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Serving Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area
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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: Apr 19, 12:00 pm
Mt. Airy, MD
Next Meeting: May 3, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD

2014 Meeting Location

Thanks to the efforts of Alec Waterhouse, we have been granted use of the House at the Crossroads meeting room at Wallace Presbyterian Church in College Park, MD. Meeting dates and times remain the same for now, but we may need to be flexible since church events would take priority over us. See the Event Details page for additional info and directions.

Upcoming Launches

April 19, Mt. Airy
Sport launch at Mt. Airy, with a theme of Easter Egg Spot Landing. Launch manager is Maria Ha.

May 4, Goddard
This is the usual monthly launch at Goddard Visitor Center.

Upcoming Meetings

May 3, College Park
At the May meeting, we will have a building session the Fly It/Take It program. Tom Ha will have some kits available, or you can bring your own 18mm model to build and donate. Reminder that meetings for 2014 have been moved to Wallace Presbyterian Church, 3725 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD.

Goddard Launches Waiver Update

Our waiver for launches at Goddard Visitor Center has been renewed through June 28, 2014. 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 the month, starting at 5:30 pm. Due to construction at College Park Airport, the location will be moving around. Please check the calendar page for the latest updated on location and time. 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 May 3



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.

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 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

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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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