High Power Rocketry (commonly abbreviated: HPR), builds on Model Rocketry, but with Differences that include the Propulsion Power and Weight increase of the model.


What makes a Rocket a High-Power Rocket?

  • When the Rocket has a total weight of more than 1500g
  • When the Rocket contains one or more motors containing more than 62.5g of propellant
  • When the total Installed Power (Total Impulse) is rated at more than 160 Newton-seconds (Motor Classification : H and higher


Similarity & Differences to Model Rockets

  • Like model rockets, High Power Rockets are typically made of safer, non-metallic materials such as cardboard, plastic, and wood
  • Construction and recovery techniques usually differ somewhat, due to the requirements imposed by the use of HPR motors.
  • This means that these models must be constructed in such a way that they have the ability to safely fly under these higher stress conditions.
  • High Power rockets must be flown in compliance with the High Power Rocket Safety Code
  • Launching High Power Rockets requires more preparation than launching model rockets
  • High Power Rockets cannot normally be flown at the same field as Model Rockets
  • High Power Rocket Launches may require CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Airspace clearances (well in advance of the launch date)
  • High Power Rocketry Launches may be subject to local Municipal Regulatory/By-Laws
  • High Power Rocketry requires the completion of the SAASA “HPR Certification Program


Who can Purchase a High Power Rocket Motor?

  • High Power Rocket Motors cannot be purchased over the counter by the general public/consumer
  • High Power Rocket Motors can only be supplied by Approved and Authorised Dealers
    (Refer: Chief Inspector of Explosives: South Africa Police Service)
  • High Power Rocket Motors may be made available at Sanctioned SAASA Launch Sites to Adult members who are High Power certified
  • High Power Rocket Motors shall only be made available for purchase to SAASA Members in Good Standing and who have the relevant High Power Certification Level


Who Regulates High Power Rocketry?

  • The short answer is that there is no single Legal entity that governs High Power Rocketry in South Africa, but at the same time there are numerous Laws and Regulations that indirectly govern all aspects of rocketry
  • It is very important to note that although the SAPS does not regulate Rocketry, the office of The Chief Inspector of Explosives has primary jurisdiction over the Import, Storage, Transport and Sale of all Rocket Motors due to the fact that these motors are classified as Explosives in South Africa.
  • SAASA, as the oldest and largest Rocketry Organization in South Africa is mandated to ensure that High Power Rocketry in South Africa is Self-Regulated within the constraints and boundaries of the Laws and Regulations of the country
  • SANSA (South Africa National Space Administration) is the umbrella and official governing Space Administration body for South Africa.

How can You get started in High Power Rocketry?

  • By Joining SAASA (Free of Charge), you take the First step towards becoming a Certified High Power Rocketeer
  • SAASA offers a three-tier Certification Program for Adults who wish to build and fly High Power rockets.
  • Membership to SAASA empowers you to apply for HPR certification.
  • a Junior HPR Participation Program for junior members from age 14 through 17 who would like to participate in High Power rocketry is available
  • Detailed Information, Procedures and Application forms on High Power Rocketry is available from SAASA on request


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