Once a year in May, Tripoli Vegas sponsors a rocket launch
at the Delamar Dry Lake bed outside of Alamo, NV. instead
of the Jean Dry Lake
The great thing about the Delamar dry lake
bed is that it is about an 90 minute drive North of Las Vegas
at the speed limit. If you're like us, and you are tired of
the bright lights and big city, camp out on the lake bed to
enjoy a spectacular view of the stars at night.
Be aware that this is desert camping and you
need to bring in all the items needed to be in the desert
like food, water, sunscreen, shade, hats, and chairs, Not
to mention your rockets and supplies.
Delamar is less than 50 miles from the famous
Area 51. The story is that the secret aircraft from
Area 51 have moved elsewhere. But if you are real lucky,
you might spot a new Stealth or Aurora or something unknown
shooting by overhead.
The FAA has approved a launch waiver to 25,000
feet for the Delamar launch.
In the early 1890s a wealthy Frenchman, Captain
Joseph Rafael De La Mar began development of the rich mining
camp in the Delamar hills. The town boomed from 1895 into
the twentieth century, finally becoming a ghost town at the
beginning of World War II, nearly a half century later. Delamar
was known to many as the "widowmaker. " Several dozen women
were widowed by her. Because water was scarce, the rock crusher
was run almost dry and that created a fine dust containing
sharp shards of silica. The deadly dust was inhaled by the
men, causing silicosis and an ultimately death. The dreaded
dust also pierced lungs of women, children and animals. Water
had to be hauled to all houses except one where it was tapped. In this house lived the "last rose of Delamar. " Agnes Horn,
who had been there since childhood. Her husband was one of
the young men felled by the dust. She was one of the camp's
first settlers and among the last to leave. She was buried
in the cemetery, beneath a rose bush that had once bloomed
at her window.
WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU'RE LAUNCHING A
BIG ONE IN ADVANCE IF POSSIBLE!
Nearest Lodging: (20 mins)
Waiver: 25,000 ft.
Average Temp in May: 80 F