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Serving Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area
2000 - 2001 and 2003 - 2004 National Championship Section


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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.

Next Launch: Mar 5, 1:00 pm
Greenbelt, MD
Next Meeting: Mar 4, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD
Topic: Egg Loft Build Advice
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:
Alex Mankevich
Jim Filler
Mark Wise

Directions to Mt. Airy Field

Goddard Launches

NARHAMS also supports the oldest public demonstration launches in the United States. These launches are held on the first Sunday of each month at NASA's 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 March 4


Antares Night Launch

The Antares mission OA-5 to resupply the International SpaceStation was launched at 7:45 pm on October 17, 2016. This "streak shot" photograph was taken by NARHAMS President Alex Mankevich from the grounds of the NASA Wallops Island Visitor Center approximately four miles from launch pad OA at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

The night was warm, hazy and foggy. These atmospheric conditions created a diffused streak to the brilliant orange exhaust flame ascending into the night sky. The image is a 153 second time exposure using an 18 mm lens at ISO 100. The exhaust flame went off the left edge of the image long before the main engine shut down at 209 seconds.

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.

Contest rules:

  1. Use any or all the parts of 2, or more, model kits of any kind, of your choosing, to make a flying model rocket.
  2. Additional parts allowed are clear plastic fins for stabilization and internal components; tubes, recovery system, nose weight, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 be complete.
  5. Bring the finished model and some evidence of the kits used to the December 2016 NARHAMS Holiday Party.
  6. Winner determined by popular vote at the Dec. 2016 Holiday Party.
  7. 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:
Maria Ha
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. Download 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

Mailing List

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.

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Night Launch Pictures

Dave Fuller was busy taking pictures of the September sport and night launch. Check them out here.

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.

Additional Information

NARHAMS President
Alex Mankevich

NARHAMS Section Advisor
Mark Wise
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 here

Public Launches at Goddard
NASA Goddard Visitor Center