This Safety Code sets out the proper code of conduct for the launch of
High Power Rockets in Canada. All High Power Rockets must be flown in
accordance with this Safety Code.
||High Power Rocket|
My high power rocket is equipped with authorized motor(s) with a total
impulse between 160 and 40,960 Newton seconds. It is equipped with a
parachute or other device capable of retarding its descent. It is made
of lightweight materials capable of withstanding the anticipated
stresses of flight.
I will fly High Power Rockets only in compliance with all federal,
provincial, municipal and local laws, rules, regulations, statutes and
ordinances, and in accordance with an authorization issued by the
Minister of Transport.
I will only fly High Power Rockets for which I am certified and will
provide proof of such certification upon request.
||Launch Site Requirements|
I will launch my high power rocket in an open, outdoor area where
overhead hazards such as trees, power lines and buildings will not
impact the safety of the launch operation.
I will launch my high power rocket in an area where launch operations
will not generate hazards to persons, property, and/or land, water or
I will obtain permission of the landowner for all launch operations.
My launch site shall include sufficient area for the launch and
recovery of all high power rockets to be launched according to the
|Expected Altitude (feet)
||Minimum Dimension (km)
|0 - 3000
|3001 - 6000
|6001 - 10000
|10001 - 12000
||Rockets expecting to achieve an altitude of 12,001 feet or more will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
My launch site shall never have a minimum dimension of less than one
half the estimated maximum altitude of the high power rocket, or have
a dimension less than 500m.
My launcher shall be positioned so as to ensure that recovery of the
rocket is within the area authorized for the launch site. It shall be
located more than 500m from any occupied building or public roadway on
which traffic density exceeds 10 vehicles per hour. It shall be
located in an area, with a radius of at least 5m, which is cleared of
all loose objects and flammable materials, such as dead grass.
My launcher shall provide rigid guidance for the rocket on launch to
ensure the rocket attains flight within its predicted flight safety
envelope, within 20 degrees of vertical, and shall incorporate a blast
deflector or alternative means of preventing rocket motor exhaust from
directly striking the ground or any flammable materials.
My launch rod or rail will be raised above eye level or have a shield
placed over the end of the rod between launches.
||Launch Site Safety Requirements|
No person shall be closer to the launch of the high power rocket than
the person launching the rocket unless authorized by the Range Safety
No person shall be closer to the launch of a high power rocket than
the minimum safe distances specified in the following table:
||Total Impulse (Ns)
||Minimum Distance (m)
||Minimum Distance for Complex Rocket (m)
||>160 - 320
||>320 - 640
||>640 - 1280
||>1280 - 2560
||>2560 - 5120
||>5120 - 10240
||>10240 - 20480
||>20480 - 40960
All spectators shall remain in an area determined to be safe and
designated for public viewing by the Range Safety Officer.
||Launch Requirements and Restrictions|
I shall use only high power rocket motors, motor reloading kits or
components authorized by NRCan and/or Transport Canada.
I will use authorized Reloadable motors only in the manner directed by
the manufacturer. I will not modify any component of said motor cases,
end enclosures, or expendable materials including propellant grains,
delay charge, nozzle, motor liner and/or pressure sealing
rings. Unless specified by the manufacturer I will not reuse any
component of the reloadable hardware that is not so intended.
My High Power Rocket shall be inspected and approved for stability and
operation immediately prior to flight by an authorized Rocket
My High Power Rocket shall not exceed the maximum liftoff weight of
the rocket motor(s) specified by the manufacturer.
I will not launch my rocket if the minimum thrust ratio is under 4:1
without explicit permission from the RSO.
I shall not launch my high power rocket while another high power
rocket is in flight, unless the high power rocket in flight has safely
deployed its recovery system and the RSO has determined that the
remainder of the flight presents no hazard to persons or property.
I will not launch my high power rocket into a cloud, nor when the
prevailing visibility is less than 5km, nor when the surface wind is
greater than 30 km per hour.
I will not use rocket motors to propel any device horizontally nor at
an angle that takes the rocket beyond the boundary of the launch site.
I will not launch my high power rocket as a weapon at a surface or air
I will not launch a high power rocket that creates a hazard to
I will only launch my high power rocket under the oversight and with
the approval of the Range Safety Officer or in accordance with the
requirements specified in the Rocket (High Power) Launch
My high power rocket will never carry explosive, incendiary or live
vertebrate animal payloads.
I will not allow smoking or open flames in the launch area, prepping
area or within 10m of any high power rocket motor, motor reloading kit
or pyrotechnic module.
I will ensure a five-second countdown, audible to all persons in the
launching, spectator and parking areas, prior to the launch of my high
The system I use to launch my high power rocket shall be actuated by
means of a remote controlled electrical firing system, and will
contain a firing switch that returns to the OFF position when
released and a safety interlock to prevent accidental ignition when
My firing system shall be located no closer to the launch pad than the
minimum distance specified in the Launch Site Safety Requirements
A method of disconnecting all power to the rocket motor ignition system will be located greater than 5 meters from the launch pad.
Ignition devices for my high power rocket motors shall only be
installed at the launch pad, or in an area designated by the Range
Safety Officer, and in all cases as close to the time of intended
launch as practical. The rocket shall be pointed in a safe direction
during and after installation of the ignition device(s). This also
applies to removal of ignition devices if the launch is aborted.
If my high power rocket suffers a misfire, I will not let anyone
approach it until I have made sure that the safety interlock has been
removed or that the battery has been disconnected from the ignition
system. I will wait five minutes after a misfire before allowing only
one person to approach and inspect the rocket.
I will not attempt to catch a high power rocket as it approaches the
If a high power rocket becomes entangled in a power line or other
hazardous location, I will not attempt to retrieve it without approval
of the appropriate authority.
I will use only flame resistant, biodegradable wadding if wadding is
required by the design of the rocket.
All vehicles over 5 kg in loaded mass shall have a redundant
deployment system activated independently and in addition to the
rocket motors ejection charge(s). This system will provide safe
recovery in the event of primary deployment system failure.
All my pyrotechnical systems shall be mechanically protected to
prevent premature ignition from EMI or heat sources.
I will use only electrical igniters recommended by the rocket motor
manufacturer that will ignite my rocket motor(s) within three seconds
of actuation of the launch switch.
I will ensure that adequate fire control apparatus (class A fire
extinguisher and/or a minimum of 20 L of water) is readily available.