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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: Nov 21, 12:00 pm
Mt. Airy, MD
Theme: Open
Next Meeting: Nov 7, 5:30 pm
Topic: Planning for 2021
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.

Updated Rules for Launches

Due to COVID-19, the State of Maryland requires NARHAMS and all park patrons to follow these rules.

  • If you are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 symptoms then you can not attend the launch activity.
  • Face coverings are to be worn properly at all times while participating in rocket activities, especially while at Safety Check-in and Launch Racks. Face covering can be relaxed while at your personal prep area that is a minimum distance of 12 feet from another prep area. If you cannot wear a face mask, a face shield is allowed.
  • Social Distancing of a minimum of 6ft between family units. To help with maintaining social distancing while waiting for safety check in, cones will be placed at intervals that we ask that you stand at. We ask spectators to spread out as much as possible to maintain social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and should be use as needed and before and after handling launch equipment.
  • Failure to follow the above rules could result in being asked to leave the launch field.
  • NARHAMS reserves the right to refuse to launch a rocket or stop the launch entirely for any reason.
Additional rocket launch specific procedures:
  • Rack and rail assignment will be made to maintain social distancing between groups. This means full rack usage will likely not be seen during the launch.
  • The use of digital flight cards and waivers is to help limit material transmission between parties.
  • The email address being collected is for NARHAMS only. It is being collected in case you need to be contacted for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Special Times for October 17 Launch

NARHAMS Announces 3:00 pm end to sport launch activity on Saturday Oct. 17th.

NARHAMS is issuing an alert for the model rocketeers attending the Saturday Oct 17th Sport Launch at Old National Pike Park near Mt. Airy, MD.

We expect a couple of youth groups to attend this launch. In order to move them through the launch process in a COVID-safe manner, we're having them show up later in the day.

NARHAMS requests that members and guest flyers plan on completing their model rocket launches by 3:00 pm on Oct. 17th and to leave the launch range at that time. This will allow us to reduce the number of people on the field, and to concentrate on launching with the youth groups under our established COVID guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation. Should you have any questions on launch day, you may ask the officers at the safety check-in station.

Goddard Launches Cancelled

Goddard Visitor Center closed to the public on March 13. Therefore, NARHAMS launches at Goddard are cancelled until further notice.

New Launch Site Approved

NARHAMS has received approval for a launching at a new site in Carroll County. The new site is at Krimgold Park, 5355 Woodbine Road (MD Route 94) near Woodbine, MD.

Site is limited to G-powered models and below (same as Mt. Airy). No vehicles or pop-up tents are allowed on the grass, and no PA system is allowed.

Come on out to check out the field, do some fun flying, or get in some TARC practice flights!

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
Sarah Jackson
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 November 7


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
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