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By David Randall, November 2009


The Brothers site is Oregon’s premier launch site for large, complex and high altitude rocket projects. The site offers large, open space The location is sufficient in size to support several hundred flyers and spectators.


The launch site is located approximately 5 miles southwest of Brothers, OR. Brothers is approximately 40 miles East of Bend, OR.


Water: no available water (last location for water is 40 miles from the site)

Electricity: no

Sewer/RV Dump: no

Porta-potties: Yes, brought in for launches

Cellular Service: Yes

Food: No onsite food vendors

Gas:Closest gas is approximately 40 miles away, in Bend.


Fires: No open fires allowed. BBQ and off-ground contained fires OK unless restricted by hosting club or fire marshall. No burning of sagebrush as firewood is allowed. Bring your own firewood.

Fireworks: No fireworks allowed.

Flight Waivers

Normal launches have an FAA waiver of 20,500′ AGL with windows to 42,280′ AGL. Please check for further details at each launch.

Reference Map


Maps and Directions

Brothers is 40 miles from the last “cheap” gas and water. Please be equipped to handle any auto mechanical difficulties you may have. The last 2 miles from the highway is unimproved road; a car with decent ground clearance is highly advised.

Bing Map

Google Map

GPS Information

Brothers OR SiteLat N- 43 47.900 W-120 38.864


Flying season temperatures average from a low of 45 to a high of 95, with extremes from 30 to 110 degrees. Winds average 5-15 mph, lower in the AM or mid-day, with peaks to 25 mph, and higher with local wind-devils or squalls. Be prepared for wind: use sturdy canopies & tents, with guy lines. There is a neglible chance of rain. However, if it does rain, it could be heavy.

Most of the surrounding area is dry, sage covered scrub land. The terrain is slightly rolling, with few fences.

Do not capture or disturb local wildlife under any circumstances.  Ticks can also be an issue – please be aware of mitigation & inspection procedures.

Current Web Cam View and Weather Conditions

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Bend OR DOT Webcam