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Model Rocket Club, Section #139
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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: Oct 21, 12:00 pm
Mt. Airy, MD
Theme: Octoberfest
Next Meeting: Nov 4, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD
Topic: Planning
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.

Saturn V Moon Rocket Celebration

Sunday November 5, 2017, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

NASA Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD

The NARHAMS model rocket club is joining with the Goddard Visitor Center to celebrate the 50th. Anniversary of the first launch of the Saturn V rocket that later took astronauts to the moon.

An unmanned Saturn V rocket lifted off on November 9, 1967, with Apollo Service and Command modules along with a simulated Lunar Module on an eight hour test flight to prove the integrity of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the Command Module's heat shield.

On Sunday November 5, 2017, the NARHAMS model rocket club will display and launch models of the Saturn V rocket. A presentation will be made in the auditorium that recaps the Saturn V launch vehicle and includes poignant memories of the astronauts, journalists and spectators that experienced a Saturn V launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

A special, free Saturn V 50th Anniversary Commemorative hand-out will be available. This handout details the technical characteristics and dimensions of the Saturn V rocket and highlights the missions flown from 1968 to 1973. Celebrate the moon rocket which still remains the most powerful launch vehicle yet to leave the Earth's atmosphere.


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
John McCoy

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

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 November 4

Directions


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
John McCoy
107 Brandywine Place SW
Washington, DC 20032
202-563-1448

National Association of Rocketry
P.O. Box 407
Marion, IA 52302
800-262-4872
Sign up for the NAR's electronic newsletter here

Public Launches at Goddard
NASA Goddard Visitor Center
301-286-8981