FAR keeps you safe through safe location, supervision, viewing trenches, blockhouse, static stands, and launch rails.

SAFE LOCATION

FAR Site is located away from cities, major highways, major air lanes, housing, and power lines. The site is cleared of flammable brush. We have obtained all permits and licenses needed to test and launch rockets.

  • Kern County Fire Department (KCFD), permits for explosives magazines and launching rockets
  • Kern County Health and Environment, chemical storage
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), launch Certificated of Authorization (COA)
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BAFTE), Rocket Motor Manufacturing

SUPERVISION

FAR uses California State Fire Marshal licensed pyrotechnic operators.  Their role is to make sure that you and the general public are safe while you are at FAR site during static firings and launches.  They check to make sure of the following:

All personnel are:

  • Safe during leak and  functional testing.
  • Safe during propellant handling, compounding, and loading.
  • Safe during igniter insertion.
  • Safe during pressurization.
  • Inside of a viewing bunk or blockhouse before an experiment static firing or launch commences.

For a launch:

  • The launch rail is strong enough, stable, and will not move or fall over.
  • The launch rail is long enough to insure the rocket has stable flight.
  • The visibility is good enough to see approaching aircraft.
  • The wind is not above safe limits.
  • The launch is not into the clouds.
  • There are no visible aircraft in the launch area.
  • There are no vehicle approaching on the road.
  • The surrounding area is free of flammable materials.
  • Personnel are safe during recovery system loading.
  • Personnel are safe arming recovery systems.

For a static firing:

  • That the static stand is strong enough, stable and will not move or fall over.
  • There are no vehicle approaching on the road.
  • The surrounding area is free of flammable materials.

VIEWING TRENCHES

Viewing trenches supply both protection and distance for the person witnessing a static firing or launch. The viewing trench supplies protection in front, overhead, and behind. Frontal protection includes a concrete wall, buttress, and earth berm. This protection is in case a rocket or static stand explodes sending out shrapnel or a fire ball. Overhead protection which is made up of reinforced concrete and steel. This protects against flaming parts raining down and a ballistic rocket coming straight down. Protection from behind consists of a reinforced concrete block wall.  This protects against partially fueled rockets impacting the ground behind the person in the viewing bunker.  It protects against shrapnel and fireball resulting from the impact.

These viewing bunks are at least 250-feet from static stands or launchers.  The affect of overpressure, shrapnel, and fireball decrease with distance.

FAR supplies ten viewing bunkers.

Front of Viewing Trench
Front of Viewing Trench
Rear of Viewing Trench
Rear of Viewing Trench

BLOCKHOUSE

The blockhouse is within 50-feet of the static test stand or rocket launcher to allow adequate viewing and control of the test or launch. To supply frontal and rear protection, the blockhouse is buried placing the occupant with eye-level at ground-level. This also avoids blocking the view from the viewing bunkers. Overhead protection is supplied by reinforced concrete. Viewing slots are supplied to give the occupants of the blockhouse 360-degree viewing of the whole facility. Polycarbonate window panes can be placed in the viewing slots to give added protection from shrapnel and blast effects.

FAR supplies one blockhouse.

Blockhouse Front
Blockhouse Front
Blockhouse Back
Blockhouse Back

TEST STANDS

FAR supplies more than eight test stands for performing static firings.  These stands are strong and rigid keeping the static test of a rocket motor from falling over or moving during the firing. We have test stands that allow both horizontal and vertical testing of small, medium, and large rockets or rocket motors. The area surrounding these test stands are clear of flammable materials and the test stands themselves are made of steel and concrete.

Large I-Beam with 
Medium Horizontal 1 -- 40" Long, 5-1/4" Wide, 35" Height
Large Vertical

LAUNCH RAILS

FAR supplies more than eight launch rails for launching rockets. These launch rails are strong and rigid keeping the rocket from falling over or the launch rail from moving during the launch. They are long enough for the rocket to achieve stable flight. We have launch rails that allow the launch of small, medium, and large rockets. The area surrounding these launch rails are clear of flammable materials and the launch rails themselves are made of steel.

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