About LDRS

LDRS® (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) is the premier annual international high-power rocketry event for the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). LDRS is the venue for HPR enthusiasts to share their projects and love of the sport.

 LDRS 1-5 were conducted before Tripoli’s sponsorship and took place near Medina, Ohio on a field owned by Mike Wagner, a member in the Suburban Northern Ohio Association of Rocketry (SNOAR), the local NAR section. LDRS-6 in 1987 was the first Tripoli organized LDRS in Hartsel, Colorado.

LDRS has helped high-power rocketry grow from clusters of black power D motors in cardboard rockets to the composite motors in fiberglass and carbon fiber rockets that we see today.

LDRS History

Click here to read Chris Pearson’s article LDRS History, originally published in SOAR News, and republished in the Tripolitan.

LDRS By Year

1980s

1982 LDRS-1 Medina, OH
1983 LDRS-2 Medina, OH
1984 LDRS-3 Medina, OH
1985 LDRS-4 Medina, OH
1986 LDRS-5 Medina, OH
1987 LDRS-6 Hartsel, CO
1988 LDRS-7 Hartsel, CO
1989 LDRS-8 Hartsel, CO

1990s

1990 LDRS-9 Hartsel, CO
1991 LDRS-10 Black Rock Desert, NV
1992 LDRS-11 Black Rock Desert, NV
1993 LDRS-12 Argonia, KS – KLOUDBusters
1994 LDRS-13 Argonia, KS – KLOUDBusters
1995 LDRS-14 Black Rock Desert, NV
1996 LDRS-15 Orangeburg, SC
1997 LDRS-16 Hartsel, CO
1998 LDRS-17 Wendover, UT
1999 LDRS-18 Argonia, KS

2000s

2000 LDRS-19 Orangeburg, SC
2001 LDRS-20 Lucerne Dry Lake, CA – Rocketry Organization of California
2002 LDRS-21 Amarillo, TX
2003 LDRS-22 Argonia, KS – KLOUDBusters
2004 LDRS-23 Geneseo, NY
2005 LDRS-24 Alberta, Canada
2006 LDRS-25 Amarillo, TX
2007 LDRS-26 Jean Dry Lake, NV – Rocketry Organization of California
2008 LDRS-27 Argonia, KS – KLOUDBusters
2009 LDRS-28 Potter, NY

2010s

2010 LDRS-29 Lucerne Dry Lake, CA – Rocketry Organization of California (ROC)
2011 LDRS-30 Argonia, KS
2012 LDRS-31 Potter, NY – Upstate Research Rocketry Group (URRG) and CATO Rocketry Club
2013 LDRS-32 Black Rock Desert, NV – Tripoli Gerlach
2014 LDRS-33 Richard Bong Recreational Area, WI – Tripoli Wisconsin
2015 LDRS-34 Potter, NY – Upstate Research Rocketry Group (URRG) and CATO Rocketry Club
2016 LDRS-35 Lucerne Dry Lake, CA – Rocketry Organization of California (ROC)
2017 LDRS-36 Price, MD – Tripoli Maryland
2018 LDRS-37 Helm, CA – Tripoli Central California (TCC)
2019 LDRS-38 Argonia, KS – KLOUDBusters

2020s

2020 No Event due to COVID-19
2021 LDRS-39 Wendover, UT – Utah Rocket Club
2022 LDRS-40 Lucerne Dry Lake, CA – Rocketry Organization of California (ROC)

LDRS is a registered service mark of Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc.