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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.

Next Launch: Aug 4, 1:00 pm
Greenbelt, MD
Next Meeting: Aug 3, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD
Topic: Build Session, Goddard Salvage
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.


NARHAMS meets the first Saturday of the month beginning at 5:30 pm at the Hap Arnold Center located at the west end of the College Park Airport. The address is 6709 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD. 20740. We often provide a virtual WebEx connection for the meeting. Virtual invitations are typically emailed out a few days before the meeting. Contact Treasurer Ed Jackson if you would like to attend the virtual session.

TARC Presentation

NARHAMS presented a TARC How-to presentation at their October 2022 business meeting. Section Advisor James Miers gave a brief background, good advice, and some pro tips for newly established TARC teams to plan their design, build, and flying strategy. Please watch the video for his helpful advice.

Mt. Airy Launches

NARHAMS has been informed by the Frederick County Div. of Parks and Recreation that they cannot issue us a permit for model rocket launches in 2023 at Old National Pike Park due to the upcoming start of construction. NARHAMS is working a couple of avenues to secure other launch sites for this year. Please check the Calendar page for updates regarding the launch sites for future months' sport launches.

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

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 mailing list 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
Ed Jackson

NARHAMS Section Advisor
Jim Miers

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