned pads and in
connecting igniters and launch controller connections.
- Ensuring that the LCO is aware of what rockets are on what pads.
- Ensure that launch rails or launch towers that are not angled as
required by the RSO are not used and that the RSO is notified.
- Ensure that pads that are not in good working order are not used and
are reported to the RSO.