All rockets are safe when handled properly. You can design, build, and transport all rockets without any hazards.  All of the unsafe parts of launching a rocket are done out at FAR Site under the supervision of a state licensed pyrotechnic operator.  All launches are performed by remote control and all personnel are in viewing bunkers or at a safe distance.

Bi-Propellant Rockets
This type of rocket becomes unsafe when: loading fuel, loading oxidizer, inserting the igniter, pressurizing the pressurant and propellant tanks, ignite the igniter, and opening the main valves.   Launch preparations like loading fuel, loading oxidizer, and inserting the igniter  are accomplished by key launch team members and observers clear of the launch pad.  All the remaining hazardous operations like pressurizing pressurant and propellant tanks, ignition of the igniter, and opening the main valves are done by remote control.  DANGER, this type of rocket maybe susceptible to a BLEVE, depending on the type of propellants and tanks you use. (See the BLEVE Danger page.)

Hybrid Rockets
This type of rocket become unsafe when you: load the oxidizer tank, pressurize the pressurant tank, pressurize the oxidizer tank, ignite the igniter, and open the main valve. If you use nitrous oxide, it is at high pressure. Loading the oxidizer, pressurizing pressurant tanks, pressurizing the oxidizer tank, igniting the igniter, and opening the main valve can all be done by remote control. DANGER, this type of rocket may also be susceptible to a BLEVE, depending on the type of oxidizer and tanks you use. (See the BLEVE Danger page.)

Commercial Solid Rockets
This type of rocket becomes unsafe when you assemble the rocket motor, put the rocket motor in the rocket, put an igniter in the rocket motor, and ignite the motor. Assembling the motor, inserting the motor in the rocket, and inserting the igniter are done by key launch team personnel.  The remaining hazardous operation of ignition is done by remote control.

Most motor manufacturers like to treat solid propellants as 1.3C low-explosives. FAR Site has an explosives permit. You can order and pay for a commercial solid motor and send it to FAR Site.

Experimental Solid Rockets
This type of rocket becomes unsafe when you mix and assemble the rocket motor, put the rocket motor in the rocket, put an igniter in the rocket motor, and ignite the motor. Mixing the propellant, assembling the motor, inserting the motor in the rocket, and inserting the igniter are done by key launch personnel The remaining hazardous operation of ignition are done by remote control.

The State of California treats experimental solid propellants as 1.3C low-explosives. FAR has an explosives manufacturing permit. You can mix and store the experimental solid propellant in an explosives magazine at FAR Site.