Model Rocket Club, Section #139
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.
Join NARHAMS at the Goddard Visitor Center for our annual Apollo Contest on July 19, 2015. Attempt to land your rocket within a "moon" drawn on the ground. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. Sponsored by the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. The contest is free. On-site registration is required on contest day. You must bring your own rocket and motors. For more contest details download the contest flyer or call the Goddard Visitor Center at 301-286-8981 Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Meeting Location Change
We're moving again! Starting with the October 4 meeting, we will be moving back to College Park Airport. Since the operations building where we were before is currently occupied by construction crews, we will be meeting in the Hap Arnold building. To get there, turn left at the airport entrance, and follow the road around the field toward the Metro tracks. Hap Arnold is the little blue house at the end of the road before you reach the hangars.
NARHAMS in the News
We got a nice mention in Carroll Magazine recently, with quotes from Jim Miers, Alex Mankevich, and Mark Wise. Check out the full article!
Goddard Launches Waiver Update
Our waiver for launches at Goddard Visitor Center has been renewed through May 28, 2016. 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.
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 August 1
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 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.
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:
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.