NFPA 1122: Code for Model Rocketry

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Keep a popular hobby safe by complying with the latest requirements for model rocketry as presented in the 2013 NFPA 1122.

Essential to public safety, NFPA 1122: Code for Model Rocketry applies to the design, construction, limitation of propellant mass and power, and reliability of model rocket motors and model rocket motor reloading kits and their components, for use by the public for purposes of education, recreation, and sporting competition.

Significant changes in the 2013 edition that motor manufacturers and consumers need to know about include:

  • Changes to defined terms and requirements were included to comply with federal regulatory changes for both operations and model rocket motor weight limits.
  • Definitions for Model Rocket Motor and High Power Rocket Motor were revised to align with NFPA 1125: Code for Manufacture of Model Rocket and High Power Rocket Motors and to clearly delineate between the two types of motors.

More specific requirements were included to apply to mass launches of model rockets as such events have become more common and separation distances for the spectators must be established for general launch site safety.

The Code also contains the Model Rocket Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry as Annex B. (Softbound, 12 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1122 Code for Model Rocketry 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Enforcement
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Requirements for Model Rocket Construction, Operation, and Motor Storage
4.1 Model Rocket Operations
4.2 Model Rocket Materials
4.3 Model Rocket Recovery
4.4 Model Rocket Weight Limits
4.5 Model Rocket Power Limits
4.6 Model Rocket Payloads
4.7 Model Rocket Flight Paths
4.8 Model Rocket Launch Site
4.9 Model Rocket Launch Site Size
4.10 Model Rocket Launchers
4.11 Model Rocket Launcher Eye Safety
4.12 Model Rocket Launch Safety
4.13 Model Rocket Ignition System
4.14 Spectator Distances
4.15 Spectator Notification
4.16 Model Rocket Misfires
4.17 Model Rocket Launch Conditions
4.18 Model Rocket Retrieval Safety
4.19 Model Rocket Motor Requirements
4.20 Residential Storage of Model Rocket Motors and Motor Components
Chapter 5 Prohibited Activities
5.1 Prohibited Activities
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Model Rocket Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry
Annex C Glossary
Annex D Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 1122
Annex E Informational References