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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: Jul 20, 12:00 pm
Greenbelt, MD
Next Meeting: Aug 3, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD
Topic: Open Building Session
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.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Contest

NASA Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, MD
Saturday July 20, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Attempt to land your model rocket nearest the center of a "moon" drawn on the ground. We will distribute free commemorative "moon landing" items to the first 200 contest registrants. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. A narrated demonstration launch of models of historic NASA space vehicles will take place before the contest.

The contest is free. On-site registration is required on contest day. You must bring your own rocket and motors, or purchase them at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop. An awards ceremony follows the contest. For more contest details download the contest flyer.

Contact Information:
NASA Goddard Visitor Center: 301-286-8981 Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities

Persons interested in helping out the section by volunteering to provide meeting refreshments or to serve as Launch Manager for any of our open Mt. Airy launches can contact President Alex Mankevich. You can also volunteer your services during any of our business meetings. We also welcome anyone to lead a topic of rocketry interest as a theme prior to the start of the business portion of our meetings.

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
Jim Miers

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 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 3



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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
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