The NARHAMS model rocket club serves Maryland and the Washington
Metropolitan Area. The club is an official chapter section of the
National Association of Rocketry
(NAR). First established in 1965, NARHAMS is the oldest continuously
operating model rocket club in the United States and was named
Section of the Year for 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007.
We are also the National Championship section for 2001 and 2004.
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College Park, MD
|If a launch is postponed or cancelled, it will be updated here by 6 pm the day prior. Launch is assumed to be a GO unless otherwise noted.
Mt. Airy Launches
Club launches are held on the third Saturday of every month, weather
permitting, at Old National Pike Park in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
The field can support up to G-powered motors with the
appropriate FAA waivers. Launch times vary throughout the year, so
be sure to check the Calendar for details. Our launches are
always open to non-club members who wish to fly.
NARHAMS provides launch controllers and pads with 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4" rods,
as well as 1010 and 20mm rails.
Please do not contact Frederick County Parks with questions about launches.
Instead, email questions to any of the following people:
Directions to Mt. Airy Field
NARHAMS also supports the oldest public demonstration launches in the
United States. These launches are held on the first Sunday
of each month at
Goddard Space Flight Center,
starting at 1 pm.
Anyone who wishes to fly at these events may
do so. Due to the limited recovery area, the flying of high power models and
untested designs is discouraged. The impulse limit at Goddard is D engine or less.
Directions to Goddard
Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of each month, starting at 5:30
pm, at the College Park Airport. The first part of the meeting will be a building
session or discussion. The business meeting will start around 7 pm, and will end
around 9 pm. Any leftover items will get discussed over a late dinner at Ledo's.
The next scheduled meeting is
Kit Bash Contest 2016
Calling all Designers, Craftsmen, Plotters and Schemers.
The gloves are off for the 2016 contest.
You can now combine 2 or more model kits of any kind
(really any kind - rockets kits, plastic model kits, model
airplane kits, you name it) to make a safe and wonderful
flying model rocket.
- Use any or all the parts of 2, or more, model kits of any kind, of your
choosing, to make a flying model rocket.
- Additional parts allowed are clear plastic fins for stabilization and internal
components; tubes, recovery system, nose weight, etc.
- You must fly your rocket at a club launch at Old National Pike Park, Carroll County Ag Center, or Goddard Visitor Center.
Keep in mind the field limitations for each site.
- Models need to make one stable and safe flight (as determined by the
RSO at the time of the flight; RSO cannot be the modeller). The model does
not have to be painted and decaled when it flies, but construction needs to
- Bring the finished model and some evidence of the kits used to the
December 2016 NARHAMS Holiday Party.
- Winner determined by popular vote at the Dec. 2016 Holiday Party.
- Bask in the glory of the adulation you will receive for entering the contest.
NARHAMS Gold Kits Still Available
Remember that the special limited edition NARHAMS Gold 50th Anniversary kits are still available for $30,
plus $7.50 shipping.
This model features a unique ducted booster design, 2-stage styling, water slide decals,
and is being professionally produced by FlisKits. Dimensions: 20" long, 1.34" diameter.
To purchase a kit, please use PayPal with the "Send Money to Friends or Family" option to:
512 Chestnut St
Mt Holly Springs, PA 17065
Becoming a Member
If this sounds like fun, why not become a member? Dues are only 10 cents a week,
with 50 cents minimum required to join.
the membership form and send it in today!
Please note that to be eligible to vote at club meetings or to compete as a
member of NARHAMS, you must also:
a) be a current member of the NAR
b) attend at least one of the previous 3 monthly business meetings
The NARHAMS-members Yahoo group is primarily for NARHAMS members to discuss upcoming
events related to the club. Non-club members are free to join in the discussion, but
please keep the postings at least somewhat related to model rocketry.
Night Launch Pictures
Dave Fuller was busy taking pictures of the September sport and night launch. Check them out
Goddard Launches Waiver Update
Our waiver for launches at Goddard Visitor Center has been renewed through
April 30, 2017. We will continue with our normal launch schedule on the first
Sunday of the month at 1 pm. Special thanks to John Hochheimer, Jennifer Ash-Poole, Jim Filler, and
Ed Pearson for working with the FAA and TSA to get a waiver approved for our
launches. With that waiver come new restrictions: flights are now limited to
D impulse motors and 2000 feet altitude.
- NARHAMS President
- NARHAMS Section Advisor
P.O. Box 8507
Washington, DC 20032
- National Association of Rocketry
P.O. Box 407
Marion, IA 52302
Sign up for the NAR's electronic newsletter
- Public Launches at Goddard
NASA Goddard Visitor Center