Welcome to the Tripoli Minnesota Website. We are prefecture #45 of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Visit www.tripoli.org, the official site of Tripoli for more information about the international club. Tripoli Minnesota launches once a month in the warmer months (weather permitting) in North Branch, MN. In the colder months, we hold a monthly meeting around the twin cities.

October 11th Club Launch Day

10/11/2014 - 10:00
10/11/2014 - 18:00

Tripoli Minnesota High Power Rocketry Club

We launch many rockets of all sizes from small models to the obscenely large. Some are 20 feet or more tall. Rocketry is truly a family activity for all ages. Kids (and those young at heart) are welcome to come launch on our 12 low powered launch pads, while the adults get to play with the really big and beautiful high powered birds on our 6 high power pads.

Even if you just come to watch, rocketry can be fun and even a little educational. Youth groups are welcome, but a little advanced notice is always appreciated.

Bring your sunscreen, a chair to sit in, and lots to drink. Come early as parking will be at a premium. There is no charge for spectators or those under 18 launching low powered rockets. If you are 18+ you must be a Tripoli Minnesota member, and a member of one of the national organizations (Tripoli Rocket Association, National Association of Rocketry (NAR), or the Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR)) to launch any rocket of any size. Memberships to Tripoli Minnesota and Tripoli National are available on-site.

We usually have one or more rocket equipment vendors (www.offwegorocketry.com - www.rocket-technologies.com) and sanitary facilities available at each launch.

We also have a food vendor: Brian's Brats, serving brats, hot dogs, chips, & soda for a nominal (and quite reasonable) charge.

Setup starts at 9:00 AM, first flights around 10:00 AM. Please consider arriving early to set up and/or staying late for clean up.

2014 Tripoli Minnesota Club Flyer

Print or Download this upcoming Summer Launch Flyer...

2014 Flyer

Launch Site Driving Directions

Take exit 147 (Highway 95) off of I-35; North Branch, MN
Drive east .6 miles to County Road 30 (Forest Blvd) and turn left
Drive north 3.2 miles to 420th St (Sink Hole Rd) and turn right
Drive east 2.3 miles to the Central Turf Farm entrance (unmarked road, look for the Central Turf sign) and turn right
Drive south .5 miles to the "T" intersection and turn left
Drive east .25 miles to the first unmarked road and turn right
Drive south .25 miles, turn right and find a parking spot.

***Parking is allowed on one side of the road only! Park on the same side of the road as the other vehicles.***
***Keep your speed BELOW 25 MPH while on the sod farm roads.***
***DO NOT drive onto the fields; stay on the dirt roads at all times.***

GPS coordinates:
45.546028°, -092.924640°
N45°32'45.70", W092°55'28.70"

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Tripoli Minnesota featured in the July 2011 StarTribune

Tripoli Minnesota was featured in the Sunday July 3rd 2011 StarTribune newspaper.
You can see the full article here.

Let's be Friends on facebook

Tripoli Minnesota is on Facebook. If your a Facebook user feel free to add us as your "friend". Just go to facebook.com.

Facebook is a great forum to communicate with and discover what your rocket buddies are up to. So make sure you share your rocket news too.
Most upcoming club events are also be posted there.

View and Share Rocket Photos at the Tripoli MN Flickr Group

Flickr Pool!We've created a group for Tripoli MN on Flickr. You can sign up for a free or Pro Flickr account to share your photos to the group, but don't sweat that, it's easy.  If you don't sign up, make sure to browse the many existing images and those that are posted after each launch.  A flickr link is located on the top right menu for convenience.


Big Yeller: Largest Amateur Rocket in Minnesota

Big Yeller LaunchOn May 24th 2009 Tripoli MN hosted a Research Launch Day that included the largest amateur rocket ever launched in Minnesota. The rocket, Big Yeller, weighed in at 180 lbs, 17 feet tall, with a flight plan expected to reach 14,000-16000 feet. The flight turned out picture perfect on a perfect day with a lot of spectators turning up for this very special event, even when Big Yeller only reached 8,000 feet (because of some unexpected drag at liftoff).

Launch Video 1

Launch Video 2

Big Yeller

Big Yeller

Big Yeller sunbathing with friends at the August 2008 launch before flying at the May 24th 2009 Research Club Launch.

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