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.
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.
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.
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 February 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.
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:
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.
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.