The Rocket Doc
High Power Rocketry
Brad Evans, MD
Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Spacemodeling Society
NAR #88880 L3
TRA #13578 L3

I was a physician for over 22 years and joined the pharmaceutical industry in 2004. So, they call me Doc.
  I began playing with rocket toys when I was 10. By the time I was 14, I had been doing black power rockets for a couple of years or so when I found Rocket Manual for Amateurs by Capt Bertrand Brinley. I got immediately into sugar fuel and zinc and sulfur. Back then and for another 3 years I was building rockets with my friends made out of metal airframes and fins. Metal shop, wood shop and electrical shop in high school moved me right along. Things really slowed down in college (BSc, Chemistry), but I always built black powder rockets right through med school. Like so many of my rocketeer friends, we all settled into our professional lives and raising families. And like so many rocketeers, kids grow up and leave home. I was getting itchy back in 2009. My grandson, Gunnar, was 4. He was interested in rockets for some reason, so I bought a couple of Estes kits (Bull Pup and Patriot), and the "torch" was past to a new generation. I was a flight away from a rocket a day. I got on the internet, found high power rocketry, and the rest is history. I built an Initiator from Aerotech and joined the Superstition Spacemodeling Society out of Phoenix, AZ. I brought the rocket to one of the launches one Saturday anxious about my first mid power launch. I bought some little motor for it. I showed it to Dwain Desbien who said I needed something big. He found the biggest 29mm motor he had. "Go big or go home!", he said. I've been living by that motto ever since. Thanks Dwain! Maurice "Moe" Bertrand, whether he knows it or not, has been a mentor from the start, a great friend and photographer for my and many others' launches. This site is filled with his photos. Thanks Moe!  My L3CC Terry O'Brien, former President of the Superstition Spacemodeling Society, and Gerald "Skippy" Meux, Jr have been invaluable moving me to the top of the game. So, the site is dedicated to my grandson Gunnar, my rocket widow Kris, Moe, Dwain, Terry and Skippy.

You have to start somewhere (Aerotech Initiator).


                                                                         Photo Maurice "Moe" Bertrand


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The National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

The Superstition Spacemodeling Society (SSS Rocketry)

Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA)
What is Tripoli?

Tripoli Phoenix (TRAPHX)

-Tripoli Phoenix (TRAPHX) is Prefecture #47 of the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). It is a club of likeminded individuals who have joined together in the pursuit of high power rocketry. Their main goals are to provide a safe, fun, inclusive environment for our members, which enable them to further their aims and purposes as related to high power rocketry.

Arizona High Power Rocketry Association

-AHPRA was formed as a Tripoli Rocketry Association Prefecture to promote high power rocketry in Arizona. They hold monthly meetings and local launches as well as hosting the National Experimental Launch at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

General Dynamics AGM-78 Standard ARM
Level 3

Rainbow Valley, AZ
L3CC: Terry O'Brien
Witness: Gerald "Skippy" Meux, Jr

November 27, 2010

Click photo for the launch video

                            Photo Maurice "Moe" Bertrand

Flight #2
Kingman, AZ
October 26, 2013

Click photo for the launch video

                                                  Photo Maurice "Moe" Bertrand


Launch News

National Experimental Launch at Black Rock Desert

Black Rock Desert, Nevada
September 19-21, 2014

BALLS is the premier Experimental Rocket Launch in the Continental US. It spans 24 years however this year will be the 23nd time it is held in the Black Rock Desert, North of Reno, near Gerlach, Nevada.

BALLS brings dedicated rocketry enthusiasts devoted to the leading edge of non-professional rocketry activities together for the best demonstration of experimental motor design using today's best technologies, and probably the largest non-professional rockets seen anywhere. 

BALLS 23 is a venue for projects that should not be flown publicly due to safety and legal restrictions. This may include, but is not limited to, large rockets, complex staging or clustering, metal rockets, self designed and/or fabricated rocket motors and new technologies being developed or proven. Black Rock Dry Lake has always been the site of large rocket launches. Its wide open vastness is unprecedented for its high altitude recovery record. Through the years BALLS has grown into non-professional rocketry's show place of the best there is. The quality, craftsmanship, shear size, power, technology and edge cannot be compared to any other launch anywhere. The best thing is the exchange of new thoughts and methods that are presented openly to anyone who asks. This launch will be primarily for Research Motors and/or Dangerous projects. Do not come to observe unless you are directly involved in flight activities, a Pre-Approved Experimental Project or invited by persons active in such ventures.

-Arizona High Power Rocketry Association

Next Tripoli Phoenix Launch

OktoberFest Launch
October 17-19, 2014
Tripoli Vegas
Jean, Nevada

Completed Project (s)

The Raytheon (General Dynamics) RIM-67 Extended Range
1/3rd Scale
"The Rocket Frog"

Maiden Flight
October 18, 2014
Tripoli Vegas
Jean, Nevada


On September 6, 2013, the 70-foot (21-meter) high Minotaur V rocket carrying NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) lifted off from a pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia. A NASA camera accidentally captured an airborne frog as the agency’s LADEE moon mission blasts off.
-Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility

My RIM-67 ER is dedicated to Rocket Frog.


Current Project

The Western Electric MIM-14 Nike Hercules
"Bad Boy"
2/5 Scale

Target Launch
Tripoli Phoenix Launch Site
June 2015

Plans coming soon!

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